Voting this Election: 2020


The safety ballot box, New York, patented May 6th, 1873. Library of Congress. Wiki Commons.

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With Election Day only five days away on Tuesday, Nov. 3, a Hawaii public school holiday, voting properly is essential. According to US Election Projects, there’s a predicted 150 million voter turnout this year. Voting in the 2020 election is considered by many to be more important than ever. Hawaii has turned to a Voting By Mail system this year but for people who are more comfortable in person, that option is still available. 


The age to register to be eligible to vote is 18 and over. For Hawaii, according to, there is a deadline to register to vote 30 days before the election day. If you missed the deadline, you can still register to vote and cast a ballot at the same time during early voting at early walk-in locations. states that early voting will go up to Election Day on Tuesday. 

Early Voting 

There are two ways to vote early: vote by mail or vote early in person. Hawaii mails a ballot to every registered voter. For vote by mail, the ballot must be sent in by Nov. 3 before 7:00 pm. There’s also the option of dropping your mail in a drop-box. 

Official drop boxes in Hawaii are at the following locations:

  • Waianae District Park
    85-601 Farrington Highway
    Waianae, HI 96792
  • Mililani Park & Ride
    95-1101 Ukuwai Street
    Mililani, HI 96789
  • Neal Blaisdell Park
    98-319 Kamehameha Highway
    Aiea, HI 96701
  • Kahuku Community Center / Kahuku District Park
    Kahuku District Park
    56-576 Kamehameha Highway
    Kahuku, HI 96731
  • Kaneohe District Park
    45-720 Keaahala Rd
    Kaneohe, HI 96734
  • Hawaii Kai Park and Ride
    240 Keahole St
    Honolulu, HI 96825
  • Bill Balfour Jr. Waipahu District Park
    94-230 Paiwa St
    Waipahu, HI 96797
  • Kailua District Park
    21 S Kainalu Dr
    Kailua, HI 96734
    (using Kailua Road Parking Lot)
  • Kalihi Valley District Park
    1911 Kamehameha IV Rd
    Honolulu, HI 96819
  • Kanewai Community Park
    2695 Dole St
    Honolulu, HI 96822

Early Voting In-person

You can also vote in person before election day at Voter Service Centers. These areas open for early voting on Monday, Nov. 2 until 4:30 p.m. and will also be open on Election day, Nov. 3 for you to vote. 

The following locations are Voter Service Centers available in Oahu:

  • Kapolei Hale 1000 Uluohia St., Kapolei, 96707
  • Honolulu Hale 530 S King St., Honolulu, 96813

Voting on Election Day

Of course, you can vote on Tuesday, Nov. 3, Election Day itself. This year, traditional polling places will not be open; instead, they have been replaced by eight Voter Service Centers. The two mentioned above are the ones available on Oahu. Voter Service Centers on Election Day are open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

If you’re eligible to vote, make sure to vote in the 2020 election. Please remember to sign your ballot before sending it in or it may not be counted.