If you’re a giant procrastinator like a lot of people (myself very much included), you may still have your ballot in your hand for voting in Hawaiʻi County’s Primary Election. Heck, you may still be making up your mind on who to vote for (yep, me too). Because we know you already have a lot to think about when making these HUGE decisions for yourself and your community, we wanted to make it even easier. Here’s what you need to know if you still need to vote this week.
Do NOT drop your ballot in the mail.
Sorry, but that ship has sailed! If you mail your ballot now, there is a good chance that it will not arrive in time for the August 8 deadline. Yep, procrastinating does mean that sometimes you have to put on pants (and slippahs, and a mask) and go drop off your ballot. No worries, though, there are six convenient locations throughout Hawaiʻi Island where you can still drop your ballot:
- Waimea Police Station
67-5185 Kamamalu St, Waimea HI 96743
- Rodney Yano Memorial Hall
82-6145 Māmalahoa Hwy, Captain Cook HI 96704
- Pāhoa Police Station
15-2615 Keaʻau-Pāhoa Rd, Pāhoa HI 96778
- Nāʻālehu Police Station
45-3400 Māmane St, Honokaʻa HI 96727
- West Hawaiʻi Civic Center *Voter Service Center
74-5044 Ane Keohokālole Hwy, Kailua Kona HI 96740
- Hilo County Building *Voter Service Center
25 Aupuni St, Hilo HI 96720
Here’s a map for those “places of deposit” locations listed above. Don’t forget to sign your envelope before dropping it!
Not registered? No problem!
Even if you missed the July 9 registration deadline for voting in Hawaii County, you can still register and vote! Head to one of the Voter Service Centers listed above (one in Hilo, one in Kona). These centers are open July 27 through August 8. Hours: Monday – Saturday 8:00 am – 4:30 pm.
Saturday August 8 7:00 am- 7:00 pm. Be sure to bring your Hawaii State ID or Driver’s License. Here’s a map.
Do you require special accommodation and need to use a voting machine?
Voting machines will be available at the two Voter Service Centers. These centers are open July 27 through August 8. Hours: Monday – Saturday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm; Saturday, August 8, 7:00 am- 7:00 pm. Be sure to bring your Hawaiʻi State ID or Driver’s License. Here’s a map.
Still don’t know who to vote for?
- For information about voting in Hawaiʻi County’s mayoral election, be sure to check out the Big Island Pulse Mayoral Debate where all 15 candidates participated.
- For information regarding how the mayoral candidates feel about issues related to homelessness visit HOPE Services Hawaiʻi’s website.
- For information regarding how the mayoral candidates feel about issues related to ADA and people with disabilities visit Full Life Hawaiʻi’s Facebook page.
For more voter information, you can:
And since you don’t get an “I voted” sticker through the mail, here’s a Schoolhouse Rock .gif to reward you for participating in the democratic process and voting in Hawaiʻi County!