Voting FAQs

2022 Hawaii Gubernatorial Election – Voting FAQs

As an American citizen, you have the right to vote, and your vote makes a difference. The candidate who wins the majority of votes for the gubernatorial race will play a pivotal role in Hawaii’s future. When you and your family, friends, and neighbors take a stand for someone who shares your values and is committed to solving issues that affect your community, you can build a better future together.

This upcoming election will be held entirely by mail-in ballots, making it easy to participate. Take this opportunity to make your voice heard!

When will the gubernatorial election take place?

Primary: Saturday, August 13, 2022
General: Tuesday, November 8, 2022

Who is running for governor of Hawaii in the 2022 democratic primary?

• Vicky Cayetano (Democrat)
• Joshua Green (Democrat)
• Kirk Caldwell (Democrat)
• Paul Morgan (Republican)


Voter Registration Dates

Paper Registration Deadline
Paper Voter Registration Applications must be submitted to your County Elections Division by:

• Primary: August 3, 2022
• General: October 31, 2022
Voters may register online at any time or in-person at a voter service center.

Absentee Ballot Request
Deadline to request a ballot be sent to an alternate address:

• Primary: August 6, 2022
• General: November 1, 2022

Ballots Arrive in Mail
Voters receive their ballots for the 2022 Elections by:

• Primary: July 26, 2022
• General: October 21, 2022

Voter Service Centers
Voter service centers are established and operated by the County Elections Divisions and open 10 days prior to the election. They offer accessible voting, in-person voting, and same-day registration.

• Primary: August 1 – August 13, 2022
• General: October 25 – November 8, 2022

(Excluding Sundays)


You can print a paper application or pick one up at U.S. Post Offices, Satellite City Halls, State Libraries, County Elections Divisions, the Office of Elections, and most state agencies. Submit it to your County Elections Division by:
• Primary Election: August 3, 2022
• General Election: October 31, 2022
You can also register to vote online or in-person at a voter service center.

To register online, you must provide a Hawaii Driver License or Hawaii State ID and your Social Security Number. If you do not have a Hawaii Driver License or Hawaii State ID, complete the paper application and submit it to your County Elections Division.

You should update your voter registration if you changed your name and/or residence or mailing address. Update your registration online or by completing a paper application and submitting it to your County Elections Division.
Starting in 2020, Hawai‘i switched to all-mail balloting, so every voter should receive a mail-in ballot. However, there will still be voter service centers open 10 days before the elections where you can vote in person. Keep in mind that the wait times can be long.

Voters will receive their ballots in the mail for the Primary Election by July 26, 2022. Voters will receive their ballots in the mail for the General Election by October 21, 2022.

If you’re away from your Hawaii residence, submit an Absentee Application to your County Elections Division at least seven days before the election to have your ballot mailed to an alternate mailing address.