It’s Election Day: Ballots must be received by 7 p.m. HST on Kauaʻi to count

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It’s Election Day. Ballots must be received by 7 p.m. HST to count.

On Kaua’i, registered voters can drop off their ballots at any of the nine ballot drop boxes located around the Garden Isle or at Kauaʻi’s only Voter Service Center, located in the basement of the Historic County Annex Building at 4386 Rice Street in Līhu‘e.

Do not mail your ballot. It will not arrive in time to count.

It is not too late for eligible residents to register to vote for the General Election. This can be done at the Voter Service Center today (Nov. 8). It will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. But if you need to register, make sure you do so in time for your vote to count.


To register to vote in Hawaiʻi, you must be a U.S. Citizen, a legal resident of the State of Hawaiʻi and be at least 18 years old.

For additional information, contact the Elections Division of the Office of the County Clerk at 808-241-4800. Once you submit your ballot, you can track it here.

Tonight, Kauaʻi Now will have fast results for all local and state races, with updates every five minutes from official election data. The first results will be available shortly after the polls close at 7 p.m.

In the General Election, voters may vote for the candidate of their choice regardless of political affiliation. 


For the general election, State of Hawaiʻi residents will vote for:

  • Governor: current Lt. Gov. Josh Green and former Lt. Gov. Duke Aiona
  • Lieutenant governor: pastor Seaula Tupaʻi Jr. and state House Finance Chair Sylvia Luke.
  • US Senator: Democrat and incumbent Brian Schatz, Republican Bob McDermott, Aloha ʻAina Party Dan Decker, Green Party Emma Pohlman and Libertarian Party Feena Bonoan
  • US Representative, District 1: Democrat Ed Case, Republican Conrad Kress (Kauaʻi does not vote for this seat)
  • US Representative, District 2: Democrat Jill Tokuda, Republican Joseph Akana and Libertarian Party Michelle Rose Tippens

Kauaʻi residents will vote for one state senator:

  • District 8: Democrat Ronald Kouchi, Republican Ana Mo Des and Aloha ʻAina Party Kapana Thronas-KahoʻOnei

Kauaʻi residents will vote for all three of its state representatives:

  • District 15: Democrat Nadine Nakamura, Republican Greg Bentley
  • District 16: Democrat James Tokioka, Republican Steve Yoder
  • District 17: Democrat Dee Morikawa, Republican Michael Wilson

Kauaʻi residents will vote for its mayor. The race is between incumbent Derek S.K. Kawakami and Michael Roven Poai.


Kauaiʻi residents also will vote for its seven-person County Council out of a pool of 14 candidates, 4 of whom are incumbents. It is the only county in the state without council districts.

The nonpartisan candidates are: Luke Evslin, Bernard Carvalho, Mel Rapozo, KipuKai Kualiʻi, Ross Kagawa, Addison Bulosan, Felicia Cowden, Bill DeCosta, Fern Anuenue Holland, Lil Balmores Metzger, Shirley SImbre-Medeiros, Rachel Secretario, Nelson Mukai and Roy Saito.

Kauaʻi residents also can vote on four County Charter amendments.

At the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, six of the nine trustee seats are up for grabs.

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