Hawaiian voters will head to the polls on November 8 to vote for the U.S. President. One of their U.S. Senators and both of their U.S. House Representatives are up for re-election as well.
Here’s what you need to know as you head to the polls:
POLLING HOURS & LOCATIONS: Polls in Hawaii open at 7 a.m. and close at 6 p.m. If you are in line by 6 p.m., you will still be allowed to vote. To find your polling place, click here to go to the Hawaii Office of Elections and select your island and enter your registered address.
REGISTRATION GUIDELINES: Hawaii does not have same-day voter registration and the deadline passed on October 10. To check if you are registered, you can call (808) 453-VOTE (8683) or click here to go to the Hawaii Office of Elections to check your voter registration status.
TRACKING RESULTS: After the election is over, results will be posted at the Hawaii Office of Elections. For real-time coverage, you can follow local media outlets, including KHON2, KITV4 and Hawaii News Now.
WHAT’S AT STAKE IN FEDERAL RACES: Hawaii’s four electoral votes are expected to go to Hillary Clinton instead of Donald Trump. The state hasn’t picked a Republican president since 1984, when Ronald Reagan won his second term. In fact, since Hawaii became the 50th state, Hawaii has only voted for the GOP one other time. In 1972, Richard Nixon won the state in his landslide.
Senator Brian Schatz, who has been in the U.S. Senate since he was appointed to fill Senator Daniel Inouye’s seat in 2012, is up for re-election. He was elected in a special election in November 2014 and is running for his first full term. His Republican opponent is John Carroll.
There are two U.S. House seats up for election in Hawaii. In the District 1 election, Democrat Colleen Hanabusa, who previously represented the district from 2011 to 2015, is running again. She was replaced by Mark Takai, who opted to only serve one term because of his poor health. Takai died in July. Hanabusa’s Republican opponent is Shirline Ostrov.
Democrat Tulsi Gabbard is running for re-election as Representative for District 2. Her Republican opponent is Angela Aulani Kaaihue.
WHAT’S AT STAKE IN STATE RACES: Fourteen of Hawaii’s 25 seats in the State Senate are up for grabs, but many Democrats are not facing a Republican opponent. As of November 2016, only a single Republican has a seat in the Hawaii State Senate.
The Hawaii House of Representatives has 51 seats and all are up for election this year. Republicans only hold seven seats and many Democrats are running unopposed.
To see what the ballot looks like in your district, click here to go to the Hawaii Office of Elections and scroll down to the “View My Ballot” box. If you know your district, precinct or polling place, select them to view your ballot.
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