The 2020 General Election on November 3 is quickly approaching, with many important races on the ballot this year. Elected officials at all levels of government have a pivotal role in shaping policies that influence health. At HIPHI, we understand that knowing your candidates’ stance on these issues is key. Not sure which candidates are on your ballot? You can see a sample ballot on the Office of Elections website!

 To help voters learn where local candidates stand on public health issues, HIPHI surveyed all candidates running for office in Hawai‘i. The survey covered topics such as COVID-19 response and recovery, healthy eating and active living policies, economic justice, oral health, and regulations on tobacco, alcohol, and marijuana. View the survey results at hiphi.org/survey20.

With the ongoing pandemic, Hawai‘i is fortunate to have transitioned to all-mail voting this year. With all-mail voting, registered voters automatically receive their ballots in the mail – no need to request an absentee ballot. Hawai‘i voters should receive their general election ballots by October 16, 18 days prior to the election. With ongoing concerns about the US Postal Service (USPS), Hawaii’s Office of Elections will be mailing ballots as early as October 5.

To return the ballot, voters can mail it back or put it in a ballot drop box. The Office of Elections is also asking voters to mail their ballots back by October 27 if sending via USPS, or in a ballot drop box after that date, to ensure ballots are received by November 3 at 7 PM HST. After sending your ballot, you can check if it was received using this portal.

If you’re not yet registered to vote, it’s not too late! October 5 is the deadline to register for the general election and receive your ballot by mail. However, if you miss the deadline, you can still vote! Voter service centers provide accessible in-person voting, same-day voter registration, and collection of voted ballots. Voter service centers open ten business days before the election and on Election Day.

Hawai‘i Public Health Institute (HIPHI) is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit that educates, supports, and promotes policy efforts to improve health in Hawai‘i. HIPHI is a non-partisan organization that neither supports nor opposes any political party or candidate for office. The endorsement of any candidate is strictly prohibited.