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Election Integrity? Hawaii Dead Last
By Heritage Foundation @ 10:02 PM :: 1798 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Office of Elections

Election Integrity Scorecard

Assessing the Status of State Election Fairness and Security

From Heritage Foundation, December, 2021

Every citizen's vote is sacred. The vote is how we guarantee that our government remains of the people, by the people, and for the people. Americans need and deserve elections that they can trust. Legitimate voters should be able to vote in privacy without being harassed, secure in the knowledge that their vote will not be lost, stolen, altered, or negated by a vote cast by an illegitimate voter. Americans need and deserve a transparent system in which fraud can be easily detected and false allegations of fraud can be easily dispelled. Americans need and deserve a system in which it is easy to vote and hard to cheat.

In order to help voters, state legislators, election officials, and all Americans who are interested in ensuring a fair and secure election process, The Heritage Foundation has published this Election Integrity Scorecard, which compares the election laws and regulations of each state and the District of Columbia that affect the security and integrity of the process to the Foundation's best-practices recommendations.

As a reminder, however, even the best laws are not worth much if responsible officials do not enforce them rigorously. It is up to the citizens of each state to make sure that their elected and appointed public officials do just that.

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State Scorecard: Hawaii  (link)

  • Score: 26
  • Rank: 51st
CATEGORY SCORE
Overall Score 26/100
Voter ID Implementation 0/20
Q: Does the state require a photo ID for in-person voting? 0/6
A: No ⓘ
Q: Does the state require photo ID for absentee voting? 0/6
A: No ⓘ
Q: Does the state provide a free photo ID for those who cannot afford a state-issued ID? 0/6
A: No ⓘ
Q: The state does not allow the use of an affidavit exception by the voter to a photo ID requirement? 0/2
A: No ⓘ
Accuracy of Voter Registration Lists 13/30
Q: Do state election officials run data comparisons between the statewide voter registration list and the DMV? 3/3
A: Yes ⓘ
Q: Do state election officials run data comparisons between the statewide voter registration list and state corrections department (for felons whose ability to vote has been taken away)? 2/3
A: Yes (partial) ⓘ
Q: Do state election officials run data comparisons between the statewide voter registration list and state vital records? 2/3
A: Yes (partial) ⓘ
Q: Do state election officials run data comparisons between the statewide voter registration list and Social Security Administration death record? 0/1
A: No ⓘ
Q: Do state election officials run data comparisons between the statewide voter registration list and state welfare and public assistance agencies to find information relevant to registration such as address changes, deaths, citizenship status, or other factors affecting eligibility? 0/1
A: No ⓘ
Q: Do election officials verify the residence address on all new voter registration forms by comparing it to county tax records to ensure that the address is actually a residence and not a commercial or industrial address or a vacant or undeveloped lot in a residential area? 0/1
A: No ⓘ
Q: If the answer to the previous question is “yes,” do election officials check to see how many individuals are registered at that address in order to find any anomalies, such as a large number of individuals registered at a single-family home? 0/1
A: No ⓘ
Q: Do election officials investigate the registrations of individuals registered at the same address with only slight discrepancies in their names? 0/1
A: No ⓘ
Q: Do state election officials provide an annual report to their state legislatures on their voter registration maintenance procedures? 0/1
A: No ⓘ
Q: Do state election officials use the U.S. Postal Service’s National Change of Address (NCOA) system to find voters who have moved from their registered address? 0/3
A: No ⓘ
Q: Do state election officials access any commercially available data such as from credit agencies to verify voter registration information? 0/1
A: No ⓘ
Q: Is the state a member of the Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC), which compares the statewide voter registration lists of state members? 0/3
A: No ⓘ
Q: Does the state voter registration form require registrants to identify their previous address of registration? 2/2
A: Yes ⓘ
Q: Does the state voter registration form require registrants to authorize the locality to send notice of registration to the prior local election office? 2/2
A: Yes ⓘ
Q: Are voter registration lists made available to candidates, political parties, nonprofit organizations, and the public? 1/1
A: Yes ⓘ
Q: If the state uses electronic poll books in polling places, does the registration list include photographs of the registered voter? 0/1
A: No ⓘ
Q: If a state has online voter registration, is the registration limited only to individuals who have a state driver’s license or nondriver’s license photo ID issued by the DMV? 1/1
A: Yes ⓘ
Q: In states that take away the ability of a convicted felon to vote, does state law condition requests from federal courts for a state’s voter registration or DMV list to use for federal juries on an agreement by the federal courts to notify state election officials if an individual is convicted of a felony in the federal court? 0/1
A: No ⓘ
Absentee Ballot Management 7/21
Q: Does the absentee ballot need to be notarized or witnessed (name, address, telephone number, and signature)? 0/2
A: No ⓘ
Q: Is there a limit on number of absentee ballots one individual can witness? 0/1
A: No ⓘ
Q: Does the state have a signature comparison requirement? 1/1
A: Yes ⓘ
Q: Is there a stay-in-envelope requirement for completed absentee ballots until voter information has been verified? 2/2
A: Yes ⓘ
Q: Does the state require a signed voter request for an absentee ballot? 1/2
A: Yes (partial) ⓘ
Q: The state does not allow a permanent absentee ballot list? 0/1
A: No ⓘ
Q: The state does not automatically mail absentee ballot request forms to all registered voters? 0/3
A: No ⓘ
Q: The state does not automatically mail absentee ballots to all registered voters? 0/4
A: No ⓘ
Q: Does the state require the receipt of all ballots by the close of polls on election day? *with the exception of overseas military ballots 3/3
A: Yes ⓘ
Q: The state does not use unattended, unsecure drop boxes? 0/1
A: No ⓘ
Q: Does the state have procedures to investigate the validity of a registration when an absentee ballot is returned as undeliverable by the post office? 0/1
A: No ⓘ
Vote Harvesting/ Trafficking Restrictions 0/4
Q: The state does not allow third-party strangers, other than immediate family or a caregiver, to pick up and deliver a voter's absentee ballot? 0/4
A: No ⓘ
Access of Election Observers 3/3
Q: Does the state give full and complete access to election observers? 3/3
A: Yes ⓘ
Verification of Citizenship 0/4
Q: Does the state verify the citizenship of registered voters through the Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlement (SAVE) Program? 0/2
A: No ⓘ
Q: Do state election officials utilize state and federal jury information to verify citizenship? 0/2
A: No ⓘ
Identification for Voter Assistance 0/3
Q: Does the state require those who are assisting voters to provide their identity and reason for assistance? 0/3
A: No ⓘ
Vote Counting Practices 2/3
Q: The state does not connect voting and tabulating machines to the internet? 1/1
A: Yes ⓘ
Q: The state does not count votes before election day? 0/1
A: No ⓘ
Q: Is the tabulation of votes required to be continuous until completed? 1/1
A: Yes ⓘ
Election Litigation Procedures 1/3
Q: Does the state legislature have standing to sue (statutorily or via the state constitution)? 0/1
A: No ⓘ
Q: Do any changes to the state's election laws via a court settlement require the approval of the state legislature? 0/1
A: No ⓘ
Q: Do residents of the state have standing to sue election officials who do not abide by state election laws? 1/1
A: Yes ⓘ
Restriction of Same-day Registration 0/3
Q: Does the state require registration prior to election day? 0/3
A: No ⓘ
Restriction of Automatic Registration 0/3
Q: The state does not automatically register voters? 0/3
A: No ⓘ
Restriction of Private Funding of Election Officials or Government Agencies 0/3
Q: The state does not allow the private funding of election officials and government agencies? 0/3
A: No ⓘ

 

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