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Automatic Voter Registration will allow eligible Hawaii citizens to automatically register to vote or update their voter registration, when they apply for or renew their Hawaii driver's license or State ID, unless they opt-out.

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What is Automatic Voter Registration (AVR)?

Eligible citizens are automatically registered to vote, or their voter registration is updated, when they apply or renew their State ID or Driver’s License, unless they decline. Voter information is electronically transferred between licensing and election officials, resulting in a more efficient, secure and convenient process.

Why AVR?

AVR is a step towards much needed modernization of elections in Hawaiʻi.

  • Hawaiʻi is using out-of-date systems and decades-old technology. It’s time to modernize.
  • Hawaiʻi implemented Online Voter Registration in 2015 and phased in same day registration starting in 2016. Automatic Voter Registration is the logical next step.
  • Hawaiʻi has had the lowest voter turnout in the country for the last 20 years. This will help turn that around by increasing convenience and improving access to voting.
  • As of December 2018, AVR has been approved in 17 states and the District of Columbia.
  • The data shows that AVR improves the likelihood that people will vote by minimizing bureaucracy and requiring less time and effort from eligible voters.

AVR will enhance the security of our elections.

  • Recent court challenges surrounding local races highlight the need for greater security.
  • Elections will be more secure due to the increased accuracy of voter rolls, and use of an encrypted system, rather than paper forms, to transfer data
  • Automatic Voter Registration helps to make sure that all eligible voters in Hawaiʻi are registered to vote at their current address. This increases the security of our elections because we know that ballots are sent to the correct location and correct voter.
  • Privacy and freedom are protected, as people may choose to opt-out.

Automatic Voter Registration will save us money.

  • Traditional paper registration typically costs 30 times more than AVR. The cost of implementing AVR is outweighed by the long-term savings it will yield.
  • Processing paper forms in Hawaiʻi during the 2016 election cycle cost nearly $575,000 for labor. This does not include the printing of voter registration forms, mailings related to duplicate registration entries, and the postage of forwarding registration forms to the proper recipient.  It does not include more than 33,000 applications submitted during the 2016 election cycle that the state did not categorize when reporting the data.
  • Up-to-date voter rolls will help reduce the cost of sending ballots to wrong addresses.

AVR improves access to voting for eligible voters in Hawaiʻi

  • AVR helps ensure that voting isn’t needlessly difficult for working and military families who move frequently, as well as homebound seniors, students, and voters in rural areas
  • AVR reduces unnecessary barriers to voting and time demands on people holding two jobs or who are juggling school, work and family.

How AVR Works

Step 1

A person goes to the DMV to apply for or renew their Hawaiʻi State Driver's License or State ID

Step 2

If the person is qualified (citizen, 18+, resident of HI) they will be registered to vote, unless they decline/opt-out

Step 3

Voter registration info is electronically transferred to election officials for processing

Studies

League of Women Voters of Hawaii

Estimated Cost of Voter Registration in Hawaii

Vote.org logo

Vote.org

The Cost (Savings) of Reform:
An Analysis of Local Registration-Related Costs and Potential Savings Through Automatic Voter Registration

About AVR Hawaiʻi

Partner Organizations

AVR Hawaiʻi Leadership

Sandy Ma is the Campaign Manager for AVR Hawaii. She is also the Executive Director of Common Cause Hawaii. As the executive director, Sandy leads campaigns, fundraising, and engages local, state, and national organizations in building coalitions around Hawaii, focusing on ethics and accountability, money and influence, and voting and elections.

Sandy comes to the AVR Hawaii campaign with a broad range of nonprofit, corporate, and government experience. She previously was an ACLU attorney in North Carolina and Hawaii. She was a private practice attorney for a number of years. She most recently worked with the Hawaii Office of Planning in the Coastal Zone Management Program, focusing on climate change, sea level rise, and coastal hazard issues. Sandy has a BA from Johns Hopkins University, a JD from the University of Maryland School of Law, and a LL.M in Environmental Law from Vermont Law School.

Access

Cost Savings

Secure Elections

What is Automatic Voter Registration (AVR)?

Eligible citizens are automatically registered to vote, or their voter registration is updated, when they apply or renew their State ID or Driver’s License, unless they decline. Voter information is electronically transferred between licensing and election officials, resulting in a more efficient, secure and convenient process.

Why AVR?

AVR is a step towards much needed modernization of elections in Hawaiʻi.

  • Hawaiʻi is using out-of-date systems and decades-old technology. It’s time to modernize.
  • Hawaiʻi implemented Online Voter Registration in 2015 and phased in same day registration starting in 2016. Automatic Voter Registration is the logical next step.
  • Hawaiʻi has had the lowest voter turnout in the country for the last 20 years. This will help turn that around by increasing convenience and improving access to voting.
  • As of December 2018, AVR has been approved in 17 states and the District of Columbia.
  • The data shows that AVR improves the likelihood that people will vote by minimizing bureaucracy and requiring less time and effort from eligible voters.

AVR will enhance the security of our elections.

  • Recent court challenges surrounding local races highlight the need for greater security.
  • Elections will be more secure due to the increased accuracy of voter rolls, and use of an encrypted system, rather than paper forms, to transfer data
  • Automatic Voter Registration helps to make sure that all eligible voters in Hawaiʻi are registered to vote at their current address. This increases the security of our elections because we know that ballots are sent to the correct location and correct voter.
  • Privacy and freedom are protected, as people may choose to opt-out.

Automatic Voter Registration will save us money.

  • Traditional paper registration typically costs 30 times more than AVR. The cost of implementing AVR is outweighed by the long-term savings it will yield.
  • Processing paper forms in Hawaiʻi during the 2016 election cycle cost nearly $575,000 for labor. This does not include the printing of voter registration forms, mailings related to duplicate registration entries, and the postage of forwarding registration forms to the proper recipient.  It does not include more than 33,000 applications submitted during the 2016 election cycle that the state did not categorize when reporting the data.
  • Up-to-date voter rolls will help reduce the cost of sending ballots to wrong addresses.

AVR improves access to voting for eligible voters in Hawaiʻi

  • AVR helps ensure that voting isn’t needlessly difficult for working and military families who move frequently, as well as homebound seniors, students, and voters in rural areas
  • AVR reduces unnecessary barriers to voting and time demands on people holding two jobs or who are juggling school, work and family.

How AVR Works

Step 1

A person goes to the DMV to apply for or renew their Hawaiʻi State Driver's License or State ID

Step 2

If the person is qualified (citizen, 18+, resident of HI) they will be registered to vote, unless they decline/opt-out

Step 3

Voter registration info is electronically transferred to election officials for processing

Studies

League of Women Voters of Hawaii

Estimated Cost of Voter Registration in Hawaii

Vote.org logo

Vote.org

The Cost (Savings) of Reform:
An Analysis of Local Registration-Related Costs and Potential Savings Through Automatic Voter Registration

About AVR Hawaiʻi

Partner Organizations

AVR Hawaiʻi Leadership

Sandy Ma is the Campaign Manager for AVR Hawaii. She is also the Executive Director of Common Cause Hawaii. As the executive director, Sandy leads campaigns, fundraising, and engages local, state, and national organizations in building coalitions around Hawaii, focusing on ethics and accountability, money and influence, and voting and elections.

Sandy comes to the AVR Hawaii campaign with a broad range of nonprofit, corporate, and government experience. She previously was an ACLU attorney in North Carolina and Hawaii. She was a private practice attorney for a number of years. She most recently worked with the Hawaii Office of Planning in the Coastal Zone Management Program, focusing on climate change, sea level rise, and coastal hazard issues. Sandy has a BA from Johns Hopkins University, a JD from the University of Maryland School of Law, and a LL.M in Environmental Law from Vermont Law School.