The last state to enter the US, Hawaii was made an official state on August 21, 1959. The island state is surrounded by the Pacific Ocean. Made up of an area of almost 11,000 square miles, Hawaii is the 43rd largest state in the US and the 40th most populated state. Currently, about 1,400,000 people call themselves Hawaiians. The major industries in the state include tourism and the growing and harvesting of bananas, macadamia nuts, pineapples and taro.
Hawaii is the Presidential birthplace of President Barack Obama, who was born on August 4, 1961 in Honolulu. He is the 44th President of the US. The highest point in Hawaii is Mauna Kea, which rises almost 13,800 feet (or 4,205 meters) above sea level. Only five counties comprise the island state, whose name originates from the Polynesian word Hawaiki.
The state flag was commissioned in 1816 by King Kamehameha I long before Hawaii was a state. The monarch at that time had unified the isles with a schooner that was equipped with a cannon. Before that event, each of the isles had been distinct kingdoms. The state song of Hawaii is Hawaii Ponoi (meaning “Hawaii’s Own”) and the state moto reads “Us mau ke ea o ka aina I da pono,” or “The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness” – an apt motto to use for a felon regaining his civil rights.
The law in Hawaii allows felons the automatic right to vote as soon as they complete their prison sentence. Voting rights are restored upon a felon’s release from prison. People who are on probation or parole in the state are able to vote. You can cross-reference this information by clicking on this link.
Felon Voting Law in Hawaii
According to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) website, felons convicted of crime in federal or state courts cannot vote while they are incarcerated. Anyone convicted of a misdemeanor, however, can exert their right to vote. However, he or she must cast an absentee ballot.
Once a felon is released from incarceration, he has the right to vote automatically. However, he cannot exert his right until he registers or re-registers to vote. Pre-trial detainees who are incarcerated can vote, but, like people held for a misdemeanor crimes, must cast their vote by absentee ballot. Read more about this requirement by clicking on the link for the ACLU site.
How a Felon in Hawaii Can Restore Their Voting Rights
According to the ACLU website, you need to know your exact rights in order to effect restoration of the right to vote. For example, if a poll worker does not allow you to vote, ask to speak to the precinct chair or voting official. You can visit the Office of Elections site for the state at the following link to conveniently register as well. When you finally vote, you do not have to include any special paperwork. If you don’t have identification, including photo ID, you just need to provide your residence address and date of birth. This information will be used to corroborate the details in the electoral poll book.
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