The Hawaii State Teachers Association Board of Directors recommends Ed Case for Congressional District 1 and Kai Kahele for Congressional District 2.

After research, membership input, interviews, and committee discussions, HSTA believes these candidates will be our strongest advocates for teachers, students, and public education.

Our recommendations have also been accepted by the National Education Association.

Case is running for re-election in Congressional District 1. During his tenure, Case has listened and worked well with our members. He is fearless, and continues to advocate for our needs here in Hawaii. He has a high approval record in Hawaii and from the NEA. Learn more about Case here.

Kahele is running for Congressional District 2. He currently serves as state Senator for Senate District 1 (Hilo). His door is always open to HSTA and our teachers, and he is always willing to sit down with us to problem solve and strategize on what bill would help our teachers, our public schools, our students, our community, and our state. He is smart, kind, and extremely dedicated, all while remaining humble and grounded in community. Learn more about Kahele here.

Voting in Hawaii’s primary election

For the first time in Hawaii's history, our primary and general elections will be conducted by mail. The primary election will take place Saturday, Aug. 8.

Registered voters receive their ballot packet in the mail starting July 21 for our primary election. Voting closes on Election Day, Aug. 8, at 7 p.m.

Your voted ballot must be received by your County Elections Division by 7 p.m. on Election Day, Aug. 8. Ballots can be returned, using your signed postage paid return envelope, via the USPS. We recommend dropping your ballot in the mail at least three to five days prior to Election Day to ensure it is received by the deadline.

Ballots received after the deadline but postmarked by Election Day cannot be accepted for counting.

You can drop off your ballot in person to a voter service center or to a place of deposit no later than 7 p.m. on Election Day for collection by your County Elections Division.

Voter service centers will be open July 27 through Aug. 7, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily , and Aug. 8, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

For places of deposit, the final collection will be at 7 p.m. on Election Day.

Return your voted ballot through USPS by Aug. 3 for rural areas and Aug. 5 for urban Honolulu.

If you are not yet registered to vote, there will be limited voter service centers available for same-day voter registration and voting.

Click here for more information from the State of Hawaii Office of Elections with an interactive map of voter service centers and places of deposit.