Military & Overseas Voters
As a military or overseas voter, you have several options for registering to vote, receiving your ballot and returning it. If you are a military spouse or dependent, and you are away from home because of the military service, you also qualify as a military voter.
Military and overseas voters are exempt from the regular voter registration deadlines. The last day to register and request a ballot is Election Day. Even if you are not registered, you may still vote and send in a ballot because your signature on the declaration attests to your eligibility and constitutes registration.
Registering to Vote
When registering, please indicate you are in the armed forces or living overseas. You must list a Washington residential address. This can be your last address in the state, or that of a family member. Your mailing address can be anywhere in the world.
Register to vote online with VoteWA. VoteWA does require a Washington State ID or driver license for online registration.
Register by Mail or in Person
If you are stationed in Washington but decide to register in your home state, you can do so using the Federal Voting Assistance Postcard.
Receiving Your Ballot
You may receive your ballot by mail, email or fax. You may also qualify to receive a ballot as early as 90 days before the election.
Because Washington votes by mail, you will automatically be mailed a ballot. If you register close to Election Day, or for some other reason did not receive your ballot, please request one as soon as possible to ensure enough time to return your ballot. Specify whether you would like to receive your ballot by mail, email or fax.
- Change how you receive your ballot (for example, by email instead of postal mail)
- Request a ballot or a replacement ballot
- Update your voter registration record (for example, update your mailing address)
If you believe you won't receive your regular ballot in time to vote, you can also request a Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB), which is a blank write-in ballot. FWABs are available at consulates, embassies, from your Voting Assistance Officers, and online.
Being an Informed Voter
Washington has many ways to help voters become informed about ballot measures and candidates:
- For all ballot measures and candidates, visit the Online Voters' Guide
- For local races, visit the Elections page
- For personalized ballot measure and candidate information online, go to VoteWA
- The state General Election Voters' Pamphlet is mailed to every household in Washington, if you need to request a copy of the state Voters' Pamphlet be mailed to you, call 800-448-4881 or email
Returning Your Ballot
You may return your ballot by mail, email or fax to the Elections office:
If you return your ballot by mail, you must sign and date the declaration no later than Election Day and return the ballot to your county elections department. It must be received within 13 days after a Primary or Special Election, and within 20 days after a General Election.
If you return your ballot by email or fax, it must be received by your county Elections office by 8 pm on Election Day. If you return the ballot by email, include the signed and dated declaration page, privacy sheet and ballot in the email as scanned or imaged attachments.
Confirm your Ballot was Received
To confirm that your ballot was received, go to VoteWA, log in, and open the
ballot status link.