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.
In addition to the information below, you can learn more with our video, Serving Those Who Serve - A Guide to Military Voting in Washington State
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.
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 MyVote. MyVote requires a Washington State ID or driver license.
If you are stationed in Washington but decide to register in your home state, you can do so using the Federal Voting Assistance Postcard.
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.
Contact your county elections department to:
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.
Washington has many ways to help voters become informed about ballot measures and candidates:
You may return your ballot by mail, email or fax.
To confirm that your ballot was received, go to MyVote, log in, and open the "ballot status" link.