In June, 2005, Clark County became a mail ballot county. All ballots for future elections will be mailed to voters at their residential address or to any mailing address that the voter has provided the Elections Office. There will no longer be polling places where a voter can go to receive a ballot, except for the County Elections Office located at 1408 Franklin Street, Vancouver. To register and vote you need to be a resident of Clark County for at least 30 days before an election in which you wish to vote, be 18 years of age at the time you vote, be a U.S. citizen and if you have been convicted of a felony, have had your voting rights restored by the courts. All residents of Clark County who meet these requirements and submit a completed Washington State voter registration form will be mailed a ballot for each election in which they are eligible to vote.
If you are temporarily away, including serving in the military, attending college, working outside the County, traveling or for other reasons, but consider Clark County your home of permanent residence, you can be registered to vote and request that your ballot be mailed to where you currently reside and receive mail. Your ballots for all elections in which you are eligible to vote will be sent to you until such time as you change the address where you receive mail.
How to receive and vote your ballot
- Telephone our office at (360) 397-2345. We will ask for your birthdate as authentication.
- Mail a ballot application (PDF - 46 KB) form. You must provide your name, address, birth date and phone number. The form must have your signature for authentication.
- Visit the Elections Department at 1408 Franklin St. in Vancouver.
Mail ballots will be available and mailed to the voters starting 20 days prior to an election. If you are out of the area or overseas, please make your request early enough to allow the ballot to arrive at your mailing address on time. If there are any special considerations for you to receive mail in a timely manner, please be sure to let the Elections Office know what they are. First class postage is required to mail your voted ballot to our office and must be postmarked on the day of the election or earlier.
Keep your mailing address current!
The mail ballot request form asks for your residential address and the address you wish the ballot to be mailed. We will mail the ballot to any address where mail is delivered. Please report changes to your mailing address. If you do not promptly report a change of address, your ballot will not be forwarded to you by the Post Office. This will result in your ballot not receiving timely delivery and we cannot guarantee you will receive a ballot in time to vote.