Military and 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.

Registration deadlines

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.

If you have a Washington State ID or drivers' license you can register online. If you do not, you can use this Voter Registration form and return it by mail, fax or email.

Receiving your ballot

Because Washington votes by mail, you will automatically be mailed a ballot. If you have provided an email address you will receive a ballot by email as well. If you are unable to receive a ballot by mail or email, you can log in and access your ballot online starting 30 days before a special election and 45 days before a primary or general election. Look for the "Need a replacement ballot?" link on our homepage. Please vote only one ballot. Instructions for voting are included with each type of ballot.

Returning your ballot

You may return your ballot by mail, email or fax.

If you return your ballot by mail, you must sign and date the declaration no later than Election Day and return the ballot to the Clark County Elections Office. 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 the Clark County Elections Office by 8 pm Pacific Time 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.

To confirm that your ballot was received, go to VoteWA, log in, and open the "ballot status" link.


You can get more information be emailing us at, calling our office at 564.397.2345 or by visiting the Office of the Secretary of State's website.

Military and overseas voters can find the Federal Post Card Application at

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