These options are for active-duty members of the Armed Forces, Merchant Marine, Public Health Service, NOAA, and their family members, whether stationed domestically or abroad. They also apply to any United States citizen who is living outside the U.S. for work, school, or other reasons. Regardless of where you are in the world, you have the right to cast a ballot in every election and have it arrive in time to be counted.
Service and overseas voters are exempt from voter registration deadlines. Check the box on the Voter Registration form to indicate that you are in the armed forces or living overseas.
However, it is important to keep your registration record up to date. Your registered residential and mailing address, signature, and contact information (primarily your email address) are just as important as your participation.
Mail: King County Elections will mail a paper ballot to registered overseas and service voters who have not requested an electronic ballot; ballots are mailed 45 days prior to the election.
Step 3: Return your ballot
Electronically: Washington State law now allows service and overseas voters the option of returning their ballot materials electronically by email or fax. King County Elections must receive your marked, signed and dated ballot materials no later than 8 p.m. (Pacific Time) on Election Day.
Mail: Return postage is free if the ballot is mailed through the U.S. Postal Services, U.S. Armed Forces Postal Service or the postal service of the U.S. Foreign Embassy. The date you indicate on the ballot declaration is considered the date of mailing and must be no later than Election Day. Mail your ballot as soon as possible.
In person: Return your ballot without postage at a ballot drop box by 8 p.m. Election Day