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Overseas and service voters

Overseas and service voters

Regardless of where you are in the world, you have the right to cast a ballot in every election and have it arrive on time to be counted. Overseas and service voters have additional voter registration, ballot delivery, and ballot return options.

An overseas voter is any United States citizen who is living outside the U.S. for work, school, or other reasons.
A service voter is any active-duty member of the Armed Forces, Merchant Marine, Public Health Service, NOAA, and their family members (whether stationed domestically or abroad).

Overseas and service voters can register to vote at any time, even on Election Day.

Have a printer? You can mark and print your ballot with the online ballot marking program.

If you have a question or would like to make other arrangements to vote in this election, contact King County Elections.

Overseas and service ballots are sent 30 days before a special election, and 45 days before a primary or general election.

There are three ways that an overseas or service voter can return a ballot:

1. Electronically

Washington State law allows overseas and service voters to return their ballot materials by email or fax.

  1. Email:
  2. Fax: 206-296-4499

We must receive your marked, signed and dated ballot materials no later than 8 p.m. (Pacific Time) on election day.

2. Mail

Return postage is free if the ballot is mailed through the U.S. Postal Service, U.S. Armed Forces Postal Service or the postal service of the U.S. Foreign Embassy. Be sure to sign and date your return envelope. The date on your envelope should be the same as the date you mailed your ballot (no later than election day).

3. In-person

You can return your ballot to one of our ballot drop boxes before 8 p.m. on election day.

For information about postal service disruptions or delays anywhere in the world, visit USPS Service Alerts . We encourage voters experiencing postal disruptions or delays to sign up to receive and return their ballot electronically. Mail service is currently suspended for Guatemala, Syria, Ukraine, and Yemen. Voters in Cuba and Thailand may experience longer than usual delivery times for mail service. We encourage voters in any of these countries to sign up to receive and return their ballot electronically. See below for more information.

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