Military and Overseas Voters


  3. BY MAIL

Click the VoteWA icon to register online.

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You must have a valid Washington State Drivers' License, ID, or permit to register this way.

Indicate that you are in the armed forces or living overseas when you register to vote. Be sure to list a Washington State 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.

16 and 17-year-old dependents may pre-register, but they will not appear in the look-up system or receive a voter registration card until after their 18th birthday.

Receiving and Returning Your Ballot

  1. Mailed Ballots
  2. E-Ballots
  3. Federal Write-in ballots
  4. Special ballots

Military and overseas voters are automatically mailed their ballots 45 days prior to every primary and general election and 30 days prior to every special election.  You may receive your ballot by mail, email or fax. 

Contact Cowlitz County Elections to:

  • Request a ballot or a replacement ballot.
  • Change how you receive your ballot (for example, by postal mail instead of email).
  • Update your voter registration record (for example, update your mailing address).

If you return your ballot by mail, you must sign and date the ballot declaration no later than Election Day and return the ballot to Cowlitz County Elections. It must be received within 9 days after a Special Election, within 13 days after a Primary, and within 20 days after a General Election.

Return to:
Cowlitz County Elections
207 N 4th Ave, Rm 205
Kelso, WA 98626

You can confirm your ballot's status by visiting Log in with your voter registration information and open the 'ballot status' link.