How to get a replacement ballot in Washington State

If your ballot has not arrived in the mail or you want to start over, you can get a replacement ballot from the Washington Secretary of State.

If you mis-marked a candidate or measure, you can correct the ballot (make sure your intent is clear). If you’re not comfortable with that, get a replacement.

It’s easy! Go to MyVote.Wa.Gov and enter your voter registration info. The system will display a dashboard that looks something like this. To obtain a replacement ballot, click the “My Ballot” button.

MyVote Dashboard

 

Next, pick the election. (Don’t ask, I don’t know.)

 

The system does not know your voter status. Select the voter type to proceed to the next step.

 

Do you want to print a blank ballot or do you want to mark a ballot online, and then print the marked ballot? Indicate that choice at this step.

You cannot cast your vote online. The system does not keep a record of your ballot online. You must print the ballot, even if you are a military or overseas voter.

 

If you want to print a blank ballot, you’ll see these instructions and then a link to print the ballot at the bottom of the page. Remember that your ballot must be returned by 8 pm on election day, November 6, or it must be postmarked no later than November 6.

 

If you want to mark your ballot on your computer and then print it, first there’s an instruction screen. Then you will see a screen for each candidate and measure on your ballot.

When finished, you’ll print the completed ballot and return by mail, in person or to a dropbox.

King County voters can use the county’s replacement ballot system. There’s also a way to print a replacement return envelope.

No, it’s not possible for a voter to have two ballots counted.

Should a voter return two ballots, the first one that the county elections department processes is the ballot that is counted. When staff check the signature on the exterior envelope to ensure a match, the system credits you with voting in that election. This ensures that only one ballot from each voter is counted.

 

Featured image: King County Elections

 

 

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