Register and Vote Under Special Circumstances
Snohomish County Elections offers assistance and resources for voters and potential voters who face barriers which make voting more difficult. Military and overseas voters, unhoused voters, voters with nontraditional addresses, voters previously convicted of a felony, and voters with disabilities can find more information below.
If you have further questions about your eligibility to vote or ability to cast a ballot, please contact Elections.
Military or Overseas Voters
Voters in active military duty and/or living overseas are sent ballots 45 days prior to every primary and general election and 30 days prior to every special election. You will receive your ballot at the mailing address listed in your voter registration. Be sure to keep your mailing address up to date to prevent delays.
Email Ballot Program
Military and overseas voters are also eligible to participate in the Email Ballot Program. To participate, you must provide your email address and have access to a computer and printer. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.
Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot
You may also request a Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot if you are a military or overseas civilian voter residing outside the United States and believe you won’t receive your regular ballot in time. Visit https://www.fvap.gov/ to learn more.
Unhoused Voters and Voters with Nontraditional Addresses
Voters without traditional addresses can register using any identifiable location that they consider their residence. Ballots can be received at PO boxes, shelters, the address of a friend or relative, or via general delivery. You may also vote in person at a voting center.
Voters Previously Convicted of a Felony
If you were convicted of a felony in a Washington State court, your right to vote is restored automatically once you are no longer incarcerated or otherwise under the authority of DOC for that felony (in prison or on community custody). Effective January 1st, 2022, your right to vote will be restored automatically as long as you are not currently serving a DOC sentence in total confinement.
Once your right to vote is restored, you must register to vote if you want to vote. If you were previously registered to vote, you must re-register to vote.
Voters with Disabilities
All voters have the opportunity to independently vote a private and secure ballot. To request reasonable accommodation, assistance, or more information, contact Elections at 425-388-3444, Washington Relay 1-800-833-6388, 7-1-1 (TTY/TDD), or by email.
Accessible Voting Units
Accessible Voting Units (AVUs) are available for voters who cannot cast a private, independent ballot by mail. AVUs are touch screen voting devices that feature large font, audio and tactile options to assist voters in casting their choices.
In addition to the availability of Accessible Voting Units, Snohomish County provides an online, markable ballot through the Washington Secretary of State’s VoteWA application. To access the online, markable ballot, visit the VoteWA website.
Accessibility Advisory Committee
TBD - Coming soon
The Accessibility Advisory Committee meets at least once per year to provide recommendations on the voting processes for voters with disabilities. Improving the Accessibility of Elections for Voters with Disabilities (PDF) is updated regularly with input from the committee. If you would like to join the Accessibility Advisory Committee, please contact Elections.