Named after our first President and greatest General, Washington State values our soldiers’ sacrifices and works hard to ensure our heroes are protected at home while serving us abroad.
Currently, more than 65,000 active duty, reserve, and National Guard members reside in the state of Washington, with another 670,000 veterans calling the state home. Washington also houses the largest military installation on the West Coast, Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
At the state level, Washington has been a leader in the use of technology to assist military voters. Those efforts began in the late 1990s when the state pioneered the use of email for sending blank ballots to military members. Through the use of an online system called MyVote, Washington continues those efforts today by allowing military voters to register and update their addresses online, download and print their ballots, and return completed ballots via email. Personalized voting information is also available online, giving military voters access to candidate statements and measures from anywhere in the world.
Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed has worked closely with the state Legislature to promote and protect military voters. Most recently, Washington passed landmark legislation moving the Primary from September to early August to provide military voters with additional time to receive and return their ballots.
Washington mails and emails more than 50,000 ballots to military and overseas voters 45 days before every election. This monumental accomplishment demonstrates both that Washington cares for our heroes, and that ensuring our heroes’ voices are heard is a priority. Washington has successfully moved to the forefront of states that have proven they will do what it takes to protect the rights of our heroes in uniform.
Our service men and women face danger every day, defending our freedoms at home. Thankfully, Washington State has made it easy for our soldiers to exercise their rights as citizens and cast their votes.