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Ballots by mail.

Each active registered voter of the state, overseas voter, and service voter shall automatically be issued a mail ballot for each general election, special election, or primary. Overseas voters and service voters are authorized to cast the same ballots, including those for special elections, as a registered voter of the state would receive under this chapter. Each active registered voter shall continue to receive a ballot by mail until the death or disqualification of the voter, cancellation of the voter's registration, or placing the voter on inactive status.


Notice to registered poll votersElections by mail2011 c 10: See note following RCW 29A.04.008.
Effective date1991 c 81: See note following RCW 29A.84.540.
Legislative intent1987 c 346: "By this act the legislature intends to combine and unify the laws and procedures governing absentee voting. These amendments are intended: (1) To clarify and incorporate into a single chapter of the Revised Code of Washington the preexisting statutes under which electors of this state qualify for absentee ballots under state law, federal law, or a combination of both state and federal law, and (2) to insure uniformity in the application, issuance, receipt, and canvassing of these absentee ballots. Nothing in this act is intended to impose any new requirement on the ability of the registered voters or electors of this state to qualify for, receive, or cast absentee ballots in any primary or election." [ 1987 c 346 § 1.]
Effective date1987 c 346: "This act shall take effect on January 1, 1988." [ 1987 c 346 § 25.]
Severability1986 c 167: See note following RCW 29A.16.040.
Effective dateSeverability1977 ex.s. c 361: See notes following RCW 29A.16.040.
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