Ballot Envelope Colors Explained

Blue Inbound Envelope

We’ve been getting some questions about why we color code our envelopes. Are the blue envelopes for Democratic voters? Are the red ones for Republican voters? What’s up with the green envelopes? Let us explain.

Red Return Envelope

Our envelope colors have nothing to do with politics (Washington voters don’t register with a party, anyway) but actually have to do with helping us and the U.S. Postal Service distinguish inbound and outbound ballots. All of the ballots we send to voters are mailed in our signature blue envelopes. The envelope you use to return your ballot is red. This helps our office and the Postal Service distinguish your red envelope as a returned ballot. And finally, the green envelopes are used by overseas and service voters to return their ballots.

Green Overseas and Service Voter’s Return Envelope

That’s it! If you have any questions give us a call at 206-296-VOTE (8683).

3 thoughts on “Ballot Envelope Colors Explained

  1. Calvin T November 2, 2016 / 4:48 pm

    Why do overseas voters have a different color return envelope compared to normal voter return envelopes? They’re both go to the same place, right?

  2. khosh1 November 3, 2016 / 12:03 pm

    Hi Calvin-The different color helps our office and the Postal Service distinguish overseas and service voter return envelopes from those mailed within the U.S. Overseas and service return envelopes have the postage already paid if mailed to the United States, so their green color helps us quickly distinguish them from other ballot envelopes.

  3. Sonja November 7, 2016 / 9:27 pm

    Thank You!!!!!

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