The Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) registers you to vote and requests absentee ballots for all regularly scheduled Federal elections for the calendar year in which it is submitted. Voters should submit a new application after January 1 of each year or if your mailing address changes. Registration is not required for Uniformed Service members, eligible family members, and overseas citizens. You must still complete the FPCA to request an absentee ballot. Registration is required only for overseas citizens who would like to receive absentee ballots for State and local offices. If you are a U.S. citizen residing temporarily overseas and would like to register, you must submit your FPCA so it is received by the local election office no later than 30 days before the election. Select the category that describes you. To vote in primary elections, you must enter your political party affiliation. Political party affiliation is not required if only requesting absentee ballots for general elections. Name (Last, First, Middle). Date of birth.<br/><br/>Your valid Illinois Driver's License number OR the last four digits of your Social Security number is required for voter registration. If you do not possess either of these identification numbers, the State will assign a number that will serve to identify you for voter registration purposes. Recommended but not required. Provide your contact information to allow your county elections official to follow up if more information is required. Illinois allows you to receive the absentee ballot by mail, email, fax or via Illinois' Online Ballot Upload system. Please rank your preference of how you would like to receive your absentee ballot. Provide your email address or fax number in Block 9. If you do not make a selection, your local election official will mail your ballot to you. Complete street address of your Illinois voting residence. A post office box is not sufficient. If your address includes a rural route, describe its location in Block 9. This address must be within the county where you claim legal voting residence. Complete address where you want your ballot sent, usually where you live now. Provide any information that may assist the county elections official in accepting this application. Sign and date. No witness or notary required. Illinois allows you to submit the FPCA by mail, email or fax. If you choose to mail your FPCA, mail the form directly to your local election office. Addresses can be found at the end of this section. If you choose to email your FPCA, you should send the form as a signed, scanned attachment. Email directly to your local election office. Contact information available at the end of this section or at [www.elections.il.gov] (http://www.elections.il.gov). If you choose to fax your FPCA, fax the form directly to your local election official. Fax numbers can be found at the end of this section or at [www.elections.il.gov] (http://www.elections.il.gov). You may also use the DoD Electronic Transmission Service to fax your FPCA toll-free. To use the Electronic Transmission Service, use the cover sheet available in Chapter 1 or at [FVAP.gov] (http://www.fvap.gov), and fax to: (703) 693-5527, DSN 223-5527, or toll-free from the U.S., Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands to 1-800-368-8683. International toll-free fax numbers can be found on the inside back cover or at [FVAP.gov] (http://www.fvap.gov). To find out the status of your absentee ballot request, contact your local election office. Contact information can be found at the end of this section or at [www.elections.il.gov] (http://www.elections.il.gov). Your jurisdiction will contact you regarding the status of your application. **Ballot request by proxy** If you are a member of the Uniformed Services, and your spouse, dependent, mother, father, sister or brother is registered to vote in your election precinct, he or she may use a special application provided by the election official to request an absentee ballot on your behalf. Uniformed Service members discharged within 60 days of an election, and their families, who return to Illinois after the registration deadline may vote inperson in that election by affidavit. A U.S. citizen who was born abroad, who is eligible to vote and who has never lived in the U.S. may register and vote in the county where a parent would be eligible to register and vote. Use the most recent Illinois residential address of a parent. Illinois allows you to use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB) when voting in primary, special, runoff, and general elections for Federal offices. If you have requested your absentee ballot, feel free to use the FWAB to vote any time before an election. Illinois does not require voter registration. Do not check the registration block. Select the category that describes you. Name (Last, First, Middle). Date of birth.<br/><br/>Enter your valid Illinois Driver's License number, the last four digits of your Social Security number OR your State voter registration number. Recommended but not required. Provide your contact information to allow your local election official to follow up if more information is required. Enter your political party preference if you are voting in primary elections. Complete street address of your Illinois voting residence. A post office box is not sufficient. If your address includes a rural route, describe its location in Block 9. This address must be within the county where you claim legal voting residence. Enter your current mailing address. Provide any information that may assist the local election official in accepting this ballot or application. Sign and date. No witness or notary required. To find out the races and candidates for which you can vote, go to [www.elections.il.gov] (http://www.elections.il.gov). For each office for which you vote, write in either a candidate's name or a political party designation. Once the ballot is complete, fold and place it in the security envelope and seal. Place only the voted ballot in the security envelope and do not write on the security envelope. The deadlines for submitting the FWAB are the same as for State absentee ballots. If you receive the State ballot after submitting the voted FWAB, you may also vote and return the State ballot. If both ballots are received by the deadline, only the State ballot will be counted. Insert the sealed security envelope and the Voter's Declaration/Affirmation into the mailing envelope and mail your FWAB directly to your local election official. Addresses can be found below. >***Voted ballots must be received by the local election office by 7pm on Election Day or by the 14th day after the election if postmarked the day before Election Day.*** No witness or notary is required on voted ballots. You must return the voted ballot and signed affidavit by mail for your ballot to be counted. Overseas Uniformed Service members should request to have the Prepaid Mail Label 11-DOD applied to their ballot materials at Military Postal Office locations (APO/FPO). This label provides free express mail service to your local election official for voted ballots mailed on or before the general election date. You retain a portion of the label for tracking your ballot through the U.S. Postal Service. You may track the status of your ballot at [https://move.elections.il.gov/] (https://move.elections.il.gov/)