How can I register to vote as a military or overseas voter? Fill out and return the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) to your local election office. This form allows you to register to vote and identifies you as a voter covered by *UOCAVA* (Federal law providing special protections). What is my voting residence? The place you consider your true, fixed and permanent home. Do I need to claim a political party to vote in primary elections? Yes. If you do not select a party, you can still vote in the general election, but not in the primary election. How can I submit my FPCA? You may mail, email or fax your FPCA directly to your local election official. Addresses can be found at the end of this section. How often must I submit my FPCA? Each year or any time your mailing address changes. If I am currently registered to vote, how may I request an absentee ballot? You may mail, email or fax your FPCA directly to your local election official, or use the Illinois State Election Website, [https://move.elections.il.gov] (https://move.elections.il.gov). How can I return my voted ballot or Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB)? You must return your voted ballot or FWAB by mail. What must I do to use the FWAB and can I use the FWAB to vote in State and local elections? To use the FWAB to vote you must have made a timely request for your absentee ballot. The FWAB may only be used to vote in Federal elections. I am an American citizen, but I have never lived in the U.S., can I register to vote in this State? Yes. Will I need a notary or witness for my FPCA or FWAB? No. Where can I find information about the candidates and/or other items that will be on my ballot? Visit the Illinois State Board of Elections website, [www.elections.il.gov] (https://www.elections.il.gov).