A 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. Iowa does not have registration deadlines for Uniformed Service members, their families and overseas citizens. You must still register and request an absentee ballot using the form and submit it in time for the ballot to be sent to you, voted, and returned by the ballot return deadline. Select the category that describes you. To vote in primary elections, you must enter your political party affiliation. If you want to change your political party affiliation, submit a completed FPCA indicating your new party preference to the local election official. Political party affiliation is not required if only requesting absentee ballots for general elections. Name (Last, First, Middle). Provide sex and date of birth. <br/><br/>Your valid Iowa Driver's License number OR the last four digits of your Social Security number is recommended for voter registration. If you do not possess either of these identification numbers you must write "none" in the space provided. The State shall assign a number that will serve to identify you for voter registration purposes. Recommended but not required. Provide your contact information to allow your local election official to follow up if more information is required. Iowa allows you to receive your blank ballot by mail, email or fax. Please rank your preference of how you would like to receive your absentee ballot. Provide your email address or fax number in Block 5. If you do not make a selection, then your local election official will mail your ballot to you. Complete street address of your Iowa 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 in Iowa where you claim legal voting residence. Complete address where you want your ballot sent, usually where you receive your mail now. If you wish to receive ballots for local elections as well as Federal elections please indicate that here. In addition to mailing a regular ballot, any overseas voter unable to vote in the regular absentee voting process for the general election may request a State Write-In Absentee Ballot no earlier than 90 days before the date of the election. This ballot allows you to vote for Federal, State and local offices in a general election. To request it, write in: "To the best of my belief I will be outside the continental United States and unable to vote and return a regular absentee ballot by normal mail delivery within the period provided for regular absentee ballots. I request a special write-in absentee ballot." Provide any additional information that may assist the local election official in accepting this application. Sign and date. No witness or notary required. Iowa 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 or online at [http://sos.iowa.gov/elections/auditors/auditorslist.html] (http://sos.iowa.gov/elections/auditors/auditorslist.html). If you choose to email your FPCA, you should send the form as a signed, scanned attachment. Email directly to uocava@sos.iowa.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 [http://sos.iowa.gov/elections/auditors/auditorslist.html] (http://sos.iowa.gov/elections/auditors/auditorslist.html) 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 registration/absentee ballot request, contact your local election office or refer to Iowa's voter registration verification website at [https://sos.iowa.gov/elections/votereg/regtovote/search.aspx] (https://sos.iowa.gov/elections/votereg/regtovote/search.aspx). To find out the status of your ballot, refer to Iowa's voter ballot tracking website at[https://sos.iowa.gov/elections/absenteeballotstatus/search.aspx] (https://sos.iowa.gov/elections/absenteeballotstatus/search.aspx). Your jurisdiction will contact you if your application is denied. **Ballot request by proxy** Within 70 days of a general election, your spouse, parent, parent-in-law, adult brother, adult sister or adult child who resides in your Iowa county of voting residence, may request an absentee ballot on your behalf from the local election office. These proxy requests must be on the official form, available from local election offices and the Iowa Secretary of State. Uniformed Service members who have been discharged within 30 days of an election, and their families, may register and vote in that election by providing the local election office with their discharge papers. If a U.S. citizen outside the U.S. has never lived in the U.S. and either parent is a qualified Iowa voter, then that person is eligible to register and vote where his or her parent is a qualified voter. Iowa allows you to use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB) for registration and voting in Federal general, special and primary elections for Federal, State and local offices and non-candidate ballot issues. Feel free to use the FWAB to vote any time before an election if you have requested a regular ballot but have not received it. Iowa allows you to use this form for registration if you are otherwise eligible to vote in Iowa. Select the category that describes you. Name (Last, First, Middle). Provide sex and date of birth. <br/><br/>Your valid Iowa Driver's License number OR the last four digits of your Social Security Number is recommended for voter registration. If you do not possess either of these identification numbers you must write "none" in the space provided. The State shall assign a number that will serve to identify you for voter registration purposes. Recommended but not required. Provide your contact information to allow your local election official to follow up if more information is required. If you are using this form to register and wish vote in primary elections, you must enter your political party affiliation. If you want to change your political party affiliation, submit a completed Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) indicating your new party preference to the local election official. Complete street address of your Iowa 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 in Iowa 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. Vote for any Federal, State or local office in any Federal general, special, or primary election. To find out the races and candidates for which you can vote, go to [www.sos.iowa.gov](http://www.sos.iowa.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. Iowa allows voters who are active members of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Merchant Marine, Coast Guard, Air Force, or Iowa National Guard and who are located outside the U.S. or any of its territories as well as voters located in areas designated as "imminent danger pay areas" by the U.S. Department of Defense to return the voted ballot by email or fax. All other Uniformed Service members, family members, and overseas citizens must return the FWAB by mail. If you are required to or choose to mail your FWAB, insert the ballot into the security envelope and seal the security envelope; place the sealed security envelope and the signed Voter's Declaration/Affirmation into the mailing envelope and mail the FWAB directly to your local election office. Addresses can be found below or on line at [http://sos.iowa.gov/elections/auditors/auditorslist.html] (http://sos.iowa.gov/elections/auditors/auditorslist.html). If you choose to email your FWAB, you should send the ballot as a signed, scanned attachment. Include ballot, signed voter affirmation, and cover sheet with secrecy waiver. Email directly to uocava@sos.iowa.gov or to your local election official. If you choose to fax your FWAB, it is recommended that you fax the ballot directly to your local election official. Fax numbers can be found at the end of this section or at [www.sos.iowa.gov] (http://www.sos.iowa.gov). Include ballot, signed Voter Delcaration/Affirmation, and cover sheet with secrecy waiver. You may also use the DoD Electronic Transmission Service to fax your FWAB 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 numbers can be found on the inside back cover or at [FVAP.gov](http://www.fvap.gov). >***For primary and general elections, voted ballots must be postmarked no later than the day before the election and received by the local election office no later than noon on the Monday after the election. For other elections, the receipt deadline is listed in the voting instructions provided with the ballot.*** No witness or notary is required on voted ballots. The mandatory voter's affidavit on the ballot return envelope acts a registration form. You will be registered to vote when you return the voted ballot, if you are not already registered. Iowa allows voters who are active members of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Merchant Marine, Coast Guard, Air Force, or Iowa National Guard and who are located outside the U.S. or any of its territories as well as voters located in areas designated as "imminent danger pay areas" by the U.S. Department of Defense to return the voted ballot by email or fax. All other Uniformed Service members, family members, and overseas citizens must return the voted ballot by mail. 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://sos.iowa.gov/elections/AbsenteeBallotStatus/search.aspx] (https://sos.iowa.gov/elections/AbsenteeBallotStatus/search.aspx).