How can I register to vote as a military or overseas voter? Fill out and return the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) to the Maryland State Board of Elections. This form allows you to register to vote and identifies you as a voter covered by UOCAVA (Federal law providing special protections). You may also register using Maryland's online registration system at [www.elections.maryland.gov] (http://www.elections.maryland.gov). What is my voting residence? The place you consider your true, fixed and permanent home. Do I need to claim a politicaly party to vote in primary elections? Yes. If you do not select a party, you can still vote in general elections, but not in primary elections. How can I submit my FPCA? If you are registered to vote you may mail, email or fax your FPCA directly to the Maryland State Board of Elections. If you are not registered to vote, you must mail your FPCA directly to Maryland State Board of Elections or use Maryland's online registration system at [www.elections.maryland.gov] (http://www.elections.maryland.gov). How often must I submit my FPCA Each year. If I am currently registered to vote, how may I request an absentee ballot? The FPCA also serves as a request for an absentee ballot. If you have not submitted an FPCA in an election year, mail, email or fax your FPCA directly to Maryland State Board of Elections, or you may use Maryland's online registration system at [www.elections.maryland.gov] (http://www.elections.maryland.gov) to request a ballot. 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?. You may use the FWAB without having registered or previously requested an absentee ballot; however, if you are not registered the FWAB must be received by the Maryland State Board of Elections by the registration deadline. Uniformed Service members, their eligible family members and U.S. civilians temporarily overseas may use the FWAB for voting in primary, special, and general elections for Federal, State and local offices and non-candidate ballot issues. Overseas civilians permanently residing overseas may only use the FWAB 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? No. 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? Please visit [www.elections.maryland.gov] (http://www.elections.maryland.gov).