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 election officials to identify you as a voter covered by *UOCAVA* (Federal law providing special protections). You may submit an absentee ballot request by mail, email or fax or online at [] ( 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? No. How can I submit my FPCA? You may submit your FPCA online at [] (, or by mail, email or fax. How often must I submit my FPCA? The FPCA is good for all elections in a calendar year. Submit a new FPCA each calendar year or every time you move. If I am currently registered to vote, how may I request an absentee ballot? Fill out and return the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) to your local election official. How can I return my voted ballot or Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB)? By mail, package delivery or diplomatic pouch. 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 to vote any time before an election without having first submitted an FPCA. Uniformed Service members, their eligible family members and citizens overseas temporarily may use the FWAB to vote in Federal, State and local elections without having made a prior request for a ballot. Citizens overseas indefinitely who have no plans to return to Minnesota may use the FWAB to vote in primary or general elections for Federal office only. 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? Go to [] ( The "What's On My Ballot" tool will provide the names of candidates and the local races in which you are eligible to vote and will help you automatically write in your choices.