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? 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 no later than 28 days before the election. Political party affiliation is not required if only requesting absentee ballots for general elections How can I submit my FPCA? New Mexico allows you to submit the FPCA by mail, email or fax. If you submit your FPCA by email or fax, you must also mail the form. How often must I submit my FPCA? The FPCA registers you to vote and requests absentee ballots for all elections held through the next regularly scheduled general election. If I am currently registered to vote, how may I request an absentee ballot? Fill out and return an FPCA or an absentee application by mail, email or fax to your local election office. The absentee application can be found on the Secretary of State website at [www.sos.state.nm.us] (http://www.sos.state.nm.us). How can I return my voted ballot or Federal Write-In Ballot (FWAB)? You may return your voted ballot or FWAB by mail, email or fax. If you submit your voted ballot or FWAB by email or fax, you must also submit it by mail. What must I do to use the FWAB and can I use the FWAB to vote in State and local elections? If you are registered and have requested your absentee ballot, feel free to use the FWAB to vote any time before an election. New Mexico allows you to use the FWAB for voting in the general, special and primary elections for Federal, State and local offices. 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? To find out the races and candidates for which you can vote, go to [www.sos.state.nm.us] (http://www.sos.state.nm.us).