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. See FPCA Block 2 or FWAB Block 6 for additional information. How can I submit my FPCA? New York allows you to submit the FPCA by mail, email or fax. If you choose to email or fax your form, you must also mail the original signed FPCA directly to your local election office and it must be received by the ballot receipt deadline. How often must I submit my FPCA? For Uniformed Service voters, New York accepts an FPCA as voter registration and absentee ballot request for all Federal, State and local elections held through the next two regularly scheduled general elections. For overseas citizens, New York accepts an FPCA as voter registration and absentee ballot request for all Federal elections held through the next two regularly scheduled general elections. If I am currently registered to vote, how may I request an absentee ballot? The FPCA also serves as an absentee ballot request, so even if you are already registered to vote, complete an FPCA and return it to the proper county board. 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 a FWAB and can I use the FWAB to vote in State and local elections? You may use the FWAB at any time if you have previously registered and requested your absentee ballot. If you are not already registered, the ballot will not be counted but the FWAB will be used to register you for future elections. Uniformed Service members and their eligible family members may use the FWAB to vote in State and local elections. Overseas citizens may not. I am an American citizen, but I have never lived in the U.S., can I register to vote in this State? Yes, for Federal offices in the county where a parent would be eligible to register and vote. 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 New York State Board of Elections web site at [http://www.elections.ny.gov] (http://www.elections.ny.gov) for information on certain candidates and propositions that will appear on the ballot. You can also find links to the web site of your local county board, which may provide additional local information.