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? No, but if you do not select a party, you cannot vote for candidates and you will receive an "issues only" ballot for the primary election. How can I submit my FPCA? You may mail, email or fax your FPCA directly to your local election official. Addresses can be found at the end of this section. How often must I submit my FPCA? Each year. If I am currently registered to vote, how may I request an absentee ballot? Fill out and return the FPCA to your local election office. How can I return my voted ballot or Federal Write-In 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 to vote at any time if you have previously registered and requested a ballot or if you submit the FWAB by the registration deadline. The FWAB may be used to vote in Federal, State and local elections. I am an American citizen, but I have never lived in the U.S., can I register to vote in this State? Yes, 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? Please visit [http://www.sos.state.oh.us/SOS/elections.aspx] (http://www.sos.state.oh.us/SOS/elections.aspx) for links to local county boards of elections where you can view a precinct-specific FWAB Election Notice.