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. If you do not select a party, you can still vote in a general election, but not in a primary election. How can I submit my FPCA? You must mail your FPCA directly to the Absentee Administrative Board office, see end of this section for the address. How often must I submit my FPCA? Every four years. 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 may return your voted ballot or FWAB by mail, email or fax. What must I do to use the FWAB and can I use the FWAB to vote in State and local elections? To use the FWAB you must have previously registered and requested an absentee ballot for the election in which you want to vote. The FWAB may only be used 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? Witness is required (see Block 9 instruction). Notary is not required. Where can I find information about the candidates and/or other items that will be on my ballot? Please visit [www.ceepur.org] (http://www.ceepur.org). 2014-11-04T05:00:00.000 The Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) registers you to vote and requests absentee ballots for all regularly scheduled Federal elections for the calendar year in which it is submitted and the next Federal election. Puerto Rico only accepts the FPCA as a temporary registration and absentee ballot request for elections for Federal office. If you register using the FPCA, you will only be able to vote absentee, not in-person. Select the category that describes you. 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 Absentee Voting Administrative Board. Political party affiliation is not required if only requesting absentee ballots for general elections. Name (Last, First, Middle). Both your paternal and maternal surnames are required. Otherwise, provide your full name as it appears on file at the Puerto Rico State Elections Commission. Your sex and race are not required.Your date of birth is required.<br/><br/>Your Puerto Rico Driver's License number is required. If you do not have a Puerto Rico Driver's License number, the last four digits of your Social Security number OR your voter registration number is required. Recommended but not required. Provide your contact information to allow your county elections official to follow up if more information is required. Puerto Rico allows you to receive your ballot by mail or on the web at [prballotrequest.secureballotusa.com/en] (http://prballotrequest.secureballotusa.com/en). More transmission options may be available. Check [FVAP.gov] (http://www.fvap.gov) for updates. Complete street address of your Puerto Rico voting residence. A post office box is not sufficient. If your address includes a rural route, describe its location in Block 9. This address must be within the county where you claim legal voting residence. Complete address where you want your ballot sent, usually where you live now. Provide your father's and mother's first names. The witness or certifying officer who signs the Affirmation must state here - *"I certify that [voter] is a [member of the U.S. Army, student at XX University, etc., whichever is applicable]."* Provide any information that may assist the county elections official in accepting this application. Sign and date. Witness is required (see instruction in Block 9). Notary is not required. Puerto Rico allows you to submit the FPCA by mail, email or fax if you are already registered. If you are not already registered and choose to email or fax, you must also submit your FPCA by mail so that it arrives by the ballot return deadline. If you choose to mail your FPCA, mail the form directly to: Absentee Voting Administrative Board (JAVA) Puerto Rico State Election Commission PO Box 192359 San Juan, PR 00919-2359 If you choose to email your FPCA, you should send the form as a signed, scanned attachment. Email directly to the Absentee Voting Administrative Board (JAVA) at java@cee.gobierno.pr. If you choose to fax your FPCA, fax the form directly to the Absentee Voting Administrative Board at (787) 777-8357. Fax numbers can be found at [www.ceepur.org] (http://www.ceepur.org). You may also use the DoD Electronic Transmission Service to fax your FPCA toll-free. To use the Electronic Transmission Service, use the cover sheet available in Chapter 1 or at [FVAP.gov] (http://www.fvap.gov), and fax to: (703) 693-5527, DSN 223-5527, or toll-free from the U.S., Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands to 1-800-368-8683. International toll-free numbers can be found on the inside back cover or at [FVAP.gov] (http://www.fvap.gov). To find out the status of your registration/absentee ballot request, contact your local election office or refer to Puerto Rico's voter registration verification website at [http://cee.ceepur.org/consulta/default.aspx] (http://cee.ceepur.org/consulta/default.aspx). Your jurisdiction will contact you regarding the status of your application. You may register to vote and request your absentee ballot online at [https://prballotrequest.secureballotusa.com/en] (https://prballotrequest.secureballotusa.com/en). If you are already permanently registered, you may request a ballot using the Petition for Absentee Ballot which is available by mail from the Elections Commission or at [www.ceepur.org] (http://www.ceepur.org). Puerto Rico allows you to use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB) for voting in primary, special, runoff and general elections for Federal office. If you are registered and have requested your absentee ballot, feel free to use the FWAB to vote any time before an election. Puerto Rico does not allow you to use this form for registration. Do not check the registration box. Select the category that describes you. Name (Last, First, Middle). Both your paternal and maternal surnames are required. Otherwise, provide your full name as it appears on file at the Puerto Rico State Elections Commission. Your sex and race are not required.Your date of birth is required.<br/><br/>Your Puerto Rico Driver's License number is required. If you do not have a Puerto Rico Driver's License number, the last four digits of your Social Security number OR your voter registration number is required. Recommended but not required. Provide your contact information to allow your local election official to follow up if more information is required. To vote in primary elections, you must enter your national and Territory political party affiliation. Complete street address of your Puerto Rico voting residence. A post office box is not sufficient. If your address includes a rural route, describe its location in Block 9. This address must be within the town where you claim legal voting residence. Enter your current mailing address. Provide your father's and mother's first names. The witness or certifying officer who signs the Affirmation must state here - *"I certify that [voter] is a [member of the U.S. Army, student at XX University, etc., whichever is applicable]."* Provide any information that may assist the Absentee Voting Administrative Board in accepting this ballot or application. Sign and date. Witness is required (see instruction in Block 9). Notary is not required. Vote for any Federal office in a primary, special, runoff or general election. To find out the races and candidates for which you can vote, go to [www.ceepur.org](http://www.ceepur.org). For each office for which you vote, write in either a candidate's name or a political party designation. Puerto Rico does not elect members to the U.S. Senate or directly participate in the election of the President and Vice President of the U.S. At the Federal level, only a Resident Commissioner to the House of Representatives is elected. Once the ballot is complete, fold and place it in the security envelope and seal. Place only the voted ballot in the security envelope and do not write on the security envelope. The deadlines for submitting the FWAB are the same as for territory absentee ballots. If you receive the territory ballot after submitting the voted FWAB, you may also vote and return the territory ballot. If both ballots are received by the deadline, only the territory ballot will be counted. Insert the sealed security envelope and the Voter's Declaration/Affirmation into the mailing envelope and mail your FWAB directly to: Absentee Voting Administrative Board (JAVA) Puerto Rico State Election Commission PO Box 192359 San Juan, PR 00919-2359 http://cee.ceepur.org/consulta/default.aspx Fax: (787) 777-8728 Email: java@cee.gobierno.pr > ***Voted ballots must be postmarked no later than Election Day and be received by the Puerto Rico Elections Commission by 3pm on Election Day, or no later than 45 days from the date the Puerto Rico State Election Commission sends the ballot to the voter.*** Voted ballots much be returned by mail. Overseas Uniformed Service members should request to have the Prepaid Mail Label 11-DOD applied to their ballot materials at Military Postal Office locations (APO/FPO). This label provides free express mail service to your local election official for voted ballots mailed on or before the general election date. You retain a portion of the label for tracking your ballot through the U.S. Postal Service. You may track the status of your ballot by contacting the Absentee Voting Administrative Board at: Absentee Voting Administrative Board (JAVA) Puerto Rico State Election Commission PO Box 192359 San Juan, PR 00919-2359 http://cee.ceepur.org/consulta/default.aspx Fax: (787) 777-8728 Email: java@cee.gobierno.pr All 787-777-8728 java@cee.gobierno.pr All Puerto Rico State Election Commission San Juan PR 00919-2359