Registration is not required. You must still complete the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) to request an absentee ballot. The form requests absentee ballots for all Federal, State and local elections held through the next regularly scheduled general election. 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 local election official on or before the 90th day before the primary election. Political party affiliation is not required if only requesting absentee ballots for general elections. Name (Last, First, Middle). Date of Birth<br/><br/>Enter your valid Rhode Island Driver's License number, the last four digits of your Social Security number, OR your State voter registration number. Recommended but not required. Provide your contact information to allow your city or town elections official to follow up if more information is required. Rhode Island allows you to receive your absentee ballot by mail, fax or electronically via download from a secure website. In order to receive your ballot by fax, you must fax your FPCA to the Secretary of State. Please rank your preference of how you would like to receive your absentee ballot. Provide your fax number in Block 5. If you do not make a selection, then the Secretary of State will mail your ballot to you. Complete street address of your Rhode Island 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 city or town where you claim legal voting residence. Complete address where you want your ballot sent, usually where you live now. Provide any information that may assist the city or town elections official in accepting this application. Sign and date. No witness or notary required. Rhode Island allows you to submit the FPCA by mail or fax. If you choose to mail your FPCA, mail the form directly to your local election office. Addresses can be found at the end of this section. If you choose to fax your FPCA, fax the form directly to the Secretary of State at 401-222-1444. 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 official or refer to Rhode Island's voter registration verification website at [http://www.sos.ri.gov/vic/] (http://www.sos.ri.gov/vic/). If the person is a U.S. citizen and has never lived in the U.S. but has a parent who is a qualified Rhode Island elector, this person will be eligible to register and vote in Federal elections only. Rhode Island allows you to use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB) for voting in primary, special and general elections for local, State and Federal offices. If you have previously requested your absentee ballot, you may use the FWAB to vote any time before an election. Rhode Island does not require voter registration. Do not check the regsitration block. Select the category that describes you. Name (Last, First, Middle) Date of Birth<br/><br/>Enter your valid Rhode Island Driver's License number, the last four digits of your Social Security number, OR your State voter registration number. Recommended but not required. Provide your contact information to allow your local election official to follow up if more information is required. Enter your political party affiliation for voting in Presidential primary elections or write "none" if you wish to only vote in general elections. Complete street address of your Rhode Island 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 city or town where you claim legal voting residence. Enter your current mailing address. Provide any information that may assist the local election official in accepting this ballot or application. Sign and date. No witness or notary required. Vote for any Federal, State or local office in a primary, special or general election. To find out the races and candidates for which you can vote, go to [www.sos.ri.gov/vic/] (https://www.sos.ri.gov/vic/). For each office for which you vote, write in either a candidate's name or a political party designation. 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 State absentee ballots. If you receive the State ballot after submitting the voted FWAB, you may also vote and return the State ballot. If both ballots are received by the deadline, only the State ballot will be counted. Rhode Island allows you to submit the FWAB by mail (or fax if you faxed your FPCA for ballot request). If you choose to mail your FWAB, insert the sealed security envelope and the Voter's Declaration/Affirmation into the mailing envelope and mail it directly to: State Board of Elections 50 Branch Avenue Providence, RI 02904 If you choose to fax your FWAB, fax the ballot directly to the State Board at 401-222-3135. Include ballot, voter affirmation, and cover sheet with secrecy waiver. You may also use the DoD Electronic Transmission Service to fax your FWAB 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). > ***Voted ballots must be received by the State Board of Elections by 8 pm ET on Election Day.*** No witness or notary is required on the certification envelope used for the return of voted ballots. You may return the voted ballot by mail (or by fax only if you received your ballot by fax). If returning your ballot by fax, use the FPCA fax instructions under "How and Where to Submit Your FPCA." 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. If you have not received your ballot, you may go to [www.sos.ri.gov/vic] (https://www.sos.ri.gov/vic) to download the official ballot and all necessary voting materials to vote either by mail or fax. You may track the status of your ballot at [www.sos.ri.gov/vic] (https://www.sos.ri.gov/vic).