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 may mail 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? Every two years. If I am currently registered to vote, how may I request an absentee ballot? You may request an absentee ballot by filling out the FPCA. You may mail or fax your FPCA directly to your local election official. Addresses can be found at the end of this section. How can I return my voted ballot or Federal Write-In Ballot (FWAB)? You must return your voted ballot or FWAB by mail. You may only return your voted ballot by fax if you received it by fax. What must I do to use the FWAB and can I use the FWAB to vote in State and local elections? You may use a FWAB any time if you have previously requested your absentee ballot. A FWAB may be used in all general, primary and special elections for Federal, State or local offices. I am an American citizen, but I have never lived in the U.S., can I register to vote in this State? Yes, if a parent is a qualified Rhode Island voter. 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 [www.sos.ri.gov/vic/] (http://www.sos.ri.gov/vic/).