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. Voters should submit a new application after January 1 of each year to qualify for all upcoming Federal elections. Select the category that describes you. South Carolina does not require you to register to vote by party. However, to vote in primary elections, you must enter your party of choice to ensure you receive that party's ballot. If you want to change your party, submit a completed FPCA indicating your new party preference to the local election official. Party is not required if only requesting absentee ballots for general elections. Name (Last, First, Middle) Please enter your sex and date of birth.<br/><br/>For race, enter the choice that best describes you from the following list: Black/ African American; Hispanic; Asian; White; Native American; Other.<br/><br/>Enter your Social Security number. Recommended but not required. Provide your contact information to allow your local election official to follow up if more information is required. South Carolina allows you to receive your absentee ballot by mail, email or fax. Please rank your preference of how you would like to receive your absentee ballot. Provide your email address or fax number in Block 5. If you do not make a selection, then your local election official will mail your ballot to you. Complete street address of your South Carolina 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. In addition to mailing a regular ballot,South Carolina provides a State Write-In Absentee Ballot to any voter unable to vote using the regular absentee voting process due to military service or due to living in extremely remote areas. This ballot allows you to vote for Federal offices, State offices, and members of the South Carolina General Assembly. You must request this ballot 90 or less days before the election. To request it, write in Block 9: *"I am unable to vote by regular absentee ballot or in person due to requirements of military service or due to living in isolated or extremely remote areas of the world. I request a special write-in absentee ballot."* Provide any information that may assist the local election official in accepting this application. Sign and date. No witness or notary required. South Carolina allows you to submit the FPCA by mail, email 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 email your FPCA, you should send the form as a signed, scanned attachment. Email directly to your local election office. Email addresses can be found at the end of this section or at [http://www.scvotes.org/how_to_register_absentee_voting](http://www.scvotes.org/how_to_register_absentee_voting). If you choose to fax your FPCA, fax the form directly to your local election official. Fax numbers for election officials can be found at the end of this section or at [http://www.scvotes.org/how_to_register_absentee_voting](http://www.scvotes.org/how_to_register_absentee_voting). 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 South Carolina's voter registration verification website at [https://info.scvotes.sc.gov/eng/voterinquiry/VoterInformationRequest.aspx?PageMode=VoterInfo](https://info.scvotes.sc.gov/eng/voterinquiry/VoterInformationRequest.aspx?PageMode=VoterInfo). Your jurisdiction will contact you if your application is denied. Any person eligible to register who has been discharged or separated from service in the Armed Forces and returned home after the registration deadline may register to vote in the next election up to 5 pm on Election Day. They must register at their local election office. If qualified, they will be issued a registration notification with their voting precinct and a certification to the precinct managers stating that the person is registered and entitled to vote. South Carolina allows you to use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB) for registration and voting in primary, special, runoff and general elections for Federal, State, and local offices and non-candidate ballot issues. Feel free to use the FWAB to vote any time before an election. South Carolina allows you to use this form for registration. Select the category that describes you. Name (Last, First, Middle) Please enter your sex and date of birth.<br/><br/>Race is requested but not required. Enter the choice that best describes you from the following list: Black/African American; Hispanic; Asian; White; Native American; Other.<br/><br/>Enter your Social Security number. Recommended but not required. Provide your contact information to allow your local election official to follow up if more information is required. If you are using this form to register and wish to vote in primary elections, you must enter your political party affiliation. If you want to change your political party, submit an FPCA indicating your new party preference to the local election official. Complete street address of your South Carolina 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. 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 for Federal, State or local office in a general, special, or primary election. To find out the races and candidates for which you can vote, go to [www.scvotes.org] (http://www.scvotes.org). 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. If using the FWAB simultaneously as a registration form and voted ballot, it must be received by the local election office by the registration deadline. If using the FWAB as a voted ballot only, it must be received by the local election office by the ballot return deadline. 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. South Carolina allows you to submit the FWAB by mail, email or fax. If you choose to mail your FWAB, insert the sealed security envelope and the Voter's Declaration/Affirmation into the mailing envelope and mail the ballot directly to your local election office. Addresses can be found below. If you choose to fax your FWAB, fax it directly to your local election official. Fax numbers for election officials can be found at the end of this section or at [http://www.scvotes.org/how_to_register_absentee_voting](http://www.scvotes.org/how_to_register_absentee_voting). Include ballot, Voter Declaration/ 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). If you choose to email your FWAB, you should send it as a signed, scanned attachment. Include ballot, Voter Declaration/Affirmation and cover sheet with secrecy waiver. Email directly to your local election office. Email addresses can be found at the end of this section or at [http://www.scvotes.org/how_to_register_absentee_voting] (http://www.scvotes.org/how_to_register_absentee_voting). > ***Voted ballots must be received by the local election office by the close of polls on Election Day.*** The oath on the ballot return envelope must be signed. You may return the voted ballot by mail, email or fax. Use FPCA email or 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. You may track the status of your ballot at [https://info.scvotes.sc.gov/eng/voterinquiry/VoterInformationRequest.aspx](https://info.scvotes.sc.gov/eng/voterinquiry/VoterInformationRequest.aspx).