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. To vote in primary elections, you must enter your political party affiliation. If you want to change your political party affiliation, mail a completed FPCA indicating your new party preference to the local election official to be received no later than 15 days prior to the election. Political party affiliation is not required if only requesting absentee ballots for general elections. Name (Last, First, Middle). Date of Birth<br/><br/>Your valid South Dakota Driver's License number is required for voter registration. If you do not have a South Dakota Driver's License, enter the last four digits of your Social Security number. If you do not possess either of these identification numbers, you must register at the County Auditor's office and sign a statement saying you do not have either number. Recommended but not required. Provide your contact information to allow your local election official to follow up if more information is required. South Dakota allows you to receive your blank ballot by mail or email. Your absentee ballot cannot be sent to you by fax. Please rank your preference of how you would like to receive your absentee ballot. If you choose to receive your blank ballot by email, you must provide your email address in Block 5. Please ensure that this email address does not block or filter emails forwarded from your county election official. In the event that your ballot cannot be delivered via email, your local election official will mail your ballot to the address in Block 8. If no address is provided, your ballot would then be sent to your voter registration address in South Dakota. Complete street address of your South Dakota 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 currently live now. Provide any information that may assist the local election official in accepting this application. Sign and date. Stateside Uniformed Service members and their eligible family members must provide a photocopy of one of the following: * a South Dakota Driver's License or non-driver ID card * a passport or other picture ID issued by the U.S. government * a tribal photo ID * a current student photo ID issued by the South Dakota high school or post secondary education institution Should notarization of the stateside military voter's signature be easier to obtain than a photocopy of the ID, a notarized absentee ballot application may be submitted. The notarization on the absentee ballot application can be administered by any commissioned officer in the military service of the United States. Overseas Uniformed Service members, their eligible family members and overseas citizens are not required to have a witness or notarization, nor are they required to include a photocopy of their identification. South Dakota allows you to submit the FPCA by mail, email or fax if you are already registered. If you are not registered, you must submit the form by mail. Please also see the ID photocopy requirement in the "Affirmation" section in the FPCA instructions. 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 or at [sdsos.gov] (http://sdsos.gov). If you choose to email your FPCA, you should send the signed form as a scanned attachment. Email directly to your local election office. Email addresses can be found at the end of this section or at [sdsos.gov] (http://sdsos.gov). If you choose to fax your FPCA, it is recommended that you fax the signed form directly to your local election official. Fax numbers can be found at the end of this section or [sdsos.gov] (http://sdsos.gov).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, contact your local election office or refer to South Dakota's voter registration verification website which can be found at [https://sdsos.gov/elections/viplogin.aspx] (https://sdsos.gov/elections/viplogin.aspx). In addition to your registration information, this site also provides you with tracking information regarding your voting materials - the date your absentee ballot application was received, the date the absentee ballot was sent to you either by mail or email, and the date your voted absentee ballot was received by your election official. Your jurisdiction will contact you if your registration is denied. American citizen never lived in U.S. Important information question Any overseas citizen may register and vote in any Federal, State, county, or local election held within South Dakota under the following condition: (1) The overseas citizen, or the spouse or parent of the overseas citizen, was last domiciled in South Dakota immediately prior to departure from the United States (2) an adult child of the overseas citizen has not reached the age of 22. South Dakota allows you to use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB) for registration and voting in primary, special and general elections for Federal office. Feel free to use the FWAB to vote any time before an election. South Dakota allows you to use this form for registration. Select the category that describes you. Name (Last, First, Middle). Date of Birth Recommended but not required. Provide your contact information to allow your local election official to follow up if more information is required. Not required. Complete street address of your South Dakota 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. To find out the races and candidates for which you can vote, go to [sdsos.gov] (http://sdsos.gov). 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. Insert the sealed security envelope and the Voter's Declaration/Affirmation into the mailing envelope and mail your FWAB directly to your local election official. Contact information for your county auditor is available at [sdsos.gov] (http://sdsos.gov). You may check the status of the absentee ballot process by referring to South Dakota's Voter Information Portal at [https://sdsos.gov/elections/viplogin.aspx] (https://sdsos.gov/elections/viplogin.aspx). The site tracks the date your absentee ballot application was received, the date the absentee ballot was sent to you either by mail or email and the date your voted absentee ballot was received by your election official. >***Voted ballots must be received by the local election office by the close of the polls on Election Day.*** No witness or notary is required on voted ballots. Voted ballots must 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 at [https://sdsos.gov/elections/viplogin.aspx] (https://sdsos.gov/elections/viplogin.aspx).