The Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) permanently registers you to vote and requests absentee ballots for all Federal elections held through one calendar year of a regularly scheduled general election. If you indicate your return is "uncertain" in Block 1 on the FPCA, your application will serve as a temporary registration for Federal elections only. If you submit your FPCA by the 20th day before the election, you will receive a full ballot, unless you indicated your return is uncertain. FPCAs received after this date will be issued a ballot for Federal contests only. Select the category that describes you. By checking that you are a U.S. citizen residing outside the U.S. and do not intend to return, you are eligible to receive a Federal ballot only. 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. Political party affiliation is not required if only requesting absentee ballots for general elections. Name (Last, First, Middle). Date of birth. Your valid Texas Driver's License number OR personal identification number issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety is required for voter registration. If you do not have either of these numbers, you must provide the last four digits of your Social Security number. If you do not possess any of these identification numbers, you must state so in Block 9. Strongly recommended but not required. Provide contact information to allow your local election official to follow up if more information is required. Texas allows you to receive the ballot by mail or by email for any general, special, primary or runoff election for Federal office or any special State legislative vacancy election or any local election held jointly with Federal election. Please rank your preference of how you would like to receive your absentee ballot. Provide your email address 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 Texas 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. This is required even if email is the selected method of ballot delivery. In addition to mailing a regular ballot, Texas provides a State Write-In Absentee Ballot to any voter unable to vote in the regular absentee voting process due to military contingencies. You must request this ballot 180 or less days before the election. If you submitted a Voter Registration/Absentee Ballot Request form more than 180 days before the election, you must make another request for the special State write-in ballot. To make the request, write in Block 9: "Special State Write-In Ballot." Use of a State or Federal write in ballots requires a voter first have an FPCA on file with the Early Voting Clerk. Provide any information that may assist the local election officer in accepting this application. Sign and date. No witness or notary required. Texas allows you to submit the FPCA by mail, email, fax or common/contract carrier. If you choose to mail your FPCA, mail the form directly to your local election officer. Addresses can be found at the end of this section or online at [http://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/voter/county.shtml] (http://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/voter/county.shtml). If you choose to email your FPCA, you should send the form as a signed, scanned attachment. Email directly to your local election officer. Email addresses are found at the end of this section or they can be found online at [www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/voter/county.shtml] (http://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/voter/county.shtml). If you choose to fax your FPCA, it is recommended that you fax the form directly to your local election official. Fax numbers can be found at the end of this section or at www.sos.state.tx.us/elections] (http://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections). 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 absentee ballot request, contact your local election office, addresses are available at [www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/voter/county.shtml] (http://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/voter/county.shtml) or at [https://webservices.sos.state.tx.us/FPCA/index.aspx] (https://webservices.sos.state.tx.us/FPCA/index.aspx) or at the end of this section. To find out the status of your permanent registration, refer to Texas' voter registration verification website at [https://team1.sos.state.tx.us/voterws/viw/faces/ Introduction.jsp] (https://team1.sos.state.tx.us/voterws/viw/faces/Introduction.jsp). Your jurisdiction will contact you if your application is denied. Texas allows you to use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB) for voting in any general, special, primary, or run-off election for Federal office OR any special State legislative vacancy election or any local election held jointly with Federal election. If you have requested your absentee ballot, feel free to use the FWAB to vote any time before an election. Texas does not allow you to use this form for registration. Do not check this box. Select the category that describes you. Name (Last, First, Middle). Date of birth. Enter your valid Texas Driver's License number, personal identification number, the last four digits of your Social Security number, OR your State Voter Registration number. This is strongly 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 Texas 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 that local election official in accepting this ballot or application. Sign and date. No witness or notary required. Vote for any Federal office in a general, special, primary, or runoff election. To find out the races and candidates for which you can vote, go to [http://www.sos.state.tx.us/] (http://www.sos.state.tx.us/). 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. Texas allows you to return the FWAB by mail (or fax only if you are an active-duty Armed Forces member or eligible family member and you are casting the ballot from an area where you are eligible to receive hostile fire pay or imminent danger pay, or that has been designated a combat zone by the President). 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. You may return the FWAB by mail, common or contract carrier, or courier. Addresses can be found below. If you qualify to fax your FWAB and choose to fax it, you must 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 local election office by the close of polls on Election Day for stateside Uniformed Service members and their families.*** >***Voted ballots must be placed in delivery by 7 pm on Election Day and received by the local election office no later than 5 days after the election for overseas Uniformed Service members, their families and overseas citizens.*** No witness or notary is required on voted ballots. Texas allows you to return the voted ballot by fax only if you are an active duty Armed Forces member or family member and you are casting the ballot from an area where you are eligible to receive hostile fire pay or imminent danger pay, or that has been designated a combat zone by the President. You must use the DoD Electronic Transmission Service (ETS) to fax your ballot toll-free. See FPCA fax instructions under "How and Where to Submit Your FPCA" for more information. All other absentee voters must return the voted ballot by mail, common or contract carrier, or courier. 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://webservices.sos.state.tx.us/FPCA/index.aspx] (https://webservices.sos.state.tx.us/FPCA/index.aspx).