Who We Are

Democrats Abroad is the official Democratic Party arm for the millions of Americans living outside the United States. We strive to provide Americans abroad a Democratic voice in our government and elect Democratic candidates by mobilizing the overseas vote.

Democrats Abroad has 42 country committees throughout Europe, the Americas, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. These country committees keep Americans abroad informed of their rights and help them participate in the U.S. political process. Our members live in more than 190 countries around the globe and vote in every state and Congressional district in the U.S.

Democrats Abroad is recognized as a "state" Party by the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and is represented on the DNC by eight voting members, as well as at the quadrennial Democratic National Convention.

Our online voter registration tool - votefromabroad.org - makes it easy to request a ballot and vote absentee from any place on the planet.

Get Involved

Interested in good opportunities to make your voice heard? Visit our Call Congress page for frequently updated actions. Or check out our country pages in the top navigation and find an event near you. Contact us through our online chat if you have questions! And if you haven't yet, join Democrats Abroad today. We are all stronger together. 

  • News

    DPCA Global Meeting – Days Five and Six Congressional Door Knock

    More than 50 Democrats Abroad leaders took to Capitol Hill for a two-day Congressional Door Knock following the DPCA Global Meeting in Washington, D.C. For this year’s Door Knock, members focused on lobbying for five key DA issues: 1. Overseas voting rights to advocate for easier registration and increased rules and deadlines transparency, including support for the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment (MOVE) Act and Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP). 2. A fully funded and balanced Elections Assistance Commission to support ballot requests and information for Americans residing abroad. 3. FATCA reform through support of HR 2136 - same country safe harbor bill and combined reporting for FATCA and FBAR forms. 4. A move toward Residence Based Taxation (RBT) to reduce the burden of double taxation on Americans overseas, which DA has advocated for over the past two decades. 5. State Department and Embassy funding to continue education and support programs such as USAID, American Citizen Services, and education services; that enrich the lives of citizens abroad and increase diplomatic relations in foreign countries. DA leaders had an impactful two days both hearing from and speaking to members of the House and Senate, many of them from their home states and districts, on these issues which greatly impact on American citizens overseas. It was also an opportunity for members to personally visit with their Congressional representatives to better encourage civic engagement. Participants capped off their trip to the Hill with a special Democrats Abroad focused episode of Democrats Live which energized everyone for the summer of resistance ahead. Until next time! Courtney Hagen, DAUK/Global comms team  
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    DPCA Global Meeting – Day Four – May 15, 2017

    The final day of the DPCA global meeting in Washington, D.C. began with an inspiring start with a speech from DNC Vice Chair and New York Assemblyman Michael Blake. Blake challenged DA leaders from around the world with the necessity and urgency of uniting under the party.  Reinforcing an imperative to “mobilize and organize” Blake narrowed in on the great obligation for Democrats to take part not just in Congressional or Presidential races but also in local, gubernatorial, municipal, and state races. “When Democrats come home, resistance is successful,” said Blake. “As a Democrat abroad you are the face of hope and education for someone back home. You get information that someone might not get back home. You must provide that awareness opportunity.” After outlining Blake called on Democrats to search for commonalities to align on values to better enfranchise citizens and voters in every state in the nation and Americans across the globe. “We have to find the connective language that unites people beyond geography,’ said Blake. “We might have different zip codes but we all still care about education, healthcare, women’s rights, LGBT rights, diversity concerns, we just have to get to that connective value differently.” The theme of thinking globally and acting locally was also carried through to this morning’s group discussion, featuring a panel of state Democratic party leaders, including David Pepper Chairman of the Ohio Democratic Party, Kathleen Matthews Chairwoman of the Maryland Democratic Party, and Georgina Cannan the Voter Protection and Policy Director for the Virginia Democratic Party. The panel addressed concerns on state level voting and participation, stressing a need for increased cooperation and work with and for Americans that live abroad, along with the importance of their ability to vote from overseas. Better data collection and voter identification of Americans abroad in their state parties and election commissions continues to be a critical need and bipartisan issue. Panelists pledged to look for ways to incorporate a portal in their party websites for more transparent voting information. DA leaders also voted on the venue for the next global meeting to be held in Japan, before officially adjourning. Though the DPCA global meeting is over for another year, DA leaders will stay on in Washington for a Congressional Door Knock on Capitol Hill to advocate for Americans abroad on five key issues: 1. Strengthening overseas voting rights 2. Reforming the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA); 3. Pushing for Residence Based Taxation (RBT); 4. Maintaining and refunding the Election Assistance Commission and advocating for more publicly available recordkeeping on overseas voter participation; 5. Resisting the proposed State Department budget cuts which include funding for American Citizen Services, USAID, and educational exchanges among others. Stay tuned for an update on our door knocking! Courtney Hagen, DAUK/Global comms team  
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  • From the Calendar

    Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 08:00 PM · 4 rsvps
    Letter Writing HQ in Santiago, Chile

    Conversations, Cocktails, & Letter Writing


    What: Conversations, Cocktails, & Letter Writing May Social

    When: May 23, 2017 at 8pm

    Where: Cristóbal Colón 4695, Depto 1303, Las Condes (10 min walk south from metro Escuela Militar, eastbound micros C04, C06, 503, 517, side street parking available)

    Are you concerned, angry, or outraged by the current direction of US politics? Do you want to make your voice heard, but aren't sure where to start? Do you want to meet with likeminded individuals for help in getting active in US politics from here in Chile?
    Come to our May social gathering where, along with meeting and greeting other supporters of Democrats Abroad Chile, we will take some concrete actions and help you contact elected officials to get your voice heard.
    During the event, we will:
    1. Help you find out who your elected officials are
    2. Suggest best practices for how to contact them and how often
    3. Suggest some issues to address together with examples on what to say and how to say it.
    We will then provide stationery, envelopes, and postage for you to write elected officials of your choice and DA Chile will make sure they get to the US mail on your behalf! All US Citizens are empowered by US law to take part in the local, state, and national elections where they are registered, and so the elected officials for those local community, state, and national governments are accountable to YOU! It is more important than ever that we let our voices as Democrats Abroad be heard by these officials.
    Food and drink will be shared. Suggested donation: 3000 CLP (DA Chile can only accept donations from US Citizens).
    Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 06:00 PM · 42 rsvps
    Wynd Co-Working Space Hong Kong in Hong Kong, Hong Kong

    An Evening with U.S. Consul General Kurt Tong

    U.S. Consul General Kurt Tong will speak to Democrats Abroad Hong Kong on the evening Wednesday, May 24th.  After some brief prepared remarks, Mr. Tong will take questions from the floor.  Mr. Tong has been with the State Department since 1990, has worked across Asia and speaks Mandarin and Japanese.  He took his post in Hong Kong last August.

    Please join Democrats Abroad Hong Kong at Wynd Co-Working Space, 43-55 Wyndham Street, in Central for this exciting event!