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

    Democrats Abroad Condemns Voter Suppression in Virginia

    The Virginia House of Delegates is one seat away from a 50/50 Democratic/Republican split. Ballots sent from abroad may help decide that outcome, but local election officials in Virginia are illegally refusing to count them. The Republican candidate for House District 28 currently leads the vote count by only 84 votes, but news reports note that the local election board has refused to tally at least 55 ballots from abroad, and more than 1,000 other absentee ballots may not have been counted yet as well. As Julia Bryan, Chair of Democrats Abroad, stated today: “Our legal system promises that all Americans who successfully cast their ballot should have their votes counted. By not picking up overseas ballots from their post box on Election Day — ballots that arrived before the 7pm deadline on November 7 — the Stafford County electoral board has effectively, and illegally, disenfranchised our military and civilian voters abroad. There is simply no legal reason not to count these votes.” Democrats Abroad stands firm in condemning voter suppression efforts and will continue fighting to protect all votes from abroad. UPDATE (Nov 12): The Stafford County electoral board will hold a meeting on Monday, November 13th to decide whether or not they will count the 55 votes from abroad. We will keep this statement updated as news comes in.
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    Joy in the Morning! Election result news

    Virginia Ralph Northam is the governor-elect (54% - 45%!), Justin Fairfax is lieutenant governor-elect, and Mark Herring was re-elected attorney general. Control of the Virginia House went from 66R/34D to 51R/49D, with Democrats picking up 15* House of Delegates seats - just two seats shy of flipping the House to Democrats.  Jennifer Carroll Foy (HD-02) Wendy Goodits (HD-10) Chris Hurst (HD-12) Danica Roem (HD-13) (first openly transgender state legislator) Kelly Fowler (HD-21) Elizabeth Guzman (HD-31) David Reid (HD-32) Kathy Tran (HD-42) (first Asian-American woman in the House) Lee Carter (HD-50) Hala Ayala (HD-51) Karrie Delaney (HD-67) Dawn Adams (HD-68) Schuyler VanValkenberg (HD-72) Deborah Rodman (HD-73) Cheryl Turpin (HD-85) Thanks to ABSENTEE VOTES! there are re-counts underway in four additional Republican-held House Districts: HD 27 (R-Robinson, D-Barnett), HD 28 (R-Thomas, D-Cole), HD 40 (R-Hugo, D-Tanner) and HD 94 (R-Yancey, D-Simonds).  * This is the largest pickup for Virginia Dems since 1899.  FloridaDemocrats re-elected Mayor Rick Kriseman to be the mayor of St. Petersburg. GeorgiaDemocrats flipped two House districts by electing Deborah Gonzalez (HD-117) and Jonathan Wallace (HD-119).  MassachusettsDemocrats re-elected Boston Mayor Marty Walsh. MichiganDemocrats held Michigan’s 109th House District by electing Sara Cambensy. MinnesotaMelvin Carter won the mayor's race in St. Paul to become the first African American Mayor.  New HampshireDemocrats flipped the Manchester mayoral seat by electing Joyce Craig. Joyce is the first woman to ever serve as mayor of Manchester. Democrats flipped one seat in the New Hampshire House of Representatives by electing Erika Connors to the Hillsborough County District 15 and held the Sullivan County District 1 by electing Brian Sullivan.In total, Democrats have now flipped six seats in New Hampshire from red to blue in 2017  New JerseyDemocrats flipped the governor’s seat from red to blue by electing Phil Murphy (55.6%-42.3%). Sheila Oliver was elected Lt Governor and became NJ's first African American Lt Governor. Vin Gopal flipped New Jersey’s 11th Senate District from red to blue. New Jersey became the 7th state in the US where Democrats control both legislative and executive branches.  New YorkDemocrats re-elected New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.   North CarolinaDemocrats flipped 2 mayoral seats by electing Vi Lyles in Charlotte and Mitch Colvin in Fayetteville. Vi Lyles is the first-ever African American woman to be elected mayor of Charlotte, while Mitch used his strong ties to the community to flip the Fayetteville mayoral seat from red to blue.  WashingtonManka Dhingra's resounding victory in the Washington 45th state senate race successfully flipped control of the Washington State Senate to the Democrats. Jenny Durkan won the mayor's race in Seattle to become the first openly lesbian Mayor. 
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  • From the Calendar

    Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 01:30 PM · 12 rsvps


    PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that on Saturday, November 18, 2017, at 1:30 p.m. or as soon thereafter as a quorum shall be present, the Chair of Democrats Abroad Japan, pursuant to the applicable provisions of the Bylaws, will call to order a meeting of the general membership of Democrats Abroad Japan. The meeting will take place in Kyoto at 職員会館かもがわ (Shokuinkaikan Kamogawa) http://www.kyotocity-kouseikai.jp/kamogawa/

    Map: https://goo.gl/maps/aGqGKSLsjT22
    Address: 〒604-0901 Kyōto-fu, Kyōto-shi, Nakagyō-ku, Suemarucho 284 (土手町 通夷川上る末丸町284)

    Online participation will be available via WebEx video link.  A link to the online meeting will also be distributed to the membership in advance of the meeting via email.  If you are attending, either in person or virtually, please go to the bottom of this event page and RSVP. This helps us establish a quorum for the meeting.
    Event Page: http://www.democratsabroad.org/glcasia/daj_general_membership_meeting


    For Virtual Participants

    1. WebEx (virtual participation) via audio and/or video conference 
      Link: https://democratsabroad.webex.com/democratsabroad/e.php?AT=SI&MK=859987704
      WebEx application download may be necessary depending on the platform/browser/device you are using.

    2. Date and Time: Sat, 18 Nov 2017 1:30 - 4:30 JST
      (Meeting starts at 1:30PM, please log-in early between 1:00-1:30PM to avoid connection difficulties.) 
      Meeting Number: 859987704 
      Meeting Password: dems 

    3. Direct Participation
      For participation via phone (US number) and detailed log-in info [Providing phone support can be costly as Democrats Abroad pays for each dial-in user, please only use dial-in options if you do not have access to the internet. Dialing rates to a US phone number will also apply to the caller.]: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1TJJqxvKGVph2fsfKe53kAB1y6tdheqCCerUmHGvzJ-o/edit?usp=sharing

    4. For general information on using WebEx, please visit:  http://www.democratsabroad.org/tomschmid/general_instructions_on_joining_daj_web_conferences

    5. Please note that although basic technical support will be provided, the meeting cannot be postponed or delayed to deal with individual technical issues. Please join as early as possible to 13:00 to ensure your connection works.


    Members who wish to receive the e-mail notices should login to their accounts to ensure that their email address is current and that they have not unsubscribed to DAJ's email list.


    If you are planning to attend the meeting, either in person or via WebEx, please go to the Doodle link below and indicate your planned attendance.  It helps DAJ know if a quorum will be met.


    Doodle Link: https://doodle.com/poll/c4kdwa87w4qpwkrq


    In addition to officers’ reports and updates from chapters, committees and other working groups, there will be a report regarding the Annual Global Meeting to be held in Japan in May 2018.


    Following the General Meeting, which is expected to last one hour, the Executive Committee will host a town hall discussion that will give our members an opportunity to share their desires and expectations for the future direction of the Democratic Party. The discussion will also consider how we can support that vision as members of Democrats Abroad Japan.  Speaking time per person will be limited, and members may not address one another directly. The highest standards of decorum are required and will be strictly enforced.  The General Meeting and town hall discussion will be held in accordance with Robert’s Rules of Order.


    There is no fee to attend the meeting, although donations are requested and appreciated to help cover the cost of the venue and equipment. To donate via bank transfer, please contact  amanda_dajtreasurer@democratsabroad.org 

    Donations may also be made at the venue.


    Questions regarding this notice may be directed to any DAJ officer.  


    Date issued: November 1, 2017 (Updated on November 6)


    Democrats Abroad Japan Executive Committee

    Alexander Gonzalez, Chair

    Kiyoko Ayukawa, Vice Chair

    Gordon Gaul, Secretary

    Amanda Berhaupt-Glickstein, Treasurer

    Patrick Shumaker, Counsel


    Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 05:30 PM · 5 rsvps

    Thanksgiving Meet Up!

    Hey TAS members of DAA! Please join us for a pot-luck style Thanksgiving meeting! 
    There have been a lot stressful moments since Drumpf was elected, and I thought allowing us all to come together to celebrate one of our holidays would make it easier to discuss our thoughts and concerns! 
    The meeting will be held from 5:30pm until 8pm on November 18th at 25 Forster Street, New Town, Tasmania.
    This is an alcohol-free event, but there will be plenty of yummy drinks to enjoy :)