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

    Saturday, May 27, 2017 at 12:00 PM · 9 rsvps
    The Good Home in Mt Eden, New Zealand

    Meet and Greet - Auckland

    I hope you all are bundled up as here in Auckland … we are FREEZING! I’m certainly California dreaming at the moment.
    While it is short notice, as promised I’d love to meet all of you! We are holding our Meet and Greet sessions in Auckland and Wellington!
    Auckland has been scheduled for this Saturday at May 27th@ 12pm.
    We will be catching up at The Good Home in Mount Eden. 37 Normanby Rd Mount Eden, Auckland.
    There is plenty of parking for those attending so really hope you all can make it out.
    RSVPs are requested but not required.  All are welcome.
    Saturday, May 27, 2017 at 11:30 AM · 2 rsvps
    Brygga 2, Ribersborgstranden in Malmö, Sweden

    Memorial Day BBQ and Potluck

    Join DA Skåne for our first annual Memorial Day BBQ!

     

    Beach, BBQ and the resistance! There’s no better way to celebrate the start of summer!

     

    We’ll supply the grills (one for carnivores and another herbivores) and you’ll bring whatever you’d like to grill and drink!

    Bring a side dish to for everyone to dig into as well (because sharing is caring and everybody loves a potluck!)

     

    We’ll also have a frisbee, a football and other sports equipment for those that are so inclined. And music, of course!

       

    Feel free to bring your partners, family, friends and guests that would be interested in joining DA!

     

    When? Saturday, May 27th, from 11:30 to 15:30

    Where? Brygga 2, Ribersborgstranden

    Need help finding it? Click the link for directions! Directions to Brygga 2, Ribersborgsstranden

     

    Make sure to write me, at arcelayalexander@gmail.com

    or on facebook to let me know what you’re going to bring as a side dish. Or if you have any questions, of course.

     

    On facebook? Join our DA Skåne facebook group! Just click here.

     

    Looking forward to seeing you there!

    Alexander Arcelay