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 41 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

    FATCA Update - April 2017

    It’s been a big week for the Foreign Accounts Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) in Washington DC. Rep Maloney introduces Same Country Exception Bill On Tuesday April 24, 2017 Americans Abroad Caucus Chair Rep Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) introduced HR2136, the Overseas Americans Financial Access Act (OAFAA) in the House of Representatives.  The bill embodies our FACTA reform recommendation, the Same Country Safe Harbor Exemption from FATCA reporting for Americans abroad.   Congresswoman Maloney’s House speech introducing the bill is here.   This reform has the support of all our colleague organisations representing Americans abroad, as well as the National Taxpayer Advocate.  We plan on supporting the bill strongly in our Congressional Door Knock next month.  We will also publish an information pack for the Global Action Team to share with groups across Democrats Abroad interested in gathering members to write letters or postcards to Representatives seeking their sponsorship of the bill. House Holds Hearings on FATCA Consequences The OAFAA bill was introduced ahead of hearings held Wednesday April 25th by the Government Operations Subcommittee of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee “Reviewing the Unintended Consequences of the Foreign Accounts Tax Compliance Act”.  Democrats Abroad, working through legislative aides on Rep Maloney’s staff, has been trying since the hearing was scheduled to get a witness on the list to testify.  As Republicans control the Committee (and all Congressional Committees) it was not surprising that we were not successful.  Nevertheless Democrats Abroad made a submission to the Subcommittee and we expect it will be published in due course. Of course a written statement is not as powerful as speaking directly to the Committee in the hearing.  Had we testified, Democrats Abroad would have reiterated our support for a switch to Residency-based Taxation.  Failing that, we support the Safe Harbor exemption from FATCA reporting for Americans abroad. Our scepticism about this hearing has always run high.  Government Operations Subcommittee Chair Mark Meadows (R-NC) introduced a FATCA Repeal bill in the House of Representatives last month.  The same bill was introduced in the Senate by Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), who testified at the hearing as a witness.  Senator Paul, as you may know, was a plaintiff, now an appellant, in the lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of FATCA.  The rest of the witnesses bar one were also strident FATCA opponents, including famed Citizens United lawyer Jim Bopp who represents Republicans Overseas.  The one witness who spoke in support of FATCA is a retired legislative aide.  She worked for retired Senator Carl Levin (D-MI) and is deemed to be the architect of FATCA.  She spoke strongly of the law’s importance as a critical deterrent to tax evasion – and not in favour of the Safe Harbor. Fortunately Democratic members of the Subcommittee members Rep Maloney and Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-District of Columbia) spoke strongly in support of the Safe Harbor as a mechanism for both relieving the FATCA burden and maintaining the law’s original intent to discourage and apprehend tax evaders. By the end of the hearing Chairman Meadows indicated he is open to compromise in developing a FATCA remedy for Americans abroad.  That may stretch credulity given Meadows’ lead sponsorship on the House bill to repeal FATCA, but we will are taking his comments at face value.  He asked the witnesses to get back to the Subcommittee with three recommendations to modify FATCA.  Democrats Abroad will also make a submission providing recommendations.  And we will continue to monitor the Government Operations Subcommittee and Chairman Meadows, looking for opportunities to work with them and others in developing a remedy that both addresses the problems FATCA is causing for ordinary, hard-working Americans abroad and protects its ability to fight financial crimes that underwrite terrorism and facilitate trafficking in drugs, arms and humans, as well as fight tax evasion. Thanks to Katie Solon and Joe Smallhoover Many thanks to International Chair Katie Solon and DA France Chair Joe Smallhoover for attending the hearing on Democrats Abroad’s behalf.  They had valuable discussions on the edges and in the breaks of the hearing with FATCA reform allies and opponents, as our FATCA advocacy work clearly will go on.  Katie and Joe also met yesterday with officials at Treasury who have carriage of FATCA.  Our engagement with regulators and legislators about FATCA is in its 6th year.  We are grateful to all those who have contributed to this important advocacy work over that time. Please contact us at any time with questions or comments.  Respectfully submitted, FBAR/FATCA Task Force Carmelan Polce, Chair (Singapore) DeeDee Gierow (Sweden) Michael Ramos (Australia) Joe Smallhoover (France) Orlando Vidal, Ex Officio (UAE)
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    Mayor Pete Buttigieg with DA in Berlin

    Watch the video: Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana speaks to Democrats Abroad members in Berlin, 1 April 2017.  
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  • From the Calendar

    Sunday, April 30, 2017 at 01:00 PM · 3 rsvps
    The Wesley Center in Minato-ku, Japan

    Annual General Membership Meeting

    DEMOCRATS ABROAD JAPAN

     

    NOTICE OF GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING

    To:     General Membership

                Democrats Abroad Japan

     

                PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that on Sunday, April 30, 2017, at 1:00 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 Room 205 of the Wesley Center, 6-10-11 Minami Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0062.

     

                Online participation will be available via WebEx video link.  A link to the online meeting will be distributed to the membership in advance of the meeting via email. For general information on using WebEx, please visit:

     http://www.democratsabroad.org/tomschmid/general_instructions_on_joining_daj_web_conferences

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

                In addition to officers’ reports and updates from chapters, committees and other working groups, the Nominations and Elections Committee (NEC) has agreed to accept ballots for the election of national officers from those who attend in person. Per the instructions and calendar established by the NEC, remote voting is available for members who cannot attend in the meeting in person. 

     

    There is no fee to attend the meeting, although cash donations will be greatly appreciated to cover the administrative costs of the meeting and fund DAJ’s activities. To donate via bank transfer, please contact Tom Schmid at jp-chair@democratsabroad.org.

     

    Questions regarding this notice may be directed to the following address: info-japan@democratsabroad.org.

     

     

    Date: March 27, 2017

     

    Democrats Abroad Japan Executive Committee

    Tom Schmid, Chair

    Leslie Anne Rogers, Vice Chair

    Jenise Treuting, Secretary

    Terrance Young, Treasurer

    Sunday, April 30, 2017 at 04:00 PM · 8 rsvps
    Amerlinghaus in Vienna, Austria

    Solidarity Sundays Vienna #3: Citizens Abroad and Taxation

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    Solidarity Sundays Vienna #3: Citizens Abroad and Taxation

    FATCA Schmatka? Do we as citizens abroad care about residence-based taxation?

    • How to change overseas tax misery by getting Congress to vote in our and the nation's interest!
    • Action! … Dear Honorable …We’re going to write the kind of letter to our elected representatives that gets us a reaction. Our Democrats Abroad colleagues are going door-knocking on Capitol Hill and will put your letters right into the hands of your elected representatives.
    • PS Keep your eyes on the Dems Abroad website for FATCA deadline infos!

    You can RSVP via Facebook if you prefer!