- U.S. Democrats living in the Netherlands can vote in person for their favorite candidate on March 6 and 7at a Global Presidential Primary voting site
- Americans living in the Netherlands can also vote now by postal ballot, email or fax
- The Netherlands is one of more than 40 around the world hosting in-person voting
Democrats Abroad Netherlands, the official arm of the Democratic Party outside the United States, has launched its campaign to help Americans citizens living abroad to nominate the U.S. Democratic Party's Presidential nominee. (1)
Any Democrat living abroad (2) can take part in the Global Presidential Primary by joining Democrats Abroad via its webpage or the dedicated voter registration/ballot request tool, VoteFromAbroad.org. Membership is free.
There are two opportunities for Americans in the Netherlands to vote in the Global Presidential Primary:
- On March 6 and 7, Democrats can vote in person at dedicated Global Presidential Primary voting sites in Amsterdam and the Hague. Site details and polling hours are below.
- From now until March 8, Democrats who are unable to attend a voting site can vote remotely via postal ballot, email attachment or fax. Details at democratsabroad.org. (3)
After March 8, the votes of Democrats living in over 190 countries worldwide will be counted. Any candidate receiving 15% or more of the primary votes cast will be awarded delegates in proportion to their support in the Global Presidential Primary.
Democrats Abroad will have 17 delegate votes at the Democratic Convention, held in Philadelphia on July 25-28, 2016. (4)
From the Netherlands, Democratic National Committee member Bob Bragar will be attending the convention in Philadelphia as a delegate. He said, "This year's Republican candidates are more extreme and dangerous than ever before. While Democrats offer hope, Republicans give us fear. For the safety of the planet, we urgently need to elect Democrats this year. Every Democrat needs to get out and vote."
"We are at the start of the U.S. state primary season. The Democratic and Republican Parties will be making their choices for their Presidential candidates" said Jeff D. Rupp, Chair of Democrats Abroad Netherlands. "The DA Global Primary will give our members a chance to cast an in-person ballot from abroad for their candidate. Any qualified American can participate by joining Democrats Abroad."
For more information: contact Robbie Checkoway, Media Contact, Democrats Abroad Netherlands, at email@example.com or +31 6 13 06 78 56
Sunday, March 6, 2016 at 3:00 - 6:00pm
ABC Treehouse, Voetboogstraat 11
Amsterdam 1012 XK
Monday, March 7, 2016 at 6:00 - 9:00pm
ABC Treehut, Lange Poten 23
The Hague 2511 CM
- Democrats Abroad is unique: unlike the Republicans, Democrats Abroad's leadership is elected by the organization's members, and only Democrats Abroad holds a dedicated primary, which allows the members living in more than 190 countries around the world the opportunity to record their presidential preference and directly affect the Democratic Party's choice of its nominee.
- To be eligible, voters must be US citizens and 18 as of November 8. Democrats living overseas can vote for a Presidential candidate in either the Global Presidential Primary or their home state's equivalent via absentee ballots. They cannot vote in both.
- Democrats Abroad holds a combination of regional and worldwide caucus meetings from April 12-May 13, 2016, to choose who will be the delegates to the Democratic National Convention. These meetings will culminate in Democrats Abroad's Global Convention in Berlin on May 14-15, 2016
- Democrats Abroad will send a total of 21 delegates to the Democratic National Convention. The thirteen elected delegates will be pledged to a candidate. Eight more will be Democrats Abroad's members on the Democratic National Committee. These eight delegates each have half a vote, therefore giving Democrats Abroad a total of 17 delegate votes at the convention. A detailed summary of the process of selecting delegates as well as our Diversity Program for those who wish to run to be a delegate can be found at our new website, democratsabroad.org.