U.S. Special Elections in 2017

As overseas citizens, we need to make sure that we go through the process of completing the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) to register and request a ballot for the handful of States that will be having special elections for federal offices this year. We want to encourage all overseas citizens to participate in all special elections, as well as eligible statewide and local elections occurring in 2017.

If you are a resident from any of the states and voting districts listed below, please register and request an absentee ballot today at VoteFromAbroad.org. You must complete, print out, sign and send the FPCA to your election office to ensure you will receive a ballot for the election. Please mail your voting materials early enough to account for mail delivery times.

California — U.S. House, 34th Congressional District

Special Election on April 4
Seat vacated by the resignation of Xavier Becerra when he was confirmed as California Attorney General.

  • March 20  Voter registration: [online or by mail (postmarked) or fax]
  • March 28  Ballot request: [by mail, email or fax]
  • April 4   Voted ballot return: [by mail (postmarked)] fax only if you are overseas or activated within 6 days of the election

 

Kansas — U.S. House, 4th Congressional District

Special Election on April 11
Seat vacated by the resignation of Mike Pompeo when he was confirmed as the Director of the CIA. 

  • March 21  Voter registration: [by mail, email or fax]
  • April 11  Ballot request: [by mail, email or fax]
  • April 11  Voted ballot return: [by mail, email or fax]

 

Georgia — U.S. House, 6th Congressional District

Special Election on April 18
Seat vacated by the resignation of Tom Price when he was confirmed as HHS Secretary.

  • March 20  Voter registration: [by mail (postmarked), email or fax] by 5pm 
  • April 14  Ballot request: [by mail, email or fax] by 5pm
  • April 18  Voted ballot return: [by mail (postmarked)] by 5pm

 

Later in 2017

 

New Jersey — Governor

Primary Election on June 6 - Regular Election on November 7
Incumbent Governor, Republican Chris Christie is term-limited and not eligible to run for re-election.

 

Virginia — Governor

Primary Election on June 13 Regular Election on November 7
Incumbent Governor, Democrat Terry McAuliffe is term-limited and not eligible to run for re-election.

 


Alabama — Special Election for U.S. Senate

Alabama’s Republican Governor Robert Bentley named state Attorney General Luther Strange to the U.S. Senate seat left empty by Jeff Sessions. Strange will serve until an election is held to fill the seat for the remainder of Sessions’ term, which ends in January of 2020. Bentley has said that election will be held in 2018.


DeVos Confirmation - Why We Fight

"The Trump administration and the Republican Senators who voted to confirm Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education today have betrayed our children and our future," says Art Schankler, Democrats Abroad Vice Chair.

"DeVos is unqualified and ethically deficient. Her views on education will make education in America worse, not better."  

DeVos' appointment is on par with other nominees: an EPA administrator who doesn't believe in protecting the environment, an Energy Secretary who knows dangerously little about the Department he is about to lead, a Treasury Secretary who made a fortune from foreclosing on working Americans, the list goes on.

Katie Solon, Democrats Abroad International Chair, issued the following statement: "We'll continue to fight for free quality primary and secondary education, as well as affordable quality higher education, and will rally behind Democrats who rightfully voted against her. We will also work hard to vote the Republican senators who supported DeVos out of office. 2018 is right around the corner and we are ready to roll."

If you haven't already, join Democrats Abroad, and we will fight together. 


Democrats Abroad stands with airport detainees and protesters

Democrats Abroad stands with the people being detained at international airports in Atlanta, Houston, Detroit, JFK, and Dulles, and with protesters at airports around the the US.

"This executive order signed by President Trump discriminates against people based on religion and ethnic background and violates America's fundamental values and principles enshrined in the Constitution," states Katie Solon, Democrats Abroad International Chair.

"We resist this un-American and counterproductive action and stand together for freedom, tolerance, and an immigration policy that reflects American interest and values."

"We are proud of our members who have been offering their homes around the world to stranded travelers who are not being allowed to enter the US following the President's announcement."

"Democrats Abroad members joined millions of people around the world the past week to march against such disturbing policies and stand up for democracy and human rights. We will continue to fight and encourage Americans around the world to join with us with continued actions."

Follow our Twitter feed and help mobilize support for people unable to travel to the US due to the ban. #porteouverte


Democrats Abroad Participate in Global Marches and Vigils

Over the weekend of January 20 - 21, 2017, Democrats Abroad members joined numerous groups in marches, vigils, and rallies in solidarity with the Women's March on Washington and events to Thank President Obama for his time in office. 

We are thrilled by how many people came out to participate. Thousands of marchers around the world came out to stand for democracy from the tip of the Southern Hemisphere to the most northern climes.

Many Democrats Abroad members and alumni also joined the Women's March on Washington this weekend. 

Below is a list of the Democrats Abroad events and events with group participation of our members sorted by date and country. Click through our images above to see a gallery of photos from our members all around the world. 

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NC Governor Elected with Help from the Overseas Vote

Incumbent GOP governor Pat McCrory conceded to Roy Cooper this week, almost a month after the November 8 election. Cooper's win, made possible by Democrats abroad votes, is an important victory for the Democratic Party

“There is no doubt that overseas votes helped put Cooper over the top,” said Katie Solon, International Chair of Democrats Abroad. “He won by roughly 10,000 votes, fewer than the 11,000 civilian votes we helped send back to North Carolina.”

Democrats Abroad conducted effective outreach to all of its Tar Heel members, informing them of the deadlines and processes necessary to cast their ballots from overseas. Social media advertising delivered our GOTV message to North Carolinians around the world, so that they could make their voice count in what was a close and divisive gubernatorial race. 

North Carolina has attracted national attention in recent years for its conservative legislation. This includes its House Bill 2, which limits LGBT rights and denies transgender people access to bathrooms, and a 2013 voter identification law that was struck down this year by a federal appeals court for its “discriminatory intent.” 

Cooper’s victory is a positive indication for needed political change in North Carolina. It also demonstrates the importance of the overseas vote in effecting the balance of power. 

 


Thank You! And Now to Work

Early this morning, while we reflected on the disheartening results of the US Presidential  election, we took heart in also reflecting on the hundreds of thousands of lights of goodwill that are our members, our leaders, our donors and our volunteers.

Thank you to our country committee and global leaders across the world who donated their time and commitment to Democrats Abroad efforts this year.

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Letter from Washington - October 2016

The following article by Tom Fina, Executive Director Emeritus for Democrats Abroad, reminds us all of the necessity of continuing our get out the vote efforts to ensure a Democratic House and Senate.

Letter from Washington
Tom Fina
Executive Director Emeritus

The print and electronic media are brimming with campaign news. Election day is less than two weeks away. The near consensus prediction is that Hillary Clinton will win. On that assumption, what happens the morning, the weeks and the months after?

The morning after, will Donald go quietly into the night? Fat chance. Will he continue his campaign to de-legitimize Clinton’s election as he tried to discredit Obama with his birther campaign? Probably.

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Global Town Hall with George Takei

George Takei, LGBT activist, director and actor, met with Democrats Abroad today to give his view point on the election and answer questions from members all over the world. We also heard from our very own Martha McDevitt-Pugh, who leads the DA LGBT Caucus, Rep. Jared Polis (CO 2), Rep. Seth Moulton (MA 6), and Dominic Lowell, head of LGBT outreach for the Clinton campaign.

Ada Shen (China) introduced George Takei; Alex Montgomery (Hong Kong) interviewed him and also introduced and interviewed the remaining speakers. The event was the fourth and last Global Town Hall of this election year, and was well attended by members from around the world. 


Catching the Third Debate!

More than 30 countries have held debate watch parties this week, and we are enjoying seeing the pictures roll in! 


Debate Watches Continued

Debate watches have continued all around the world, as Americans come out in droves to rehash the debates, ask voter registration questions and sign up to volunteer. We're loving all the pictures country committees are posting on Facebook - keep them coming in and we'll keep adding them to the site!!