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

Want to make your voice heard? If you haven't yet, join Democrats Abroad. Then check out our Tiny Actions for weekly updates on resisting from abroad, find an upcoming event near you, or sign up to volunteer and phonebank to help Americans abroad exercise their right to vote this year!

Questions or ideas? We'd love to hear from you through our online chat. We're all stronger together.


  • News

    Tax Fairness for Americans Abroad Act

    Democrats Abroad welcomes the introduction of H.R. 7358, the Tax Fairness for Americans Abroad Act. H.R. 7358 is not a perfect bill and, coming on the eve of adjournment, it cannot be given serious consideration or debate. That said, it is a milestone for advocates of a switch from the current U.S. system of Citizenship Based Taxation to the globally-accepted norm of Residency Based Taxation (RBT), and raises to attention important issues that Congress must address with hearings in the 116th Congress.  The U.S. currently taxes its citizens on their worldwide income, even if they are living abroad.  Under RBT, Americans living outside of the U.S. would continue to report their U.S.-sourced income to the Internal Revenue Service but would report income generated in their country of residence – and pay tax on it – only to the local tax authority. Americans living abroad would no longer report income generated in their country of residence to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service. Democrats Abroad has supported a switch to RBT since we were founded over 50 years ago.  Over the last two years Democrats Abroad worked in collaboration with other organizations representing Americans abroad to lobby Congress in support of RBT.  We are pleased that we now have a framework for building a RBT model that we believe could achieve these important things – facilitate participation by those living abroad temporarily, for decades or for an indeterminate period of time; include provisions for all Americans abroad to transition into “non-residency” status for tax purposes; be revenue-neutral to the federal government; and contain anti-tax avoidance mechanisms to prevent abuse by U.S. taxpayers who are not bona fide residents abroad. We look forward to working with the 116th Congress to develop and introduce a bona fide RBT bill with public hearings into issues impacting Americans abroad ahead of discussions on specific reforms such as the introduction of RBT. Democrats Abroad and others have kept potential RBT bill co-sponsors apprised so that they are not at a standing start in January 2019.  We are committed to picking up where we left off and carrying on with our work to make the U.S. tax code fairer to Americans living abroad. This not only includes working to introduce RBT, but also to reform the GOP Tax Cuts and Jobs Act to include “transition tax” relief for American owners of small to medium sized businesses abroad and to exempt from FATCA reporting the financial accounts of bona fide Americans abroad in our countries of residence.
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    Fighting for all overseas votes to be counted

    Democrats Abroad is undertaking urgent efforts to ensure that all overseas voters who participated in this year’s Midterm Elections have their votes counted. The organization conducts extensive outreach to support overseas voting for all US elections and has identified numerous issues based on feedback from voters around the world.
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  • From the Calendar

    Tuesday, January 08, 2019 at 06:00 PM through January 21, 2019 · 29 rsvps
    Online

    Watch the Film Legalize Equality

    The Equal Rights Amendment resolution passed unanimously in Tokyo where we committed to do whatever we can to help get the ERA ratified.  See the resolution here.

    Watch the video "Legalize Equality."  This 30 minute video gives an excellent overview of the Equal Rights Amendment and why it is critical to be ratified.  

    You can watch the video until 20 January, 2019.

    To receive the streaming link and password, click RSVP and you will receive an email with the information in it.

    Feel free to share the link and password to DA members that want to view it.  However, please do NOT post the link and password on the internet in any way.   Only Democrats Abroad has access for this private screening and we need to honor this special access given by Equal Means Equal and Heroica Films.  

     

     

    Additional References to learn more about ERA:

    www.equalrightsamendment.org

    www.equalmeansequal.org

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equal_Rights_Amendment

    https://edition.cnn.com/2018/05/31/us/equal-rights-amendment-illinois-states-trnd/index.html

     

    Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 07:00 PM · $30.00 USD
    Marylebone Sports Bar and Grill in London , United Kingdom

    The Road to 2020, with DNC Chair Tom Perez

    Please join us for a special reception with Tom Perez, Chair of the Democratic National Committee, on January 17 in London, UK. Chairman Perez will be introduced by Julia Bryan, International Chair of Democrats Abroad. He will be speaking about the DNC's current work and the party's path forward to 2020.

    Your generous support in 2018 helped Democrats Abroad increase overseas voter turnout by many multiples in last year's midterms. We are now preparing to do the same in 2020, and once again need your support. Proceeds raised from the reception will go towards supporting our preparations.

    Join us for this exciting occasion, and help Democrats Abroad make a difference by electing Democrats across the United States. 

    The reception tickets include light food and a welcome drink. 

    Please note that donations to Democrats Abroad (Democratic Party Committee Abroad) are not tax-deductible and that all donors must be American citizens or lawful permanent residents (Green Card holders).

    Tom Perez