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.

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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

    DA Statement on the 2020 Census

    The Honorable Trey Gowdy, ChairU.S. House of RepresentativesCommittee on Oversight and Government Reform2157 Rayburn House Office BuildingWashington, D.C. 20515 The Honorable Elijah Cummings, Ranking MemberU.S. House of RepresentativesCommittee on Oversight and Government Reform2471 Rayburn House Office BuildingWashington, D.C. 20515 Re: U.S. Citizenship Question on 2020 Census Dear Chairman Gowdy and Ranking Member Cummings, Thank you for holding today’s hearing on the 2020 census briefing. I appreciate having the opportunity to share with the Committee the collective voices of many of your constituents. As the International Chair of Democrats Abroad, I write today with the American overseas community’s perspective in regard to the Administration’s desire to include asking for respondents’ citizenship status on the upcoming census. As you may know, Democrats Abroad is the official branch of the Democratic National Committee for the millions of U.S. citizens living outside of America’s borders and territories. We closely follow the actions in Congress from abroad and advise our members to take action as appropriate. In addition to nineteen states’ attorneys general[1] and six former Census Bureau directors[2], I offer our perspective of strong opposition to the Department of Commerce’s unnecessarily enquiry about U.S. citizenship. Article I, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution explicitly states the need for the federal government to enumerate the citizenry. In no constitutional clause does it state, suggest, or imply that requesting U.S. citizenship status should be part of this decennial process. The Census Bureau rightly halted this practice in 1950 and to bring it back would be disastrous in 21st-century America. Virtually all interested parties want the 2020 census to be accurate, without fear, and robustly funded by Congress. However, if the subject of citizenship is added, it is likely that this traditionally non-partisan project will be met with fear, hostility, questionable results, and other undesirable outcomes. We believe the Administration is unnecessarily creating opportunities for inaccurate or incomplete census information of your constituents by gravely miscalculating a political move instead of administering sound constitutional policy. Moving to a controversial, citizenship-based census questionnaire is not only preventable but greatly risks the quality of census data to be collected because of the millions of U.S. resident non-citizens - green card holders, refugees, “dreamers,” and many others - who may hesitate to complete the census form due to its overreaching inquiry on citizenship status. By doing so, it would skew the actual population numbers intended for legislative representation, and clearly lead to a misdirected distribution of finite economic resources as appropriated by Congress. If the Committee does move legislation forward relating to the 2020 Census, Democrats Abroad strongly urges for inclusion of legislative language mandating the enumeration of all federally-unaffiliated U.S. citizens living abroad. Democrats Abroad - along with several other interest groups representing expatriate interests - has testified numerous times before Congress over the years calling for our rightful inclusion in the census. Unfortunately, we remain disenfranchised. In light of this continued injustice, a congressional hearing on the estimated nine million Americans living abroad and how to best include them in the 2020 census is needed far more than determining whether a U.S. household is occupied by citizens or immigrants. Again, thank you for the opportunity to be heard on this matter. I respectfully request for this statement to be included into the hearing record, and note that I am readily available via phone or e-mail for any follow-up questions or comments from the Committee. I can be reached at (843) 628-2280 or chair@democratsabroad.org. Sincerely, Julia BryanDemocrats Abroad, International Chair [1] State of California v. Wilbur L. Ross, Jr. et al. (2018), case no. 3:18-cv-01865, United States District Court of Northern California, March 26. [2] Letter from Thompson et al. to Secretary Ross, U.S. Department of Commerce, 26 January.
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    Tom Perez Visits Democrats Abroad

    DNC Chair Tom Perez provided a rallying and soulful talk to Democrats in London on April 26th, highlighting the party’s successes in candidate recruitment and victories in recent congressional, state and local elections.  Summarising the DNC’s actions since the 2016 presidential elections, Perez addressed some hard truths and sketched out a battle plan to re-establish a government that reflected Democratic values.  “Our democracy is on fire!” Perez said. Basic principles, like the independence of the Justice Department and the right to vote, are being attacked by our own government. Free and fair elections are under threat from foreign manipulation. “Even the way the DNC itself operated has been flawed,” he said, referring to candidate favouritism in 2016. “One way that we as Democrats have failed is that we only had a 4 year innovation plan. We worked on coming up with new ideas, new solutions every 4 years to get a president elected. If you’re a business and you’re not innovating every 8 months, you’re in big trouble. The new Democratic Party is addressing that,” he said. “We have a 57 state strategy to organise, recruit and communicate in all states, not just in traditionally blue states. We’re going into red districts, listening to voters, and winning!” “We didn’t get the support we needed in 2016 in some key places because voters lost trust in the Democratic party. The DNC is working to rebuild that trust and to deliver the change that millennials and all of us want to see,” Perez said. “We’re all millennials. We care about healthcare  and employment and pensions. We’re concerned about and addressing income inequality and the needs of our most vulnerable citizens.” “We’re all millennials, no matter what age you are, because you’re all building a bridge to a better Democratic party and a better country.  We’re all part of the transformation of the Democratic Party.” Story by John Scardino, DAUK
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  • From the Calendar

    Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 04:00 PM · 100.00 kr SEK · 3 rsvps
    Teaterhuset Mölndal in Mölndal, Sweden

    Steinbeck Play "The Moon is Down" with our Chair as the Mayor!

    By 10:45 a.m. it was all over. A small town in Norway had been invaded by Nazis and democracy eliminated.

    Though the play is written generally -- without specifying either Norway or Nazis -- John Steinbeck wrote The Moon is Down in 1942, just two years after the invasion of Norway and shortly after American entry into WWII. Steinbeck believed in the importance of each individual -- the idea on which democracy is founded -- and thus that resistance to oppression is perennial. The play explores the psychological effects of occupation on both the townspeople and their conquerors. Free people cannot be conquered for long, and democracy, like the moon, would only be down temporarily.

    The play will be performed (May 18, 19, 20, 23, 25, 26) in English by an international cast.

    Though the system asks you to pick a seat, in fact there is only open seating.

    Our chair Kim MacKay is the mayor who leads the Resistance to Nazi occupation. Kim and other cast members as well as the director, Magdalena Coughlan, will be available after the matinee on Sunday May 20 (over fika!) to talk about the play! The play itself is about 2 hours long (with intermission).

    Ticket price covers other production costs only; nothing goes to the entirely amateur cast (including Kim) -- from whom we, nevertheless, expect a great play!

    Monday, May 21, 2018 at 07:00 PM · 14 rsvps
    Le Lutece in Paris, France

    Political Forum in Paris

    The best roundup of the news in town.  Jean-Pierre LaRochelle runs us through the events of the month in a lively discussion with friends and like (or not-so-like) thinkers.  Le Lutece offers food and drink at good prices for those who so desire.