Who We Are

Democrats Abroad is the official Democratic Party arm for the 9 million 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 48 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 200 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 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.


  • From the Calendar

    Sunday, October 02, 2022 at 01:00 PM Tokyo Time

    VOTE FROM ABROAD AWARENESS STAND @ NATIONAL AZABU SUPERMARKET, HIRO-O, TOKYO

    Are you interested in helping to get out the vote? Democrats Abroad - Japan is looking for 2 volunteers to come to National Supermarket-Azabu in Hiro-o, Tokyo and connect with US voters by asking if they have registered to vote and have requested their ballot. If they have not, to also help them to get registered through the VoteFromAbroad.org homepage and/or answer any questions they might have regarding voting from Japan. Don't worry if you haven't done something like this before. On the day a veteran VoteFromAbroad staff will give a short 15-minute orientation on the does & don't of asking patrons of National Azabu if they are US voters, etc. If this date doesn't work for you, don't worry. We are planning to do this event every Saturday (11am-1pm) and Sunday (1-3pm) in the month of September and October. 
    Contact: DA-Japan Vice Chair, Matthew Axvig ([email protected]) for other Saturdays and Sundays.

    You can find a map for the location through this url:
    http://www.national-azabu.com/stores_guide/

    Sunday, October 02, 2022 at 09:00 AM Bern Time
    Rigi in Arth, Switzerland

    DA Zurich: Happy Hikes - October 2022

    CANCELLED!!!

     
    Join us November 5 for a special Fondue Edition of Happy Hikes!

    Join DA Zurich for a special Rigi edition of Happy Hikes. We will plan the meeting locations and update accordingly depending on the RSVPs, but this is more likely to be a day trip. Approximate times are provided.

    Given the logistics involved, RSVPs are required. We will contact you with specific information as the date approaches.


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  • News

    Democrats Deliver: Student Loan Relief is Here!

    Last week, President Biden delivered on his 2020 campaign promise to provide welcome relief to the estimated 43 million Americans weighed down by the twin burdens of predatory student loan practices and the Covid-19 pandemic.  The plan provides for debt cancellation of up to $10,000 for borrowers making under $125,000 a year, with recipients of Pell Grants qualifying for up to $20,000. Nearly 90% of relief dollars will go to individuals earning less than $75,000 a year. In parallel, the ongoing pause on federal loan repayment has been extended through the end of 2022.  The effects for individual recipients are expected to be life-changing and the advancement in racial equity significant. In addition to immediate relief, the three-part plan also changes the terms of federal student loans going forward. Among other measures, monthly payments will be capped at 5% of a borrower’s discretionary income (down from 10%), and institutions of higher education will be held to new standards of accountability for rising tuition costs. Democrats Abroad is thrilled with this most recent example of Democrats delivering real, material improvement to the lives of the American people. Overseas U.S. citizens who want to find out more about the plan and how they might qualify for debt relief are encouraged to attend our webinar on Thursday, September 15. And don’t forget to request your ballot for November’s midterm elections at www.votefromabroad.org today so that we can keep moving our country forward!
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    Statement on the 19th Amendment

      Today is Women’s Equality Day, which commemorates the anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution. Passed in 1920, the 19th Amendment prohibits States and the Federal Government from denying people the right to vote on the basis of sex. Bella Abzug, (D- NY), one of the DA Global Women’s Caucus founders, introduced the resolution in Congress, which designated August 26 as Women's Equality Day in 1973. 102 years later, we mark Equality Day not so much with celebration as with a sober assessment of the emergency we find ourselves in. The reality is that American women have fewer rights today than they did 10 years ago. Gains made by generations of women are systematically being legislated away from us. And the roadmap for the Republicans is clear as they openly gerrymander districts, change voting laws, and institute policies and practices to disenfranchise women, minorities, people with disabilities and – last but not least – us, the overseas voters. Right now, we have a narrow window of opportunity to turn the tide and stop the theft of our rights, our autonomy, and our dignity. The DA GWC has assembled a list of simple actions that anyone can take – the Get Out the Vote for Equality Toolkit - to help increase voter turnout and protect women's equality.  Join us in commemorating and celebrating this struggle by helping to mobilize our base for the ‘22 midterms so that we can all continue to exercise our right to vote. With nearly 9 million Americans living abroad, we have the power to make impactful and lasting changes this election. As the Republicans pursue tactics to undermine the democratic practice of free and fair elections, we will fight back by voting in numbers and sending the loud and clear message that we cannot and will not be silenced. Americans across the entire social, political, economic, and generational spectrum must set their differences aside and unite to use the power of our vote in numbers that will overwhelm the elaborate voter suppression blockade erected against us. November marks the pivotal moment in deciding our future. We have the chance to ensure that pro-choice and pro-equality candidates win their seats, and WE NEED EVERYONE ON BOARD. It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3. Overseas Voters: Register to vote in your State to receive your absentee ballot here.  Help us Get Out the Vote, by contacting everyone you know who is eligible to vote and making sure they are ready to cast their ballot as well.  Reach out to your friends and family – check out our GOTV Equality toolkit here. With your help, we can win in November! We stand on the shoulders of generations of women who marched, fought, and died for our rights. We will not let them down.   Ann Hesse, Chair, DA Global Women’s CaucusCandice Kerestan, International Chair, Democrats Abroad
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