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.


  • News

    Open Letter to Secretary Yellen On the Impacts of Tax Policy on U.S. Citizens Abroad

    An Open Letter to Secretary of the Treasury Yellen, on behalf of the International Chair of Democrats Abroad and the Chair of the Democrats Abroad Taxation Task Force Dear Madam Secretary,  On behalf of the millions of U.S. Citizens living overseas, Democrats Abroad wants to welcome you on your first trip abroad as Secretary of the Treasury. After four years of being frequently embarrassed by the actions of our own government, we are overjoyed to again feel a sense of pride when a brilliant, competent American official visits one of the foreign capitals in which many of us reside. Democrats Abroad was honored to play an integral part in electing the Biden-Harris administration, and we look forward to continuing our work to support your policy agenda. We are especially excited by your plans to encourage fellow G7 ministers to institute a global minimum corporate tax rate to stop the harmful race to the bottom between leading global economies.  Moments like your visit to the G7 are, however, sometimes bittersweet for U.S. citizens abroad. While they foster a sense of pride to be American, they also remind us, as Americans overseas, of the ways in which our constituency is often misunderstood as a group, as well as overlooked when certain policies are designed and implemented.  U.S. citizens overseas seem to be frequently thought of as high-net-worth individuals living a life of luxury in low or no-tax countries, caricatured as fat cats stashing money in the Caymans or in unoccupied West London real estate. In truth, the vast majority of us are middle-class Americans who are studying, working, raising families, and retiring in countries with a higher overall tax burden than the United States. According to research published in 2019, 61 percent of U.S. citizens abroad have a household income of less than $100,000 per year. This misunderstanding of who Americans overseas are has had severe consequences for us. As Democrats, we strongly believe in the importance of preventing tax evasion and financial crime. However, the policies put in place to achieve these laudable goals have often been designed in a way that causes serious harm to ordinary U.S. citizens living abroad. As a direct result of policies like the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), we are often denied ordinary banking services in the places we live. We are frequently removed from joint accounts we share, putting our financial security in serious jeopardy, and denied employment, promotions, and business partnerships when roles involve signature authority over business accounts in foreign financial institutions.  Given the often prejudicial impact of the tax system on Americans abroad, we hope that the Department of Treasury under your new leadership will keep ordinary Americans living overseas in mind. We know you have the best interests of all Americans at heart, and we look forward to the chance to share some recommendations for ways to help the IRS refashion tax enforcement measures to better catch bad actors while simplifying compliance and providing the intended relief for working class Americans living abroad. We are excited to see what the new era your leadership, as the first female Secretary of the Treasury, will bring to the department, and we wish you every success in your work representing the United States in London. Sincerely,   Candice Kerestan  International Chair  Democrats Abroad  [email protected]    Carmelan Polce Taxation Task Force Chair Democrats Abroad [email protected] 
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    Vaccines for U.S. Citizens Abroad

    This letter has been formally submitted to the Office of President Joseph Biden Dear Mr. President, We, the International Executive Committee and Country Chairs of the Democratic Party Committee Abroad (Democrats Abroad), urge you to enable the swift vaccination of U.S. citizens abroad. While we cheer the rapid and highly effective management of Covid-19 vaccinations within the United States — as well as your March 11 commitment to make FDA-approved vaccines available to every adult U.S. citizen — many U.S. citizens overseas remain unvaccinated, in many cases due to limited availability of vaccines. Although some of us have access to vaccines in our host countries, we all agree that the U.S. government should take appropriate steps to ensure that vaccines are available to all of its citizens worldwide. As you recently stated, using the United States’ vaccine stockpile to fight the disease around the world is “the right thing to do... the smart thing to do... the strong thing to do.” We respectfully ask that, in implementing this pledge, our government also considers the lives and situations of its own citizens residing outside of the United States and ensures  their access to FDA-approved vaccines.
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  • From the Calendar

    Friday, June 25, 2021 at 06:00 PM Paris Time · 12 rsvps
    1860 Le Palais in Marseille, France

    AIX MARSEILLE CHAPTER MEETUP FOR DRINKS

    We are so happy to say 'It's summer let's meet up and have a drink together'!

    Le Palais de la Bourse in the heart of Marseille 10 min by foot from the train station, litterally nestled in between La Canebiere and The Vieux Port. 

    RDV at 6pm please do RSVP so we know how many people to expect and save a table for.

     

     

    Palais de la Bourse

    9 La Canebière

    13001 Marseille

    https://1860lepalais.fr/

    Friday, June 25, 2021 at 06:00 PM Bern Time · 3 rsvps
    Zum Frischen MAX in Zurich, Switzerland

    Youth Caucus Summer Social

    Set in the cozy summer garden at Zum Frischen Max, steps away from the Oerlikon Bahnhof, the Youth Caucus Summer Social will be an opportunity for old and new members alike to relax and reconnect. Delicious food and refreshing beverages will be easily accessible by ordering from the restaurant. This event is presented by the DACH Youth Caucus, but we welcome anyone and everyone curious about Democrats Abroad or wanting to get more involved to sit down and share some food or drinks with us.

    In the case of bad weather, we will either move indoors to one of the restaurants' tented areas or make arrangements at an alternative location.

    Note: RSVPs aren't required, but they are encouraged to make sure we can all sit together. We can have a maximum of 16 people; two tables of 8 will be reserved.

    This meet up is in Zurich, but future events will be elsewhere around the country!


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