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

    DNC Chair Tom Perez Speaks to Democrats Abroad

    DNC Chair Tom Perez Praises Democrats Abroad for Record Overseas Turnout in Midterms ‘When we have unity of purpose, that’s how we win’ In an upbeat address in London last week, Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairman Tom Perez saluted Democrats Abroad for mobilizing record numbers of overseas voters in the midterms, which saw a blue wave sweep the nation up and down the ballot. But he also warned that “our democracy is still on fire,” and called upon overseas Democrats to continue being “first responders” in the fight for American values. Quoting a song from Hamilton, Perez said, “History has its eyes on us. This is one of those where-were-you moments that someday our grandchildren will study,” alongside such dark chapters in our history as the Chinese Exclusion Act, the internment of Japanese Americans and the McCarthy era. But he stressed that what all these movements have in common is they ended — and they ended thanks to Americans who harnessed “the collective power of ‘we’.” “On the 50th Anniversary of Bloody Sunday in Selma, AL, Obama reminded us that the most important word in our democracy is that simple, two-letter word, ‘we’,” he said, noting the importance of collective action in the abolitionist, suffragette, labor, civil rights and LBGTQ movements — and most recently, the midterms. “What happened last November didn’t happen in a vacuum,” he said. “It was the collective power of ‘we’ at work. “We had historic gains in House that we haven’t seen since Watergate…but it’s not just the House that brings me here with optimism. The last time Democrats won this many governor seats was 1982. We also had a net gain in state legislative races of almost 400 seats. That’s why these elections matter.” However, he stressed, with the government still in the throes of its longest shutdown ever, and the inhumane policy of family separation still blighting our borders, the fight for American security, prosperity and values is far from over. “We have to continue to climb the mountain…but I firmly believe that first, two-letter word in the constitution is going to be the word that brings us back.” Looking ahead to the 2020 presidential race, Perez praised the deep and diverse field of Democratic candidates and affirmed the DNC’s commitment to ensuring a fair primary process for all. “We must never conflate unity with unanimity. So I’m not asking you to agree with everything in our platform,” he said. “But what I’m asking you to do is to recognize that what unites us far exceeds what our differences are. When we have that unity of purpose, that’s how we win.” To learn about Democrats Abroad’s efforts to get out the vote, click here. To volunteer for DA, click here. Story by Meghan Feeks, DA UK correspondent
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    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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  • From the Calendar

    Sunday, January 20, 2019 at 02:00 PM through January 21, 2019 · 9 rsvps
    Place du Palais Royal in Paris, France

    Women's March in Paris

    Come rally with Democrats Abroad France, along with Women's March Global, Page, Indivisibles, Our Revolution Paris and other groups

    Due to conflicting conditions in Paris, Democrats Abroad France along with sister organizations, will gather in a rally on January 20 (instead of January 19 - which is the official date of the 2019 marches around the world).

    Themes for this year will be STOP VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN, EQUAL MEANS EQUAL, EQUALITY UNDER THE LAW, LEGALIZING EQUALITY IN THE CONSTITUTION, and PASS THE EQUAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT, among others of your own choice.

    Bring signs of your own making, or download here some signs already prepared.  Have them printed at your local printer in any sizes you wish.

    Keep updated on our Facebook page  https://www.facebook.com/DemocratsAbroadFrance/

    RSVP is not obligatory, but it would give us a vague idea of how many people to expect.  

    Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at 06:30 PM · 1 rsvp
    Mathilde Literatur & Café in Hamburg, Germany

    An evening with author Claudia Clark

    Democrats Abroad Hamburg is proud to present an evening with Claudia Clark, the author of the upcoming book, MY PARTNER, MY FRIEND. Her book "...explores how the relationship between Barack Obama and Dr. Angela Merkel evolved from one of extreme apprehension to one of deep friendship and a partnership that captivated the world."

    The evening will begin at 6:30 with a Meet and Greet before Ms Clark begins her talk at 7pm.