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

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

    Friday, May 25, 2018 at 08:00 AM through May 27, 2018 · $1.00 USD · 3317 rsvps

    Democrats Abroad 2018 Global Meeting in Tokyo

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    The 2018 Democrats Abroad Global Meeting is taking place from Friday May 25th to Sunday May 27th in Tokyo, Japan.

    We will be welcoming members from around the world as we continue our work in the 2018 Congressional elections and fight to take back Congress. Over the course of three days, we will attend to the regular business of the organization, discuss charter amendments and resolutions, run training sessions with Democrats Abroad leaders, and hear from some special guest speakers.

    Looking for the draft agenda and additional details? Check the Global Meeting Wiki Page.


    Registration

    Registration for the 2018 Global Meeting is below (under Will You Join). In the registration form, there are requested donation amounts which will help us cover the cost of the venue and equipment.

    If you are unable to attend in person but wish to participate in the meeting, please select the WebEx ticket to join via web conference.

    Please note that under Democratic Party rules, there is no obligation to donate in order to attend the meeting. If you really cannot afford to donate, or wish to donate a smaller amount, please enter that amount in the Other Donations box and you'll be registered for this meeting. And if you want to donate more than the requested donation amount, please enter that additional amount in the Other Donations box. If you are unable to donate anything and want to attend the Global Meeting either in person or by Webex, please fill out this form. If you are attending in person and not making a donation for the meeting, but you DO want to join the Davidson-Hyde Dinner, please also use the form below to register - and leave the Meeting box blank (We will assume you are attending in person - otherwise we will eat your food and drink your coffee). But please think about donating some amount for the meeting as well.

     
    Travel Fund

    In order to allow as many Democrats Abroad leaders and members to attend the Global Meeting regardless of economic circumstances, we have established a Travel Fund which will provide stipends to up to six DA members to defray their travel costs.  For those of you unable to travel to in-person meetings, or for those of you who are in a position to help support your fellow Democrats Abroad, please consider making a donation to this effort. The Travel Fund and the diversity it promotes cannot continue to exist without your support. Please support this effort by making a donation to the Travel Fund in the box below.


    Dinner Reservations 

    As you will see below, there is an optional choose-your-own-dinner event on the first night of the Global Meeting. You can choose from the Vampire Cafe (link here), Conveyor Belt Sushi, Gonpachi (made famous by Kill Bill, link here), Mr. Farmer (vegan and vegetarian, link here), or a tour of the LGBTQ area of Shinjuku with a variety of different dining options. Selecting an option below will help our organizers make reservations. So please let us know if you are interested in joining one of these groups early!

    We are also asking that you register and prepay for the 2018 DPCA Dinner by adding a ticket below. These donations are mandatory if you want to partake - and we encourage you to do so.


    The Annual (Silent) Auction is coming to Tokyo!
    During this year’s Global Meeting we’ll be hosting another fundraising auction of political memorabilia and specialty items from around the world. We encourage members from all committees who are coming to the Global Meeting to be creative as you pack your bags for Tokyo! (And wine is never wrong.)
    Please submit your entries on this form so we can anticipate how many auction items to expect. And the rest of you, bring your wallets - or at least your credit cards.  All proceeds go toward supporting and expanding our get out the vote efforts!
    Saturday, May 26, 2018 at 09:00 AM through May 27, 2018 · €40.00 EUR
    Hotel Raffaello in Milan, Italy

    DA Italy Annual General Meeting

    Join us for our 2018 Annual meeting: From APATHY to ACTIVISM

    Democrats Abroad Italy is holding its Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Gala Fundraiser Dinner to bring members face-to-face to organize, outreach and strategize ways to IMPACT pertinent issues and take tangible steps to get Americans in Italy to vote and participate in the Democratic agenda.

    The special guest for the Gala Dinner (Saturday evening) will be Akilah R. Ensley, is current Co-Chair of the Democratic National Committee's Youth Coordinating Council.

    You can find the preliminary agenda here.

    Recommended donation to cover organizational costs: €40 - click the tickets link below to register.  Last day to register for the AGM or the Fundraiser Dinner is Wednesday, May 23.

    See you in Milan!