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 55 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

    Democrats Abroad Statement on the US remaining in UPU

    "Democrats Abroad is relieved that the US has agreed to stay in the Universal Postal Union, but we remain vigilant,” said Julia Bryan, Global Chair of Democrats Abroad. “We will closely follow the situation as postal rate changes are announced. Due to the uncertainty of the impact of these price increases, we strongly encourage all US states to provide secure online ballot delivery options for their voters living outside the States." The 192 country members of the Universal Postal Union (UPU) have worked together to create a consensus solution designed to keep the US within the Union, and postal mail continuing to flow around the world. The compromise, named Option V for victory, includes phased in self-declared postal rates for larger member countries. United States representatives have stated that they will accept this option, thus maintaining postal service between the US and all other countries within the UPU. The impact on mailing to and from the US is not yet clear, as these rates have not yet been declared and will not be rolled out until the end of June next year.  In 2018, 67% of American voters abroad returned their ballots via postal mail, and nearly two in three were civilian voters. Democrats Abroad supported the majority of these voters through its ballot request tool (votefromabroad.org), phone banking outreach, and online help desk.  Bryan further stated, “Our voter protection team will continue monitoring voting abroad actions in every US state to ensure that we are ready to sound the alarm and stop GOP leaders when they purge voter rolls, attempt to block Americans from accessing voter information from abroad, or use other means to limit our access to the ballot box.” Democrats Abroad encourages all Americans abroad to register and request your ballot early every year, to use electronic delivery options if they're available, and to monitor your ballot status to be sure your vote is counted. Voters with questions or issues to report should reach out to gotv@democratsabroad.org. September 25, 2019 More information on the UPU agreement: http://news.upu.int/no_cache/nd/upu-member-countries-reach-unanimous-agreement-on-postal-remuneration-rates/
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    Statement on Impeachment Inquiry

    Statement from Julia Bryan, Global Chair of Democrats Abroad: "I applaud Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the House as they move to hold the president accountable for his gross abuse of power. Congress must protect the Constitution and the rule of law in the United States. We must protect our democracy." 
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  • From the Calendar

    Thursday, January 31, 2019 at 06:00 PM through December 30, 2019 · 97 rsvps
    Online

    Watch the Film Legalize Equality

    The Equal Rights Amendment resolution passed unanimously in Tokyo where we committed to do whatever we can to help get the ERA ratified.  See the resolution here.

    Watch the video "Legalize Equality."  This 30-minute video gives an excellent overview of the Equal Rights Amendment and why it is critical to be ratified.  

    You can watch the video until 31 December 2019.

    To receive the streaming link and password, click RSVP and you will receive an email with the information in it.

    Feel free to share the link and password to DA members that want to view it.  However, please do NOT post the link and password on the internet in any way.  Only Democrats Abroad has access for this private screening and we need to honor this special access given by Equal Means Equal and Heroica Films.  

     

     

    Additional References to learn more about ERA:

    www.equalrightsamendment.org

    www.equalmeansequal.org

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equal_Rights_Amendment

    https://edition.cnn.com/2018/05/31/us/equal-rights-amendment-illinois-states-trnd/index.html

     

    Sunday, October 20, 2019 at 02:30 PM
    Kase Building in Chiyoda, Japan

    Restoring American Democracy Policy Forum


    Policy Forum on Restoring American Democracy and U.S. Leadership

    On Sunday, October 20th, 2019, all wings and methodologies of the Democratic Party are coming together for a policy forum hosted by Democrats Abroad Japan (DAJ) for any and all Americans living overseas.

    The Policy Forum on Restoring American Democracy and U.S. Leadership will feature 4 speakers, including former leaders in the United States Government and the Democratic Party Committee Abroad (DPCA), who will comment on the direction of key issues that are bound to affect all Americans.

    This event shall serve as the beginning of our platform discussion in Democrats Abroad Japan, and our leadup to the 2020 National Convention. Each speaker will be addressing a topic for 15-20 minutes as described below. Afterwards, the audience in the room will be allowed to ask questions and follow-up, time permitting. 

    The event will be moderated by John Baumlin, Chair of Democrats Abroad Japan.  

    Speakers

    Ambassador Robert Orr

    Former United States Ambassador to the Asian Development Bank
    Speaking On: How to Rebuild International Relations After the Trump Era

    The Trump Administration’s repudiation of the international institutions and alliances which underpin the world order, built by the U.S. and its key allies in Asia and Europe, has damaged them and U.S. standing and reputation. What are the urgent steps needed to restore U.S. leadership and rebuild diplomacy and peace?

    Gordon Gaul IV

    DA Progressive Caucus Co-Chair & DAJ DPCA Rep
    Speaking on: Building a Grassroots Movement that Outweighs Corporate Influence

    A fundamental restructuring of the financing of U.S. elections is needed, if we are to right the ship of American Democracy. What practical actions can get us there?

    Cheryl Okubo

    Climate Change Activist
    Speaking On: Global Climate Change -- What Democrats Can Do About It

    5000 marched in Japan among the millions world-wide on Sept 20th, and Greta Thunberg of Sweden fiercely condemned inaction at the U.N. It seems as if we may finally be reaching a political tipping point. What are the prospects for practical policies on climate change?

    Tom Schmid, J.D.

    Former DA International Counsel and Chair of DAJ
    Speaking on: The Supreme Court: A Failed Institution (and Ideas for Fixing It)

    Filling the judiciary with G.O.P. partisans is key to the Republican strategy of minority rule in the face of demographic change. Many on the Left are calling for radical solutions. What is the best way forward?

    Location

    Please come join us in person! We will be taking questions and comments from audience members. We will do our best to accommodate online attendees, but attendees in the room will be given preference in the question queue.   

    English/Romaji Address: 1 Chome-24-21 Kanda Sudacho, Chiyoda City, Tokyo 101-0041 Kase Building #173, 4th Floor (Formerly the Crescent Kanda Building) 

    Japanese Address: 東京都千代田区神田須田町1-24-21 加瀬ビル173 4階(旧:クレセント神田ビル)
    GPS: https://goo.gl/maps/7jPBKCXvDkSynkh59

    Attend online via WebEx!
    Web Address: https://democratsabroad.webex.com/democratsabroad/e.php?MTID=mf836951e65e4117153feb17f4f76c30d
    Password: dems

    Doors open at 2:15pm.