Global Presidential Primary FAQ

When is the global primary where I’m located?

Democrats Abroad will be hosting at least one voting center in every country where we operate, March 3 through March 10, 2020. Details for specific locations, including exact dates and times, will be available on the Democrats Abroad website by mid January 2020.

Voters who are already members of Democrats Abroad will receive notice about how to vote remotely, including how to download and return their ballot on February 18.


Who will win the 2020 Global Primary?

That’s up to the voters to decide! We’ll be announcing the results on March 23, 2020.


What is the history of the global primary?

Democrats Abroad has sent a delegation to the Democratic National Convention since 1976

In 2016, turnout in the global primary was 50% higher than our last primary in 2008 (there was not a primary in 2012, with President Obama running for reelection). 

Bernie Sanders received approximately 69% of the vote in our 2016 primary, and Hilary Clinton received approximately 31%. View the full results, including results by country, here.


Who can participate in the 2020 global primary?

Voters must meet the following criteria:

    • Be residing abroad and be a US Citizen
    • Be a member of Democrats Abroad
    • Be 18 as of November 3, 2020
    • Not have voted, nor plan to vote, in any other state’s 2020 presidential primary


Why should voters participate in the global primary?

Lots of reasons! 

First, participating in the Global Presidential Primary shows the US (and the world) how important our elections are to US Citizens living abroad -- and how important WE are to those elections. Our strength is in numbers, and by making our voices heard loudly, we make the issues that matter to us known.  Voting in the Global Presidential Primary is a forceful way to advocate for those issues. 

Second, a vote in the Global Presidential Primary had greater weight than it does in a voter’s “home” state party.  Think about it: ten million votes may be cast in the NY or CA state primaries, but maybe five hundred thousand in Democrats Abroad’s Global Primary.  Each individual vote is amplified and more powerful in our primary.   

Third, by casting a vote in the Global Primary, US citizens abroad will help give Democrats Abroad a stronger voice and greater weight within the Democratic National Committee.  Representation in the DNC is based on proportionality. The more we vote, the more representation we have, and this improves our chances of achieving some of our most important policy goals.  

Fourth, the Global Presidential Primary is the same week as Super Tuesday, which means that it will have an impact early in the nominating race.  Who knows? The whole contest could ultimately be decided by the outcome of our primary ... the next POTUS could be determined by the vote that ANY OF US cast in the Global Presidential Primary!   No, really. We're not exaggerating.  

Finally, we have made it very easy for US citizens to participate both at our Voting Centers and by remote voting options. Sheer turnout – raw numbers – really does matter, and that’s why we want Americans abroad to vote in the Global Presidential Primary.  


When is the Republican abroad primary?

Like many state primaries, the Democrats Abroad global primary is run by the party itself. This is a big reason why we have very official procedures and why we have a voice at the Democratic National Convention and on the Democratic National Committee. 

While there are certainly many Republicans living abroad, and there are clubs and groups for Republicans around the world, there is not an official arm of the Republican party equivalent to Democrats Abroad. Consequently, Republicans who wish to vote at the primary level are only able to do so as an overseas absentee voter and vote in their home state in the US.

Press Requests

In person, phone, or on-camera interviews are available upon request. Democrats Abroad leaders around the world possess a wealth of knowledge on key issues facing citizens abroad and the elections process. To reach any of these individuals, please visit and select your location under “Countries.”

For global enquiries, please contact

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