What is the Global Presidential Primary?

In 2020, Democrats in every state and territory, as well as Democrats Abroad, will have the opportunity to participate in primary elections or caucuses (Democrats Abroad holds a primary), to help decide who will become the Democratic Party’s nominee for US president. The winner of this nomination will then take on Donald Trump in the general elections in November 2020.

One of the most important days during this process will be March 3, or “Super Tuesday,” when 15 state parties, including Democrats Abroad, hold their primaries. Since Democrats Abroad has voting centers in “early” time zones of New Zealand, Australia and across Asia, the first ballots cast on Super Tuesday will be cast in the Democrats Abroad global primary.

For millions of people watching the US elections, Super Tuesday will be the most important day before the general elections in November.

And with hundreds of voting centers around the world in every time zone, Super Tuesday starts and ends with Democrats Abroad.

This is the most important presidential primary election in a generation, and the Global Presidential Primary is the opportunity that Democrats living abroad have to impact this important decision. 


  • March 3: Super Tuesday
  • Voters can participate in-person
    Hundreds of voting centers around the world will have open times between March 3 and March 10. For many US citizens abroad, this is the only chance they’ll have to cast a ballot in-person during the 2020 elections. 
    • Voting centers will be made available in every country where we have an active Country Committee.
    • Voters may register in-person or by joining Democrats Abroad online.
  • Voters can participate remotely
    Participation is open to Democrats Abroad members who would like to vote via mail-in ballot, fax and email.
    • Voters may download a ballot from Democrats Abroad starting February 18 or request one be sent to them by post.
  • Voters vote for one candidate for the Democratic presidential nominee.
  • Voters must meet the following criteria:
    • Be a resident 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**
  • Proxy voting is not permitted. 
    In other words, people can not vote on behalf of another voter, with no exceptions.


** Voters may only vote once for a presidential candidate: either through Democrats Abroad, or through their home state. Those who vote in the Democrats Abroad Global Presidential Primary may still participate in their home state's primary or caucus for all other candidates (for example, for the US Senate or House of Representatives), but they cannot vote twice for a presidential candidate.

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