2020 Democratic Primary

Democrats Abroad Global Presidential Primary

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  • Primary Voters must meet the following criteria to vote
    • Reside abroad and be a U.S. Citizen
    • Be a member of Democrats Abroad
    • Be 18 as of November 3, 2020
    • Not have voted, or plan to vote, in any other 2020 state presidential primary
  • Democrats Abroad allows same day registration for voters participating in the Global Presidential Primary 
  • Voters may register in-person or by signing up at https://www.democratsabroad.org/join

The Democrats Abroad Global Presidential Primary runs from March 3 to March 10, 2020 at hundreds of voting centers around the world. Democrats Abroad will send delegates to the Democratic National Convention this July who reflect the results of the primary. 

Voters abroad may also vote by downloading a ballot and emailing or postal mailing it to Democrats Abroad from February 18, 2020 through March 10, 2020. All emailed and faxed ballots must be received by March 10th, 2020 at midnight Pacific Time (GMT -7).

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Thank you for your interest in voting in the Democrats Abroad Global Presidential Primary! Your vote will help determine who our delegates will vote for at the Democratic National Convention this July.

Head to our ballot page now to fill in your contact information and download your ballot. 


Voting Begins for Democrats Abroad Global Primary

Ballots are now out for voters in the Democrat’s 57th “state” party.

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FAQs for the 2020 Global Presidential Primary

Don’t miss your chance to vote in person this presidential year! Join Americans around the world and participate in this year’s Global Presidential Primary through Democrats Abroad. Voting in the Primary gives you the chance to help determine the presidential candidates our delegates will vote for in the Democratic National Convention. Details below.

Who is eligible to participate?

Democrats Abroad has just a few requirements for voting in the primary:

  • Be abroad and be a U.S. citizen
  • Be a member of Democrats Abroad
  • Be 18 as of November 3, 2020
  • Not have voted, or plan to vote, in any other 2020 state presidential primary

When can I vote? 

Starting February 18th, you can download your ballot from the Democrats Abroad website and vote from over 197 countries! If you'd like to vote in person, our in-person events kick off on Super Tuesday -  March 3rd - and run til March 10th.

What if I’m not a member of Democrats Abroad?

You can sign up today, or anytime up until you’re about to vote.

How can I vote in the Democrats Abroad primary?
You can vote in person or online. If you’d like to vote in person, head here to check out the list of official events. We’re holding more than 220 events in 45 countries around the world starting March 3rd.

If you can’t join us in person, as long as you’re a member of Democrats Abroad, you can also vote remotely. Look for your primary ballot in your inbox on February 18, and you can also download the ballot from Democratsabroad.org starting on that date. 

I vote in my home state. Can I vote in the Global Presidential Primary and my home state's primary?

You can only vote in a presidential primary one time. If you vote in the GPP, but also want to vote in your home state for the down-ballot primary races (such as for your congressperson), you can! Just don't vote for a presidential candidate on your state ballot.

I've already received my overseas absentee ballots for this year from my home state. Why should I participate in the GPP instead of voting in my state's presidential primary?

While tens of thousands of people will participate in the GPP this year, millions will vote in your home state. That means that your vote in the Global Presidential Primary is more powerful than if you were to vote in home state - in fact, it can be up to 4 times more powerful!

Who will win the Global Presidential Primary?

That’s up to you to decide! We’ll be announcing the results of our primary on March 23, so stay tuned.

I have questions about voting abroad.

Please email gotv@democratsabroad.org so we can help!


Democrats Abroad Announces 12 Democratic Presidential Candidates Qualify for Primary Ballot

The Democrats Abroad Global Presidential Primary will take place March 3-10, with in-person and remote voting options available.

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Sen Michael Bennet Qualifies for Global Presidential Primary

Democrats Abroad announces that Senator Michael Bennet has qualified for the Global Presidential Primary

On Monday, January 6th, Michael Bennet became the latest presidential candidate to finalize filing to participate in the Democrats Abroad 2020 Global Presidential Primary.

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Sen Amy Klobuchar Qualifies for Global Presidential Primary

Democrats Abroad announces that Senator Amy Klobuchar has qualified for the Global Presidential Primary

On Monday, January 6th, Amy Klobuchar became the latest presidential candidate to finalize filing to participate in the Democrats Abroad 2020 Global Presidential Primary.

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Gov Deval Patrick Qualifies for Global Presidential Primary

Democrats Abroad announces that Governor Deval Patrick has qualified for the Global Presidential Primary

On Monday, January 6th, Deval Patrick became the latest presidential candidate to finalize filing to participate in the Democrats Abroad 2020 Global Presidential Primary.

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Mayor Mike Bloomberg Qualifies for Global Presidential Primary

Democrats Abroad announces that Mayor Mike Bloomberg has qualified for the Global Presidential Primary

On Sunday, January 5th, Mike Bloomberg became the latest presidential candidate to finalize filing to participate in the Democrats Abroad 2020 Global Presidential Primary.

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Tom Steyer Qualifies for Global Presidential Primary

Democrats Abroad announces that Tom Steyer has qualified for the Global Presidential Primary

On Saturday, January 4rd, Tom Steyer became the latest presidential candidate to finalize filing to participate in the Democrats Abroad 2020 Global Presidential Primary.

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Sen Cory Booker Qualifies for Global Presidential Primary

Democrats Abroad announces that Sen Cory Booker has qualified for the Global Presidential Primary

On Friday, January 3rd, Cory Booker became the latest presidential candidate to finalize filing to participate in the Democrats Abroad 2020 Global Presidential Primary.

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Rep Tulsi Gabbard Qualifies for Global Presidential Primary

Democrats Abroad announces that Rep Tulsi Gabbard has qualified for the Global Presidential Primary

On Tuesday, December 31st, Tulsi Gabbard became the latest presidential candidate to finalize filing to participate in the Democrats Abroad 2020 Global Presidential Primary.

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VP Joe Biden Qualifies for Global Presidential Primary

Democrats Abroad announces that Vice President Joe Biden has qualified for the Global Presidential Primary

On Monday, December 30th, Joe Biden became the latest presidential candidate to finalize filing to participate in the Democrats Abroad 2020 Global Presidential Primary.

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Senator Bernie Sanders Qualifies for Global Presidential Primary

Democrats Abroad announces that Senator Bernie Sanders has qualified for the Global Presidential Primary

On Thursday, December 19th, Bernie Sanders became the latest presidential candidate to finalize filing to participate in the Democrats Abroad 2020 Global Presidential Primary.

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Andrew Yang Qualifies for Global Presidential Primary

Democrats Abroad announces that Andrew Yang has qualified for the Global Presidential Primary

On Monday, December 2nd, Andrew Yang finalized filing to participate in the Democrats Abroad 2020 Global Presidential Primary.

The primary will run from March 3rd to March 10th, 2020. Americans abroad will have the opportunity to vote at more than 100 voting centers around the world, as well as via postal mail, fax and email. 

“The Global Presidential Primary and Delegate Selection Process ensures Americans abroad have the opportunity to easily participate in the Democratic primary process while also bringing our unique issues to the attention of Democratic presidential candidates,” explained Julia Bryan, Democrats Abroad Global Chair. 

Democrats Abroad represents the millions of Democratic voters living abroad and voting in all 50 states. All Americans living outside the United States may participate in the Global Presidential primary and run for a convention delegate position, provided they are eligible to vote and turn 18 on or before November 3, 2020, and that they are Democrats Abroad members. 

Democrats Abroad will send 13 pledged delegates and 8 automatic delegates to the 2020 Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin next July. The results of the Global Presidential Primary will determine which candidates the delegates represent at the Convention.  

Democrats Abroad looks forward to hosting the first Super Tuesday Democratic primary elections, with first ballots cast in New Zealand more than 24 hours before voting centers open on the U.S. East Coast. 


Democrats Abroad Welcomes Non-Binary Candidates for 2020 Delegation

Democrats Abroad strives to ensure that the party’s delegation to the 2020 Democratic National Convention (DNC) accurately reflects the diversity of Democrats Abroad. To that end, the Affirmative Action Committee of Democrats Abroad works to make certain that opportunities exist for those from historically-disadvantaged groups to run for delegate positions

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Affirmative Action Goals for the Democratic National Convention

Democrats Abroad's delegation to the Democratic National Convention must be equally divided by gender,* and we strive to meet a set of ambitious diversity goals to ensure that our delegation reflects the diversity of our members. These diversity goals are not mandatory, but electors voting for our delegates take these goals into serious consideration when casing their ballots.

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What does it cost to attend the Democratic National Convention?

Democrats Abroad Delegates to the 2020 Democratic National Convention are obligated to attend the convention in person, from July 13 to July 16 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. While there are no fees or dues required to become a delegate, Democrats Abroad does not cover the cost of flights, hotels or incidentals for the national convention. We have provided a general estimate for your reference.

 

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Democrats Abroad 2020 Press Kit

Press Requests

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 find your location listed under “Countries” on our website. For global enquiries, please contact press@democratsabroad.org. Full press kit can be found below.

The Global Presidential Primary
The Democrats Abroad Global Presidential Primary runs from March 3 to March 10, 2020 at hundreds of voting centers around the world. Democrats Abroad will send delegates to the Democratic National Convention this July who reflect the results of the primary. 

  • Primary Voters must meet the following criteria to vote
    • Reside abroad and be a U.S. Citizen
    • Be a member of Democrats Abroad
    • Be 18 as of November 3, 2020
    • Not have voted, or plan to vote, in any other 2020 state presidential primary
  • Democrats Abroad allows same day registration for voters participating in the Global Presidential Primary 
  • Voters may register in-person or by signing up at https://www.democratsabroad.org/join
  • Voters abroad may also vote by downloading a ballot and emailing or postal mailing it to Democrats Abroad from February 18, 2020 through March 10, 2020. Ballots must be received by DA prior to 12:00 am Pacific Standard Time on March 11, 2020.
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Senator Elizabeth Warren Qualifies for Global Presidential Primary

Democrats Abroad announces that Senator Elizabeth Warren has qualified for the Global Presidential Primary

On Monday, November 18th, Elizabeth Warren became the second presidential candidate to finalize filing to participate in the Democrats Abroad 2020 Global Presidential Primary.

The primary will run from March 3rd to March 10th, 2020. Americans abroad will have the opportunity to vote at more than 100 voting centers around the world, as well as via postal mail, fax and email. 

“The Global Presidential Primary and Delegate Selection Process ensures Americans abroad have the opportunity to easily participate in the Democratic primary process while also bringing our unique issues to the attention of Democratic presidential candidates,” explained Julia Bryan, Democrats Abroad Global Chair. 

Democrats Abroad represents the millions of Democratic voters living abroad and voting in all 50 states. All Americans living outside the United States may participate in the Global Presidential primary and run for a convention delegate position, provided they are eligible to vote and turn 18 on or before November 3, 2020, and that they are Democrats Abroad members. 

Democrats Abroad will send 13 pledged delegates and 8 automatic delegates to the 2020 Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin next July. The results of the Global Presidential Primary will determine which candidates the delegates represent at the Convention.  

Democrats Abroad looks forward to hosting the first Super Tuesday Democratic primary elections, with first ballots cast in New Zealand more than 24 hours before voting centers open on the U.S. East Coast. 

For more information about Senator Warren and where she stands on the top issues that matter to Americans abroad, please visit her questions and answers page here


Democrats Abroad announces first qualifying candidate for Global Presidential Primary: Mayor Pete

Democrats Abroad announces first qualifying candidate for Global Presidential Primary: Mayor Pete 

On Thursday, November 14th, Pete Buttigieg became the first presidential candidate to finalize filing to participate in the Democrats Abroad 2020 Global Presidential Primary.

The primary will run from March 3rd to March 10th next year. Americans abroad will have the opportunity to vote at more than 100 voting centers around the world, as well as via postal mail, fax and email. 

“The Global Presidential Primary and Delegate Selection Process ensures Americans abroad have the opportunity to easily participate in the Democratic primary process while also bringing our unique issues to the attention of Democratic presidential candidates,” explained Julia Bryan, Democrats Abroad Global Chair. 

Democrats Abroad represents the millions of Democratic voters living abroad and voting in all 50 states. All Americans living outside the United States may participate in the Global Presidential primary and run for a convention delegate position, provided they are eligible to vote and turn 18 on or before November 3, 2020, and that they are Democrats Abroad members. 

Democrats Abroad will send 13 pledged delegates and 8 automatic delegates to the 2020 Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin next July. The results of the Global Presidential Primary will determine which candidates the delegates represent at the Convention.  

Democrats Abroad looks forward to hosting the first Super Tuesday Democratic primary elections, with first ballots cast in New Zealand more than 24 hours before voting centers open on the U.S. East Coast. 

For more information about Mayor Pete and where he stands on the top issues that matter to Americans abroad, please watch his video interview


Democrats Abroad Global Presidential Primary in Brief

Democrats Abroad Global Presidential Primary in Brief

  • The Democrats Abroad Global Presidential Primary runs from March 3 to March 10, 2020 at hundreds of voting centers around the world. 
  • Democrats Abroad allows same day registration for voters participating in the Global Presidential Primary 
  • Voters may register in-person or by signing up at https://www.democratsabroad.org/join
  • Eligibility: Voters must meet the following criteria to vote 
    • Be a member of Democrats Abroad
    • Be abroad and be a U.S. Citizen
    • Be 18 as of November 3, 2020
    • Not have voted, nor plan to vote, in any other 2020 state presidential primary
  • Voters abroad may also vote by downloading a ballot and emailing or postal mailing it to Democrats Abroad from February 18, 2020. Ballots must be received prior to 12:00 am Pacific Standard Time on March 11, 2020.
  • No proxy voting is permitted.

Our Voting Process for Delegate Candidates During the Regional and Global Conventions

During the 2020 Regional and Global Conventions in Toronto Canada, Democrats Abroad will use the following procedures to elect delegates to the Democrats Abroad delegation:

Each delegate position will be conducted as an independent election, with two rounds of voting per election.

In the first round of voting, all eligible delegate candidate names will appear on the ballot. Electors will have the opportunity to select the candidates they wish to vote for, sort their names by order of preference and submit their vote. 

Using Scottish Single Transfer tabulation, a form of Ranked Choice tabulation, Democrats Abroad will tabulate the ballots and determine the 6 top delegate candidates from that round. 

In the second round of voting, the top 6 delegate candidate names will appear on the ballot. Electors will have the opportunity to select the candidates they wish to vote for, sort their names by order of preference and submit their vote. 

Using Instant Run Off tabulation, a form of Ranked Choice tabulation, Democrats Abroad will tabulate the ballots and determine an individual winner from that round. 


Delegate Candidate Briefing on the 2020 DA Delegate Selection Plan

The following summary outlines details of the Democrats Abroad Global Presidential Primary, who may run as delegate, and the process that Democrats Abroad takes to select the delegates who will represent our party in Milwaukee, Wisconsin July 13 to 16, 2020 at the Democratic National Convention. A pdf version of this document is available at this link, and a link to the Democrats Abroad 2020 Delegate Selection Plan is available here. Check out our December delegate candidate workshop video for more information!

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Revised version of the Democrats Abroad Delegate Selection Plan

UPDATE : THE FINAL VERSION OF THE DSP (dated November 26) IS AVAILABLE BY CLICKING THIS LINK

Please find below the most recent revised version of the Democrats Abroad 2020 Delegate Selection Plan (DSP), submitted to the Democratic National Committee (DNC) Rules and Bylaws Committee (RBC) in August 2019 following an RBC discussion of the plan.

Revised Democrats Abroad 2020 Delegate Selection Plan

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