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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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:

  • 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

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 through 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, visit our map of events here or check out our list of official events. We’re holding more than 220 events in 45 countries around the world March 3-10.

If you can’t join us in person, as long as you’re a member of Democrats Abroad, you can also vote remotely. Ballots were sent out on February 18, but you can also go directly to democratsabroad.org/primary to download your ballot and vote now

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

You can only vote one time in this year's presidential primary process. If you vote in the Global Primary, 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.

Why should I participate in the global primary instead of voting in my state's presidential primary?

While tens of thousands of people will participate in the global primary 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!

The Global Presidential Primary ballot asks for my member number, but I don't know what it is. What should I do?

You can leave this blank; the field is optional.

What should I do after voting my ballot to make sure its valid? 

Review the attachment in your email and make sure you voted for your candidate, added info in all required fields, and signed your ballot. If you missed a step, fill it in fully and send it in again. We count your first valid ballot.

Where do I send my ballot after I've completed it? 

The easiest way is to email it to primaryvoting@democratsabroad.org

Why are there candidates on the ballot who have suspended their campaigns?

The only way a candidate could be removed from the ballot is if they requested before February 18 that we do so. This was the case for Senators Cory Booker and Michael Bennet. Candidates who did not make this request or who suspended their campaigns after February 18 still appear on the ballot.

What if I voted for someone who has suspended their campaign, or who decides to suspend their campaign later?

It is possible for candidates who have suspended their campaigns to still earn delegates to take to the Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee, if they earn more than 15% of the vote in our primary. Please note that once your ballot is cast, it cannot be changed.

Which candidates have formally withdrawn from the Global Presidential Primary?

Michael Bloomberg, Michael Bennet and Cory Booker

I voted for a candidate who has suspended their campaign. Can I vote again?

Once a valid ballot is cast, it is counted. If you cast more than one valid ballot, the first is counted, and the rest are not. This includes if you first vote went to a candidate that has suspended their campaign or withdrawn. 

If a candidate formally withdraws from our primary or shuts down their campaign before May 15 - which is when Democrats Abroad begins electing delegates at our global and regional meetings - any delegates they have been allocated will be assigned to other candidates who met the 15% threshold in our primary.


Will the Covid-19 coronavirus impact my voting location?

We're monitoring the situation closely in every city where we have planned voting centers. If a local event center has been changed or canceled, you should receive an email update, and a notice will be posted on the event listing on our site. Otherwise, you can expect that your polling station will still be open. But we encourage you to double check with the event page of your country committee if you are in an area that is heavily impacted. 

Remember to use your best judgement, and that remote voting is always an option.

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, 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


View the April 11th Online Workshop for Delegate Candidates


More information
The following summary outlines who may run as delegate and the process that Democrats Abroad takes to select the delegates who will represent our party at the Democratic National Convention. In addition to these details, those interested in running for a delegate position are encouraged to review our delegate candidate workshop video and our slide presentation. You can also read the complete 2020 Democrats Abroad Delegate Selection Plan, but we've outlined the important details below.

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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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Watch the Debates with Dems Abroad!

The second Democratic presidential primary debate will take place July 30 and 31, and Americans will be tuning in from around the world, both live and in the days following the debate. We have lots of events lined up, so come join one of our watch parties!

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Watch the June Debate with Dems Abroad!

The first Democratic presidential primary debate will take place June 26 and 27, and Americans will be tuning in from around the world, both live and in the days following the debate. We have more than 50 events lined up, so come join one of our watch parties!

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