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 44 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 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

    On this 4th

    This Fourth of July, we worry for our friends and family in the United States, we mourn for our home, and we fight for it too. We join with our allies calling for justice and the end of violence against people of color, and we stand together with our fellow Americans fighting for their rights and their lives. The US has, perhaps, never felt so far from us as it does today, but as Dustin Lance Black so eloquently said to us this week: "We have an incredible amount of power to make a change...by voting from abroad. And if you want to go home, and feel like the US is home again, you need to reach out to ten people and tell them from your heart why you want home to feel like home again, for you and for those people who have never felt it is home." Voting is the most powerful political tool that we have to make a difference in the United States - no matter where we are around the world, and no matter what state we vote in. We must, each and every one of us, ensure that we can vote this year, and that every American abroad we know can too. This is the commitment I ask of you today, July 4th, as we prepare for the most important presidential election of our lifetime. Please, go to votefromabroad.org now and make sure you are ready to vote this fall. Then reach out to your friends and family, wish them a happy 4th and ask that they too help ensure that every American can feel at home in the United States. For more information on how to make that ask, and more information on voting from abroad join the Vote from Abroad Voting Champion program. 
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    Democrats Abroad Statement on DACA Ruling

    The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Trump Administration cannot move forward with its plan to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Established by President Obama in 2012, DACA protects about 700,000 young Dreamers from deportation who were brought into the U.S. as children. DACA allows them to obtain an education, live, and work in the U.S. The program lasts only two years at a time and is subject to be renewable.  The program provides no pathway to citizenship. Julia Bryan, Chair of Democrats Abroad and Amerika Garcia Grewal, Chair of the Hispanic Caucus Steering Committee, issued a joint statement on this decision: "This is a major relief for the thousands of Dreamers and their families whose lives have been left in limbo and in living in fear of deportation by the Trump administration.  While we celebrate this victory, the Supreme Court's ruling is provisional, and there is no pathway to citizenship for Dreamers.  Congress must hold the Trump Administration accountable and fix the broken U.S. immigration system.  Congress must pass the Dream Act and provide comprehensive immigration reform." From a Dreamer now living in Germany: "After the cruel uncertainty that DREAMers have had to live in for the past two years, this is a very welcome turn of events. As a DREAMer living abroad, I understand what it is like to have your safety, livelihood, and ambitions be so abruptly placed on a halt. I applaud the decision the Supreme Court has made, but overall I applaud the work that activists have done for this cause. DREAMers and their allies have shown bravery under threat of deportation, endless strength even from within detention centers, and an extraordinary ability to never lose hope. Today, my husband is a U.S. citizen, and I will celebrate a decision that will allow thousands of amazing individuals to continue fighting for their dreams in the country they call home. Congratulations, DREAMers!"    
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  • From the Calendar

    Wednesday, July 08, 2020 at 06:00 PM
    Online event in Australia

    Help US Citizens Vote From Australia!

    We are now in the final days of registering to vote for the November 3rd US Presidential election. We need YOUR help to reach every single Democrats Abroad member in Australia and remind them they need to register before the deadline.  Many of the people we have spoken to so far have either not realised or not remembered about requesting a ballot -- and they are very happy to get the reminder!
    Some numbers:
    >> August 1st is the recommended deadline that US citizens abroad return their Federal Post Card Application
    >> In June we made about 700 calls, leaving over 2700 members still to be telephoned to be sure they have requested their ballot
    >> That's 87 people who need to be called each day in July
    This is the most important thing Democrats Abroad Australia can be doing right now to vote Trump out of office - so let's get to work!
    If you've never phonebanked with Democrats Abroad before, join us on Wed 8 July at 6PM Sydney/Melbourne/Brisbane, 5.30 Adelaide, 4PM Perth where we'll show you the ropes. You can also drop in any time during this time to ask questions or just let us know how it's going.
    Time: Jul 8, 2020 06:00 PM Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney
    Join Zoom Meeting
    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85627990714
    If you have phonebanked with us before and just want to refresh your memory (OR if you want to phone bank any day and time on your own after 2PM AEST):
    >> Slides: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1HmkUFP_7voM2i_go2fCLd50HEc0a1W8DzV1FsM_zqV8/edit#slide=id.p3
    >> Dos and Don'ts: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1EYZhYeeMM1ib0-CIlaFEO6KIw3GVAVBzKiY4TH26rto/edit
    Wednesday, July 08, 2020 at 07:00 AM · 19 rsvps
    Zoom

    GBC Tax Lunch Power Hour

    Join us and find out information to help you with your tax issues.

    This will be an informal Zoom call, you can drop-in for 5 minutes to ask one question or stick around for the whole hour.

    Some things that will be discussed include:

    • Have you received your CARES Act stimulus payment? If so, how? If not, why?
    • The latest updates on Residency Based Taxation.
    • Why you have nothing to worry about when it comes to voting and taxes!

    July 15th is also the new deadline to file your US taxes with the IRS this year (usually it's June 15th for Americans living abroad but the US government extended it this year due to Coronavirus.)

    Please RSVP to receive the Zoom Link.

     

    Location Local Start Time
    Washington DC, USA 07:00 EDT
    London, United Kingdom 12:00 BST
    Paris, France 13:00 CEST
    Athens, Greece 14:00 EEST
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates 15:00 GST
    New Delhi, India 16:30 IST
    Bangkok, Thailand 18:00 ICT
    Beijing, China 19:00 CST
    Tokyo, Japan 22:00 JST
    Melbourne, Australia 21:00 AEST

     

    We hope to see you there!