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 42 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

Interested in good opportunities to make your voice heard? Visit our Call Congress page for frequently updated actions. Or check out our country pages in the top navigation and find an event near you. Contact us through our online chat if you have questions! And if you haven't yet, join Democrats Abroad today. We are all stronger together. 


  • News

    March for Our Lives with DA

    Democrats Abroad calls for all members to join us as we March for Our Lives. On March 24th we will rise in solidarity with US marches, and rally in cities and towns around the world - speaking out for gun control and asking Congress to protect the youth of America and enact gun legislation to end violence and mass shootings in our schools today. For anyone not near an organized event, we will also be hosting an online vigil. More information coming soon.
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    A Call for Common Sense Gun Legislation

    Democrats Abroad strongly supports common sense gun legislation. The platform plank below (exerpted from our 2016 Platform) defines our thoughts in detail:  GUN VIOLENCE Gun violence is a serious AMERICAN problem. Every year 30,000 people are killed by guns. The reputation of the U.S. around the world is damaged by the killing by guns in our homes, on our streets, in our businesses, but especially in our schools. We: DEPLORE systemic gun violence in America, and the failure to address these issues, especially the presence of guns in educational institutions. CALL FOR Congress to pass legislation that helps ensure dangerous people are prohibited from having guns, including:  Background Check System - • Requiring every gun buyer to go through a criminal background check;• Ensuring that the background check system has complete information on people prohibited from having guns; • Addressing unnecessary legal barriers that prevent states from reporting information about those prohibited from having guns;• Improve incentives for states to share information with the background check system;• Holding federal agencies accountable for sharing reliable information with the background check system;  Assault Weapon Control - • Reinstating and strengthening the ban on assault weapons; • Limiting ammunition magazines to 10 rounds; • Removing armor-piercing bullets from the marketplace; • Eliminating restrictions that force the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to authorize the importation of dangerous weapons deemed of collectible interest that are abused and to permit the importation of fully functional and powerful military weapons;  CALL FOR Congress to pass legislation to, with the support of governments at all levels, put a stop to senseless gun violence in the U.S., including: Supporting Law Enforcement – • Closing loopholes on new gun trafficking laws and to create serious punishments for gun trafficking; • Enacting the Obama administration’s $4 billion proposal to fund 15,000 police officers in cities and towns across the U.S.; • Funding the provision of effective training for active shooter situations for 14,000 law enforcement officers, first responders, and school officials;  Mental Health – • Funding for “Mental Health First Aid” training for teachers; treatment referrals for students with signs of mental illness; support for 16-25 year olds at high risk of mental illness; training for 5,000 mental health professionals serving students and young adults; • Requiring private health insurance plans to cover mental health services through the ACA; • Requiring quality mental health coverage for the millions of Americans covered by Medicaid;  Also – • Ending the freeze on gun violence research and providing $10 million for the Center for Disease Control to investigate the causes and prevention of gun violence, including the relationship between video games, media images and violence; • Empowering health care providers with avenues for providing warnings to law enforcement authorities about threats of violence; • Launching a national responsible gun owner program; • Funding a review of safety standards for gun locks and gun safes and the development of innovative gun safety technology; • Providing incentives schools to hire school resource officers, such as the COPS Hiring Grants.  URGE the Department of Homeland Security, in cooperation with the Government of Mexico, to focus resources on dismantling the operations of “coyotes” and human traffickers who prey on the vulnerable, and on disrupting drug smuggling from Mexico. URGE the Senate to confirm an Obama administration appointment of Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, which has not had a confirmed director for six years.  FAVOR the abolition of all “Stand Your Ground” laws.  FAVOR the abolition of “Open Carry” laws.
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  • From the Calendar

    Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 06:30 PM · 22 rsvps
    Aurora Rooftop Bar in Sydney, Australia

    NSW Chapter Meet Up - February 2018

    Our first meet up of 2018! 

    Let's talk about upcoming Congressional races for the year ahead and what GOTV efforts are being planned by Democrats Abroad.

    Join us for some banter, meet fellow Americans living in Sydney, and lets get fired up to be in action. 

    I'm looking forward to catching up with old friends and meeting some new ones too!

    Democratically yours, 

     

    Marla Minow, DAA NSW Chapter Chair

    Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 06:00 PM · 2 rsvps
    Mulligan's Irish Pub Geneva in Geneva, Switzerland

    Monthly DACH Geneva Meet Up

    Get together with your fellow Dems in the Geneva/Vaud region for fun and socializing, every third Tuesday of the month. Nothing fancy, just a chance to unwind and enjoy each other's company. Yes, political discussion is allowed! Drop in; no need to RSVP.