Who We Are

Democrats Abroad is the official Democratic Party arm for the 9 million 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 48 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 200 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.

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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!

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  • From the Calendar

    Tuesday, August 16, 2022 at 09:00 AM Eastern Time (US & Canada) · 18 rsvps

    Meet the Candidates for Ohio Auditor and Treasurer

     

    The Ohio State Team is pleased to host a Meet the Candidates event for Ohio Auditor and Treasurer. This event will allow you to learn more about the Democratic candidates, share their backgrounds, discuss key issues, and their vision. They will also explain what the auditor and treasurer do and how these roles are key to governing the state. There will also be time for a Q&A session with an opportunity for attendees to ask questions.

     

    The event is co-sponsored by the Democrats Abroad Global LGBTQ+ Caucus and the Global Youth Caucus.

    RSVP to receive the Zoom link.

     

    Candidate Bios:

    Taylor Sappington, a 30-year-old openly gay man from Nelsonville, a small city in Southeast Ohio, is the youngest person running for state office in Ohio.  Despite his youth, Sappington has experience as an elected official.  After graduating from Ohio University, he was elected to a seat on the Nelsonville City Council. His first legislative accomplishment as a council member was to propose a balanced budget ordinance that mandated balanced budget proposals from the city administration. After serving one term on the City Council, Sappington ran for the office of City Auditor, to which he was subsequently elected.  Once he took office, he began an investigation that uncovered the largest theft and fraud scheme in city history. As city auditor, he has also made the city’s finances more transparent, publishing them online for all to see.  Under Sappington’s leadership, the city coffers show a surplus, and the books are regularly audited. It is said that Sappington has created an environment in the auditor’s office where one can expect honesty and transparency.

    In May of this year, Sappington announced his candidacy for State Auditor, taking on Republican Incumbent Keith Faber.  If elected, Sappington hopes to bring his work experience and ethics to Columbus to transform the State Auditor’s Office into an institution to be trusted. Not only is Sappington willing to investigate the FirstEnergy scandal involving former House Speaker Larry Householder, something he accuses Faber of not doing, but he will also become a member of the seven-member redistricting commission.

    Taylor Sappington is a man who is committed to balancing the books and taking on the crooks.


    Scott Schertzer is the Democratic Candidate for State Treasurer.  Schertzer is currently mayor of Marion, the city from which he hails. After graduating from the University of Toledo with a BA in Social Studies, he went to work in the Secretary of State’s Office under Sherrod Brown and subsequently in the Treasurer’s Office under Mary Ellen Withrow. He worked in education as a classroom teacher for 13 years, after which he decided to run for and was elected to a seat on the Marion City Council. Having served on City Council for nine years, in 2008, Schertzer was elected mayor, a position he was elected to four additional times.  During his time as mayor, Schertzer led Marion through the Covid epidemic and the opioid crisis. In 2018 he was elected President of the Ohio Municipal League, where he has had the opportunity to interact with Ohio mayors from all over the state to discuss challenges Ohio cities are facing today and solutions to overcome those challenges.

    Schertzer says his time in public office has been focused on “small-town values,” such as being invested in the community and understanding the needs of people who want opportunities to get ahead.  These are the values he will bring to Columbus if elected in November. He believes that Ohioans have suffered from a culture of corruption found in Columbus. He is committed to rooting out that corruption and changing Ohio for the better.

    Schertzer is running against the Republican incumbent Robert Sprague.


    It's all hand on deck to turn Ohio BLUE! Write to [email protected] with any questions.

    Join the Ohioan Abroad Facebook Group.

    Remember to request your absentee ballot at https://www.votefromabroad.org/.

    The Midterms matter, and so does every vote. We can WIN Ohio!

     

     

    Tuesday, August 16, 2022 at 06:30 PM Copenhagen Time
    online in Aarhus, Denmark

    DA Denmark Bookclub Discussion of Maus by Art Spiegelman

    DA Denmark invites you to join us for a discussion of this month's book, Maus, by Art Spiegelman Tuesday, August 16 at 6:30 pm online via Zoom. This Pultizer Prize-winning historical graphic novel about The Holocaust was recently at the center of a cultural battle in Tennessee when it was banned by a local school board. We hope that you will read this book with your age-appropriate children and join our conversation about the story itself and the censorship happening right now in schools across the US. 

    RSVP below to receive the link. 



  • News

    Statement Celebrating the Inflation Reduction Act

    Democrats Abroad is grateful to Democratic U.S. Senators for passing the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, a bill that will have a positive impact on our world for generations to come. This legislation – a historic achievement and true cause for celebration – will ensure that big corporations and the wealthiest 1% pay their fair share, lower the cost of Medicare drug prices, and authorize an unprecedented investment of $369 billion in measures to promote renewable energy and mitigate climate change. Not a single Republican U.S. Senator voted for the bill.  With this legislation, Democrats have risen to the moment and brought hope to our planet. The United States, the second largest emitter of greenhouse gases globally, is now on its way to meeting our climate commitments and leading by example.   As another summer of devastating climate catastrophes rages around the globe, the Inflation Reduction Act will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by utilizing renewable and clean energy sources to replace fossil fuels, significantly lowering production costs of wind turbines, solar panels, and batteries for electric cars and incentivizing the private sector to employ wind, solar, and geothermally generated energy. The bill also provides tax incentives for private citizens to install solar panels and heat pumps in their homes and to buy electric vehicles. In coordination with President Biden’s Infrastructure Bill, the construction of charging stations will be ramped up across the entire country, including rural areas.   The Inflation Reduction Act allocates $27 billion for a “green bank” to invest in public-private partnerships that cut emissions. $8 billion will specifically be directed to disadvantaged communities, to further the cause of environmental justice, and $2 billion has been allocated for further research (e.g. fusion and high-energy physics). Most emissions reductions are anticipated in the power and infrastructure sectors, with carbon capture expected to increase 13-fold.  It is hard to overstate the magnitude of this legislative achievement. We must continue this work – to bridge the remaining 10% gap in emissions commitments made by the Biden administration, to address environmental justice issues more broadly, to completely phase out fossil fuels, to block drilling on federal lands and waters, and to continue healthcare and economic reform. There is only one way to do it: by (re-)electing Democratic leaders in November. Please register and request your ballot at www.votefromabroad.org – and make sure your friends and family, at home and abroad, have a plan to vote as well.  To keep up to date and active with Democrats Abroad efforts to tackle climate change, please join our Environment and Climate Crisis Council by clicking here. If you are not able to donate your time, please consider donating to Democrats Abroad today. $20.22 will help keep Congress – and the planet – blue. Thank you very much for your continued support of our organization.  In solidarity and hope,   Dana Freling, Environment & Climate Crisis Council Chair Candice Kerestan, International Chair
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    Progress to Repeal the Windfall Elimination Provision

    Democrats Abroad is encouraged by the advancement of the Social Security Fairness Act (H.R.82) which would repeal the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP). WEP has unfairly and disproportionately impacted Americans abroad, particularly seniors who paid into Social Security and deserve to receive a fair amount in retirement.  Some beneficiaries only learn of WEP after they have retired, and the reduced benefits substantially affect their financial standing in later years.
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