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.

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.


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    Voting from Abroad 101

    Click to join us on Zoom for free, live voter help

     

    Voting in the November 8 midterms elections is the best tool you have to make your voice heard on important issues, from climate change to bodily autonomy to election administration. If you haven’t requested your ballot, or you’re unsure if you’ve requested one, follow the three easy steps below.

    Also, spread the word about voting to your family, friends, and co-workers. Let them know that you voted and that if they’re a U.S. or dual citizen, they should, too!

    Step 1: Request your ballot

    Head to www.votefromabroad.org, your one-stop-shop for registering to vote and requesting your overseas absentee ballot. There, you’ll complete and submit your Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), the form overseas voters like you use to request ballots. The website will help you fill out the FPCA and tell you exactly where to send it. In most cases, you can submit it right then and there electronically!

    If you’re not registered to vote or need to change where you’re registered, don’t worry: The FPCA doubles as a voter registration form. You’ll register at the address where you most recently lived in the United States.

    Pro tip: On the FPCA form, mark that you want to receive your ballot by email. That way, you'll get your ballot quickly and avoid snail-mail delays.

    Step 2: Receive and vote your ballot

    Once you’ve got your ballot, carefully read the instructions and fill it out as soon as possible. You’ll probably want to vote for all the offices listed on the ballot, especially at the state and local levels— where tons of decisions that impact our future are being made. A Google search of the candidates or ballotopedia.org are great ways to find out where they stand on issues important to you, as is reading news coverage of the races in which you’ll be voting.

    Pro tip: Make sure you’ve signed everywhere required, used the right color pen, and put the right envelope inside of the other (if returning voted ballot by postal mail). Each state, and sometimes even county, has different requirements. Human error is a top reason overseas absentee ballots get rejected, so it’s worth taking some extra time to read the instructions and do it right. If you have questions, we're here to help!

    Step 3: Return your completed ballot

    • It is now too late to use the US Embassy pouch service!
    • Check return times for regular mail services before using.
    • If possible, please use a private courier service. See country discounts below. 

    After you’ve completed your ballot, return it right away. Some states allow overseas voters to return their voted ballots through secure electronic means — like an upload portal, email, or even fax (yes, fax!) — but many require it to be sent by postal mail. You can check your state’s rules and deadlines at www.votefromabroad.org.

    If you have to return your ballot by postal mail, you’ll want to make sure you’ve put the correct postage and recipient address on the envelope (the latter will be included with your ballot instructions). If time’s running short, you can also use a courier such as DHL, UPS, or FedEx, many countries have arranged for a discount – see the list below. 

    If you vote in one of the following states, we also have ballot return guides to help you get your ballot back: Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Texas.

    Pro tip: Return your voted ballot within 48 hours of receiving it, especially if you have to return it by postal mail. Voting early will not only save you stress and money, it will give you enough time to confirm that your ballot made it and will be counted. Late arrival is another top reason absentee ballots are rejected. Don’t let it happen to you.

    And just like that, you’ll have voted from abroad in the November midterm elections!  

    Votes from abroad may have proved decisive in the 2020 election outcome — now, with your help, we’re ready to make an even bigger difference in 2022!


    Here are some resources to help

    Need one-on-one help? A live voter assistant is just a Zoom away! Click in to ZoomTheVote, hosted and staffed by experienced VoteFromAbroad voter helpers, from anywhere in the world. Tuesdays and Wednesdays from noon-4pm EDT, Saturdays from 4am-6am EDT, and Sundays from 11am-3pm EDT. Link to join is here: https://qrco.de/bbh0zg

    Voting questions? Check out our FAQs or write to us at [email protected] 

    What to know about voting in your state. Go to www.votefromabroad.org/states for detailed information on your state's deadlines, how to send in your registration/ballot request/ballot return, contact information for local election officials, and links to state websites to confirm registration and see sample ballots. You can also find the link to track your ballot at www.votefromabroad.org/states.

    In which states can the ballot only be returned by mail? You must return your voted ballot by postal mail if you vote in the following states: Arkansas, Connecticut, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. Please don't wait to return your ballot — international mail takes time! 

     

    Haven’t received your ballot?

    If you requested to receive your ballot by postal mail, you should have likely received it by now (they started being sent to voters on Sept 24).

    If you requested to receive your ballot electronically, please double check your spam and junk folders.

    If you still can’t find your ballot, please do the following immediately:

    1. Submit a new ballot request form via www.votefromabroad.org. Please submit the request electronically, if possible, and on the form, mark that you would like to receive your ballot by email. Doing this will expedite the process.
    2. AND, if you vote in a postal mail return state (see above), vote and return a Federal Absentee Write-in Ballot, also known as a FWAB or “Backup Ballot.” Details on the Backup Ballot can be found here: https://www.votefromabroad.org/faqs/BB1.

    Please note that even if you vote and return a Backup Ballot, you should still vote and return your official ballot once you receive it. If both your official voted ballot and Backup Ballot reach your local election office in time, the official ballot will be counted and the Backup Ballot will be voided. If only the Backup Ballot arrives, that will be counted as your vote.

    Need to use a courier service? Call or email your local election office in the United States to check out the best address to use, and then check out courier solutions. Some couriers have provided discounts for some countries for mail return to the U.S. 

    Special deals for Courier services:

    Austria-All voters get 20% off ballot return with DHL with code USA20
    Canada-Democrats Abroad members get 50% off ballot return with UPS
    Czech Republic-All voters get 20% off mail return with DHL with code US20
    Estonia-All voters get 28% off ballot return with DHL with promo code USA22
    Germany- All voters get 10% off ballot return with DHL with code USA10
    Hungary-All voters get 30% off ballot return with DHL with code USA30 until October 31st
    Ireland-All voters get 20% off ballot return when using code USA20 at a physical DHL location
    Israel-All voters get a 17% DHL discount when following instructions in this link
    Italy-All voters get 20% off ballot return with DHL when using code USA20 at a physical DHL location
    Poland-All voters get 10% off ballot return with DHL with code USA10
    Lithuania-All voters get 20% off ballot return with DHL with code USA20
    Spain-All voters get 20% off ballot return with DHL with code USA2022
    Turkey-All voters get 20% off ballot return with DHL with code USATURKEY20
    UK-All voters get 10% off ballot return with DHL when using code USA10

    From Argentina to Vietnam, we’ve got you covered. Take a look at information specific to your country of residence including courier service discounts and more. 

    Americas: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Caribbean Islands, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Haiti, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Not Listed?  

    Asia Pacific: Australia , China , Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, Not Listed?

    Europe, Middle East & Africa: Africa Committee, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland , Israel, Italy, Kenya , Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Romania, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Not Listed?

     

    Have a technical question? Take a look at these videos and PDF’s to find out how-to scan a ballot, fold a New York ballot, use VPN to access blocked U.S. websites, photograph your signature, send your ballot by post, get the fax transmission cover sheet, and fax your ballot using your phone with fax.plusefax.com or other "email to fax solutions" option.

    Do you vote in one of the following states? We also have ballot return guides to help you get your ballot back to: Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Texas.

    Thank you for voting!

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  • From the Calendar

    Thursday, December 01, 2022 at 03:00 AM Eastern Time (US & Canada)
    Video launch via YouTube

    American Women Need Your Help Now!

     

    The GWC Reproductive Justice Team is launching a project to promote voter registration under the theme Reproductive Justice for ALL.

    As you certainly know, the rights of all women to choose when and if to start a family are being taken away with over 26 States prohibiting or restricting the right to abortion during the first trimester of pregnancy even in the cases of rape, incest and the mother’s and/or the  fetus’ health. Texas has empowered vigilantes to sue everyone and anyone aiding and abetting abortion once the fetal heartbeat can be heard (eg at approximately 6 weeks and before most women know they are pregnant).

    We cannot allow this to continue particularly with Roe v Wade in peril and the Women’s Health Protection Act stuck in the Senate.

    Our project is a video launch via YouTube. We are asking all DA members to make a short (60 sec) video explaining why the right to abortion is absolutely necessary. If you come from a State where it is practically impossible to obtain an abortion, you can speak about the discrimination against minority and poor women whose lives are in jeopardy and who cannot travel. If you come from “good States” such as MA, CA, NY for example, you can speak to the injustice of access depending upon where you live. Make sure you mention in the video VotefromAbroad.org for expat voter registration and vote.gov for non expat voter registration.

    We believe that many of our voters will be motivated to register when we roll out the videos.

    Here are a few subjects that you could choose for your video:

    • If you live/vote in a country that has “good” reproductive freedom laws, you could refer to the country and the liberal law(s) and how lucky you are to be in that country and how unfair it is for American women LIVING IN THE US who can’t benefit from such laws
    • If you live/vote in a US State that has good reproductive freedom laws, see above. And you can say that living in a “bad” State is  discriminatory since women in “good “US States have rights that you are denied.
    • You can share a personal experience. You don’t have to use your name or even mention where you live. The videos will be anonymous unless you do give details.
    • You can make a statement about women should have the right to control their bodies. Period. There is no justification for the government to decide when, how  or even if women should have children.

    If you can’t think of anything to say but still want to make a video, feel free to contact Salli at [email protected]. She will set up a call and walk you through some ideas and we can help you make the video.

    Here is a link on how to make a video:

    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1O7wGPrZmmXocOuMI5zZutc1w62nHlQWZOat8Srq_bFQ/edit?usp=sharing

    For more information, visit our blog space here:

    https://www.democratsabroad.org/wc_reproductive_justice_action_team

    All videos should be sent to Salli Swartz at [email protected]

    THANKS FOR ALL YOUR EFFORTS TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN


    Disclaimer: By submitting your video, you grant to Democrats Abroad a nonexclusive rights to use your video and your image only for the 2022 GWC Reproductive Justice Get Out the Vote video project. 

    You therefore hereby waive all rights to any claims arising out of or in connection with Democrats Abroad GWC’s use of your video  and image in connection with the 2022 Reproductive Justice video project.


     

    Monday, December 05, 2022 at 05:00 PM Berlin Time · 4 rsvps

    Christmas Cookie Drive + Tree Lighting Ceremony

    This year will mark our 3rd time participating in a U.S. Army-wide Military Appreciation Cookie Drive. The past two years we were able to provide cookies to the 18 full time military members in Dülmen. The decorative cookie tins/boxes have been a highlight for the young military men and women serving here in Germany. Separated from family and friends, these young military security forces work in Dülmen and do not have the benefits often associated with larger bases. The giving cookies is just a “touch of home” they need. Please consider participating by baking at least 2 dozen of your favorite holiday recipe. We will be collecting cookies between December 4 and 5. The evening of December 5, all who want to help put the cookie boxes together will meet at Deanna and Chris’s home. Please arrive no later than 1800. We need enough cookies to fill up 18 tins. The tins have already been purchased and await your cookies! Please sign up so that we know how many of you will participate (RSVP here or complete this Google form).

    This year, we also have the pleasure of attending the Tree Lighting Ceremony at the base in Dülmen! The ceremony will include hot chocolate and cider at the Dülmen Tower Barracks at 1800 on December 6.  Everyone is invited but we need to know in advance who will show up and please bring a copy of your passport (U.S.). Chris Howe will get everyone signed into the base for this unprecedented open door to civilians. All who wish to attend should arrive no later than 1730 so the sign-in process can be completed prior to the Christmas Tree lighting. We will present our cookie tins to the Military at this time. Once again, you can RSVP to this event by completing the form above.

    Thanks to all of your who have participated in the past two years and for those of you willing to share your time and cooking skills this year!


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    December 6 Georgia Runoff Election Information

    Attention Georgia Voters Abroad! DA Data Privacy Policy There will be a runoff election for the U.S. Senate seat in Georgia between Reverend Raphael Warnock (D) and Herschel Walker (R) on December 6, 2022. The winner will serve a six-year term, so the outcome of this race will have a lasting impact on Democrats’ ability to keep fighting for issues that just can’t wait, from a woman’s right to choose to racial justice to environmental protection! The good news: You can vote from abroad in the December 6 runoff election, as long as you were registered to vote in Georgia before November 7, 2022, and submitted a 2022 overseas ballot request (Federal Postcard Application, "FPCA") before November 28, 2022. But you will need to act quickly! Your voted runoff ballot must be postmarked by December 6 & received in GA by December 9! As we just saw in the November 8 midterm elections, every single vote really does count.  Thank you for voting from abroad in the December 6 runoff election!
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    URGENT Ballot Curing Resources for AZ, CA, CO, NV, OR, and WA Voters

    We urge all voters who voted in the November 8 midterm elections in AZ, CA, CO, NV, OR, or WA to confirm that your ballot arrived and was counted without issue. Control of the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate will be decided by just a handful of votes in these states. Please act now and double check! If there are issues preventing your ballot from being counted, these states allow you to "cure" you ballot. This essentially means fixing issues such as mismatched or missing signatures or dates on the ballot materials you returned (note that the issues that can be "cured" do vary by state). Deadlines and processes to remedy issues vary by state. Details are listed below alphabetically by state.  If there are issues with your ballot, please immediately get in touch with your local election office! If you have any questions or require help, please write to [email protected] We have teams standing by to make sure that your vote gets counted!   Arizona  Deadline to fix ballot issue: November 16, 5:00pm US Mountain Time Link to look up ballot status online:* https://my.arizona.vote/AbsenteeTracker.aspx  Look up contact information for local election office: www.votefromabroad.org/states/az  California Deadline to fix ballot issue: December 6, 5:00pm US Pacific Time Link to look up ballot status online:* https://california.ballottrax.net/voter/  Look up contact information for local election office: www.votefromabroad.org/states/ca   Colorado Deadline to fix ballot issue: November 16 Link to look up ballot status online:* https://colorado.ballottrax.net/voter/ Look up contact information for local election office: www.votefromabroad.org/states/co  New! You can also fix ballot issues by text: Txt2Cure FAQs (will likely only work cell phones that have US number) Nevada Deadline to fix ballot issue: November 14, 5:00pm US Pacific Time Link to look up ballot status online:* https://www.nvsos.gov/votersearch/ Look up contact information for local election office: www.votefromabroad.org/states/nv Some Nevada counties have online signature curing resources, see www.nvsos.gov/sos/elections/voters/cure   Oregon Deadline to fix ballot issue: November 22 Link to look up ballot status online:* https://secure.sos.state.or.us/orestar/vr/showVoterSearch.do Look up contact information for local election office: www.votefromabroad.org/states/or Washington Deadline to fix ballot issue: November 28 Link to look up ballot status online:* https://voter.votewa.gov/WhereToVote.aspx Look up contact information for local election office: www.votefromabroad.org/states/wa   *If accessing this page outside of the United States, you may need to use a Virtual Private Network (VPN). More on using a VPN here: https://www.votefromabroad.org/faqs/TI1 
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