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

    Joe Biden Reaches Out to Americans Abroad

    Thank you, Joe Biden, for your letter to all Americans residing abroad. As you note, this is the most important election of our lifetime. Our votes matter and our voices matter. We believe this deeply, and Democrats Abroad is working tirelessly to make sure every voter abroad has the opportunity to successfully cast their ballot. We are also working to make sure that our voices are heard.  Towards that goal, we appreciate that senior staff of the Biden campaign have sat down with our policy teams and discussed with us many of the specific issues and concerns that Americans abroad face.  We appreciate your commitment to ensuring an agile and well functioning State Department able to serve Americans abroad. We appreciate your understanding of our need for consular, visa, immigration, and adoption services to support our families. And we appreciate that you understand the need to seriously review taxation laws which create financial barriers and complexities unique to Americans abroad. Our policy teams are ready to work with your administration to build concrete next steps that will alleviate the issues we all face.  But before we begin that work, we will first deliver an all-time-high number of votes from abroad in November, and help elect the Biden/Harris ticket and as many Democrats as possible, up and down the ballot, and across the country.  Letter from Joe Biden to Americans Abroad
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    DA Responds to Trump's Threat to Disregard Election Results

    Statement from Julia Bryan, Global Chair of Democrats Abroad:  Trump’s refusal to commit to a peaceful transition of power and respect the results of the general election must not be ignored.  This is a moment which transcends party or politics. We call on every member of Congress - Republican, Democrat and Independent- to speak up NOW and reject his comment.  We ask that these democratically elected leaders state clearly that they continue to support the United States electoral system. And that these leaders pledge to uphold the state certified results of the ballots cast by US citizens.  
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  • From the Calendar

    Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 06:00 PM Bern Time · 6 rsvps
    Zoom Meeting in Basel, Switzerland

    DA Discussions: Partisan Tribalism and the 2020 Elections

    DA Discussions is back! This month our theme is:

    Partisan Tribalism and the 2020 Elections

    Suggested Readings: 

    1. American politics is tribal. Are we ready to admit that? - Shadi Hamid, The Guardian
    2. The Threat of Tribalism - Amy Chua and Jed Rubenfeld, The Atlantic
    3. Trump, the politics of fear and racism: How our brains can be manipulated to tribalism - Arash Javanbakht, The Conversation
    4. Does American "Tribalism" End in a Compromise, or a Fight? - Laila Lalami, The New York Times Magazine
    5. "Tribalism" doesn't explain our political conflicts - Adam Rothman, The Washington Post
    6. The Trump Era's Tribalism Discourse: Reflections on a "Weird Euphemism" - Charles McCrary, The Revealer
    7. Why Trump Has Such a Hold on His Followers (And what you can do about it) - Karin Tamerius, Medium
    8. A Cure for our tribal politics - Devaka Premawardhana, Newsday
    9. With impeachment, America's epistemic crisis has arrived - David Roberts, Vox
    10. Hidden Tribes: A Study of America's Polarized Landscape - Stephen Hawkins, Daniel Yudkin, Miriam Juan-Torres, and Tim Dixon

    About DA Discussions:

    We examine various facets of democracy in group discussions facilitated by political scientist Michael Contarino, Professor Emeritus at the University of New Hampshire.

    Contarino founded and directed the Politics and Society program at UNH-Manchester, the UNH-in-Italy program, and the UNH-Manchester Florence program at Palazzo Rucellai. He has taught World Politics; US and World Affairs; International Relations Theory; Politics and Society; Dictatorship and Democracy; Politics and Propaganda in Film; The Politics of Food; and Business, Government, and Society, among other topics.

    Each event will cover a different topic and offer complementary readings. The readings are intended to provide insight into the topic at hand but are completely optional.

    All are welcome!

    This event is free of charge, but we will gladly accept donations from any US citizens who attend the event. Democrats Abroad Switzerland is a volunteer organization that relies on donations to be able to provide outreach, voter education, and voter registration services.

    RSVP to Kristen to receive the Zoom link.

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    Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada) · 4 rsvps

    Global Voter Assistance: October 22nd

    Did you know every eligible American living abroad can vote in U.S. elections this year? 

    Do you have questions about how to vote? Click the chat bubble at the bottom of this screen and we can help you find the answers.  

    Join us October 22nd, or any Sunday(24hrs), Tuesday, Thursday & Friday (noon-4pm) and Saturday (2am-10am) till November U.S. Eastern time to talk to a volunteer LIVE on Zoom about questions you have about voting from abroad.
    How is it done on Zoom? You'll come into the main room and be paired 1:1 with a volunteer into a breakout room to ensure privacy and that you can get all your questions answered. It couldn't be easier. 

    More information: The easiest way to request your ballot is at VoteFromAbroad.org. It takes just a few minutes to complete and send in your form to the US state where you last lived. The website will guide you step by step. In most cases it’s pretty simple. But if you’re new to voting abroad, or if you haven’t done it in a while, you may have additional questions. That’s why we’ll be here every Sunday until election day to help.

    If you can’t make it, you can always email us at helpdesk@votefromabroad.org or send in your question through our online help bubble, and a volunteer will get back to you.

    Join Zoom Meeting

    Meeting ID: 910 9034 4003
    Passcode: Vote2020