Senator Bernie Sanders is the winner of the Democrats Abroad Global Presidential Primary, winning 69% of the vote and 9 of 13 pledged delegates to the Democratic National Convention. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton won 31% of the vote and the remaining 4 delegates. A total of 34,570 Americans around the world voted in the GPP, breaking the previous record set in 2008 by more than 50%!
Here in Belgium, Sanders won a total 227 votes to Clinton's 150. We owe huge thanks to all of our volunteers who helped run our two polling centers over three days of voting - and a special thanks to Voting Manger Tiffany Fliss for all of her hard work in organizing everything so well.
Pencil in April 19th for our next Pub Social, location tbc - we'll have lots to talk about!
And photos of all the action on our Facebook page - http://www.facebook.com/DABelgium - you can still vote through tomorrow via remote ballot!
Wednesday's first day of voting was a great success - nearly fifty of you braved the nasty weather to cast a physical ballot, including many new members and students. We had tvbrussel filming (http://www.brusselnieuws.be/en/video/tvbrussel/american-brusselaars-vote-super-tuesday-were-ashamed-trump) and an article today in La Libre Belgique (http://www.lalibre.be/actu/international/la-primaire-democrate-passe-aussi-par-la-belgique-56d8961f3570ebb7a8eeb937) ! There's still time to come by the Holiday Inn Schuman to vote on Saturday & Sunday (see the Events page for details). And, of course, you can always vote via email through March 8th on www.democratsabroad.org/gpp.
Please vote in YOUR primary!
I'm sure you're all geared up to vote in the Presidential Primary, given what an exciting race it is turning out to be. However, I'd like to ask you to strongly consider voting for your preferred presidential candidate via the Global Presidential Primary rather than in your state's primary (you can still vote for other local offices in your state's primary). Why? The over-riding reason is that your vote in the GPP can make more of a difference for the issues that matter to Americans living abroad. Whether it's health care while abroad, FATCA, or citizenship issues, the DA delegates we send to this summer's convention are likely to be better informed and more concerned about these issues than those from our home states.
We'll have live voting locations on March 2nd, 5th & 6th and you can also submit your GPP ballot via email, snail mail, or even fax by downloading your ballot via www.democratsabroad.org/gpp - spread the word!
Photo by Ricky Leong
Welcome to Democrats Abroad Belgium!
DAB is the official country committee for US Democrats living in Belgium. Watch this space for upcoming announcements of meetings and events - we have events planned throughout the year, and encourage anyone interested in participating to get in touch.
If you have questions or would like to help with Democrats Abroad in Belgium please contact us.
Pauline Manos, Chair
Democrats Abroad - Belgium