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    Climate

    The climate crisis is a significant contributing factor to many conflicts and refugee situations around the globe, putting Americans abroad - and all global citizens - at risk due to political insecurity. How will you ensure that the U.S. will reduce greenhouse gas emissions below Paris Accord targets and lead the global effort to avoid catastrophic climate breakdown and the global insecurity it would cause? 

    What do you think a U.S. President in early 2021 can do, independently of the cooperation of Congress or other countries, to respond to this crisis?

    Climate change is one of the greatest tests that the American people have ever faced, and history will judge us for how we rose to meet it. My plan to combat climate change includes three pillars: building a clean economy, investing in resilience, and demonstrating leadership abroad. To reduce greenhouse gases below Paris Agreement targets, we will unite all Americans–the public sector, the private sector, farmers, factory workers, cities, and states–to build a net-zero emissions electricity grid by 2035 and a net-zero emissions economy by 2050. I will quadruple federal R&D funding for clean energy, push for legislation that puts a price on carbon, and invest $550 billion in technology deployment across America, so we can build and deploy systems for clean manufacturing, transportation, electricity generation, and energy efficiency.

    In terms of leading the global effort, I will rejoin Paris and push for more ambitious commitments to greenhouse gas reductions through bilateral negotiations with India and China and in the G7 and G20. I will create a Tipping Points Coalition, a group of major emitting economies who are committed to cutting emissions, and double our commitment to the Green Climate Fund to help developing countries.

    On Day 1 as President, I will rejoin the Paris Agreement. I will work to raise standards set by agencies like the Department of Transportation and the Department of Energy for clean fuel emissions and clean electricity and sign a “Buy Clean” executive order mandating that any new material the federal government uses or pays for to construct buildings, roads, bridges, or other infrastructure, must be under a specified level of carbon emissions. In addition, my Administration will support R&D for clean energy across every sector and provide grants and technical assistance to states and cities, who are leading the way on setting and meeting ambitious climate goals. 

    Foreign Affairs

    Americans abroad hear from our neighbors and colleagues that the standing of the U.S. in world affairs has plummeted over the past three years. What would you do to re-establish trust and re-build the confidence of the U.S. government in global institutions and with other countries?

    The world needs America right now, but it can’t just be any America. It can’t be an America that abandons our allies while cozying up to dictators. It can’t be an America whose silence is for sale when it comes to critical human rights abroad. And it can’t be an America where essential tools like diplomacy and development are hollowed out. The world needs the best America that we can be, now more than ever.

    Americans who live abroad or who interact regularly with foreign counterparts know firsthand the damage that this president has done to America’s credibility around the world, and what’s at stake in this election. 

    When the sun comes up on the day after the Trump presidency is over, we will need robust American leadership more than ever. And we will need a strategy not just to deal with individual threats, rivalries, and opportunities, but to manage global trends that will define the next half-century and beyond.

    We will need an America that sets a high bar on the use of force, and an exceedingly high bar on doing so unilaterally. And we will need an America that takes a strategic, deliberate approach before engaging in military action – an approach that includes consultation with Congress and our allies.

    We will need an America that can mobilize the world to confront our shared challenges, and we will need strong alliances and partnerships to do it. America alone simply won’t cut it.

    That’s why as President, there will be no higher priority than repairing our alliances and partnerships. I will strengthen NATO, not denigrate it. I will rejoin the Paris Agreement and marshal countries and cities and communities at home and abroad to prioritize climate security as the existential threat that it is. 

    On the day after the Trump presidency we will also need an America whose word is trusted and an America that lives up to her highest ideals. The greatest strategic advantage for America has always been the fact that our country has stood for values shared by humanity, touching aspirations felt far beyond our borders. However imperfectly, we have represented and defended principles of freedom and democracy that stir human beings wherever they live. And whenever such principles have been vindicated around the world, American strength has grown. 

    We need to model those values at home, first and foremost, and continue to speak out for those values overseas. When I’m President, we won’t abandon our values. And our silence on issues like Hong Kong and Xinjiang will not be for sale.

    Finally, more than ever, we need to recruit and retain a new generation of Americans, from all walks of life, willing to engage internationally on behalf of the United States. Our national security and foreign affairs strategy will only be as robust and sophisticated as the people we recruit to carry it out. 

    The world is not standing still. On the day after the Trump presidency, we know that the critical global challenges–from climate change to trade, North Korea to China to Iran to Russia and more–will all be waiting on the next president’s desk. To meet this moment, and for America to be at her best, we will need to restore American credibility in the world, strengthen our alliances and partnerships, lead with our values, and invest in the people who will make our international engagement successful for the next century.

    Healthcare

    In a 2019 survey of Americans living abroad, Democrats Abroad found that 2.2% cited their reason for living abroad as “affordable healthcare.” These numbers include ‘healthcare refugees’ who cannot afford to return to live in the U.S. due to the high cost of healthcare and the threat of bankruptcy due to illness. Under your healthcare plan, will Americans currently abroad at all income levels and states of health be able to return to live in the U.S. and receive quality, affordable, accessible healthcare for their families at reasonable cost without threat of bankruptcy? 

    Freedom is at the core of my campaign, and we are not free if we have to choose between health care and financial survival. My plan, Medicare for All Who Want It, will make comprehensive, affordable health insurance coverage available to all Americans. Under this plan, my administration will add an affordable public alternative to the health insurance marketplaces, while also increasing financial assistance for lower-income individuals and making more generous subsidies available to more middle class families. That way, everyone will have an affordable option for coverage and every family will have a choice to pick the plan that works best for them.

    Immigration

    Executive orders such as the one exploiting the term "public charge" demonstrate that our current immigration system was founded in a shameful era of discrimination and bigotry, and that family members of Americans abroad are allowed entry to the U.S. due to a patchwork of fragile bandaids and weakly defended interpretations. Would you restore the principle of family reunification?   

    Yes. I am committed to expanding legal immigration and ensuring that family members of American citizens living abroad are able to come to the U.S. and stay here. To accelerate family reunification, I will work to reduce the backlog of family-based visas and increase the number of visas issued for family reunification each year. I will also fight for reforms to immediately admit those who have been waiting in backlogs over five years, re-classify spouses and children of permanent residents as immediate relatives, eliminate discriminatory annual per-country caps, and recognize same-sex partners from countries lacking marriage equality. 

    Taxation

    Regulatory guidance from the Treasury Department could mitigate the harms of FATCA suffered by thousands of Americans living and working abroad. Will you commit to directing the Treasury Department to study and then implement, as a high priority, new guidance that will provide relief to ordinary Americans living abroad who are demonstrably not evading taxes?

    Most Americans living abroad think that the time has come for Residency-Based Taxation, the principle guiding all other countries' tax systems and a fix for numerous unjust burdens on Americans living and working abroad. There are bi-partisan, revenue-neutral proposals to implement RBT that include robust provisions to protect the law from abuse by tax evaders.  All we need is a moment of leadership to get this done. Will you be that leader?

    FATCA was a crucial step toward curbing international tax evasion. As President, I will direct the Treasury Department to look at any unintended consequences of FATCA on law-abiding Americans living abroad. If changes can be proposed that can address those unintended consequences while maintaining the scrutiny necessary to ensure that high earners pay their fair share, I will support them. I will also support studying the effects of our laws and policies on citizens living abroad, such as the Commission on Americans Living Abroad Act.

    On Residency-Based Taxation, I understand the concern that VAT, capital gains, and other tax differences across countries can impose significant burdens on Americans living abroad who do not want to be double-taxed. However, in many cases, tax cuts on foreign earnings could be tax cuts for relatively high earners. We need to raise more, not less, revenue from high earners. I support directing the Department of the Treasury to study RBT and develop revenue-neutral proposals to ensure that tax burdens are as fair as they can be.

    Voter Protection

    While federal legislation provides some protection for overseas voters, this legislation does not go far enough to counter the challenges that states, and recently the Trump administration, have set up to limit voting from abroad. 67% of abroad ballots are returned by mail, largely due to state requirements, yet postal delivery of ballots is fraught with problems, and during each election thousands of ballots do not arrive on time to be counted. To make matters worse, in less than a month the U.S. may withdraw from the Universal Postal Union, likely leading to serious delays and postal mail price increases. How will you help protect the rights of Americans abroad to vote while helping states ensure that ballots are returned safely?

    Democracy is at the heart of my campaign, and transforming our democracy will be one of my top priorities. We can only come together to solve problems like climate change and gun violence if our democracy actually works for everyone. I will support automatic and online voter registration as well as making voting-by-mail and early voting much easier. I will also make sure our election administration is fully resourced so we have a paper trail to trace every ballot.

    My administration will prioritize tracing overseas ballots so all of these votes get counted. I will support efforts to educate overseas voters, including active service members and their families, about the different ways they can return their ballots. One immediate step I will take is to include resources for overseas voters on my campaign website.

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  • Sen Michael Bennet Qualifies for Global Presidential Primary

    Democrats Abroad announces that Senator Michael Bennet has qualified for the Global Presidential Primary

    On Monday, January 6th, Michael Bennet became the latest presidential candidate to finalize filing to participate in the Democrats Abroad 2020 Global Presidential Primary.

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  • Democrats Abroad Announces 12 Democratic Presidential Candidates Qualify for Primary Ballot

    The Democrats Abroad Global Presidential Primary will take place March 3-10, with in-person and remote voting options available.

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  • Sen Amy Klobuchar Qualifies for Global Presidential Primary

    Democrats Abroad announces that Senator Amy Klobuchar has qualified for the Global Presidential Primary

    On Monday, January 6th, Amy Klobuchar became the latest presidential candidate to finalize filing to participate in the Democrats Abroad 2020 Global Presidential Primary.

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  • Gov Deval Patrick Qualifies for Global Presidential Primary

    Democrats Abroad announces that Governor Deval Patrick has qualified for the Global Presidential Primary

    On Monday, January 6th, Deval Patrick became the latest presidential candidate to finalize filing to participate in the Democrats Abroad 2020 Global Presidential Primary.

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  • Mayor Mike Bloomberg Qualifies for Global Presidential Primary

    Democrats Abroad announces that Mayor Mike Bloomberg has qualified for the Global Presidential Primary

    On Sunday, January 5th, Mike Bloomberg became the latest presidential candidate to finalize filing to participate in the Democrats Abroad 2020 Global Presidential Primary.

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  • published Tom Steyer Qualifies for Global Presidential Primary in News 2020-01-05 17:06:49 -0500

    Tom Steyer Qualifies for Global Presidential Primary

    Democrats Abroad announces that Tom Steyer has qualified for the Global Presidential Primary

    On Saturday, January 4rd, Tom Steyer became the latest presidential candidate to finalize filing to participate in the Democrats Abroad 2020 Global Presidential Primary.

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  • Sen Cory Booker Qualifies for Global Presidential Primary

    Democrats Abroad announces that Sen Cory Booker has qualified for the Global Presidential Primary

    On Friday, January 3rd, Cory Booker became the latest presidential candidate to finalize filing to participate in the Democrats Abroad 2020 Global Presidential Primary.

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  • published Robby Wells 2020-01-02 08:29:18 -0500

    Robby Wells

    Democratic Presidential Candidate Introduction

    Campaign Statement: 

    Robby Wells is a 2020 Democratic Presidential Candidate and currently serves as the Ambassador and Spokesperson for the International Human Rights Peace Commission. Robby has spoken across the United States and around the globe regarding his plan that promotes World Peace by achieving Global Sustainable Energy Independence and improving Education.

    Robby has always had a burning desire to serve the people. Serving twenty years as an Educator and college football coach, Robby has been a positive influence to thousands of young people.
     
    Robby also volunteered and served in the Army National Guard. During the summer of 2006 while he was training in Fort Sill, OK, Mr. Wells played a vital role in saving the lives of sixty soldiers when a rogue trainee infiltrated their camp and began stabbing soldiers in the night while they were trying to sleep. Specialist Wells along with other members of his platoon acted quickly and appropriately to care for the wounded and to subdue the rogue trainee ensuring that everyone survived the attack.
    Robby loves all types of sports, and has been a part of numerous championships. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Furman University where he was a member of the 1988 football team that won the NCAA Division I - FCS National Championship. He went on to earn his Master’s Degree from the University of South Carolina in Adult Education in 2000 while he was a football coach for the USC Gamecocks. Mr. Wells has also been awarded two Honorary Doctorate Degrees in Humanities from St. Andrews Theological University International and Good News International University of Chennai, India.
    Mr. Wells' platform is called "Eaglenomics" taking the best ideas from the Left Wing and the Right Wing to restore Prosperity to the United States and to allow every citizen a chance at the American Dream. Mr. Wells believes that the world needs the United States and that the United States needs the world. He is determined to push for World Peace and a tremendous world economy by making the economy of the United States the strongest it has ever been.
    “It is my goal to achieve Global Sustainable Energy Independence by the end of my second term as President. This will create millions of great paying jobs, reverse Global Warming, and promote World Peace. My plan also improves Education by achieving Universal Childcare, free college tuition for a Bachelor’s Degree and an Associate’s Degree, the elimination of Student Loan Debt, increased teacher pay, and a plan that will protect every student in every school across our nation from gun violence.“
    The United States has been called the Beacon Light of Freedom for the entire world. Under Mr. Wells’ leadership, the United States will once again become the nation where people from all corners of the globe can come in pursuit of Freedom.
    “Under my leadership we will build bridges - not walls. The United States will achieve true Greatness for the first time once the lines of separation that have divided our people are completely erased.”
    For more information and to join the Rise Up Movement go to riseupwithrobby.com.

     


  • Rep Tulsi Gabbard Qualifies for Global Presidential Primary

    Democrats Abroad announces that Rep Tulsi Gabbard has qualified for the Global Presidential Primary

    On Tuesday, December 31st, Tulsi Gabbard became the latest presidential candidate to finalize filing to participate in the Democrats Abroad 2020 Global Presidential Primary.

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  • VP Joe Biden Qualifies for Global Presidential Primary

    Democrats Abroad announces that Vice President Joe Biden has qualified for the Global Presidential Primary

    On Monday, December 30th, Joe Biden became the latest presidential candidate to finalize filing to participate in the Democrats Abroad 2020 Global Presidential Primary.

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  • Approved 2020 Delegate Selection Plan

    The DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee have officially approved the Democrats Abroad 2020 Delegate Selection Plan. That document is available here: 

    Compliant Democrats Abroad 2020 Delegate Selection Plan


  • Senator Bernie Sanders Qualifies for Global Presidential Primary

    Democrats Abroad announces that Senator Bernie Sanders has qualified for the Global Presidential Primary

    On Thursday, December 19th, Bernie Sanders became the latest presidential candidate to finalize filing to participate in the Democrats Abroad 2020 Global Presidential Primary.

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  • published Remembering Patrick Werner in News 2019-12-03 08:05:04 -0500

    Remembering Patrick Werner

    On November 30, 2019, the Americas Region of Democrats Abroad lost a respected colleague, trusted friend, great Democrat, and the founder and courageous leader of Democrats Abroad Nicaragua, Patrick Werner, to a heart attack. Patrick had not been ill, so his sudden death brings not only sadness but shock as well. He is survived by his wife, Chilo, two sons, and several grandchildren. During 2016 and into 2017, under the guidance of the then Regional Vice Chair, Jody Quinnell, and personal visits to Nicaragua from her then Deputy, Kathy Rothschild, Patrick organized the Democrats Abroad Nicaragua country committee which was voted in as a full member of the DPCA at the May 2017 Global Meeting in Washington, DC. Then in early 2018, as protests inside Nicaragua over increased taxes and reduced benefits for Social Security erupted and spread, all non-Sandinista political groups became targets, which by extension, included Democrats Abroad. The new country committee had to assume a low profile and led by Patrick’s understanding of the local social and political climate; the country committee strove to maintain active status. Looking toward 2020, Patrick attended the Americas Regional Meeting held in San Jose, Costa Rica, October 25 and 26, of this year.

    In addition to guiding Democrats Abroad Nicaragua, Patrick was a very accomplished person and a master of many pursuits. He was a university professor, a journalist, an anthropologist, a historian, an orchidologist, a silver and gold miner, a horse aficionado, and a Democrat. He resided in Nicaragua for more than 30 years, most of the time in Diriamba, near Managua.  He loved Nicaragua and wrote that “It is not for nothing that I stay in Nicaragua. And if it can be said that, to me, its politics are the most boring aspect of Nicaraguan life, its cuisine, its origins, elements, and subtleties, maybe its most interesting.” Patrick was prolific in his personal and professional writing. He produced Nicaragua’s first complete book of its 600 native orchid species, along with other books and articles on Nicaragua’s botanical attributes. He led Eastern European journalists through the mountains of Nicaragua during the Contra war years and wrote about those times, and about his search for lost silver mines, and explorations to uncover colonial-era horse paraphernalia. Central American colonial history was dear to him, and he pursued many studies and produced numerous articles related to that interest.  


  • Democrats Abroad Welcomes Non-Binary Candidates for 2020 Delegation

    Democrats Abroad strives to ensure that the party’s delegation to the 2020 Democratic National Convention (DNC) accurately reflects the diversity of Democrats Abroad. To that end, the Affirmative Action Committee of Democrats Abroad works to make certain that opportunities exist for those from historically-disadvantaged groups to run for delegate positions

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  • published 2020 Press Kit in 2020 Democratic Primary 2019-11-27 17:52:41 -0500

    Democrats Abroad 2020 Press Kit

    Press Requests

    Democrats Abroad leaders around the world possess a wealth of knowledge on key issues facing citizens abroad and the elections process. To reach any of these individuals, please find your location listed under “Countries” on our website. For global enquiries, please contact press@democratsabroad.org. Full press kit can be found below.

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  • published 2020 Press Kit: Electing Our DNC Delegation in 2020 Press Kit 2019-11-27 17:49:47 -0500

    2020 Press Kit: Electing Our DNC Delegation

    Delegate candidates must meet the following criteria to run:

    • Be a resident abroad and a US Citizen, both at the time of selection as well as at the time of the National Convention.
    • Be a member of Democrats Abroad prior to voting in the Global Presidential Primary (same day registration applies) 
    • Be 18 years of age or older as of Election Day November 3, 2020
    • Must not participate or plan to participate in the nominating process of any other delegation to the 2020 DNC, or of any other political party for the 2020 presidential elections.

     

    Those interested in running for delegate must do the following:

    • Identify their presidential preference, and sign a pledge of support for that single presidential candidate (including if uncommitted).
    • Submit a written application to the Global Chair by April 17, 2020.
    • Run for delegate position at the regional and global conventions May 15-17, 2020.

     

    Note: Democrats Abroad will provide a submission form for delegate candidates to use. It will be available no later than March 24, 2020 on the Democrats Abroad website.
    Note2:  The Democrats Abroad Global Presidential Primary ballot will include an option for voters to vote uncommitted. Should that option receive 15% or more of the vote, it will be allocated delegates in proportion to its number of votes. 


  • published 2020 Press Kit: Our Delegation to the DNC in 2020 Press Kit 2019-11-27 17:44:19 -0500

    2020 Press Kit: Our Delegation to the DNC

    For those US citizens abroad paying close attention, one big question is, “How can I attend the Democratic National Convention?” 

    We’re proud to welcome all eligible Democrats Abroad members to run for a delegate position to attend the convention and represent our constituents.

    Delegates play an important role by representing Democrats Abroad at the convention, helping to select the Democratic party’s presidential nominee, and also help shape the Democratic party's platform and policies. 

    In July 2020, Democrats Abroad delegates will join Democrats from across the country in nominating the next US President at the Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 

    The Democrats Abroad Delegate Selection Plan determines how these delegates are selected, to ensure that we have a strong and diverse delegation that truly represents the millions of US citizens abroad.

    Those who are not selected are also welcome to volunteer for the Democratic National Convention directly

     

    Delegate Selection Plan highlights:

    Delegate Numbers

    • 21 delegates and 1-5 alternates are sent to the convention from Democrats Abroad. 
        • 12 at-large delegates, elected during our regional and global conventions in Toronto, Canada, May 15-17, 2020:
          • 9  delegates elected at the regional level from the Americas;  Asia Pacific; and Europe, Middle East and Africa
          • 3 delegates representing Democrats Abroad at the global level
        • 1 pledged PLEO (Party Leader and Elected Official) delegate
          • Those eligible to run for this position include:
            • Democrats Abroad global and country leadership
            • Democrats Abroad past leadership
            • Other party leaders
        • 8 automatic delegates who are Democrats Abroad’s outgoing Democratic National Committee members, elected at the 2016 global convention.
        • 1-5 alternates elected at the global level. This number is based on the number of presidential candidates who receive at least 15% of the vote during the Global Presidential Primary.

    Democrats Abroad works toward affirmative action goals to ensure that our delegation reflects our membership and ensures gender balance.

    Democrats Abroad is holding virtual training for all Democrats Abroad members around the world to ensure they are well-informed about this process, beginning November 30.


    Press Requests

    In person, phone, or on-camera interviews are available upon request. Democrats Abroad leaders around the world possess a wealth of knowledge on key issues facing citizens abroad and the elections process. To reach any of these individuals, please visit democratsabroad.org and select your location under “Countries.”

    For global enquiries, please contact press@democratsabroad.org

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  • Global Presidential Primary FAQ

    When is the global primary where I’m located?

    Democrats Abroad will be hosting at least one voting center in every country where we operate, March 3 through March 10, 2020. Details for specific locations, including exact dates and times, will be available on the Democrats Abroad website by mid January 2020.

    Voters who are already members of Democrats Abroad will receive notice about how to vote remotely, including how to download and return their ballot on February 18.

     

    Who will win the 2020 Global Primary?

    That’s up to the voters to decide! We’ll be announcing the results on March 23, 2020.

     

    What is the history of the global primary?

    Democrats Abroad has sent a delegation to the Democratic National Convention since 1976

    In 2016, turnout in the global primary was 50% higher than our last primary in 2008 (there was not a primary in 2012, with President Obama running for reelection). 

    Bernie Sanders received approximately 69% of the vote in our 2016 primary, and Hilary Clinton received approximately 31%. View the full results, including results by country, here.

     

    Who can participate in the 2020 global primary?

    Voters must meet the following criteria:

      • Be residing abroad and be a US Citizen
      • Be a member of Democrats Abroad
      • Be 18 as of November 3, 2020
      • Not have voted, nor plan to vote, in any other state’s 2020 presidential primary

     

    Why should voters participate in the global primary?

    Lots of reasons! 

    First, participating in the Global Presidential Primary shows the US (and the world) how important our elections are to US Citizens living abroad -- and how important WE are to those elections. Our strength is in numbers, and by making our voices heard loudly, we make the issues that matter to us known.  Voting in the Global Presidential Primary is a forceful way to advocate for those issues. 

    Second, a vote in the Global Presidential Primary had greater weight than it does in a voter’s “home” state party.  Think about it: ten million votes may be cast in the NY or CA state primaries, but maybe five hundred thousand in Democrats Abroad’s Global Primary.  Each individual vote is amplified and more powerful in our primary.   

    Third, by casting a vote in the Global Primary, US citizens abroad will help give Democrats Abroad a stronger voice and greater weight within the Democratic National Committee.  Representation in the DNC is based on proportionality. The more we vote, the more representation we have, and this improves our chances of achieving some of our most important policy goals.  

    Fourth, the Global Presidential Primary is the same week as Super Tuesday, which means that it will have an impact early in the nominating race.  Who knows? The whole contest could ultimately be decided by the outcome of our primary ... the next POTUS could be determined by the vote that ANY OF US cast in the Global Presidential Primary!   No, really. We're not exaggerating.  

    Finally, we have made it very easy for US citizens to participate both at our Voting Centers and by remote voting options. Sheer turnout – raw numbers – really does matter, and that’s why we want Americans abroad to vote in the Global Presidential Primary.  

     

    When is the Republican abroad primary?

    Like many state primaries, the Democrats Abroad global primary is run by the party itself. This is a big reason why we have very official procedures and why we have a voice at the Democratic National Convention and on the Democratic National Committee. 

    While there are certainly many Republicans living abroad, and there are clubs and groups for Republicans around the world, there is not an official arm of the Republican party equivalent to Democrats Abroad. Consequently, Republicans who wish to vote at the primary level are only able to do so as an overseas absentee voter and vote in their home state in the US.


    Press Requests

    In person, phone, or on-camera interviews are available upon request. Democrats Abroad leaders around the world possess a wealth of knowledge on key issues facing citizens abroad and the elections process. To reach any of these individuals, please visit democratsabroad.org and select your location under “Countries.”

    For global enquiries, please contact press@democratsabroad.org

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  • published What is the Global Presidential Primary in 2020 Press Kit 2019-11-27 17:29:13 -0500

    What is the Global Presidential Primary?

    In 2020, Democrats in every state and territory, as well as Democrats Abroad, will have the opportunity to participate in primary elections or caucuses (Democrats Abroad holds a primary), to help decide who will become the Democratic Party’s nominee for US president. The winner of this nomination will then take on Donald Trump in the general elections in November 2020.

    One of the most important days during this process will be March 3, or “Super Tuesday,” when 15 state parties, including Democrats Abroad, hold their primaries. Since Democrats Abroad has voting centers in “early” time zones of New Zealand, Australia and across Asia, the first ballots cast on Super Tuesday will be cast in the Democrats Abroad global primary.

    For millions of people watching the US elections, Super Tuesday will be the most important day before the general elections in November.

    And with hundreds of voting centers around the world in every time zone, Super Tuesday starts and ends with Democrats Abroad.

    This is the most important presidential primary election in a generation, and the Global Presidential Primary is the opportunity that Democrats living abroad have to impact this important decision. 

    Highlights:

    • March 3: Super Tuesday
    • Voters can participate in-person
      Hundreds of voting centers around the world will have open times between March 3 and March 10. For many US citizens abroad, this is the only chance they’ll have to cast a ballot in-person during the 2020 elections. 
      • Voting centers will be made available in every country where we have an active Country Committee.
      • Voters may register in-person or by joining Democrats Abroad online.
    • Voters can participate remotely
      Participation is open to Democrats Abroad members who would like to vote via mail-in ballot, fax and email.
      • Voters may download a ballot from Democrats Abroad starting February 18 or request one be sent to them by post.
    • Voters vote for one candidate for the Democratic presidential nominee.
    • Voters must meet the following criteria:
      • Be a resident abroad and be a US Citizen
      • Be a member of Democrats Abroad
      • Be 18 as of November 3, 2020
      • Not have voted, nor plan to vote, in any other state’s 2020 presidential primary**
    • Proxy voting is not permitted. 
      In other words, people can not vote on behalf of another voter, with no exceptions.

     

    ** Voters may only vote once for a presidential candidate: either through Democrats Abroad, or through their home state. Those who vote in the Democrats Abroad Global Presidential Primary may still participate in their home state's primary or caucus for all other candidates (for example, for the US Senate or House of Representatives), but they cannot vote twice for a presidential candidate.

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