Democrats Abroad, the largest organization for Americans living overseas and the official Democratic Party arm for the millions of Americans living outside the United States, today announced the adoption of its 2020 Delegate Selection Plan.
The Delegate Selection Plan outlines how American Democrats living abroad can participate in the presidential primary process and takes its place alongside plans from all other state Democratic parties. Key elements include rules and processes for the Democrats Abroad Global Presidential Primary (March 3-10, 2020), and how delegates will be selected to represent Americans abroad at the 2020 Democratic National Convention.
“The Global Presidential Primary and Delegate Selection Process ensures Americans abroad have the opportunity to easily participate in the Democratic primary process while also bringing our unique issues to the attention of Democratic presidential candidates,” explained Julia Bryan, Democrats Abroad International Chair. “Democrats Abroad is representative of the millions of Democratic voters living abroad and voting in all 50 states; we welcome participation by the wide range of citizens living outside the US who share the core values of the Democratic Party, and we are making every effort to engage more Americans living abroad than ever before.”
All Americans living outside the United States may participate in the primary and run for a convention delegate position, provided they are eligible to vote and turn 18 on or before November 3, 2020, and that they are Democrats Abroad members.
Members will be notified on how they may run for a delegate position and participate in the Global Presidential Primary, including voting dates and locations, as well as how new voters (and those voting overseas for the first time) can register and request their ballots for general and special elections throughout 2020.
Democrats Abroad’s delegation to the 2020 Democratic National Convention will consist of 12 elected delegates and one alternate, in addition to the eight Democrats Abroad Democratic National Committee members.
Democrats Abroad is also taking major steps to encourage participation by the full and diverse composition of the Democratic electorate, through the Democrats Abroad Affirmative Action Committee. The organization will focus on reaching groups historically underrepresented in Democratic Party affairs, by virtue of race, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability.
"All of the Democrats Abroad Affirmative Action Committee members are proud Americans who are just as enthusiastic about 2020 as I am in taking back the White House. As such, we are fully committed to looking closely at every step of the delegate selection process to identify opportunities for participation by our members who come from historically disadvantaged groups,” said Michael Ramos, who serves as Chair of the Democrats Abroad Affirmative Action Committee.
Details on how to participate in the primary process can be found in the Democrats Abroad Delegate Selection Plan, at www.democratsabroad.org/2020primary.
Key Upcoming Dates:
- 3-10 March 2020: Democrats Abroad Global Presidential Primary
- 16 May 2020: Democrats Abroad Global Convention
- 13-16 July 2020: Democratic National Convention
- 3 November, 2020: United States Presidential Election
Democrats Abroad is the official organization of the Democratic Party for United States citizens living permanently or temporarily abroad. The organization is given state-level recognition by the Democratic National Committee, with eight positions on the Democratic National Committee, and sends a voting delegation to the Democratic National Convention to select our presidential candidate. For more information, visit https://www.democratsabroad.org.