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Democrats Abroad (DA) Spain is a part of the larger community of Democrats living abroad. There are nearly 200,000 members scattered across the globe, with over 45 country committees and members just about everywhere.  Our country committee, Democrats Abroad Spain is currently the sixth largest with close to 6,000 members. 

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At Democrats Abroad Spain, our main goal is to find Americans who are resident here and help them register to vote, or in most cases simply request an absentee ballot.  We are particularly engaged in even numbered years to elect Democratic candidates to Congress and the Presidency.  In odd numbered years if you live in a state or locality where there is special election, or where there are seats in state legislatures that we need to win, our Get Out The Vote team will reach out to you with a quick phone call, email or text with a reminder to vote.

Absentee ballots from Americans living abroad can often swing close elections and we want to help you cast those votes!

Our mobilization efforts pay off. Through our phonebanking reminders to our own members and an aggressive international social media campaign Democrats Abroad helped encourage many new voters to request an absentee ballot.  These votes helped boost the overseas vote to record levels.  In 2020 absentee ballots from overseas provided the winning margins for the popular vote in Arizona and Georgia.  Winning the popular vote in those two states meant that the electoral college went to President Biden.  The old 'my vote doesn't count' excuse just doesn't hold water in these very polarized times. 

Beyond getting out the vote every two years, we have a lot in common.  We try to have regular events filled with information, conversation, laughter and fun. Those of us in Barcelona, Madrid, Valencia, Alicante and Seville chapters meet to discuss issues ranging from climate change to immigration. We are endeavoring to make similar opportunities available in other parts of Spain through smaller informal meet ups.

In years when there is a presidential primary Democrats Abroad holds our Global Presidential Primary.  Our members vote as if they were voting in their home state for the Democratic nominee for President, but instead vote under the umbrella of Democrats Abroad. All of our chapters offer in-person voting in the GPP.  It is the only time overseas voters cast an in person ballot. Of course it is also possible to vote electronically in the GPP.  Democrats Abroad sends 16 delegates to the Democratic National Convention, where our International Chair casts our ballots for the nominees our members voted for.  

Check out our various caucuses.  These dynamic special interest groups include the Women's Caucus, the Global Hispanic Caucus, the LGBTQ+ Caucus, the Global Black Caucus, the Youth Caucus, the Veterans and Military Families Caucus, the Environment & Climate Crisis Council, the Global Senior Caucus and the Global Progressive Caucus.  The caucuses are all global and we even some have local caucuses here in Spain.  All of these groups hold online events that address topical issues, often with important policy makers.  Joining a caucus gets you on their mailing list so you can participate in events of interest. Everyone is welcome to join any caucus. 

A recent innovation at Democrats Abroad are our State Teams. Many of us try to keep up to date with what's going on in our home state. To help our voters stay abreast we have started teams for all the swing states and states where we have a large membership.  These state groups can help with important races by reminding fellow voters from the state about special elections, provide candidate profiles, explain ballot referendum, etc. This communication is primarily by email but can be in the form of an online event and sometimes with the opportunity to meet the candidates online. 

Democrats Abroad Spain is entirely a volunteer organization.  We rely on the enthusiasm and talents of our membership. As we move into the election cycle we need your energy to help us get out the vote.  Don’t be shy, we can help you turn your frustration with what’s happening in the U.S. into something positive as you convince other Americans to take the steps to get their absentee ballot. Our most important tool is a person to person reminder to request an absentee ballot on our automated Phonebanking system.

Thanks for being part of Democrats Abroad Spain in whatever form it takes.  In the end what we’re all about is helping you to exercise your right to vote.

To stay on top of all the news, follow Democrats Abroad Spain on social media.

    

If you have questions email us at [email protected].
 

Interested in volunteering? Simply complete the Volunteer Interest Form and let us know how you'd like help.

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Country EVENTS

June 01, 2024 - 11:00 AM Madrid Time Brunetti Italian Store and Caffe in Madrid, Spain

Coffee Chat (and help with requesting your ballot)

An opportunity to have coffee and chat with other DA members as well as request...
June 01, 2024 - 05:00 PM Madrid Time Torremolinos City Hall in Torremolinos, Spain

March in the Pride Parade!!

Democrats Abroad Málaga will be marching for the first time in the annual Pride Parade...
June 05, 2024 - 07:00 PM Madrid Time La China Mandarina in Madrid, Spain

Celebrate Pride with a Prideful Trivia Night in Madrid!

Please join Democrats Abroad Madrid and Spain’s LGBTQ+ Caucus in celebration of Pride month with...
June 06, 2024 - 07:00 PM Time American International Institute in Madrid, Spain

Pride Month Event: Screening of The Death and Life of...

You are cordially invited to join Democrats Abroad Spain’s LGBTQ+ Caucus  for a special Gay Pride...
June 07, 2024 - 10:10 AM Madrid Time Salad Planet in Valencia, Spain

First Friday Coffee June 2024

We have a friendly group who would love to meet you.
June 07, 2024 - 05:00 PM Madrid Time Santa Barbara Kiosco in Sevilla, Spain

First Friday at Five

Please join us for our last First Friday before our summer break. All welcome. Bring...
June 08, 2024 - 03:30 PM Madrid Time Backstory English Bookshop in Barcelona, Spain

Book Group Meeting - Saving Democracy: A User's Manual for...

The book group is meeting in June to discuss Saving Democracy: A User's Manual for...
June 11, 2024 - 07:30 PM Madrid Time (virtual)

La Lucha Continúa: Saving Democracy with David Pepper

Laboratories of Autocracy walked through the hidden breadth, depth, and intensity of the countrywide attack on...

Country NEWS AND UPDATES

May 18, 2024
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May 2024 Newsletter: How DA Spain Exemplifies Patriotism

  Message from DA Spain Chair My husband and I recently enjoyed a Bruce Springsteen concert in Cardiff, Wales, where he performed non-stop and, of course, sang his iconic song,......
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May 16, 2024

7 Sensational Arguments For Why Joe Biden Is One Of The Best Presidents in US History

(Opinion Piece) By Bobby From The Bronx After President Biden’s amazing S.O.T.U. and White House Correspondents Dinner speeches, I stumbled upon a fairly recent story about the polling of US......
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March 18, 2024
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DA-Spain March 2024 Newsletter: Coming Together for Democracy

  Message from DA Spain Chair Hello! Lately I’ve been pondering the words of Walt Whitman, that quintessential American poet whom I deeply admire. One of his lines from "Leaves......
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March 15, 2024

Why Joe Biden Deserves a 2nd Term and is Well Qualified for Re-election

This year promises to be totally unpredictable, all the way through to next Jan. 6, when Congress certifies the Presidential electoral. There will certainly be some unusual claims along the......
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February 19, 2024

DA Spain 2024 AGM - Recording

  The virtual event for the DA Spain 2024 Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held on February 17, 2024. The meeting featured messages from the DA International Chair, Martha McDevitt-Pugh, as......
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January 29, 2024
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DA-Spain January 2024 Newsletter: The Power of People

  Message from DA Spain Chair Hello! I hope you're staying warm and cozy wherever you are in Spain. Guess where I'm at? I’m in Cincinnati with our grandchildren, where......
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January 15, 2024

2024 Spain Global Presidential Primary Information

Spain’s Global Presidential Primary (GPP)   What is the GPP? The GPP helps select the next Democratic presidential candidate. In addition, Democrats Abroad will send delegates to the Democratic National......
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December 08, 2023

DA Spain December 2023 Newsletter

Message from DA Spain Chair December might be the month of merriment, but let's be real – the world's got its fair share of Grinch vibes right now. Wars, climate......
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Country LEADERSHIP

Kathryn Tullos

Chair, DA Spain, DPCA Voting Rep
Lisa Berger

DA Spain-Barcelona Vice Chair and DPCA Voting Rep
Christina Samson

Treasurer, DA Spain
Mark Morris

Secretary, DA Spain
Becky Newman

Counsel, DA Spain
Gil Carbajal

DPCA Voting Rep
Annie Graul

DPCA Voting Rep, Wisconsinites Abroad Leader