DA France 2020 Global Presidential Primary

Have you heard about the Democrats Abroad 2020 Global Presidential Primary? 

The Democrats Abroad Global Presidential Primary runs from March 3 to March 10, 2020. We’re holding more than 220 events in 45 countries around the world. Democrats Abroad is global so our primary is global!

Also, we are a Super Tuesday "state," which means that your vote in the global primary is counted early in the nomination process for the Democratic presidential candidate!

Find a polling station near you and join in, or vote remotely by email, fax or postal mail! Your vote will help determine the Democratic Presidential candidates our delegates vote for at the Democratic National Convention this July. 

We will have eighteen official voting center times across France starting on Super Tuesday, March 3! In addition, we will be adding Pop-up Ballot Assistance events during the in-person voting period! So, bookmark our webpage where we will be providing regular updates on DA France Global Primary events.

Quick background on the Global Presidential Primary

As a the official Democratic Party "state" for the estimated nine million Americans living abroad, Democrats Abroad will send twenty-one delegates to the Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee this July. Those delegates will reflect the results of the Global Presidential Primary. 

  • Primary Voters must meet the following criteria to vote:
    • Be abroad and be a U.S. Citizen
    • Be a member of Democrats Abroad
    • Be 18 as of November 3, 2020
    • Not have voted, or plan to vote, in any other 2020 state presidential primary
  • Democrats Abroad allows same day registration for voters participating in the Global Presidential Primary 
  • Voters may register in-person or by signing up at
  • Voters abroad may also vote by downloading a ballot and emailing or postal mailing it to Democrats Abroad starting February 18, 2020. Ballots must be received by DA prior to 12:00 am Pacific Standard Time on March 11, 2020.

You can vote in ONE presidential primary. We hope that you will chose to vote in the Global Presidential Primary. So, once you receive your ballot from your voting state, just leave the presidential box blank. You can still vote "down ballot" for your US Senator, US Representative, state and local officials. 

Fun fact: Democrats Abroad is the 11th state by population! Which means that we as overseas voters potentially have tremendous influence in the 2020 elections!  

That said, tens of thousands of people will participate in the GPP this year, while millions will vote in your home state. That means that your vote in the Global Presidential Primary is more powerful than if you were to vote in your home state - in fact, it’s up to 4 times more powerful! Here are statistics for a few states.

  • 4 X more impactful than CA
  • 3.3 X than PA
  • 3.2 X than OH
  • 3 X than FL
  • 3 X than NY
  • 3 X than VA
  • 2.7 X than AL
  • 2.6 X than SC
  • 2.5 X than AK
  • 2.4 X than TX
  • 2.2 X than CT

Want more information on the Global Presidential Primary? Here is a link to the FAQ's - the questions that we most often receive about the Global Presidential Primary. 

Join Democrats Abroad today and make sure you receive up to date news about the primary!


Bodily Autonomy, Liberty, and US Elections

Remarks from DA France Chair at the Women's March Paris Round Table Discussion on Bodily Autonomy:

I am very happy to be here today in support of Women’s March Paris. 

The concept of bodily autonomy is inseparable from the concept of human liberty itself — it is bodily autonomy and liberty which anchor US constitutional protections for a woman’s right to have an abortion, the fundamental human right for a woman to make plans about her own family, and her own body. 

These fundamental human rights are under assault in the US with the election of Trump, and the far right conservative agenda that he and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the GOP have been pursuing. By stacking the Supreme Court, by stacking the lower courts, a woman’s right to choose, this fundamental human right anchored in a woman’s right to her own body, is under threat. 

These are not the only forms of bodily autonomy under assault — the bodies of immigrant families and children are under assault, the bodies of LGBTQ and especially transgender persons are under threat, the bodies and liberties of Black, Hispanic, Asian, Native American and Pacific Islander persons, especially those of migrants and the poor, are under assault. Antisemitism is an assault on bodily autonomy and liberty. Anti-Muslim hate is an assault on bodily autonomy and liberty. Transgender military bodily autonomy is under assault, women in the military are more likely to be sexually assaulted than men, women veterans more likely to end up homeless than men. The rights, voices and bodies of the disabled are under assault. Climate change disproportionately affects the people of the global south and the developing world, and the bodily autonomy of future generations.

I stand here today to say that one of the most critical battles of our lifetimes is playing out this year in US elections.

It is imperative that Democrats and defenders of the Constitution and our very Republic win this year. It is imperative that the party that fights for a woman’s right to choose, for the human right to bodily autonomy and freedom, the Democratic Party, will win at the ballot box — not just President, but up and down the ballot. Senator, Representative, governor, attorney general, state and local races. Democrats and democracy will win if Americans show up to vote — and the overseas vote is making the difference. But we must make that case.

This election, every American everywhere must take action to help change the world. Vote.

Americans overseas can register to vote/request their 2020 ballots at They must do this every election year, so do it now.  VFA produces the correct federal form that must be sent in to US election officials. It is very easy with Vote from Abroad, you can even do it all from your smartphone.

Please spread the word among your US citizens friends —- this is the year we must all stand up and vote. To protect our bodily autonomy, to defend our human rights, now and for future generations.

Thank you.

Ada Shen, Chair of Democrats Abroad France

July 18, 2020

2019: The Year in Review

Wow! 2019 has been a year FULL of events - planned and, well, not planned.  Here’s a view from Democrats Abroad France of what has been going on...


As we entered 2019, the US government was in partial shutdown. Nancy Pelosi reclaimed the gavel as Speaker of the House and a DEMOCRATIC majority House of Representatives was sworn in. In the #bluewave2018, Dems had achieved a commanding majority with 235 seats, as well as, the most diverse House in history!

Democrats Abroad France participated in the 3rd Global Women’s March (Women’s Wave weekend) along with our coalition partners: Page in Paris, Women’s March Paris and Indivisible - France. This year’s theme was "Stop Violence Against Women".

Our Women's Caucus focused on achieving this goal by working to secure “Equality under the law.” They launched a campaign backing the ratification drive for the Equal Rights Amendment. Only one more state was needed (hint: flash forward to November!)


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On Our Mind


di·​ver·​si·​ty | \ də-ˈvər-sə-tē  , dī-\

the condition of having or being composed of differing elements: VARIETY

especially : the inclusion of different types of people (such as people of different races or cultures) in a group or organization

Diversity is a defining element of America and American history.  It is part of what makes our country stand out among other democracies around the world...

...but, diversity is embraced by ONE party - the Democratic Party - where every voice matters.  In making diversity an intrinsic part of what we are as a party, diversity has become our strength - as evidenced in the 2018 election blue wave!

The Changing Face of Congress

In 2018, we saw record numbers of women and other minorities elected with a wave of historic firsts in the midterm elections...youngest, first Muslim, first openly gay, first Native American, first transgender, among many others.  All Democrats!

In addition, the current Congress is the most racially and ethnically diverse group ever. Non-whites – including blacks, Hispanics, Asians/Pacific Islanders and Native Americans – now account for 22% of Congress. The number of women in Congress is at an all-time high with 127 women in the legislature, accounting for 24% of voting lawmakers across both chambers.

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The DA France LGBTQ+ Caucus is Back!

We are delighted to announce the “relaunch” of the Democrats Abroad France national LGBTQ+ Caucus. The kick-off event took place Wednesday, November 20 in Paris.  The mood was joyous (as you can tell from the photos) and turnout was terrific!

Led by co-chairs Fred Hoffman and Tom Houlihan, the national LGBTQ+ caucus is going to be an inclusive and vibrant community among American expats in France. We encourage diversity and intend to create a space of openness and trust!

Speaking of inclusion, we hope to have a truly national presence for the caucus, so if you would like to organize LGBTQ+ caucus events in your chapter, let us know!

Future events are in planning. Should you have ideas or suggestions for the caucus, please reach out to us at

From the DA Global LGBT Caucus:

Democrats Abroad is committed to a world where all persons have access to the same rights and benefits, regardless of sexual identity or gender expression.

The Democrats Abroad LGBT Caucus is the constituency group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex members and any Democrat abroad who supports them.

The goals of the LGBT Caucus reflect the mission of Democrats Abroad to:

  • engage and empower LGBTI Americans living abroad to vote in US elections;
  • provide a platform for Democrats Abroad members, country committees and chapters to advance issues at the heart of the LGBTI community;
  • support Democrats Abroad’s members in issues they face living abroad as LGBTI Americans, such as access to government services and benefits for same-sex spouses and family members, the legacy resulting from past discrimination and Defense of Marriage Act.

Would you like to join the global LGBT Caucus? Go to our webpage  And, stay tuned, we will be creating a dedicated DAFrance webpage for the caucus in the near future!



On Our Mind

Climate Change and Solar Energy in France

Climate change, environmental protection, clean energy and sustainable development are among the critical issues to be addressed to save our planet. However, the Trump administration has taken the misguided step of pulling the US out of the Paris Climate Accord as well as adopting policies with potentially significant detrimental effects on the environment. In parallel, hundreds of thousands of youth, led by Greta Thurnburg, have launched a global climate change activism movement.  

So, what else is happening?

At the federal level, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 9 “Climate Action Now”, which would have prohibited the administration from pulling out of the Paris Climate Accord, under which the U.S. promised to reduce carbon pollution by at least 26 percent below 2005 levels by 2025, only to be blocked by the Senate.

To fill the current void of federal leadership on climate in the US, several multi-state actions have been launched under the leadership of governors and state legislatures.

  • Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) - which includes CT, DE, ME, MD, MA, NH, NY, RI, and VT. NJ will re-join in 2020.  And, now that VA has a Democratic majority in BOTH houses of the state legislature, the path is clear for them to join as well!
  • Western Climate Initiative
  • U.S. Climate Alliance
  • Governors Accord for a New Energy Future
  • Pacific Coast Collaborative

Here in France, we have the Democrats Abroad France Environment Policy Group (EPG), which has been active for ten years and has presented numerous speakers and subjects to members. The group is co-chaired by Dana Powers (an expert environmentalist and contributor to the New York Times on environment) and Cara Maesano (physicist and expert on climate change) with the participation of Jim Christiansen (who works in alternative and renewable energy development). The EPG has worked on the 2016 Democrats Abroad Platform (see Environment & Climate Change, pp. 54-59), and has submitted proposals (after “kitchen table” meetings) for 2020!

To further our understanding of the potential of solar energy here in France, the EPG invited one of our own leaders, Dennis Shibut, to share his knowledge and research on what is possible from solar energy in France. He has travelled around the country to share his findings with the Avignon, Toulouse, Lyon and Strasbourg Chapters.

Currently 70 percent of France’s electricity is supplied by 59 nuclear reactors. This energy production is headed off a cliff: in the next 15 years when most of these reactors will have reached their end-of-design-life and must be replaced. Dennis’s presentation offered a practical road map to a cleaner, brighter future for everyone based on the increased use of solar energy. His presentation is based on an article written for the 2015 COP21 world climate conference in Paris. The findings in this presentation were reported by the French press and radio. In 2017, it was the opening presentation at the European Solar Summit.  

About Dennis Shibut: Dennis is a physicist and former researcher for NASA’s Skylab mission, as well as for the US Coast and Geodetic Survey in the first studies in ocean-atmospheric energy exchange. He has taught physics at the university and community college levels. 

Dennis is a long-time enlightened environmentalist. Since the late 1990s he has written numerous articles about green living through his website Kyoto Action Report. Dennis is a member of several prominent environmental advocacy organizations such as the Sierra Club and the Union of Concerned Scientists. In France, Dennis is an “Ambassador” for a 100% green electricity utility company.  A long-time resident of Avignon, Dennis has twice been Chair of DA Avignon and twice Vice-Chair.

Would you like to be involved in the DA France Environment Policy Group?  Please contact Connie Borde at 


FIFTH Democratic Debate: Watch Events around France

The FIFTH Democratic presidential debate will take place on Wednesday, November 20th in Atlanta, Georgia and will be hosted by MSNBC and The Washington Post. The debate will be moderated by an all-female panel of journalists and hosted at filmmaker Tyler Perry’s studios in Atlanta.

The criteria for qualifying for the November are:

1) They’ve secured at least 165,000 individual donors, including 600 individual donors from 20 states and

2) They’ve reached 3 percent in the polls in four Democratic National Committee (DNC) approved surveys, or 5 percent in two DNC approved polls from the four earliest primary and caucus states — Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Nevada.


The deadline for meeting these requirements was November 13. Ten candidates will take the stage: (in alphabetical order)

Joseph R. Biden Jr.
Cory Booker
Pete Buttigieg
Tulsi Gabbard
Kamala Harris
Amy Klobuchar
Bernie Sanders
Tom Steyer
Elizabeth Warren
Andrew Yang

To qualify, candidates had to meet a donor requirement:
- contributions from 165,000 unique donors over the course of their campaigns.
*And* one of two polling requirements:
- two polls at 5 percent or more in the four early nominating states: Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina; *or*
- four polls at 3 percent or more in early nominating states or national surveys. (Only polls released between Sept. 13 and Nov. 13 counted.)


The debate is expected to air on MSNBC and Radio One, and stream live on and



Join Democrats Abroad France to watch the full debate via replay. Currently, the debate watch events being hosted by our  chapters are:


WHEN: Friday, November 22

TIME: 7pm - 10pm




WHEN: Thursday, November 21

TIME: 6:30 - 9:30pm

PLACE: Institute for American Universities (Main Hall), 2 bis Rue du Bon Pasteur, Aix en Provence 13100



WHEN: Thursday, November 21 

TIME: 6:30-8:30pm

PLACE: INSA (Institut des Sciences Appliquées), 24 Boulevard de la Victoire, Strasbourg 

Come for part or all of the broadcast as well as drinks and/or dinner afterwards at the nearby restaurant, Chez Mon Ex. We will surely have plenty to discuss!

Open to the public, so please feel free to bring friends and students!

For all the up-to-date information on our debate watch events, bookmark this page or the DAF Events Calendar

Want to volunteer to help or host an event? Contact your local chapter or send us an email at

We hope to see you at one of our events!





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DA France in Athens for EMEA Regional Meeting

From October 11-13, Democrats Abroad leaders from the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region participated in an intensive work meeting in Athens, Greece. Present were delegations from the UK, Spain, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland Austria, Hungary, Poland, Israel--even Dubai in the United Arab Emirates...and, of course FRANCE!

Athens—spiritual home of democracy—was the perfect site for the event.

For the 100+ leaders present in person and online, there was ONE question: HOW TO WIN IN 2020!


International Chair Julia Bryan gave a positive summary of where we are and a clear view of the BIG PICTURE goals for the organization. As a group, we took a look at our organization,and asked these tough questions, “How effective are we in bringing home the vote?” and “How can we improve?”

One thing is clear, though, we have been doing a great job in getting out the overseas vote!  A simple comparison tells the whole story. During the 2018 midterm elections,

  • Voter turnout across the US increased by almost 150%
  • Voter turnout among overseas voters increased by over 300%
  • Voter use of Vote From Abroad increased by an incredible 600%

And, we must to keep our ambitions high in order to win big in 2020! For Democrats Abroad, the goal is to continue to positively contribute to winning elections across the US as well as up and down the ballot.  

Our mission

  • Flip the Senate to Democrats
  • Flip the White House
  • Protect the House majority and Speaker Pelosi’s work
  • Make sure the 2016 story in Florida, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin does not repeat itself
  • Help protect Americans abroad votes

The message that we brought back home with us is this: The times have found us. Let's get ready!

The challenge ahead of us as an organization is to double the overseas civilian vote from 2016. Keeping in mind that 1 in 25 election are WON by a 1% margin, we, the overseas voters, can be THE difference between victory and defeat for Dem candidates... if we get out the vote!

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FOURTH Democratic Debate: Watch Events around France

The FOURTH DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY DEBATE will be hosted by CNN and The New York Times and will be broadcast live from Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio on CNN.  The debate will air October 15 from 8P Eastern Time (October 16 from 2am in France). This will be the FOURTH of twelve planned Democratic Primary Debates.

For more information on this debate from The New York Times, click on this link to their website.

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Third Democratic Debate: Watch Events around France

The THIRD DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY DEBATES will be broadcast live from Houston, Texas on ABC.  The debate will air September 12 from 8P Eastern Time (September 13 from 2am in France). This will be the third of twelve planned Democratic Primary Debates.

For more information on this debate from ABC, click on this link to their website.

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