Fighting for all overseas votes to be counted

Democrats Abroad is undertaking urgent efforts to ensure that all overseas voters who participated in this year’s Midterm Elections have their votes counted. The organization conducts extensive outreach to support overseas voting for all US elections and has identified numerous issues based on feedback from voters around the world.

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Turning the US Blue from Abroad

The House district map turns more blue each day as absentee ballots are counted and tight elections called. Those last votes flipping races? Those are ours! 

Voting from abroad is not always easy. But you did it. This year hundreds of thousands of Americans abroad persisted and voted. Democrats Abroad was right there with you. I'm so proud of all the work that our volunteers did - calling voters, answering questions online, going to schools, companies, and events across the world to help you vote.

Our work is not done yet.

The tight races in Arizona, Florida and Georgia have highlighted the value of our votes from abroad, but they have also highlighted the Republican Party's attempts to stand in the way of counting ballots. Democrats Abroad, state parties, and the DNC are fighting back. Here's what we're doing:

  • We're helping Arizona voters abroad make sure their votes are "cured". This most often means checking to make sure a mailed in signature matches a voter's signature on record. Proactive outreach helps make sure these blue votes are counted before the deadline passes to fix them.
  • We're helping Florida voters abroad check their ballot status and navigate problems. Our voting experts are working the phones, explaining federal law and pushing to make sure each vote is counted.
  • We’re also fighting to make sure every ballot is counted in Georgia, where we’re working with lawyers and the local voter protection team to ensure counties adhere to federal laws for overseas voters.

If you're a voter in Arizona, Florida or Georgia, here's how you can make sure your vote counts. If you'd like to help reach voters from these states, consider joining our phonebanking campaigns this week.

And if you're wondering just how well we've done this election, we flipped:

The US House of Representatives! 

At least 32 US House seats
At least 329 State legislative seats
8 state legislatures 
7 governorships
4 Attorney General seats
2 Secretary of State seats
1 Senate seat (so far)
We also broke the back of 4 Republican supermarjorities in state legislatures
4 states voted to expand voting rights
3 states voted to expand Medicaid
2 states voted to raise the minimum wage

Thank you again!


Midterm Gains & Election Highlights

Democrats saw a number of critical wins in the 2018 midterm elections, the most notable of which were in Congress, where Democrats regained control of the House of Representatives.

"Winning the House is huge," said Julia Bryan, International Chair of Democrats Abroad. "We have protected vital social legislation and will be able to push back against the anti-democratic direction of Trump and his cronies. Our victories tonight put the Republicans on notice that voters will not let them get away with robbing middle class America."

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Last Chance to Register

If you STILL need to register to vote and are worried it might be too late, here is a list of states that allow overseas voters to register on the day before or day of elections, and those states that do not require registration.

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Attention Voters Abroad: Important Midterm Deadlines

Thousands of Americans abroad have already requested, received and returned their ballots. These ballots will be counted, if they arrive in time.* Don't miss out! Know your deadlines and exercise your right to vote this year.

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DNC Statement on Shooting in Pittsburgh

DNC Chair Tom Perez issued the following statement in the aftermath of a mass shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania:

“Our hearts go out to the Jewish community in Pittsburgh, the first responders who put themselves in harm’s way to save lives, and all those affected by this senseless act of gun violence. No American should be afraid to worship. No community should be shattered by such bigotry. As a nation, we must elect leaders who will fight for common-sense gun laws. And we must speak out against anti-Semitism and all those who enable it.”


LGBT* Rights Must Be Protected

Democrats Abroad strongly opposes the Trump administration's efforts to marginalize LGBTI Americans and to define transgender and intersex citizens "out of existence." 

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House Candidate Wants You to Vote Vote Vote!

Candidate for Congress, Lauren Baer, was once a Democrat living abroad. Now she's fighting to flip Florida's 18th Congressional District. Here's why she wants to make sure you vote this year, no matter where you are:

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Volunteer Profile: Julia Bryan, International Chair

Americans abroad who still have close ties back to the US often grapple with the distance from “home” both geographically and by time zones. Just ask Julia Bryan, International Chair of Democrats Abroad.

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Celebrate Democrats Abroad Day with us!

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The first annual Democrats Abroad Day will take place this Saturday, September 8, and you're invited! Join our global celebration to show off your Democrats Abroad pride, wherever you are.

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