Democrats Abroad Netherlands
 is one of 70 country groups around the world, organizing local events and activities to encourage participation in the U.S. political process. Watch this space for upcoming announcements of meetings and events - we have events planned throughout the year, and encourage anyone interested in participating to get in touch

Voter outreach
Our volunteers are trained to help all Americans exercise their right to vote from overseas. We assist at events, and have also been part of the driving force behind the creation of the online voter registration tool, - an easy-to-use program that respects your privacy (no information is collected or stored). If you would like to volunteer to help, contact us by email

Guest speakers
Our past guests have included former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, best-selling author William Rivers Pitt award-winning investigative journalist Greg Palast, Professor Andy Tanenbaum of and LGBT activist Dan Choi

Join our Facebook group - or sign up for the International Democrats Abroad Facebook page to interact with members around the world!

Want to know more?
Contact us for more information on who we are, what we are doing in the Netherlands and how you can get involved.

Kendra Borgen, Chair

Democrats Abroad Netherlands


Image credit: Geert Heuvels (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

DA Netherlands Leadership:

Kendra Borgen
| Chair — Netherlands
Robert Checkoway
| Vice Chair — Netherlands
Tre' Shawn Griffin-Noordermeer
| Secretary — Netherlands, Global LGBT Caucus Co-Chair
Martha McDevitt Pugh
| Global DNC Representative, Global LGBT Caucus Co-Chair
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  • News

    Democrats Abroad Global Presidential Primary | March 3-10, 2020

    Did you know Democrats Abroad holds its own primary election? We send our own delegates to the Democratic Convention. And we have our say in choosing the Democratic nominee for president. Voting in the Democrats Abroad Global Presidential Primary instead of your home state is easy for you — and good for all of us. 

    To vote in the Global Presidential Primary, join Democrats Abroad today!

    EASY FOR YOU. No need to request a ballot and post it home again. Simply drop into your local Voting Center. Or download a ballot and email it back. You’ll still need to get an absentee ballot for the general election in November. But, for now, join US voters around the world and vote where you live.

    GOOD FOR ALL OF US. Concerned about issues like taxation, FATCA, or Social Security? Voting in the Global Primary shows Congress that we’re out here, in our millions, all around the globe. It gives Democrats Abroad the clout to lobby for us all and make a difference.

    Vote in Amsterdam | Super Tuesday
    4–9PM, Tuesday, March 3, 2020
    Boom Chicago, Rozengracht 117

    Vote in Utrecht | March 7
    2–5PM, Saturday, March 7, 2020
    TGI Fridays, Stationsplein 18

    Vote in The Hague | March 8
    1:30–4:30PM, Sunday, March 8, 2020
    American Book Center, Lange Poten 23

    Voting is also possible by post and email. Details will be sent to all Democrats Abroad members by email. 

    NOTE: This is a primary for president only. To vote in local primary races, you can request a ballot from your state. If you do, leave the choice of presidential nominee blank. Don’t vote twice!

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    Candidates for DANL Excom, Election and Annual General Meeting

    Your Nominations and Election Committee is happy to announce the candidates for the 2019-2021 DANL Executive Committee – and to send you a ballot for our election.

    The candidates are listed below. All offices are uncontested except member-at-large. So it may seem like there is little to do. But we very much need you to vote – to elect the 2 member-at-large seats, and to validate the uncontested positions, so we meet the requirements of our bylaws (a quorum).

    Your ballot was sent to the e-mail registered on your DA account. Didn't get it? Email:

    You can vote by email, by proxy to another DANL member - or in person.

    Absentee ballots must be emailed to by midnight, Friday, 12 April.

    Proxy voting lets you authorize another DANL member to vote on your behalf. Just choose your candidates, sign the proxy permission and hand your ballot to a DANL member for delivery at the Annual General Meeting.

    In person voting will take place at the Annual General Meeting. We strongly encourage you to attend, to establish the quorum required by our bylaws.

    Annual General Meeting

    Date: Saturday, 13 April


    Location: Spui 10, Amsterdam (entrance to the left of Cafe Esprit)

    Come and meet the candidates and hear their stories. And cast your vote! During the meeting, the current Excom will also be reporting to you about the past year's work, and planning for the coming Presidential election year. And we'll welcome back Andy Tanenbaum (the 'Votemaster' of to hear his take on the 2020 presidential candidates.

    The meeting and election will be followed by drinks, and a chance to form committees to reinforce efforts to get out the vote in 2020.

    Many thanks to everyone who is running for office – and to all members for voting.


    Claire Taylor & Karen Kao

    Nominations and Election Committee

    Democrats Abroad Netherlands


    DANL Executive Committee - Candidates for 2-year term (2019-2021)

    Running unopposed are:

    • Chair: Kendra Borgen
    • Vice chair: Robbie Checkoway
    • Treasurer: Stephen Paine
    • Legal counsel: Ethan Nasr
    • Secretary: Tre’ Shawn Griffin-Noordermeer

    2 members-at-large will be elected. The nominees are:

    • Ingrid Lantz
    • Adam Neufeld
    • Paul Verhagen
    • Audrey Tolbert

    Check the News post below this one for Candidate Statements of those running.

    Please follow the instructions on the ballot, and remember to include the email address used to receive your ballot, to verify your DANL membership.


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    Upcoming Events

    Saturday, April 04, 2020 at 11:00 AM · 2 rsvps
    Location Provided 1 week prior on RSVP in Rotterdam, Netherlands

    Historical Walking & Wine Tour

    Following up our December meeting, Rotterdam will again be the place to meet for Democrats Abroad, during a walking historical tour through Rotterdam with water, food and wine stops along the way. Democrats Abroad member Kevin will be leading the tour through the city.
    Location: Details on where to meet will be shared one week in advance with those signed up to:
    This Rotterdam history tour should take about 4-5 hours….exact timing depends on whether we do more touring or wine drinking. For those of you who have never made it over to Rotterdam, known to the locals as Manhattan Aan De Maas, here is your opportunity….even if you live in Amsterdam!! Food and wine costs are your own expense. Limited space is available RSVP to the e-mail provided.
    What will be needed…walking shoes, an OV card for public transportation….nice weather 😊
    Please RSVP to before March 29th. Thank you in advance.
    Saturday, April 04, 2020 at 03:00 PM
    Online in Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Annual General Meeting 2020: The Outlook for November

    Join us online for a bit of distance socializing! Our Annual General Meeting is due to be held on April 4, so we're going ahead with it online via Webex. We'll quickly go through some required business, then hear from our special guest.
    Prof. Andrew Tanenbaum is the Votemaster of He has been analyzing US elections since 2004, when his poll tracking website ranked in the top 10 blogs in the world. He'll share his no-holds-barred take on Democrats' prospects for the White House and the Senate in November. (If you haven't heard Andy do his thing before, you're in for a treat!)
    Afterwards, if you want, we'll do provide some quick training on phonebanking to get out the overseas vote (It’s fun, really!) and voter registration.
    Here’s all you need to know:
    Democrats Abroad Netherlands Annual General Meeting
    Login 3:15 PM
    Meeting starts 3:30 PM
    Webex link:
    Password: dems
    Questions for our special guest? Post them here or mail