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

    Sunday, February 23, 2020 at 04:00 PM
    TBA in The Hague, Netherlands

    The Importance of Voting: drinks with Walter Davenport

    Walter Davenport is a former member of the U.S. Department of State's Foreign Diplomatic Service, he joins us for drinks yo discuss issues involving and the importance of voting. Join us and ask your questions. You're welcome to stay for dinner with Walter and DANL's Secretary after. The event will be help in the Hague: Location will be confirmed shortly.

    About Walter:
    Walter N. Davenport Jr. was born in New Orleans. He earned an MA from Syracuse University, a BA from the University of Maryland, and an AA degree from Prince Georges Community College in Maryland. He is a U.S. Army veteran and served as a police officer with the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, D.C. He entered the U.S. Department of State’s Foreign Diplomatic Service in 1976, serving until his retirement in 1997. He is a published poet, Married to a Dutch National, he resides in The Netherlands.
    Walter served in: Mexico (1976-78); Israel (1978-81); Egypt (1981-83); Malaysia (1984-86); the Netherlands (1986-90); Jamaica (1990-93); Dominican Republic (1993-95); Ukraine (1995-97).

    Sunday, March 01, 2020 at 01:00 PM
    Bar Restaurant Pavlov in Den Haag, Netherlands

    1st Sunday Lunch in The Hague

    DA's monthly meetup in The Hague. Join us every first Sunday of the month, at Bar-Resturant Pavlov (across from The Hague City Hall) for lunch and/or drinks with DA's Secretary -and an occasional guest or speaker-.

    Bring a friend...or two!

    Register to vote, learn how to register voters, learn the recent news of, drink and eat!