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Dems Abroad DNC Members and How They’re Elected

Here is basic information about the Democrats Abroad members of the Democratic National Committee and how they are elected.

How many DNC members do we have?  Dems Abroad has eight members of the DNC out of the total of 447 DNC members.  Six of our eight are elected specifically to be our DNC members.  The other two are the Dems Abroad global chair and vice chair, who are automatically DNC members. 

How our DNC members are elected.  Of Dems Abroad’s six elected DNC members, three are elected by the three Dems Abroad regions.  Each region elects one DNC member.  The regions are Europe/Middle East/Africa (EMEA), Asia/Pacific (AP) and the Americas.  Each region holds its own convention to elect its DNC member.  This year, the regional elections will be held online on May 16 and 17.  (Each region also elects delegates to the Democratic National Convention, which is different from being a DNC member.)

Who elects our three regional DNC members?  At the regional conventions, the electors who vote for that region’s DNC member are from recognized country committees in that region.  They are (1) anyone elected to a country committee office or elected by Dems Abroad members to be a voting representative to the Democratic Party Committee Abroad (DPCA), which is the governing body of Dems Abroad comparable to a state party’s central committee, (2) elected chapter chairs and (3) the regional vice chair for that region.  Dems Abroad members who live in countries without a recognized country committee do not have representation at the regional conventions.

Who elects our three at-large global DNC members?  The other three of the six elected members are elected at-large at a global convention, which will be held this year online June 6 and 7.  The electors at the global convention are the eight incumbent Dems Abroad DNC members, the three newly elected DNC members from the three regions, all elected members of the DPCA and any “distinguished party leaders designated by the Secretary of the DNC”.  So, the electors for the global convention include most of the electors at the regional conventions but not all of them.  For example, elected chapter chairs who are not also elected as DPCA voting representatives are electors in the regional conventions but not in the global convention.  Dems Abroad members in countries that don’t have a recognized country committee are not represented at the global convention, just as they are not represented at the regional conventions.

Diversity among DNC members.  The eight DNC members representing Dems Abroad must be evenly distributed regarding their gender identification.  The global chair and vice chair always need to be of different genders.  The six elected DNC members need to total three women and three men. Nonbinary candidates are also welcome. In addition, Democrats Abroad aims for inclusion in our delegation of members of specific groups historically under-represented in Democratic Party affairs such as African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders as well as members of the LGBTQ+ community, people with disabilities and youth.  Because the three regional DNC members are elected first and the three global at-large members are elected later, the at-large members can be elected to balance the gender representation and to meet the guidelines for the representation of historically under-represented groups.  So, for example, if by chance all three regions happen to elect men as their DNC members, all three at-large DNC members would have to be women and only women candidates could run.

DNC members’ terms.  All Dems Abroad DNC members serve for a four year term.  The members we elect this year will begin their term at the close of the Democratic National Convention in August. They will serve as automatic delegates to the 2024 Democratic National Convention.

All these details about the Dems Abroad election of DNC members are stipulated by the official 2020 Delegate Selection Plan which is available here, section III, parts C and D.

Dems Abroad DNC members have only ½ vote each.  Each Dems Abroad DNC member has one-half vote in the DNC, so we have a total of four votes even though we have eight members.  Other DNC members have a full vote.  The half-vote arrangement was adopted to enable DA to have enough members to serve on various DNC committees and in various roles within the DNC while giving DA the same number of full votes as 24 smaller-population states and all the territories.

Where do all the other DNC members come from? To put these numbers in perspective, of the total of 447 DNC members, 214 are elected at the state level, which includes the 50 states plus six territories and Dems Abroad.  An additional 114 DNC members are the chairs and vice chairs of all 50 state parties plus six territories and Dems Abroad.  So, 328 members of the total 447 represent states, territories and Dems Abroad.  Of the remaining 119, 75 are called “at-large” members.  They are appointed by the Chair of the DNC and voted on as a block by the rest of the DNC, typically or always without debate.  The other members are appointed by fifteen specific groups within the Democratic Party such as the Democratic Governors Association, Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, College Democrats of America, National Conference of Democratic Mayors and others.



Phonebank to get out the progressive vote from abroad

Well, we mean practically all DA members, when you consider that almost 75% of us voted for Bernie Sanders or Liz Warren in the DA primary -- and 100% of us voted Democrat in our primary! DA needs you to phone bank fellow DA members around the world to encourage them to get their ballots and vote in 2020. Usually you’ll talk with people who are happy to hear from you. Just go to for more information and instructions on how to sign up.

The GOTV (Get Out the Vote) team provides training, support, and all the materials you need. You’ll be able to make calls from your home without long distance charges and just follow the script and fill in the survey answers. The calls are absolutely free to you and most of all--it’s fun and so rewarding! 

If you have any questions, contact GOTV Heidi and the team at: 

Share your perspective in a states abroad group on Facebook.

   States Abroad Facebook Groups are organized by DA, and are quite hospitable groups. You can share progressive news and actions for your state in your group. You’ll get state-specific voting deadlines reminders and "how to’s that you can share with your network of contacts affiliated with your state, whether they live abroad or in-state. It can be helpful to share voting abroad information with your stateside friends and ask them to pass along to Americans abroad they know who also vote in that state.

You can join the groups for multiple states if you have connections in your home town, college state or state with lots of family and friends.

Be sure to answer the questions when requesting to join, otherwise you likely won’t be allowed to join. The questions enable the page moderators to deflect trolls and bots. 

Last Call for Delegate and DNC nominations April 17 and 20 deadlines

You can represent progressive voices as a delegate for Democrats Abroad. There are 4 spots for Biden delegates and 9 spots for Sanders delegates. There are also positions on the Rules and Platform Committees. Your 150 word candidate statement will be forwarded by DA to the campaigns who will vet the lists, so target your message to the campaigns in order to be included.

You may run as a Regional and/or Global Delegate. The Regional Conventions will be May 16/17 and the Global Convention June 6/7. All conventions are online, so no travel expense.

DA members from historically marginalized groups are encouraged to run as delegates: Women, African American, Hispanic American/Latinx, Native American, Asian American, and Pacific Islander, LGBT, Persons with Disabilities, and Youth (Under 36). More information here from DA’s Affirmative Action Team and a recording of experiences of past DA delegates.

Again, the DEADLINES are:
Delegate Candidate nomination form must be returned by Friday, April 17. Info here and a recorded session here, as well as a helpful slide deck here.
DNC Member Candidate nomination form must be returned by Monday, April 20. Information about running to become a Democrats Abroad DNC member. 

Questions? Please email

Results of the DA Global Presidential Primary

How did your favourite progressive candidate do?  See the 2020 DA Global Presidential Primary results here.

Why do we need a Progressive Caucus?

Why do we need a Progressive Caucus?

[This is a provisional statement as of February 21, 2019, pending input from our full membership.]

Who We Are

The Progressive Caucus of Democrats Abroad works proactively to transform the United States into a society rooted in economic fairness, as well as social, racial, and environmental justice, particularly for the most vulnerable among us. We seek increased inclusion, fairness, accountability, and transparency in our domestic political processes. We support international cooperation, mutual respect, and peaceful methods of conflict resolution.

We Believe

  • in Medicare for All, debt-free college, and a livable minimum wage;
  • in a Green New Deal to create new jobs while fighting climate change;
  • in ending mass incarceration and police brutality;
  • in common-sense gun safety legislation;
  • in humane immigration practices and honoring the right to asylum;
  • in fundamental campaign finance reform to ensure all politicians are beholden to their constituents, not lobbyists, corporations, and the wealthiest 1%;
  • in increased inclusion, fairness, accountability and transparency in the Democratic Party;
  • In international cooperation, mutual respect, and peaceful methods of conflict resolution;
  • in continued introspection and transformation as progressive ideals evolve. 

Our Principles and Methods

Our country and our global community face staggering economic inequality, class warfare, racial injustice, patriarchy, ecological devastation, and other intersectional issues that require urgent advocacy and action. We, the Progressive Caucus, focus our attention on meeting these challenges with our objectives and methods. 

Politics of inclusion:  The Progressive Caucus promotes the politics of inclusion. We stand on the bedrock of compassion and empathy, unequivocally committed to the belief that whatever affects any one of us, affects all of us. This commitment moves us to honor our human commonality in the pursuit of justice to end suffering and oppression.

Wherever we confront it, we must supplant the power dynamics of exploitation, injustice, manipulation, and oppression with systems of shared power distribution, enabling and empowering the disenfranchised.  We strive for community healing and community-driven decision making. To achieve these goals, we nurture cooperation, demand mutual and shared accountability, and condemn the cycle of abuse perpetuated by toxic power structures.

Progressive realism:  We are not content with relativistic claims, nor complacent with the  “progressive” label. Instead, we strive unwaveringly to support one another, living the goals we espouse.  Only in this way can we hold ourselves accountable to the goals we have set.

Our work takes place at the intersection of ambitious ideals and the circumstances of reality. We reject the notion that progressive change is unrealistic.  It is entirely plausible when we demand attention to the complete range of possibilities that transcend the status quo. At times, compromise is necessary, however we will not be compromised in the process.

Dedication to Democrats Abroad:  We are dedicated to the work of Democrats Abroad and, where feasible, eager to lead it. Like our other caucuses, we unite behind critical issues which define--and marginalize--specific identity groups. These issues often are not captured by traditional identity politics.

We seek to ally our progressive goals with those of all democrats, reaching out together to the wider community in support of the issues we promote. In this way, we strive to recruit for Democrats Abroad among independents and others who share our perspective. 

Our uniting principle:  With our objectives and the methods we use as a community, we respond to the urgent need for equality and justice. It is our uniting principle and challenge to strive unerringly for progressive change and greater unity globally, respecting the value of our differences in our shared struggle.



International Women’s Day: Celebrating the Revolutionary Power of Women – March 8, 2019

On this International Women’s Day, let’s commemorate radical women whose efforts have transformed the world!

Together with the Global Women’s Caucus, proDA invites you to celebrate with us and host or attend an IWD party. Please click here to access event planning suggestions and supporting documents for groups of all sizes who wish to create an IWD event.

In addition to appreciating the work that’s been done, we’ll discuss the progress we need to make towards gender parity in the United States. The IWD materials blend this year’s theme #BalanceforBetter with DA’s ongoing efforts to raise awareness about the Equal Rights Amendment, which is only one state away from ratification. Join us in celebrating the revolutionary power of women and committing to women’s empowerment worldwide!

Click here to find an IWD event near you.

Help ban corporate PAC money from the DNC - take action Feb 12-13 2019

UPDATE: 5,278 signed the petition.  A compromise was worked out to move this issue to the  2020 platform process, which means state party platforms can address the ban and the full national delegation at the 2020 Convention will vote on a corporate ban. For more see this article: Did the DNC vote to accept corporate PAC money? Despite what you've heard, the answer is NO

Help strengthen the voices of ordinary Americans in the Democratic Party.  Sign the petition by DNC member Christine Pelosi (and co-signers) to ban corporate PAC money from the DNC.

As of writing, the petition is at 4,903 signatures.  Can proDA members put it over 5k?

Christine Pelosi will present the petition to the Resolutions Committee of the DNC on Thursday, February 14 at 1pm Washington DC time. proDA CoChair Sue Alksnis and EMEA Regional Rep Siera Burtrum will be observing the meeting. Please sign the petition by end of day Wednesday, February 13.

The petition link lays out a strong argument for banning corporate PAC money, which can also be read in this medium article: Democrats Can Win 2020 With a Corporate PAC-Free DNC or below:

To be delivered to Tom Perez, DNC Chairperson

Democrats won big in 2018 with a clarion call to work #forthepeople not the special interests — to restore voting rights, clean up corruption, and center people in the debate over jobs, health care, and equality of opportunity.

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Seeking Members to Represent ProDA to Local Groups

ProDA announces our new ProDA Liaison Position Description. The description was emailed to all our global members with a request for comments. Several members took a look, and we didn’t get any negative comments, so the position description is now official!

Please contact ProDA with interest or questions by using the ProDA action survey or emailing

Progressive Caucus Local Liaison Position Description:

The ProDA Local Liaison will act as the connection between their local group and ProDA’s global organization.

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Run for DA Elections - Deadlines to declare candidacy will fall between January 2019 and May 2019

If you helped get out the vote, how about running?

DA country committees and chapters will be holding elections between January and June 31. 

You can look at your country or chapter online for information at, but check a few times as they will be posted over several months.  

Also look to receive in coming months an email soliciting candidates (it might arrive in your “promotions” folder if you have gmail). 

You may also want to contact your country committee or chapter chair now to discuss the process, deadline to declare candidacy, how to write a candidate statement, what positions are elected and how to run. 

You can run at both the chapter and country level, and in some cases you can also run for both country committee leadership and DPCA voting rep.  What is a DPCA voting rep? Read on.

DPCA Voting Members are elected. Could you be one?

If you want to push forward issues or policies or practices within DA that you think are on the more progressive side, keep in mind that Country Committee Chairs and DPCA* voting reps elected in each country get to elect DA global leadership (including 2 DNC members), help make changes to DA’s charter, and vote on DA’s resolutions on legislation and other issues.

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