February 01, 2024

Why vote in the Democrats Abroad Global Presidential Primary?

Image: Voters cast their votes in Amsterdam for the 2020 GPP.

More FAQs about the GPP are here.

Why should voters participate in the Global Primary (GPP)?

Here are 4 reasons why are you should cast your Presidential Primary vote with Democrats Abroad!

First, participating in the Global Presidential Primary shows the US (and the world) how important our elections are to US Citizens living abroad – and how important WE are to those elections. Our strength is in numbers, and by making our voices heard loudly, we make the issues that matter to us known. Voting in the Global Presidential Primary is a forceful way to advocate for those issues. 

Second, a vote in the Global Presidential Primary has greater weight than it does in a voter’s “home” state party. While tens of thousands of people will participate in the global primary this year, millions will vote in a voter's home state. That means that a vote in the Global Presidential Primary is more powerful than if a vote back home – in fact, it could be 4 times more powerful for voters in states like California.

Third, by casting a vote in the Global Primary, US citizens abroad will help give Democrats Abroad a stronger voice and greater weight within the Democratic National Committee.  Representation in the DNC is based on proportionality. The more we vote, the more representation we have, and this improves our chances of achieving some of our most important policy goals.  

Fourth, we have made it very easy for US citizens to participate both at our Voting Centers and by remote voting options. Sheer turnout – raw numbers – really does matter, and that’s why we want Americans abroad to vote in the Global Presidential Primary.  

What do I need to do to vote in the GPP?

1) Become a Democrats Abroad member here (you can also join at voting location).

2) Be a U.S. Citizen living abroad and be 18 by Election day (Novemebr 5, 2024).

3) Request your home state's absentee ballot here, you can also request a remote GPP ballot if you can't come vote in person.

4) Vote your home state's ballot but DO NOT vote for President on that ballot if you intend to vote in the GPP, you don't want to vote for President twice.

For example: Let's say you vote in Ohio and you will cast your Presidential primary vote in Utrecht on March 9th. You will request your Ohio absentee ballot here. When your ballot arrives, skip President and vote for everything else and return it per the instructions. Show up to the Democrats Abroad voting center in Utrecht March 9th and cast your primary vote for President.

For the November General Election, You will only vote your state's absentee ballot. DA does not offer in-person voting for the November election. When you request your priamry ballot you will automactically recieve your November ballot later this year.

5) Come to one of the in-person voting lcoations below.

Amsterdam - Super Tuesday, March 5th

Utrecht - Saturday, March 9th

Den Haag - Sunday, March 10th