Sending ballots and absentee ballot requests via Postal Mail

Some states require that ballots or absentee ballot requests must be returned via postal mail.  Yet there is no airmail between Thailand and the USA.  Two options: 1) send via EMS (fast but costs $) or 2) send via the US Embassy (slow but FREE).  Click on "read more" for info from the US Embassy website. For the Embassy option, allow 2-4 weeks for the Embassy to take it to the USA plus at least one week for the US Postal Service to deliver; total: allow 3-5 weeks!  The info is below (you may have to click on "read more").

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Photo Credit: Sukit Vanichrudeee

Democrats Abroad Thailand (DAT) is the official country committee for US Democrats living in Thailand.  We provide opportunities for Americans in Thailand to get involved in the Democratic party and issues that matter to them. These are trying times and it will take all of us to fight back.   US citizens around the world are organizing for a fairer and more just America that embraces diversity- let's raise our voices together and be heard all the way from Thailand.

We support our great Democratic candidates and encourage discussion about the ideas and solutions they offer through debate watch parties, post-debate discussions, live chats with the candidates.   We host political pub nights to get your political banter on, Ladies Night, issue based call-congress parties,  film nights,

If you are specifically interested in racial justice, gender equality and/ or  LGBTQ rights - join one or all of our Caucuses here on the website and then follow us on FB : Black Caucus and  Women's Caucus.

We have three official chapters, in Bangkok, Chiang Mai and the North, and Pattaya and the Eastern Seaboard.  We are always looking to grow our chapter network so if you are interested in organizing for social justice- let me know!

You can find us on Facebook at Democrats Abroad Thailand and Democrats Abroad Chiang Mai or on Twitter @DemsUSAThailand and @DemsAbroadThai

I look forward to welcoming you at the next DAT event.

Paul Risley
Chair, Democrats Abroad Thailand

New Leaders Elected at Annual General Meeting

This June, members and leadership from around the country gathered in Bangkok for the Annual General Meeting (AGM) to elect the Executive Committee for Democrats Abroad Thailand. The AGM is always a great opportunity for active members from around the country to meet face to face to discuss strategy and re-energize for the year. Heartfelt farewells and thank yous went out to Phil Robertson, the outgoing Chair for a job well done, and those present welcomed Paul Risley into the position. Paul is a long time member of DAT and has served in various roles in the organization over the years. He will be supported by 3 Vice Chairs: Gary Suwannarat, Rick Graves and Russel Berman.

Newly elected executive committee members for 2019/ 2020:

Paul Risley, Meghan Driscoll and Rosalia Gitau

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Democrats in Bangkok Get Out the Vote at the Annual Independance Day Picnic


Democrats Abroad volunteers were out in force at the annual American Chamber of Commerce Independence Day picnic.  

A highly anticipated event within the American expat community in Bangkok, this year's attendance was as big as ever with over 2,000  showing up for music, games and good food.    The computers were humming at the DA table with Americans requesting absentee ballots.  Printers were available so that everyone could print and sign their requests, place it in an addressed envelope and send it to the Embassy for mailing.   Old friends joined the effort and many new faces came by to see how they could get involved in making the blue wave happen here in Thailand. 

Fight Back Friday: DA Thailand’s Other Inaugural Event

Please join us for DA Thailand’s Other Inaugural event, where you and your friends will have a chance to say your peace about President Trump, and share views with other Americans who are as shocked as you that this day has indeed come to pass!

When: Friday, January 20, 2016; 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Where: Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand (FCCT), Maneeya Plaza Building, Chidlom BTS. Directions here
Who: DA Thailand members, and their friends (American and non-American)
How: No-host event, everyone is responsible to pay for what they eat or drink

Here’s the agenda:

5-7 p.m. — Cocktails and Dinner (no-host arrangement)
7-8:30 — Panel of Experts
A panel of Thailand-based experts on what Trump is going to mean in the US and globally for climate change and the environment; women’s rights; international development assistance/foreign aid; human rights; health; trade; labor rights, and other topics; followed by Q&A
8:30-10 — Showing film Trumpland by Michael Moore
10 to midnight — DA Thailand Open Mic
Discussions on flash mob for Women’s March in Bangkok; opposing Trump’s nominations, and mid-term elections 2018 project
Midnight-1 a.m. — The Witching Hour Trump Takes Oath of Office

Please come and join us, as we say that we’re not going to accept this laying down, and we’ve just begun to fight!

For more details, email and stay up to date by following us on Facebook at Democrats Abroad Thailand and Twitter @demsabroadthai.

Democrats Abroad in Thailand came out to vote in record numbers

Democrats Abroad Thailand had 918 American voters participate in the Global Presidential Primary from all around Thailand. The results were 681 voters for Senator Bernie Sanders, 235 for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and 2 uncommitted.

Phil Robertson, the chairman of Democrats Abroad Thailand said the following about the results:

"Over 74% of Americans voting in Thailand decided to "Feel the Bern" and support Senator Sanders, and their voice was clearly in line with the majority of Americans living overseas who gave the Sanders campaign a major victory in the Democrats Abroad Global Presidential Primary.

I'm immensely proud that Thailand had the second highest voter turnout among American voters anywhere in Asia, which just goes to show how eager and committed Americans here are to support their candidates and ensure that overseas Americans voices are heard in this important Presidential campaign.

But I'm confident in saying that no matter who is the eventual Democratic nominee for President, all US Democrats living in Thailand will unite to support that person because it's so very clear that both Donald Trump and Ted Cruz are completely unprepared and unsuited to lead our great country. Democrats Abroad will be working hard to register Americans living in Thailand to vote in the general election in November, and celebrating our democracy with many events such as debate watch parties between the Democrats and Republicans.

It's going to be an exciting year for US politics, and those Americans who join Democrats Abroad Thailand will be in the front row seats."

Welcome to Democrats Abroad Thailand

 Photo Credit: Sukit Vanichrudeee

Sawasdee khap!

Democrats Abroad Thailand (DAT) is official country committee for US Democrats living in Thailand. We have three official chapters, in Bangkok, Chiang Mai and the North, and Pattaya and the Eastern Seaboard, and an up and coming Mekong Chapter to cover the northeast of the country. DAT is holding debate parties, film nights, policy seminars and social get-togethers to encourage Americans in Thailand to get involved in supporting our great Democratic candidates and debating the issues that concern us as Americans, and we invite you to join the discussion.

You can find us on Facebook at Democrats Abroad Thailand and Democrats Abroad Chiang Mai or on Twitter @DemsUSAThailand and @DemsAbroadThai

Come join the Party! I look forward to welcoming you at the next DAT event!

For more information, contact

Phil Robertson
Chair, Democrats Abroad Thailand

Vote in the Presidential Democratic Primary all around Thailand from March 2nd-5th

Calling all US Democrats Abroad in Thailand!

Voting time is just around the corner, and Democrats Abroad is holding our Global Presidential Primary from the 2nd to the 5th of March, 2016. Come out to vote in our polling stations set up in Bangkok, Nonthaburi, Chiang Mai, and Pattaya, or vote absentee in Thailand – and make your voice heard on who will lead our party into the general election in November! That’s right, just like at home – turn out to a polling booth here in Thailand and vote!

All members of Democrats Abroad Thailand (DAT) are eligible to vote in the Global Presidential Primary. Since Democrats Abroad is considered by our party to be the 51st state party, our votes count – and we will be electing delegates who will represent our choices in the primary at the Democratic Party’s national convention in Philadelphia this summer. If you’re not a member of the DAT, take two minutes now - it’s free, and easy to join online at: Note also that we’ll also be accepting applications on the day of voting.

Polling stations will be open in Thailand as follows:

Central Bangkok

March 2, from 10:30 am to 7 pm – Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand, Maneeya Tower, Ploenchit,, Bangkok, Penthouse Floor (
March 4, from 10:30 am to 7 pm – Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand, Maneeya Plaza Building (Penthouse Floor), 518/5 Ploenchit Road, Bangkok
March 5, from 11 am to 6:30 pm – Roadhouse Barbecue, 942/1 Rama IV Road, Surawongse, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500


March 2, from 4 pm to 8 pm – Nichada Club Restaurant, 39/999 Samakee Road, Bangtalard, Pakkret,, Nonthaburi 11120
March 3, from 4 pm to 8 pm – Nichada Club Restaurant, Nichada-thani, Nonthaburi


Chiang Mai and the North

March 2, from 4 pm to 8 pm – Old Chiang Mai Cultural Center, Hai Ya Rd, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50100
March 5, from 10 am to 4 pm – Payap University, Sirindhorn Learning Resource Center, Mae Khao Campus, Chiang Mai-Lampang Highway, Muang district, Chiang Mai

Pattaya and Eastern Seaboard

March 3, from 1 pm to 7 pm – Beertopia Co., (across from Mind Resort), 384/93 Moo 10, 3rd Road, Soi 17 (Soi Regional Land 2), Nong Prue, Bang Lamung, Chonburi

For those looking for more information about the Global Presidential Primary and how it works, find it here:
If you have any questions, please contact me at, or mobile phone: +66-85-060-8406.
Look forward to seeing you at the polls!
Best wishes,
Phil Robertson
Chair, Democrats Abroad Thailand

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