Voting

Introduction
Overseas Americans – estimated at 9 million by the US State department – have had the right to vote in Federal elections since 1975 thanks to grassroots campaigning by citizens and organizations, particularly Democrats Abroad. Since that time, it's become clear that a theoretical right to vote does not necessarily translate into an effective reality. Each state has different procedures and deadlines, information distribution is difficult, and mail delivery times can be problematic.

Great strides have been made in recent years. More overseas Americans than ever before who wish to vote are able to do so. Congress passed important legislation both protecting and facilitating overseas citizens' ability to vote. Online registration tools like Vote From Abroad at www.votefromabroad.org have made it even easier to send a yearly request for ballot required by the law. 

DA Voting Leadership:

| DA Canada Executive Vice Chair/Global GOTV Co-Chair
| DA Switzerland / Global GOTV Co-Chair
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  • News

    June 5 State Primaries

    Alabama, California, Iowa, Montana, Mississippi, New Jersey, New Mexico and South Dakota

    Overseas voters can participate in the 2018 Democratic Primary Elections and impact the ideological direction of the party through the nomination of candidates.

    What is on the Primary Ballot

    • Alabama — Primary ballot has federal office candidates for U.S. Representative and state office candidates for Governor (currently held by Republican Kay Ivey) and Lieutenant Governor, Alabama Attorney General, Alabama Secretary of State, Treasurer, Supreme Court and Alabama State Senator and State Representative.
    • California — Federal office candidates for U.S. Senator (incumbent Democrat Dianne Feinstein) and U.S. Representative; state office candidates for Governor (incumbent Democrat Jerry Brown is ineligible due to term limits) and Lieutenant Governor, California Attorney General, California Secretary of State, State Assembly member and possibly State Senator.
    • Iowa — Federal election candidates for the U.S. House; statewide elections include candidates for Governor (currently Republican Kim Reynolds), Iowa Attorney General, Iowa Secretary of State, Iowa State Representative and possibly State Senator.
    • Mississippi — Federal office candidates for U.S. Senator (incumbent Republican Roger Wicker) and U.S. Representative. There will be a second election for the office of U.S. Senator on the November ballot, a nonpartisan special election to fill the seat left vacant by the resignation of Republican Thad Cochran.
    • Montana — The open primary ballot has candidates for U.S. Senator (incumbent Democrat Jon Tester) and the state's single member of the U.S. House; statewide races for Montana Supreme Court, Montana State House and possibly State Senate.
    • New Jersey — Federal election candidates for U.S. Senator (incumbent Democrat Bob Menendez) and U.S. Representative.
    • New Mexico — Federal office candidates for U.S. Senate (incumbent Democrat Martin Heinrich and U.S. House; state office candidates include Governor (currently Republican Susana Martinez) Lieutenant Governor of New Mexico, New Mexico Attorney General, New Mexico Secretary of State, Supreme court and New Mexico State Representative.
    • South Dakota — Primary ballot has candidates for U.S. House and state office candidates for Governor (currently Republican Dennis Daugaard), South Dakota Attorney General, South Dakota Secretary of State, Supreme Court, State Senate, State House and a few ballot measures.
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    Special Elections in 2018

    We've got seats and statehouses to flip! Democrats have flipped 40 seats in special elections across the country1, let's keep the momentum. If you vote in any of these Congressional or State House Districts, your vote can be the difference! Turnout for Special Elections tend to be very low and just a few votes — such as yours — can be key.

    Voting is simple. Go to www.votefromabroad.org to request a ballot. Fill out the form, then print it, sign it and send it to your election official.

     

    Arizona U.S. Representative, 8th Congressional District — April 24

    Arizona will conduct a special election for Representative to Arizona's 8th Congressional District, to replace Trent Franks. VOTE for Dr. Hiral Tipirneni       to FLIP #AZ08 Blue

    Overseas voters from Maricopa County — including Anthem, El Mirage, Glendale, Goodyear, Litchfield Park, Peoria, Phoenix (western edge), Sun Cities, Surprise and Youngtown — can vote in this Federal election.

    Mar 26 Registration:  by email, fax or mail by 11:59pm
    Apr 13 Ballot Request:  by email, fax or mail
    Apr 24 Ballot Return:  by email, fax or mail by 7pm OR using online upload with prior approval
    VOTE NOW with the Federal Backup ballot (FWAB) (same Request and Return deadlines apply) 

     

    New York State — April 24
    State Senate 37, 32 and State Assembly 142, 107, 102, 80, 74, 39, 17, 10, 5

    Overseas voters who indicate "intend to return" on the Ballot Request form may vote in New York's State and Local Elections* and requesting your ballot NOW will ensure you receive a ballot for both the New York Federal Primary on June 26, the State Primary on September 11 and the General Election in November.

    • State Senate District 32 — parts of the Bronx
      ☞ Vote Luis Sepulveda for State Senate 32  #KeepItBlue
    • State Senate District 37 — New Rochelle, Rye, White Plains and Yonkers
      ☞ Vote Shelley Mayer for State Senate 37  #KeepNY37Blue
    • State Assembly District 5 — Centereach, Central Islip, Farmingville, Holbrook, Holtsville, Lake Ronkonkoma, North Patchogue, Ronkonkoma, Selden, Stony Brook  ☞ Vote Deb Slinkosky State Assembly 5  #FlipItBlue
    • State Assembly District 10 — Cold Spring Harbor, Dix Hills, East Farmingdale, Elwood, Greenlawn, Halesite, Huntington, Huntington Station, Melville, South Huntington, West Hills  ☞ Vote Steve Stern for State Assembly 10  #FlipItBlue
    • State Assembly District 17 — Bethpage, East Meadow, Levittown, Massapequa, North Massapequa, Plainedge, Salisbury, South Farmingdale, Uniondale  ☞ Vote Matt Malin State Assembly 17  #FlipItBlue
    • State Assembly District 39 — parts of the Corona, Elmhurst, and Jackson Heights
      ☞ Vote Ari Espinal State Assembly 39  #KeepItBlue
    • State Assembly District 74 — Alphabet City up to E47th and 2nd Ave, covering the eastern parts of Murray Hill and Gramercy  ☞ Vote Harvey Epstein State Assembly 74  #KeepItBlue
    • State Assembly District 80 — parts of the Bronx
      ☞ Vote Nathalia Fernandez State Assembly 80  #KeepItBlue
    • State Assembly District 102 — parts of Albany, Columbia, Delaware, Greene, Otsego, Schoharie and Ulster counties
      ☞ Vote Aidan O'Connor Jr State Assembly 102  #AD102 #FlipItBlue
    • State Assembly District 107 — Rensselaer and parts of Columbia and Washington counties
      ☞ Vote Cindy Doran State Assembly 107  #FlipItBlue
    • State Assembly District 142 — Lackawanna, Orchard Park, West Seneca in the Buffalo area of Erie County
      ☞ Vote Patrick Burke State Assembly 142  #KeepItBlue
    Mar 31 Registration:  may email or fax to meet the deadline as long as original FPCA is immediately sent by mail
    Apr 17 Ballot Request:  may email or fax to meet the deadline as long as original FPCA is immediately sent by mail
    Apr 23 Ballot Return:  must mail (postmarked by AND received by May 7)

     

    Florida State House Districts 39 and 114 — May 1

    Let's flip District 39 by voting for Ricky Shirah     to represent Florida State House District 39 — concerns all overseas voters from Osceola and Polk counties.*

    Help keep District 114 Democratic with your vote for Javier Fernandez to represent Florida State House District 114 — concerns all overseas voters from Miami-Dade County.*

    Apr  2 Registration:  postmarked by (must mail)
    Apr 24 Ballot Request: [for Mail Ballot] received by OR
          [for Email/Online or Fax Ballot] received by May 1
    May  1 Ballot Return:  by fax (received by 7pm) OR by mail (postmarked by AND received by 5pm May 11)
    You can vote with the Backup Ballot (FWAB) anytime after sending the Registration/Request form

     

    Texas State House 13 — May 5

    Let's flip this seat! Help elect Democrat Cecil R. Webster Sr.     to represent Texas State House District 13 — concerns overseas voters who "intend to return" from Austin, Burleson, Colorado, Fayette, Grimes, Lavaca and Washington counties.*

    Apr 15 Registration:  by email, fax or mail
    Apr 24 Ballot Request:  by email, fax or mail
    May  5 Ballot Return:  must mail (postmarked by AND received by May 10)
    You can vote with the Backup Ballot (FWAB) anytime after sending the Registration/Request form

     

    Ohio Special Primary U.S. Representative, 12th Congressional District — May 8

    Concerns voters from Delaware, Franklin, Licking, Marion, Morrow, Muskingum, and Richland Counties. Special Primary will be held on the regularly scheduled May 8 State Primary Election, along with a vote on ballot measure Issue 1: Redistricting Procedures Amendment.

    Apr  9 Registration:  Received by email, fax or mail
    May  5 Ballot Request:  Received by noon by email, fax or mail
    May  7 Ballot Return:  by mail only (postmarked by AND received by 5pm on May 17)

     

    Alabama State Senate 26 and State House 4 — May 15

    Keep Alabaman Senate 26 Democratic with your vote for Councilman and Coach David Burkette to represent Montgomery County in the State Senate.* The seat became vacant with the resignation of Quinton Ross to become president of Alabama State University.

    Let's flip State House 4 by voting for Juanita Allen Healy to represent Limestone and Morgan counties* after the removal of the incumbent Republican for felony mail fraud.3

    Apr 30 Registration:  must mail
    May 10 Ballot Request:  must mail
    May 15 Ballot Return:  by mail (postmarked by AND received by May 22)
    You can vote with the Backup Ballot (FWAB) anytime after sending the Registration/Request form

     

    Pennsylvania State House 48, 178 — May 15

    House District 48 concerns voters from Amwell, North Bethlehem, North Franklin, North Strabane, Somerset and South Strabane. Vote for Clark A. Mitchell, Jr. House District 178 is in Bucks County. Vote Helen Tai for state representative.* Election will be held on the scheduled May 15 State Primary Election.

     

    Arkansas State Senate 16, 29 — May 22

    Special Election will be held on the regularly scheduled May 22 State Primary Election. Vote for Teresa Gallegos     for Arkansas Senate District 16 (concerns voters from Boone, Carroll, Newton, Pope and Van Buren counties*) and Steven McNeely for Arkansas Senate District 29 (concerns voters from Faulkner, Lonoke, Pulaski and White counties*).

    Apr 22 Registration:  Postmarked by (must mail)
    May 15 Ballot Request:  Received by (must mail)
    May 22 Ballot Return:  Postmarked by and received by Friday, June 1 (must mail)

     

    California State Assembly Districts 39, 45 — June 5

    Democrat Luz Maria Rivas       is running for District 39 concerning voters from parts of Los Angeles County.* #AD39 #TeamLuz

    Democrat Jesse Gabriel       is running form District 45 — includes the City of Calabasas, the City of Hidden Hills, a small portion of unincorporated Bell Canyon in Ventura County and several neighborhoods in the City of Los Angeles (Encino, Canoga Park, Chatsworth, Northridge, Reseda, Tarzana, Warner Center, West Hills, Winnetka and Woodland Hills).* #AD45 #JesseforAssembly

     

    Missouri State Senate 17 — June 5

    Concerns voters from Clay County including parts of Avondale, Gladstone, Glenaire, Independence, Kansas City, Liberty, North Kansas City, Pleasant Valley and Sugar Creek.* Let's flip this seat by electing State Representative Lauren Arthur       to State Senate. #TeamArthur #MOLeg

     

    Wisconsin State Senate District 1 and State Assembly District 42 — June 12

    Despite the best effort by Wisconsin's Republican Governor Scott Walker and the Republicans in the state legislature to deny representation to these districts, the Wisconsin Court of Appeals ruled that Walker was required to call the special elections by a March 29 deadline. State Senate District 1 concerns voters from Brown, Calumet, Door, Kewaunee, Manitowoc and Outagamie Counties. State Assembly District 42 concerns voters from Columbia, Dane, Dodge, Fond du Lac, Green Lake and Marquette Counties.*

     

    Ohio Special Federal U.S. Representative, 12th Congressional District — Aug 7

    Concerns voters from Delaware, Franklin, Licking, Marion, Morrow, Muskingum, and Richland Counties. The seat became vacant with the resignation of Representative Patrick J. Tiberi in January.

    Official Ballot will be sent by June 23 to eligible voters with valid request on file.

    Jul  9 Registration:  Received by email, fax or mail
    Aug  4 Ballot Request:  Received by noon by email, fax, or mail
    Aug  6 Ballot Return:  by mail only (postmarked by and received by Friday August 17)
    FWAB: can be used to register to vote
    You can vote with the Backup Ballot (FWAB) anytime after sending the Registration/Request form

     

    All times listed are local to the state.

     

    *Note: Because the legal requirements to establish "residence" or "domicile" for tax purposes are determined by state law and the specific facts of your life, it is important that you seek advice on these matters from your tax professional. Even if registering to vote in state and local elections is not sufficient on its own to make you liable for state taxes, other factors such as maintaining a state driver's license or maintaining a mail forwarding address at a relative's home may make you liable for state taxes.

     

    1 "Democrats won big in 2017 against Trump and GOP and we're not done yet" by Tom Perez. USA Today. Feb. 23, 2018.

    2 "Meet Tracy Freese, The Democrat Running For Bill Dix’s Vacant Seat" by Pat Rynard. Iowa Starting LineMar. 16, 2018.

    3 "Former House Majority Leader Micky Hammon pleads guilty to mail fraud" by Brian Lyman. Montgomery Advertiser, USA Today. Sep. 26, 2017.

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    May 22 State Primaries

    Arkansas, Georgia and Kentucky

    Overseas voters can participate in the 2018 Democratic Primary Elections and impact the ideological direction of the party through the nomination of candidates.

    What is on the Primary Ballot

    • Arkansas — Primary ballot has federal election candidates for U.S. Representative; statewide election candidates for Governor (currently held by Republican Asa Hutchinson), Lieutenant Governor, Arkansas Secretary of State, Attorney General, Arkansas State Representative, possibly Arkansas State Senate.
    • Arkansas State Senate Districts 16 and 29 — Special Election to elect State Senators.
    • Georgia — Primary ballot includes federal election candidates for U.S. Representative; statewide election candidates for Governor (currently held by Republican Nathan Deal), Lieutenant Governor, Georgia Secretary of State, Georgia State Senate and State Representative.
    • Kentucky — Primary ballot lists federal election candidates candidates for U.S. Representative; statewide election candidates for Kentucky Supreme Court, Kentucky Court of Appeals, member of the Kentucky House of Representatives, possibly Kentucky State Senate.

    *Overseas voters from Georgia who indicate they "intend to return" are eligible to vote in state and local elections and ballot measures.

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    May 15 State Primaries

    Idaho, Nebraska, Oregon and Pennsylvania

    Overseas voters can participate in the 2018 Democratic Primary Elections and impact the ideological direction of the party through the nomination of candidates.

    What is on the Primary Ballot

    Overseas voters can participate in the 2018 Democratic Primary Elections and impact the ideological direction of the party through the nomination of candidates. 

    • Idaho — Primary ballot has federal election candidates for U.S. Representative; statewide election candidates for Governor (currently held by Republican Butch Otter), Lieutenant Governor, Idaho Secretary of State, Attorney General, Idaho Supreme Court, Idaho Court of Appeals, Idaho State Representative, possibly Idaho State Senate.
    • Nebraska — Primary ballot includes federal election candidates for U.S. Senate (incumbent Republican Deb Fischer) and U.S. Representative; statewide races for Governor (currently held by Republican Pete Ricketts), Nebraska Secretary of State, Attorney General, Nebraska Supreme Court, possibly Nebraska State Senate.
    • Oregon — Primary ballot lists federal election candidates candidates for U.S. Representative; statewide election* candidates for Governor (currently held by Democrat Kate Brown), Oregon Supreme Court, Oregon Court of Appeals, member of the Oregon House of Representatives, possibly Oregon State Senate.
    • Pennsylvania — Primary ballot has federal election candidates for U.S. Senate (incumbent Democrat Bob Casey) and U.S. Representative; and statewide election* candidates for Governor (currently held by Democrat Tom Wolf), Lieutenant Governor, Pennsylvania State Representative, possibly Pennsylvania State Senate.
    • PA House District 48 & 178 (General) — Special primary election to choose candidates for the August 7 Special Election.

    *Overseas voters from Oregon and Pennsylvania who indicate they "intend to return" are eligible to vote in state and local elections and ballot measures.

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    Upcoming Events

    Tuesday, May 01, 2018 at 07:00 AM

    Volunteer Training: Voter Registration

    Join a Webex online training session for volunteers who want to help get out the overseas vote. To attend, sign up for a session using this link below, and indicate interest to be part of the Voter Help Desk. Connection details will be sent at a later date after signing up.

    Sign up for a session

    The training presentation is intended to familiarize anyone with the basics involved in assisting voters with ballot requests by reviewing the absentee ballot request and voting process and discussing the unique challenges for overseas citizens. Training includes a review of available online resources, a discussion of what's involved in setting up a Vote From Abroad assistance table at an event, or hosting your own Voter Registration Drive.

    Tuesday February 6 7am ET  |  1pm CET  |  8pm SGT
    Tuesday March 6 7am ET  |  1pm CET  |  8pm SGT
    Tuesday April 3 7am ET  |  1pm CET  |  8pm SGT
    Tuesday May 1 7am ET | 1pm CET | 8pm SGT

     

    Sign up for a session

    We welcome anyone to attend, even if you've been registering voters for years, or you are just curious to learn more.