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:

Heidi Burch
| Global GOTV Chair/DA Canada Victoria Chapter Chair/ DA Canada DPCA Voting Representative
Eileen Weinberg
| DA Switzerland / Global GOTV Co-Chair
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    New Voter Registration Training

    Join our voter registration team—protect votes from abroad!

    Democrats Abroad sets up Voter Registration events all over the world to help overseas voters makes sure they will get their ballots and VOTE!

    Overseas voters need to send in their Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) form to request their ballot every calendar year in which they wish to vote. Our website, www.votefromabroad.org, makes it easy for overseas voters to fill in and submit their form.

    To volunteer at a Democrats Abroad Voter Registration event near you, please contact your local chapter of Democrats Abroad. Go to: www.democratsabroad.org and click on "Countries" for contact information--or email us at: gotv@democratsabroad.org

    These training materials will provide the background you'll need to volunteer at a voter registration event and help your friends, family, and other overseas voters register to vote and request their ballots. (For your convenience, the training materials are offered either in a training deck OR video format):

     

    Questions about voter registration or volunteering? Send an email to the Voter Help Desk at: gotv@democratsabroad.org

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    2020 Primary Calendar

        State / Territorial Primary
    Mon Feb  3 Presidential Only:  Iowa caucuses
    Tue Feb 11 Presidential Only:  New Hampshire
    Sat Feb 22 Presidential Only:  Nevada caucus (D)
    Sat Feb 29 Presidential Only:  South Carolina (D)
    Tue Mar  3 Alabama ∙ Arkansas ∙ California ∙ North Carolina ∙ Texas
    Presidential Only:  American Samoa caucus (D) ∙ Colorado ∙ Maine ∙ Massachusetts ∙ Minnesota ∙ Oklahoma ∙ Tennessee ∙ Utah ∙ Vermont ∙ Virginia
        Democrats Abroad Global Presidential Primary runs through March 10
    Tue Mar 10 Mississippi
    Presidential Only:  Idaho ∙ Michigan ∙ Missouri ∙ North Dakota caucus (D) ∙ Washington
    Sat Mar 14 Northern Marianas convention (D)
    Tue Mar 17 Illinois
    Presidential Only:  Arizona (D) ∙ Florida
    Tue Mar 31 Arkansas runoff ∙ Mississippi runoff
    Sat Apr  4 Presidential Only:  Alaska (D) ∙ Hawaii (D) ∙ Wyoming caucus (D)
    Tue Apr  7 Presidential Only:  Wisconsin
    Tue Apr 28 Ohio
    Sat May 2 Presidential Only:  Guam caucus (D) ∙ Kansas (D)
    Tues May 12 Nebraska
    Tue May 19 Oregon
    US Congress & State:  Idaho
    Tue Jun  2 District of Columbia ∙ Indiana ∙ Maryland ∙ Montana ∙ New Mexico ∙ Pennsylvania ∙ South Dakota
    Presidential Only: Rhode Island
    US Congress & State:  Iowa
    Sat Jun  6 Presidential Only:  Virgin Islands caucus (D)
    Sun Jun  7 US Congress & State:  Puerto Rico
    Tue Jun  9 Georgia ∙ West Virginia
    US Congress & State:  Nevada ∙ North Dakota ∙ South Carolina
         
    Tues Jun 23 Kentucky ∙ New York
    US Congress & State:  Mississippi runoff ∙ South Carolina runoff ∙ Virginia
    Tue Jun 30 US Congress & State:  Colorado ∙ Oklahoma ∙ Utah
    Tue Jul 7 New Jersey
    Presidential Only:  Delaware
    Sat Jul 11 Presidential Only:  Louisiana
    Tue Jul 14 Alabama runoff ∙ Texas runoff
    US Congress & State:  Maine
    Tue Jul  21 US Congress & State:  Georgia runoff
    Sat Aug  1 US Congress & State:  Virgin Islands
    Sat Aug  4 US Congress & State:  Arizona ∙ Kansas ∙ Michigan ∙ Missouri ∙ Washington
    Thr Aug  6 US Congress & State:  Tennessee
    Sat Aug  8 US Congress & State:  Hawaii
    Tue Aug 11 Connecticut
    US Congress & State:  Georgia runoff ∙ Minnesota ∙ South Dakota runoff ∙ Vermont ∙ Wisconsin
    Tue Aug 18 US Congress & State:  Alaska ∙ Florida ∙ Wyoming
    Tue Aug 25 US Congress & State:  Oklahoma runoff
    Sat Aug 29 US Congress & State:  Guam
    Tue Sep  1 US Congress & State:  Massachusetts
    Tue Sep  8 US Congress & State:  New Hampshire ∙ Rhode Island
    Tue Sep 15 US Congress & State:  Delaware
         
    Sat Sep 19 45 Days to Election: Ballots for the November 3rd General Election should be arriving
         

     

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    2020 Special Elections

    for Vacancies in the U.S. House

    Maryland's 7th | Wisconsin's 7th | California's 25th | see Ballotpedia.org for US House Special Elections 2020 ➚

     

    Make a NEW ballot request for 2020 — send your form as early as JAN 2, 2020.

    1. Go to www.votefromabroad.org to complete* the Ballot Request form (FPCA).
      We recommend that you choose to receive your ballot by EMAIL or ONLINE to get it fastest.
    2. Follow the instructions to attach your signature online, or print out the completed form to sign it.
    3. Send the signed FPCA to your election official.
      To request an absentee ballot, registered voters can EMAIL, FAX or MAIL the FPCA.
      To register to vote:
        •  Maryland and Wisconsin voters must MAIL the form.
        •  California voters can MAIL or FAX the form or register online.
    • After you send in your form, be sure to email or call your Local Election Official to verify they received it and will be sending a ballot to you. You can find contact information for your election official using the State Voting Guide on VoteFromAbroad.org or on the instructions printed with your completed form.
    • If you use the FPCA to request a ballot, only one form submission is needed to cover all 2020 elections, including the November 3 general election.
    • You can expect to receive your ballot 45 days before the election. Send your FPCA as early as January 2, 2020 to get all your ballots as soon as they are available. Mark your calendar: the November ballot will be sent to you by September 19.

    If you have any questions while filling out the form on VoteFromAbroad.org, click the orange chat box button orange online chat button on the lower right corner of the screen to send a question to the Voter Help Desk or email gotv@democratsabroad.org.

     

    Maryland's 7th Congressional District — Primary: February 4  |  General: April 28

    The special election will fill the vacancy left by Elijah Cummings (D), who died on October 17, 2019. MD-07 contains portions of Howard and Baltimore counties and parts of the city of Baltimore.  see map of MD-07 ➚

    Primary ballots available from December 21, 2019 (MD has requested a delay for this deadline).
    Special General ballots available from March 14.

     

    Wisconsin's 7th Congressional District — Primary: February 18  |  General: May 12

    The special election will fill the vacancy left by Sean Duffy (R), who left office on September 23, 2019. WI-07 includes Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Burnett, Clark, Douglas, Florence, Forest, Iron, Langlade, Lincoln, Marathon, Oneida, Polk, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, St. Croix, Taylor, Vilas, and Washburn counties. Portions of Chippewa, Jackson, Juneau, Monroe, and Wood counties are also in the district.  see map of WI-07 ➚

    Primary ballots available from January 4.
    Special General ballots available from March 28.

     

    California's 25th Congressional District — Primary: March 3  |  General: May 12

    The special election will fill the vacancy left by Katie Hill (D), who resigned her seat on November 1, 2019. CA-25 includes the north-eastern portion of Los Angeles County and a small portion of eastern Ventura County. In California, non-presidential primary elections include all candidates regardless of party. The top two finishers advance to the general election, again regardless of party.  see map of CA-25 ➚

    March 3 Special Primary coincides with California's Presidential Primary election.

    • January 18: Primary ballots available.
    • February 18: Register to vote (MAIL postmarked, ONLINE, FAX received)
    • February 25: Request a ballot (EMAIL, ONLINE, FAX, MAIL received)
    • March 3: Return voted by ballot (MAIL postmarked, FAX received by 8pm). Mailed ballots must be received no later than 3 days after election. Under California law, while you may receive a blank ballot by email, you may not return a voted ballot by email.

    Special General ballots available from March 28.

     


    *Note: When you fill in your Ballot Request form, be aware that selecting "I intend to return" rather than "my return is not certain" may contribute towards establishing yourself as a tax resident in your voting state. Because the legal requirements to establish "residence" or "domicile" for tax purposes are determined by state law and the specific facts of your life, if you are thinking about indicating "intend to return" on your form, you may consider seeking advice on these matters from your tax professional. (Not applicable to voters in AK, FL, NV, SD, TX, WA and WY)

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    UPU UPDATE: TRUMP AGREES TO ALLOW US TO REMAIN IN THE UPU

    Good news! Following an agreement by the member states at the Extraordinary Congress on 25 September 2019, the Trump Administration will allow the US to continue to participate in the Universal Postal Union (UPU). Please click on this link to see the Democrats Abroad Statement on the US remaining in UPU

    While this is excellent news for the current elections, there is reason to be wary! The agreement allows the US (and other countries) to set their own postal rates starting 1 July 2020. If the US enacts higher rates, it could have a significant impact on mailing to and from the US.

    To make sure you can successfully cast your ballot, please:

    1. When you fill out your ballot request form on votefromabroad.org, be sure to indicate you choose to receive your ballot by "Email or online". (We highly recommend you do not choose "Mail"--don't risk your ballot being lost or delayed in the mail!)

    2. Once you received your ballot, we recommend returning your ballot by email or fax if your state allows it.

    3. If your state does not allow ballot return using email or fax, please vote and mail back your ballot as soon as possible.

    4. Other options if you must mail back your ballot and postal mail isn't reliable or available in your country include (1) accessing the US Embassy/Consulate's diplomatic mail pouch (free but slow) and (2) private courier services (expensive but quick).
      It may also be possible to mail your ballot from within the US, but check with your Local Election Official first!

     

     

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