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

    Vote in the Texas Democratic Primary

    The Texas Democratic Primary is March 6, the first in the nation, so request your ballot NOW--and you'll be signed up to get a ballot for EVERY election in 2018. One form does it all!

    The primary election will choose the candidates who will run to break the Republican majority in the U.S. House and U.S. Senate. Texas is traditionally a deep-red state, but it is ripe for Democrats to make inroads. Voters are motivated and, for the first time in 25 years, Democrats are running in EVERY Congressional District in Texas

    And overseas voters who indicate on their form that they "intend to return" may also vote in Texas state elections. Electing Democrats to the Texas state legislature and local offices is the best way to hold Republicans accountable for the damage they and Trump are doing to the U.S. and the world.

    If you are currently not registered to vote, go to www.votefromabroad.org and fill out the form. Then print it out, sign it and EMAIL or MAIL it to your Local Election Official in Texas.

    • If you indicate you "intend to return", your form must be RECEIVED in Texas by Monday, February 5 to vote in the Primary for both state and offices.
    • To vote in Primary for federal offices only, your form must be RECEIVED in Texas by Friday, February 23.

    Already registered to vote? Be sure to submit a ballot request for 2018! Overseas voters need to request a ballot every calendar year you want to vote. Just go to www.votefromabroad.org and follow the prompts to fill in the form. Then print it out, sign it and EMAIL or MAIL to your Local Election Official in Texas. To vote in the primary, your form must be RECEIVED in Texas by Friday, February 23.

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    Send your ballot request to Vote 2018!

    Take the First Step to the Ballot Box by Requesting an Absentee Ballot to Vote in the 2018 Elections

    Fill in the form at www.VoteFromAbroad.org now.

    Help win back the House and Senate

    Americans abroad can vote in elections for federal office: every overseas voter is entitled to vote for U.S. Senators and U.S. Representative. Remember that every seat in the House is up for election. And Democrats are defending 26 of the 34 seats up for election in the Senate so we need to get out every vote.

    Overseas votes can make a difference in the midterm elections, when turnout is typically lower than in years of Presidential elections. Every vote counts and very few votes can swing an election (or a state legislature!) from red to blue. Many Americans abroad can vote in crucial races at the state and local level, which will influence redistricting after 2020.

    Voter drives around the world

    The New Year rings in the beginning of Voter Registration Season for Democrats Abroad, and drives have already begun around the world. Many countries and chapters are organizing March To the Ballot Box Voting Drives over the weekend of January 20-21, marking the anniversary of the Women's March and our collective activism by encouraging voters to take the first step by completing the ballot request right away. It only takes minutes and will demonstrate your commitment to taking back control in the Senate and House​.​

    Remember, Americans abroad need to send a ballot request in the calendar year we want to vote. Even voters who cast ballots this past November or in a recent Special Election must request their ballot again for 2018. This is the only way we are guaranteed the federal protections promised to overseas voters and that our ballots will be counted. Only one request is needed per year for all elections, including primaries that begin in March.

    Complete a ballot request at www.VoteFromAbroad.org now.

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    Important Update for Alabama Voters

    We hope that all Alabama voters have sent in their ballot request to vote in the December 12 Special Federal Election for US Senator. Earlier today, while requesting information from the Alabama Secretary of State, it was uncovered that the ballot request deadline of December 7 published by the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) was incorrectly labeled at postmarked by, when in fact, the FPCA form required every year to receive a ballot must be received by your election official in Alabama by that date.

    This is not good news for any registered Alabama voter who has not yet sent in their FPCA to vote in this extremely important election. Please do so without any delay, and depending upon the reliability of the airmail service in your location, consider using an express delivery service to be sure your required FPCA request form is received by the deadline on December 7. And even if you do not believe your FPCA will be received by the deadline, please send in your form anyway -- you never know how events will unfold.

    The silver-ish lining for any voter in this situation is that we have also learned that voters who choose to receive the ballot by email/online will be given access to Alabama's online ballot marking system to cast your vote. You can both mark your ballot and certificate AND submit them both online. The ballot and certificate are encrypted and sent separately, thus preserving the secret ballot.

    Here's what you need to know:

    • Alabama voters must send an FPCA form to request a ballot to vote in this Special Election → Fill out the form at www.votefromabroad.org
    • The FPCA form must be received by December 7 by your election official in Alabama
    • When filling out the FPCA, choose to receive your state ballot by email/online and you will be able to vote online
    • For voters waiting to receive the state ballot for return by mail, vote now using the FWAB backup ballot → How to Vote with the FWAB
    • The state ballot or FWAB deadline is December 12
      • mailed ballots must be postmarked by DEC 12 AND received by DEC 19, 12 noon CDT
      • online ballots must be received by DEC 12 (remember: only those who selected to receive the ballot by online will have this option)

    If this news affects your ability to vote in the December 12 Special Election, please let us know. Tell us about your situation at gotv@democratsabroad.org.

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    Pennsylvania State House District 133 Special Election

    Let’s keep this Pennsylvania State House seat Democratic!

    On December 5th, Pennsylvania voters in State House District 133 (Allentown and Bethlehem areas, covering portions of Lehigh and Northampton counties) will vote in a Special Election for a new State representative.

    Overseas voters who indicate on their Ballot Request form that they “intend to return” can vote in Pennsylvania State Elections. If you vote in this PA State House District, Request Your Ballot and Vote for Democrat Jeanne McNeill (widow of three-term incumbent Rep. Dan McNeill). Let's keep this seat Democratic!

    Your vote can make a difference! Turnout for Special Elections tend to be very low and just a few votes – such as yours – can be key. Just a few days ago, Democrats won a Special Election in the Oklahoma State House, flipping a long-held Republican seat by only 37 votes.

    It's simple to vote! All registered voters must still request a ballot. Just go to www.votefromabroad.org and follow the prompts. Then print out the form, sign it and MAIL it to Pennsylvania. Your Ballot Request Form must be RECEIVED in Pennsylvania by Tuesday, December 5th.

    When you get your ballot, MAIL it back right away. Your ballot must be POSTMARKED by Monday, December 4 and RECEIVED in Pennsylvania by Tuesday, December 12 at 5pm (Eastern Time).

    Concerned You Won’t Get Your Official Ballot in Time? VOTE NOW using the Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot (or FWAB). Then MAIL it back right away. Like the official ballot, it must be POSTMARKED by Monday, December 4th and RECEIVED in Pennsylvania by Tuesday, December 12th at 5pm (Eastern Time). For detailed instructions, go to www.democratsabroad.org/fwab_mail. And be sure to mail in your Ballot Request form by the deadline too!

     

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    Upcoming Events

    Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 12:00 PM
    www.VoteFromAbroad.org

    Send your ballot request to Vote 2018!

    Take the First Step in the March to the Ballot Box by requesting an absentee ballot to vote in the 2018 U.S. Midterm Elections.

    Fill in the form at www.VoteFromAbroad.org now.

    U.S. citizens living overseas need to submit a ballot request to vote in U.S. elections

    Some states automatically send absentee ballots, but the only way to BE SURE you receive federal protections promised to overseas voters is by submitting the request form every election year. It's simple to do and demonstrates your commitment to vote.

    • Do it now and get a ballot for your state's PRIMARY election and any special elections in your voting jurisdiction.
    • Do it now and you are guaranteed the ballot 45 days in advance of the General Election. MARK THE DATE: September 21, 2018.
    • FIRST time voters can register to vote with the same form.
    • MANY states accept the form by email. Specifics by state at VoteFromAbroad.org.

    If you have QUESTIONS, send an email to Democrats Abroad Voter Help Desk at vote@democratsabroad.org.

    Remember that EVERY U.S. House seat is up for election and one-third of the U.S. Senate. ALL overseas voter can vote for their member of Congress.

    States will elect legislators and 36 governors and MANY overseas voters CAN vote in state-level elections, where redistricting will be decided after 2020. 

    The most important thing you can do to affect change is to vote in every election, including those at the state and local level if you are eligible. Encourage every American you know. Do this each year.

    Sunday, January 21, 2018 at 03:00 PM · 13 rsvps
    Yours Australian Bar in Frankfurt, Germany

    March to the Ballot Box / GOTV Event Frankfurt

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    In January, 2017, Americans worldwide marked the inauguration of the 45th president of the United States. Deeply concerned that our core values were threatened, many of us joined the Women's March - the largest single-day protest in U.S. history which was organized as a worldwide rally on January 21, 2017.

    One year later, Democrats Abroad remains strongly committed and continues to affirm the promotion of our constitutional rights now threatened under President Trump.

    Democrats Abroad Germany, Wiesbaden/Mainz Chapter, in conjuinction with the Frankfurt Chapter and the Global Black Caucus have organized "March to the Ballot Box", a voter registration drive to commemorate the Anniversary of the Women's March in Frankfurt.

    Join us at the same location we met at last year before the march - at the Yours Australian Bar, Frankfurt.

    Bring your friends along and request your absentee ballots to take back this government in 2018!