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 19 and June 26 Primaries

    Colorado, D.C., Maryland, New York, Oklahoma, Utah

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

    The District of Columbia will hold it’s primary on June 19. The states will hold their primaries on June 26.

    What is on the Primary Ballot

    Colorado — Federal office candidates for U.S. House; Statewide office candidates for Governor of Colorado, Attorney General, Secretary of State, Supreme Court, State Senate and House.

    D.C. — Federal office candidates for U.S. House District of Columbia At-large District; City of Washington, D.C. candidates for Mayor, City Council and Attorney General.

    Maryland — Federal office candidates for U.S. Senate and U.S. House; State office candidates for Governor of Maryland, Attorney General, Supreme Court and Maryland State Senate and House of Delegates.

    New York — Federal office candidates for U.S. Senate and U.S. House; September 13 State Primary Election will determine candidates for Governor of New York, Attorney General, State Senate and State Assembly.

    Oklahoma — Federal office candidates for U.S. House; Statewide office candidates for Governor, Lieutenant Governor of Oklahoma, Attorney General, Treasurer, Supreme Court, State Senate and State House.

    Utah — Federal office candidates for U.S. Senate and U.S. House; Utah Supreme Court, State Senate and State House.

    * Overseas voters from Utah who indicate they "intend to return" may also vote in Utah state elections.

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    June 12 State Primaries

    Maine, Nevada, North Dakota, South Carolina, Virginia

    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

    Maine — Federal office candidates for U.S. Representative; State office candidates for Governor (currently held by Republican Paul LePage) and Statewide Ballot Measure Question 1, Ranked-Choice Voting Delayed Enactment and Automatic Repeal Referendum. learn more

    Nevada — Federal office candidates for U.S. Senator (incumbent Republican Dean Heller) and U.S. Representative; State office candidates for Governor (currently held by Republican Brian Sandoval and Lieutenant Governor and Nevada Supreme Court.

    North Dakota — Federal office candidates for U.S. Senator (incumbent Democrat Heidi Heitkamp and and the state's single member of the U.S. House; State office candidates for Secretary of State, Tax Commissioner, and Commissioner of Agriculture.

    South Carolina — Federal office candidates for U.S. Representative; State office candidates for Governor (currently held by Republican Henry McMaster) and Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, Attorney General and South Carolina House of Representatives.

    Virginia — Federal office candidates for U.S. Senator (incumbent Democrat Tim Kaine) and U.S. Representative.

     

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    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 — 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. Senate (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 office 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. Senate (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. Senate (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 office candidates for U.S. Senate (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 — Federal office 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 more than 40 seats in special legislative elections across the country, 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 to request a ballot. Fill out the form, then print it, sign it and send it to your election official.

     

    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

    VOTER REGISTRATION postmarked by MAY 21 (fax or mail)
    Check voter registration online: California Secretary of State website
    BALLOT REQUEST received by MAY 29 (email, fax or mail)
    RETURN BALLOT sent by JUNE 5 (fax or mail)
    ⚠️DON'T WAIT FOR YOUR BALLOT ANY LONGER!
    VOTE today with the Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot (FWAB)   find out how...

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    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

    VOTER REGISTRATION received by MAY 21
    BALLOT REQUEST received by JUNE 1 (email, fax, mail or you may be eligible to use Missouri’s Military and Overseas Voting Portal (MOVAP) to request and download your ballot)
    RETURN BALLOT postmarked by JUNE 5 (and received by noon on FRI JUNE 8) (must mail)

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    Wisconsin State Senate District 1, 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 State Assembly District 42 and State Senate District 1, the Wisconsin Court of Appeals ruled that Walker was required to call the special elections by a March 29 deadline.

    Let's flip these seats! Help elect Democrat Caleb Frostman       to represent Wisconsin State Senate District 1, concerning voters* from Brown, Calumet, Door, Kewaunee, Manitowoc and Outagamie Counties. Help elect Democrat Ann Groves Lloyd       to represent Wisconsin State Assembly District 42, concerning voters* from Columbia, Dane, Dodge, Fond du Lac, Green Lake and Marquette Counties.

    *Overseas voters who indicate "intend to return" may vote in Wisconsin State Elections

    VOTER REGISTRATION postmarked by MAY 23 (must mail)
    BALLOT REQUEST received by 5pm on JUNE 7 (email, fax or mail)
    RETURN BALLOT received by 8pm on JUNE 12 (must mail)

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    Texas Special Federal U.S. Representative, 27th Congressional District — June 30

    Disgraced Republican Blake Farenthold has finally resigned, so it's time to elect a Democrat in ruby-red District 27, concerning parts of Aransas, Bastrop, Caldwell, Calhoun, Gonzales, Jackson, Lavaca, Matagorda, Nueces, Refugio, San Patricio, Victoria and Wharton counties in this area of the Texas Gulf Coast. Help elect Democrat Eric Holguin       and flip this seat!

    VOTER REGISTRATION received by JUNE 16 (email or mail)
    BALLOT REQUEST received by JUNE 16 (email or mail)
    RETURN BALLOT postmarked by SATURDAY, JUNE 30 (must mail) and received by FRIDAY, JULY 6

     

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

    A district that stretches north and east of Columbus, OH-12 covers 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. The Republican nominee is a big Trump support. Help flip this seat with your vote for Democrat Danny O’Connor.

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

    VOTER REGISTRATION received by JULY 9 (email, fax or mail)
    BALLOT REQUEST received by noon on AUG 4 (email, fax or mail)
    RETURN BALLOT postmarked by AUG 6 (and received by FRI AUG 17) (must mail)
    You can VOTE with the Backup Ballot (FWAB) anytime after sending the Registration/Request form   find out how...

     

     

     

    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.

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    Upcoming Events

    Wednesday, July 04, 2018 at 03:00 PM
    Gamla Beat Bar & Bakhage in Oslo, Norway

    DAN July 4th Party & Voter Registration Drive

    "Some work of noble note, may yet be done, 
    Not unbecoming men that strove with Gods. 
    The lights begin to twinkle from the rocks: 
    The long day wanes: the slow moon climbs: the deep 
    Moans round with many voices. Come, my friends, 
    'T is not too late to seek a newer world."  — Ulysses

    July 4th is a day of coming together for Americans and the time to begin seeking a newer world is now. DAN will be in the newly refurbished Gamla Bakhage of Stortorvets Gjaestgiveri all afternoon on July 4th to toast our national independence and register you to VOTE in this November's midterm elections. To our knowledge, this is the ONLY fest being held on July 4th proper in Oslo, so come and exercise you rights -- To party and to VOTE! Note: this is a kid friendly event.

    (Watch this space for confirmed times we will be there based upon opening hours determined closer to the time of the event.)