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 Co-Chair/ DA Canada DPCA Voting Representative
Eileen Weinberg
| DA Switzerland / Global GOTV Co-Chair
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    Vote from Abroad: Voter registration training

     

    Help Get Out The Vote (GOTV) in 2020

    Are you an American living abroad and want to help register voters that live abroad?
    Drop in for one of our voter trainings and learn how easy it is help get out the vote wherever you are around the world!
    Event length will vary based on factors but average session 1-2 hrs

    Click on the specific dates to RSVP and get the specific login details:

    Hosted by DA Switzerland: July 28th 8pm CEST (2pm Eastern)
    Hosted by DA United Kingdom: July 30th 2pm BST (9am Eastern)
    Hosted by DA Netherlands: August 2nd 1pm CEST (7am Eastern)
    Hosted by DA Germany: August 3rd 7pm CEST (1pm Eastern)

    Hosted by DA United Kingdom: August 9th 4pm CEST (10am Eastern)
    Hosted by DA United Kingdom: August 13th 2pm BST (9am Eastern)
    Hosted by DA Netherlands: August 16th 1pm CEST (7am Eastern)
    Hosted by DA United Kingdom: August 16th 4pm CEST (10am Eastern)
    Hosted by DA United Kingdom: August 20th 2pm BST (9am Eastern)
    Hosted by DA United Kingdom: August 23rd 4pm CEST (10am Eastern)
    Hosted by DA United Kingdom: August 27th 2pm BST (9am Eastern)
    Hosted by DA United Kingdom: August 30th 4pm CEST (10am Eastern)
    Hosted by DA Netherlands: September 6th 1pm CEST (7am Eastern)

    **if you cannot make an live event you can watch this handy training video (just hit play) to get the basics of voter registration using votefromabroad.org**

    Should you have training questions email: Comms@votefromabroad.org

    Here is a handy website to convert the time to where you are in the world.

     

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    LIVE global voter registration assistance

    Did you know every eligible American living abroad can vote in U.S. elections this year? 

    Do you have questions about how to vote? Click the chat bubble at the bottom of this screen and we'll help you find the answers.  

    Starting July 26th, join us any Sunday till November from midnight to midnight Eastern time to talk to a volunteer LIVE on Zoom about questions you have about voting from abroad.

    More information: The easiest way to request your ballot is at VoteFromAbroad.org. It takes just a few minutes to complete and send in your form to the US state where you last lived. The website will guide you step by step. In most cases it’s pretty simple. But if you’re new to overseas voting, or if you haven’t done it in a while, you may have additional questions. That’s why we’ll be here every Sunday until election day to help.

    If you can’t make it any Sunday, you can always email us at helpdesk@votefromabroad.org or send in your question through our online help bubble, and a volunteer will get back to you.

    CLICK ON A DATE TO GET SPECIFIC DETAILS :

    July 26th,  
    August 2nd9th,  16th23rd, 30th
    September 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th
    October 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th
    November 1st

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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
    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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    Upcoming Events

    Sunday, August 09, 2020 at 12:00 AM through August 10, 2020 at 12am Eastern Time (US & Canada)

    Global Voter Assistance August 9th

    Did you know every eligible American living  abroad can vote in U.S. elections this year? 

    Do you have questions about how to vote? Click  the chat bubble at the bottom of this screen and we'll help you find the answers.  

    Join us August 9th, or any Sunday till  November from midnight to midnight Eastern  time to talk to a volunteer LIVE on Zoom about  questions you have about voting from abroad.

    More information: The easiest way to request  your ballot is at VoteFromAbroad.org. It takes  just a few minutes to complete your form and  send it in to the US state where you last lived. If  you've never voted from abroad, the website will guide you step by step. In most cases it’s pretty simple. But if you’re new to overseas voting, or if you haven’t done it in a while, you may have additional questions. That’s why we’ll be here every Sunday until election day to help.

    If you can’t make it any Sunday, you can always email us at helpdesk@votefromabroad.org or send in your question through our online help bubble, and a volunteer will get back to you promptly.

    We'll be live on Zoom from midnight to midnight this Sunday to answer any questions you may have about requesting your ballot through votefromabroad.org and returning it to your Local Election Office.  

    Use these details to log in to the help desk on Sunday: 

    Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/91090344003

    Meeting number: 910 9034 4003

    Password: Vote2020   

    Sunday, August 09, 2020 at 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US & Canada) · 24 rsvps
    RSVP for login details in Virtually on Zoom

    VFA: Voter Assistance Training: August 9th

     

    Help Get Out The Vote (GOTV) in 2020 

    Are you an American living abroad and want to help register voters that live abroad?
    Drop in for one of our voter trainings and learn how easy it is help get out the vote wherever you are around the world!
    Event length will vary based on factors but average session 1-2hrs

    Hosted by DA UK: 3pm BST (10am Eastern)

    Here is a handy website to convert the time to where you are in the world.

    Online via zoom