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

    Special Elections in 2018

    We've got seats and statehouses to flip! Democrats have flipped 34 seats in special 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 www.votefromabroad.org to request a ballot. Fill out the form, then print it, sign it and send it to your election official.

     

    Feb 27 — Arizona Special Primary, U.S. Representative CD-8

    Arizona will hold a special primary election for the office of U.S. Representative for the 8th Congressional District to replace Trent Franks. The 8th Congressional District is in Maricopa County.

    Feb 16 Ballot Request received by email, fax or mail
    Feb 27 Voted Ballot return by mail, fax or using online upload with prior approval (by 7pm)

     

    Feb 27 — Connecticut State House District 120

    All overseas voters from Stratford, Connecticut may vote in this special election. This seat is flippable with your vote for Democrat Phil Young to represent Connecticut State House District 120. #PhilYoung4CT120

    Feb 26 Ballot Request received by mail, or by email or fax if you send signed Request form with Voted Ballot.
    Feb 27 Voted Ballot received by mail only (by 8pm)

     

    Feb 27 — Kentucky State House District 89

    All overseas voters who are registered to vote in State House District 89, located in Jackson, Laurel and Owsley counties, can vote in this special election. This seat is flippable with your vote for Democrat Kelly Smith for State Representative.

    Feb 20 Ballot Request received by email, fax or mail
    Feb 27 Voted Ballot received by mail only (by 6pm)
        You can vote with the Backup Ballot (FWAB) to get it in the mail today

     

    Feb 27 — New Hampshire State House District Belknap 3

    All overseas voters from Laconia, New Hampshire can vote in this special election. Flip this seat by electing Democrat Philip Spagnuolo to represent this State House District.

    Feb 26 Registration received by email, fax or mail
    Feb 26 Ballot Request received by email, fax or mail
    Feb 27 Voted Ballot received by mail only (by 5pm)

     

    Mar 6 — Oklahoma State House District 51

    All overseas voters from Grady, McClain and Stephens counties in the Duncan/Oklahoma City area can vote for in this special election. Help elect Democrat Charles Murdock for State Representative District 51.

    Feb 28 Registration received by email, fax or mail (by 5pm)
    Feb 28 Ballot Request received by email, fax or mail (by 5pm)
    Mar  6 Voted Ballot received by fax or mail (by 7pm)
        You can vote with the Backup Ballot (FWAB) to get it in the mail today

     

    Mar 13 — Pennsylvania Special Election, U.S. Representative CD-18

    Pennsylvania will conduct a special election for the 18th Congressional District—concerns all overseas voters in parts of Greene, Washington, Allegheny and Westmoreland counties—to elect a replacement for Tim Murphy. Flip this seat by electing Democrat Conor Lamb to Congress for #PA18!

    Feb 12 Registration received by email or fax, or mail (postmarked)
    Mar 12 Ballot Request received by email, fax or mail
    Mar 12 Voted Ballot sent by mail only (by 11:59pm AND received by 5pm Mar 20)
        You can vote with the Backup Ballot (FWAB) to get in the mail today

    Choose to receive the ballot electronically on the Request form and you will be notified by email when your ballot is available to download. If you do not choose to receive an absentee ballot electronically, your ballot will be mailed to you.

     

    Mar 13 — Tennessee State Senate District 14

    Help elect Democrat Gayle Jordan to represent Tennessee State Senate District 14—covering parts of Bedford, Lincoln, Marshall, Moore and Rutherford counties. #FlipThe14th

    Mar  6 Registration received by email, fax or mail
    Mar  6 Ballot Request received by email, fax or mail
    Mar 13 Voted Ballot received by mail only (by 7pm)

     

    Mar 24 — Louisiana State House District 93

    Louisiana will conduct a special election for State House District 93—concerning Orleans Parish in the New Orleans area. Four Democrats are in the race for State Representative: Eldon Delloyd Anderson, Kenny Bordes, Royce Duplessis and Danil Faust.

    Mar 26 Registration received by email, fax or mail (by 11:59pm)
    Mar 23 Ballot Request (by 4:30pm)
    Mar 24 Voted Ballot received by mail (by 8pm) or
    • request permission to return your ballot by email or fax in order to meet the election deadline by emailing your election official in Orleans Parish at orleansrovc@sos.la.gov

     

    Apr 24 — Arizona Special Federal Election, U.S. Representative CD-8

    Arizona will conduct a special primary election for the office of U.S. Representative for the 8th Congressional District to replace Trent Franks. The 8th Congressional District is in Maricopa County.

    Mar 26 Registration received by email, fax or mail (by 11:59pm)
    Apr 13 Ballot Request received by email, fax or mail
    Apr 24 Voted Ballot received by mail, fax or using online upload with prior approval (by 7pm)

     

    *All times listed are local to the state.

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    Vote in the Illinois Democratic Primary

    The Illinois Democratic Primary is on March 20. Now is the time to request your ballot for primary, and doing so means you will be signed up to get a ballot for every election in 2018 you are eligible to vote in—including the General Election in November and any special or runoff elections.

    The primary election will choose the candidates who will break the Republican majority in the U.S. House and U.S. Senate. Help pick the candidates who will advance your vision for the future.

    Overseas voters who indicate that they "intend to return" on the ballot request form may also vote in Illinois state elections. Electing Democrats to the Illinois state legislature and local offices is the best way to hold Republicans accountable for the damage they and the current administration are doing to the U.S. and the world.

    Request an Absentee Ballot

    Overseas voters need to request a ballot every calendar year you want to vote. Be sure to submit a ballot request form for 2018! Go to www.votefromabroad.org and follow the prompts to fill in the form. Then print it out, sign it and EMAIL, FAX or MAIL to your Local Election Official in Texas. To vote in the primary, your form must be RECEIVED in Illinois by Monday, March 12.

    If you are currently not registered to vote, use the same form to both register and request an absentee ballot simultaneously. If you indicate you "intend to return" and want to vote in the primary for both state and federal offices, your form must be RECEIVED in Illinois by Monday, February 20. All other overseas voters will receive a primary ballot to vote for federal offices only, as long as it's received by the deadline, Monday, March 12.

    Voting your Ballot

    When you get your ballot—or if you have already received it—be sure to fill it out and MAIL it back right away! Your signed and voted ballot must be POSTMARKED by Tuesday, March 20 and RECEIVED in Illinois by Tuesday, April 3.

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    PA Supreme Court Rules Against Partisan Gerrymandering

    Gerrymandering is a much discussed topic these days for those concerned about voting rights. There are a few high-profile court cases across the country, including one awaiting decision that was argued in front of the U.S. Supreme Court regarding Wisconsin.

    Pennsylvania's highest court ruled on January 22 that the state's U.S. House District maps violated the state constitution due to Republican partisan gerrymandering, and struck them down.

    This was one of the most closely watched gerrymandering cases in the country. In every election since the state map was redrawn by Republicans in 2011, Republicans have won the same 13 of the state's 18 congressional districts , despite Pennsylvania voting for President Obama in 2012 by over 5 percent and only barely favoring President Trump in 2016 by less than 1 percent.1

    Or, as Vox explains:

    To get a sense of how powerful Pennsylvania's gerrymander was, consider that, in 2012, Democratic candidates won slightly more votes in US House elections and Barack Obama won the state. But the state's 18 House seats didn't split 9-9 between the parties — instead, Republicans won 13 seats there, and continued to win them for the rest of the decade.2

    While the New York Times plays down the significance of this ruling3 because the affected districts were and still will be competitive races, that is the very reason to fight against gerrymandered districts. When a district is gerrymandered to protect one party from a challenge by the other, it creates a seat whose representative is discouraged from compromise and discourse with the other party, who is insulated from listening to their constituents with opposing viewpoints. That is not representative government and that does not benefit progress.

    Take a look at some of the articles reviewing the subject for a better understanding of the issue of gerrymandering, this case and the implications of the decision.

     

    1 "Pennsylvania Court Rejects Congressional Gerrymandering." David S. Cohen, Rolling Stone, January 23, 2018.

    2 "Pennsylvania’s gerrymandered House map was just struck down — with huge implications for 2018." Andrew Prokop, Vox, January 23, 2018.

    3 "How Big a Deal Is a New Congressional Map for Pennsylvania?" Nate Cohn, New York Times,  January 22, 2018.

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    Primary Elections Dates

        State / Territorial Primary
    Tue Mar 06 Texas
    Tue Mar 20 Illinois
    Tue May 08 Indiana,  North Carolina,  Ohio,  West Virginia
    Tue May 15 Idaho,  Nebraska,  Oregon,  Pennsylvania
    Tue May 22 Arkansas,  Georgia,  Kentucky
    Tue Jun 05 Alabama,  California,  Iowa,  Mississippi,  Montana,  New Jersey,  New Mexico,  South Dakota
    Tue Jun 12 Maine,  Nevada,  North Dakota,  South Carolina,  Virginia
    Tue Jun 19 District of Columbia
    Tue Jun 26 Colorado,  Maryland,  New York Federal Primary,  Oklahoma,  Utah
    Thr Aug 02 Tennessee
    Sat Aug 04 Virgin Islands
    Tue Aug 07 Kansas,  Michigan,  Missouri,  Washington
    Sat Aug 11 Hawaii
    Tue Aug 14 Connecticut,  Minnesota,  Vermont,  Wisconsin
    Tue Aug 21 Alaska,  Wyoming
    Sat Aug 25 Guam
    Tue Aug 28 Arizona,  Florida
    Tue Sep 04 Massachusetts
    Thr Sep 06 Delaware
    Tue Sep 11 New Hampshire,  New York State Primary
    Wed Sep 12 Rhode Island
         
         
    Fri Sep 21 45 Days to Election: State ballots for the General Election should be arriving

     

    Download 2018 Primary Elections list (Google Doc)

     

    Changes

    1. 01/18/2018 - New York Federal Primary Election Date changed: June 26, 2018
    2. 01/09/2018 - Massachusetts State Primary Election Date changed: February 27, 2018
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    Upcoming Events

    Friday, February 23, 2018 at 10:00 AM

    US Pop-Up Consulate and Voter Registration

    The US Consulate General in Vancouver will be returning to Victoria to host a "Pop-Up Consulate" for US citizens and DA Victoria will be hosting a Voter Registration event at the same time.

    We'll be helping US citizens register to vote and to request their ballots for the 2018 Midterm Elections. Every overseas voter may vote in the upcoming elections! But overseas voters need to send in the form to request a ballot every calendar year in which they wish to vote. Voter registration is always nonpartisan; we provide voter registration support to every US citizen who requests help.

    If you'd like to volunteer to help with DA Victoria's voter registration events, please email us at: : davictoriachapter@gmail.com

    Know other US citizens living in the area? The Pop-Up Consulate and the voter registration help is available for all US citizens, so please pass this information on to any other US citizens you know.

     

    Tuesday, March 06, 2018 at 07:00 AM · 2 rsvps

    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.