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 (Democratic)
Sat Feb 29 Presidential Only:  South Carolina (Democratic)
Tue Mar  3 Alabama, Arkansas, California, North Carolina, Texas
Presidential Only:  American Samoa Caucuses (Democratic), 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 Caucuses (Democratic), Washington
Sat Mar 14 Northern Marianas Convention (Democratic)
Tue Mar 17 Illinois, Ohio
Presidential Only:  Arizona (Democratic), Florida
Tue Mar 24 Presidential Only:  Georgia
Sun Mar 29 Presidential Only:  Puerto Rico (Democratic)
Tue Mar 31 Alabama Runoff, Arkansas Runoff, Mississippi Runoff
Sat Apr  4 Presidential Only:  Alaska (Democratic), Hawaii (Democratic), Louisiana, Wyoming Caucuses (Democratic)
Sat Apr  7 Presidential Only:  Wisconsin
Tue Apr 21 North Carolina Runoff (only if no federal contest)
Tue Apr 28 Maryland, Pennsylvania
Presidential Only:  Connecticut, Delaware, New York, Rhode Island
Sat May  2 Presidential Only:  Guam Caucuses (Democratic), Kansas (Democratic)
Tue May 5 Indiana
Tue May 12 Nebraska, North Carolina Runoff (if federal contest), West Virginia
Tue May 19 Kentucky, Oregon
non-presidential offices Only:  Georgia, Idaho
Tue May 26 Texas Runoff
Tue Jun  2 District of Columbia, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, South Dakota
non-presidential offices Only:  Iowa
Sat Jun  6 Presidential Only:  Virgin Islands Caucuses (Democratic)
Sun Jun  7 non-presidential offices Only: Puerto Rico
Sun Jun  9 non-presidential offices Only:  Maine, Nevada, North Dakota, South Carolina, Virginia
Tue Jun 23 non-presidential offices Only:  New York, South Carolina Runoff
Tue Jun 30 non-presidential offices Only:  Colorado, Oklahoma, Utah
Tue Jul  21 non-presidential offices Only:  Georgia Runoff
Sat Aug  1 non-presidential offices Only:  Virgin Islands
Sat Aug  4 non-presidential offices Only:  Arizona, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Washington
Thr Aug  6 non-presidential offices Only:  Tennessee
Sat Aug  8 non-presidential offices Only:  Hawaii
Tue Aug 11 non-presidential offices Only:  Connecticut, Minnesota, South Dakota Runoff, Vermont, Wisconsin
Tue Aug 18 non-presidential offices Only:  Alaska, Florida, Wyoming
Tue Aug 25 non-presidential offices Only:  Oklahoma Runoff
Sat Aug 29 non-presidential offices Only:  Guam
Tue Sep  1 non-presidential offices Only:  Massachusetts
Tue Sep  8 non-presidential offices Only:  New Hampshire, Rhode Island
Tue Sep 15 non-presidential offices Only:  Delaware
     
Sat Sep 19 45 Days to Election: Ballots for the November 3rd General Election should be arriving
     

 


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


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!

 

 


UPU Advice for 2019 Voters

The US administration has tentative plans to withdraw from the Universal Postal Union (UPU) treaty mid-October 2019. Should that withdrawal happen, postal mail from abroad back to the US may experience delays and price increases. To make sure you can successfully cast your ballot in your state's elections this year we recommend the following steps:

  1. Prepare and send in your ballot request form now to your local election office via votefromabroad.org. choose
    • When you fill in your request form, make sure you indicate you choose to receive your ballot by "Email or online".
    • Do not choose "Mail".

    SEP 21Ballots for November 5 elections should be available on or around September 21.

  2. If you have not received your ballot by September 22 reach out to your local election office to find out its status. Find election office contact information at https://www.votefromabroad.org/states.

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

    For those states that do not allow ballot return using email or fax, please vote and mail back your ballot immediately to avoid any disruption in mail service after October 17: 

 

Is your vote dependent on the postal service?

Does your state accept elections materials using alternatives to postal mail, such as email, online upload, or fax? Or is postal mail mandated?

 

I.  States restricting transmission to postal mail for

a.   Voter Registration (FPCA)

  1. Alabama
  2. Florida
  3. Idaho
  4. Oregon
  5. South Dakota
  6. West Virginia
  7. Wisconsin
  8. Wyoming

b.   Ballot Request (FPCA)

  1. Alabama
  2. Wyoming – if originally registered with FPCA

May submit FPCA by email or fax, but must mail form too:

  1. Arkansas
  2. Connecticut
  3. New Jersey
  4. New York
  5. Rhode Island

c.   Voted Ballot Return 🗳

  1. Arkansas
  2. Connecticut
  3. Georgia
  4. Idaho
  5. Illinois
  6. Iowa   *email/fax only in "hostile zone"
  7. Kentucky
  8. Maryland
  9. Michigan
  10. Minnesota
  11. Missouri  *email/fax only in "hostile zone"
  12. New Hampshire
  13. New York
  14. Ohio
  15. Pennsylvania
  16. South Dakota
  17. Tennessee
  18. Texas  *fax only in "hostile zone"
  19. Vermont
  20. Virginia
  21. Wisconsin
  22. Wyoming

 

II.  States offering electronic options (email, online access, fax) to

a.   Deliver Blank Ballot to Voter

Every state will send absentee ballot electronically to voters abroad if preference to receive voting materials by "Email or online" or "Fax" is indicated on Ballot Request form (FPCA).

b.   Return Voted Ballot 🗳

  1. Alabama – return using online upload of ballot if choosing to received voting materials by "Email or online."
  2. Alaska – return by fax if choosing to received voting materials by "Email or online" or "Fax."
  3. Arizona
  4. California – return by fax
  5. Colorado – vote online at ballotreturn.sos.colorado.gov
  6. Delaware
  7. District of Columbia
  8. Florida – return by fax
  9. Hawaii
  10. Indiana
  11. Louisiana – return by fax with prior arrangement by LEO
  12. Kansas
  13. Maine
  14. Massachusetts
  15. Mississippi
  16. Montana – vote online at www.vote4montana.us
  17. Nebraska – return by email or fax with prior arrangement by LEO
  18. Nevada
  19. New Jersey – return by email or fax, but must mail marked ballot too
  20. New Mexico
  21. North Carolina
  22. North Dakota
  23. Oklahoma – return by fax
  24. Oregon
  25. Rhode Island – check with your election official to return by email or fax
  26. South Carolina
  27. Utah
  28. Washington
  29. West Virginia

2019 State Gubernatorial and Legislative Elections

Five states — Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Jersey and Virginia — will hold General Elections in November 2019 for state executive offices, state legislative offices or both.

    State Election
Tue May 21 Kentucky Primary
Tue Jun 04 New Jersey Primary
Tue Jun 11 Virginia Primary
Tue Aug 06 Mississippi Primary
Tue Aug 27 Mississippi Primary Runoff 
(If needed, top two finishers for any office where no candidate receives at least 50% of the vote in the Mississippi Primary Election)
Sat Oct 12 Louisiana Primary
(Any candidate who receives at least 50% of the vote in the Louisiana Primary Election wins office and does not go to the Louisiana General Election)
     
Sat Sep 21 45 Days to Election: overseas absentee ballots for the General Election should be arriving
     
Tue Nov 05 General Election - Kentucky, Mississippi, New Jersey and Virginia
Sat Nov 16 General Election - Louisiana 
(If needed, top two finishers for any office where no candidate receives at least 50% of the vote in the Louisiana Primary Election)

Advice for voters on US plans to withdraw from the Universal Postal Union (UPU)

Download 2019 State Gubernatorial and Legislative Elections list (Google Doc)

 

What is on the Ballot in 2019?

  • Kentucky — includes Governor, Lt. Gov, Attorney General and Secretary of State
    *All overseas voters, except those who have "never resided in the U.S.", may vote in KY state elections
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  • Louisiana — includes Governor, Lt. Gov, Attorney General, Secretary of State, State Senate and State House
    *All overseas voters, except those who have "never resided in the U.S.", may vote in LA state elections
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  • The race for Governor (Democratic John Bel Edwards seeks re-election) and Secretary of State (Democrat Gwen Collins-Greenup) advance to General Election on Nov 16.
  • Mississippi — includes Governor, Lt. Gov, Attorney General, Secretary of State, State Senate and State House
  • *All overseas voters, except those who have "never resided in the U.S.", may vote in MS state elections
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  • New Jersey — General Assembly
  • *Overseas voters who indicate they "intend to return" may vote in NJ state elections
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  • Virginia — includes State Senate and State House
    *Overseas voters who indicate they "intend to return" may vote in VA state elections.
    In addition, VA overseas voters who indicate their "return is uncertain" may vote in VA state elections if they provide the name of an overseas employer for either the voter or the voter's spouse or the voter's parent (if the voter is a dependent)
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Federal review of ballot request and back-up ballot forms

Drafts of the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) and Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB) forms are available for review and comment on the Federal Register until January 22 at regulations.gov.

The Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act -- also know as UOCAVA, the federal law that defines overseas voting -- requires that the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) review and accept public comment every three years on the two federal forms: the FPCA used to register to vote, request an absentee ballot and update contact information, and the FWAB  backup ballot if the voter doesn’t receive a requested ballot in time.

 

View and comment on the draft FPCA form: https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=DOD-2018-OS-0092

View and comment on the draft FWAB form: https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=DOD-2018-OS-0091


Georgia Secretary of State Dec 4 Runoff

Georgia will hold a State Runoff Election on Tuesday, December 4 to elect the next state Secretary of State. Georgia holds runoffs when no candidate receives a majority of the vote in an election. We all saw Republican Secretary of State Kemp carry out his outrageous tactics of voter suppression while serving his term as Georgia's chief election official, undermining democracy to narrowly eke out a win to be the next Governor over Stacey Adams. Vote for Democrat John Barrow     in the Runoff and ensure Georgia's future elections are fair and every vote is counted!

Overseas voters can vote in the Runoff Election if you registered as "intend to return" and also requested a ballot for the General Election. You should have received a Statewide State Office Write-In Ballot (SWAB) with the absentee ballot for the General Election, or download the SWAB. Official ballots will be mailed to voters, but time is tight to mail your ballot back before the deadline, so vote now using the SWAB!

Georgia Runoff for Georgia Secretary of State: Tuesday, December 4

  • Ballot Return: by mail only, postmarked by Tue, Dec 4 and received by Fri, Dec 7 to be counted

Please share this information on to any Georgia voters you know. Voters flipped by electing Lucy McBath, and we can flip this office too. Democrats win when Democrats vote!

Send any questions to gotv@democratsabroad.org. And complete our 2018 Voter Survey about voting in the 2018 midterms to help make it easier to #votefromabroad.

 

SWAB Instructions for Georgia Overseas Voters

from http://sos.ga.gov/index.php/elections/ballot_selection

  1. Write in the candidate's first and last name. 
  2. To ensure secrecy, place your folded ballot into a plain envelope and seal.
  3. Print and complete the required oath (PDF) statement. Place the completed oath and the sealed envelope into another outer envelope and seal. Write the words “Official Absentee Ballot” on the outer envelope. Failure to sign and return the oath will cause your SWAB to be rejected.
  4. Return the SWAB by mail to your local county registrar. The SWAB will not be accepted if it is returned by fax or email. All ballots postmarked by the runoff date will be counted if received by the county office within three days of the runoff election.

Mississippi Runoff for US Senate, Nov 27

Mississippi will hold a Runoff Election on Tuesday, November 27 for U.S. Senate. Mississippi holds runoffs when no candidate receives a majority of the vote in a special election. This is a tight race. Democrat Mike Espy      and the current Republican Senator tied in the General Election. Now is our chance to flip this seat.

All registered Mississippi voters can vote in this special federal election. If you voted in the General Election, please be sure to return the Ranked Choice ballot that came with you official absentee ballot. If you have it, go ahead and return it now. If you need a new one, contact your election official for a new one. More information on VoteFromAbroad.org.

If you didn't vote in the midterms, send in your form to request a ballot now. It's really easy, you can both send the request and receive your ballot by email. The deadline is November 27, 7pm CST.

Mississippi Special Runoff for U.S. Senate: Tuesday, November 27

  • Voter Registration: Oct 29 (passed)
  • Ballot Request: No deadline
  • Ballot Return: received by Tue, Nov 27, 7pm CST (email, fax, or mail)

☛ Request a ballot: Complete the form at VoteFromAbroad.org.

Please share this information on to any Mississippi voters you know. Democrats win when Democrats vote!

Send any questions to gotv@democratsabroad.org. And complete our 2018 Voter Survey about voting in the 2018 midterms to help make it easier to #votefromabroad.

 

Runoff Instructions for Mississippi Overseas Voters

from http://www.sos.ms.gov/Elections-Voting/Pages/Military-Overseas-Voter.aspx

  • Simultaneous with the transmittal of your absentee ballot for the General Election, you have also been provided with a ranked-choice absentee ballot to be used in the instance of a Runoff Election.
  • The ranked choice ballot allows you to rank all potential runoff election candidates in the order of your preference.
  • If you rank two or more candidates the same, your vote in that particular race will not be counted.
  • You are not required to indicate your preference for more than one candidate.
  • No additional ballot will be sent to you for a Runoff Election.
  • It is your choice when you vote and return your voted Runoff Election absentee ballot; however, absentee ballots returned electronically must be received by the Circuit Clerk's Office of the voter's county of residence by 7:00 p.m. on the date of the election in order to be counted. Absentee ballots must be received on or before the deadline.

For the Runoff Election, your ballot must be received by the Circuit Clerk's Office no later than Runoff Election Day, November 27, at 7:00pm CST.

  • Absentee ballots requested on Election Day may only be received by the voter and returned to the Circuit Clerk's Office by e-mail.
  • Note: Only the first received absentee ballot may be counted per election per voter. Subsequent absentee ballots received from the same voter for the same election will be rejected.

Urgent Action for Florida Voters

We need you to take action NOW to make sure that your vote is counted.

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