August 2 - 7 Primaries

Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Tennessee, Virgin Islands, Washington State

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

Thursday, August 2 – Tennessee Primary; Saturday, August 4 – Virgin Islands Territory Primary; Tuesday, August 7 – Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, and Washington State Primaries.

 

What is on the Primary Ballot

Kansas — Federal office candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives. Statewide office candidates for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State and Kansas House of Representatives. Kansas has a Republican state government trifecta since 2010.

Michigan — Federal office candidates for U.S. Senate (incumbent Democrat Debbie Stabenow) and U.S. House of Representatives. Statewide office candidates for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State and Michigan legislature. Michigan has a Republican state government trifecta since 2010.

Missouri — Missouri uses an open primary system. Federal office candidates for U.S. Senate (incumbent Democrat Claire McCaskill) and U.S. House of Representatives. Statewide office candidates for Missouri legislature. Missouri has a Republican state government trifecta since 2016.

Tennessee — Tennessee uses an open primary system. Federal office candidates for U.S. Senate (incumbent Republican Bob Corker is not seeking re-election) and U.S. House. Statewide office candidates for Governor and Tennessee legislature. Tennessee has a Republican state government trifecta since 2016.

Virgin Islands — Federal nonvoting Congressional Representative. Statewide office candidates for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, the Virgin Islands Legislature and some of the Board of Education and the Board of Elections.

Washington — Washington State uses a top-two primary election. Federal office candidates for U.S. Senate and U.S. House. Statewide office candidates for Washington legislature. Washington has a Democratic state government trifecta since 2016 rated vulnerable.

 

Open primary – an election in which registered voters need not be members of a party to vote for the party's nominee.

Top-two primary – an election in which the top two vote-getters, regardless of their partisan affiliations, advance to the general election. Consequently, it is possible for two candidates belonging to the same political party to win in a top-two primary and face off in the general election.

Trifecta – when one political party holds the governorship, a majority in the state senate, and a majority in the state house in a state's government.

 

Questions about the primary?

Take a look at our Primary Elections FAQ.

Find dates of other 2018 Primary Elections.

 

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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 Senate 32 — August 7

Vote for Democrat Vanessa Delgado     for State Senate to represent this East Los Angeles district. 

VOTER REGISTRATION postmarked by JULY 23 (online, fax or mail)
Check voter registration online: California Secretary of State website
BALLOT REQUEST received by JULY 31 (email, fax or mail)
RETURN BALLOT sent by AUGUST 7 (fax or mail)
⚠️DON'T WAIT FOR YOUR BALLOT ANY LONGER!
VOTE today with the Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot (FWAB)   find out how...

 

 

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

A district that stretches north and east of Columbus, #OH12 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 supporter.

Join #TeamDanny and 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...

 

 

Arkansas State Senator — August 14

The seat became vacant following the resignation of Republican Jake Files after pleading guilty to federal charges of wire fraud, bank fraud, and money laundering.

VOTER REGISTRATION postmarked by JULY 15 (must mail)
BALLOT REQUEST received by AUGUST 7 (email, fax or mail)*
*submission by email or fax is new this year in some counties, please contact your Local Election Official to confirm if they will accept the form by Email or Fax. You can find contact information here: www.votefromabroad.org/ElectionOfficialDirectory
RETURN BALLOT postmarked by AUGUST 14 (must mail)

 

 

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.


May 22 State Primaries

Arkansas, Georgia and Kentucky

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

  • Arkansas — Primary ballot has federal election candidates for U.S. Representative; statewide election candidates for Governor (currently held by Republican Asa Hutchinson), Lieutenant Governor, Arkansas Secretary of State, Attorney General, Arkansas State Representative, possibly Arkansas State Senate.
  • Arkansas State Senate Districts 16 and 29 — Special Election to elect State Senators.
  • Georgia — Primary ballot includes federal election candidates for U.S. Representative; statewide election candidates for Governor (currently held by Republican Nathan Deal), Lieutenant Governor, Georgia Secretary of State, Georgia State Senate and State Representative.
  • Kentucky — Primary ballot lists federal election candidates candidates for U.S. Representative; statewide election candidates for Kentucky Supreme Court, Kentucky Court of Appeals, member of the Kentucky House of Representatives, possibly Kentucky State Senate.

*Overseas voters from Georgia who indicate they "intend to return" are eligible to vote in state and local elections and ballot measures.

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May 15 State Primaries

Idaho, Nebraska, Oregon and Pennsylvania

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

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

  • Idaho — Primary ballot has federal election candidates for U.S. Representative; statewide election candidates for Governor (currently held by Republican Butch Otter), Lieutenant Governor, Idaho Secretary of State, Attorney General, Idaho Supreme Court, Idaho Court of Appeals, Idaho State Representative, possibly Idaho State Senate.
  • Nebraska — Primary ballot includes federal election candidates for U.S. Senate (incumbent Republican Deb Fischer) and U.S. Representative; statewide races for Governor (currently held by Republican Pete Ricketts), Nebraska Secretary of State, Attorney General, Nebraska Supreme Court, possibly Nebraska State Senate.
  • Oregon — Primary ballot lists federal election candidates candidates for U.S. Representative; statewide election* candidates for Governor (currently held by Democrat Kate Brown), Oregon Supreme Court, Oregon Court of Appeals, member of the Oregon House of Representatives, possibly Oregon State Senate.
  • Pennsylvania — Primary ballot has federal election candidates for U.S. Senate (incumbent Democrat Bob Casey) and U.S. Representative; and statewide election* candidates for Governor (currently held by Democrat Tom Wolf), Lieutenant Governor, Pennsylvania State Representative, possibly Pennsylvania State Senate.
  • PA House District 48 & 178 (General) — Special primary election to choose candidates for the August 7 Special Election.

*Overseas voters from Oregon and Pennsylvania who indicate they "intend to return" are eligible to vote in state and local elections and ballot measures.

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May 8 State Primaries

Indiana, North Carolina, Ohio and West 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

  • Ohio — Primary ballot has federal election candidates for U.S. Senate (incumbent Democrat Sherrod Brown) and U.S. Representative; statewide election candidates for Governor (currently Republican John Kasich), Lieutenant Governor, Ohio Secretary of State, Attorney General, Ohio Supreme Court, Treasurer and Auditor of State, Ohio House and possibly Ohio State Senate. May 8 election includes a statewide vote on ballot measure Ohio Issue 1: Redistricting Procedures Amendment to create a bipartisan, public process for drawing congressional districts. learn more
  • Ohio's 12th Congressional District — Special primary election to choose candidates for the August 7 Special Election.
  • Indiana — Primary ballot has federal election candidates for U.S. Senate (incumbent Democrat Joe Donnelly, currently the only Democrat to hold statewide office in Indiana), and U.S. House of Representative; statewide election* candidates for Indiana House of Representatives and possibly Indiana State Senate.
  • North Carolina — Primary ballot lists federal election candidates for U.S. Representative; statewide election candidates for North Carolina State Senator and North Carolina Representative. 
  • West Virginia — Primary ballot includes federal election candidates for the U.S. Senate (incumbent Democrat Joe Manchin) and U.S. Representative; statewide races for West Virginia House of Delegates and possibly State Senate.
  • Harrison and Monongalia County, WV voters may participate in a pilot program to use a mobile app to receive and return your primary election ballot. To participate, select "email/online" as your preferred method to receive the ballot. Your election official should be in touch with instructions.

*Overseas voters from Indiana who indicate they "intend to return" are eligible to vote in state and local elections and ballot measures.

Learn more about Ohio Issue 1:

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April 24 Arizona 8th Congressional District Special Election

Voters in Maricopa County, Arizona: show your resistance to Trump and the Republican agenda. Let's elect Democrat Hiral Tipirneni to Congress and flip former Rep. Trent Franks' old seat to the Democrats! All overseas voters in Arizona's 8th Congressional District can vote in this Federal election.

Your vote can be the difference! Democratic Rep. Conor Lamb just won in a heavily Republican district in Pennsylvania by only 627 votes. This was a stunning 20-point swing, and we can do it again in Arizona.

Request an Absentee Ballot

  1. Go to www.votefromabroad.org and fill out the Registration/Request form to register to vote and/or request a ballot. Click "Start Here" and fill out the form.
  2. Print and Sign the form.
  3. Send the form to your election official in Arizona:
    Arizona allows the signed form to be submitted by EMAIL, FAX or MAIL, but it must be 
    • Received by Monday, March 26 for a Voter Registration or
    • Received by Friday, April 13 for a Ballot Request.

Requesting your ballot NOW will also help ensure you receive a ballot for every election in 2018—including the General Election in November, the Primaries and any other Special or Runoff Elections in which you are eligible to vote.

Voting your Ballot

When you get your ballot—or if you have already received it, be sure to mark your vote and send it in right away:

  • Your voted ballot can be returned by EMAIL, FAX or MAIL or uploaded ONLINE with prior approval, but it must be 
    • Received by Tuesday, April 24 at 7pm (Arizona local time).
  • Concerned You Won't Get Your Ballot In Time? Vote now using the Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot (FWAB).
    • Same ballot return deadline applies.
    • You can also use the FWAB to register to vote at the same time, but only if your completed FWAB is Received by Monday, March 26.
    • For more information, go to www.democratsabroad.org/fwab.

 

Do you know someone who votes in Arizona's 8th Congressional District, stateside or abroad? Please share this information with them, and encourage them to vote. A blue tide floats all boats! 🌊


Be a Voter Registration Volunteer

Help Your Family and Friends Vote in 2018!
Be a volunteer at a voter registration event in your area

Democrats Abroad hosts Voter Registration Events around the world to help US citizens register to vote and to request their ballots. Every overseas voter may vote in the upcoming 2018 Midterm elections! 

But overseas voters need to send in their form to request a ballot every calendar year in which they wish to vote. 

DA volunteers in your area will set up the events and provide the supplies, but we need YOUR help! We need volunteers--like you--to provide voters with the information they need to get their ballots and VOTE!

Ready to learn how to help?

Check out these Voter Registration Training Materials:

Any questions? Please contact us at gotv@democratsabroad.org