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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 has an open primary. Arkansas has a Republican trifecta since 2017.
  • 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 term-limited Republican Nathan Deal), Lieutenant Governor, Georgia Secretary of State, Georgia State Senate and State Representative. Georgia has an open primary. Georgia has a Republican trifecta since 2005.
  • 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. Kentucky has a Republican trifecta since 2017.

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

 

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

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.

 

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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. In Idaho, the Democratic Party allows unaffiliated voters to vote in its primary; the Republican Party allows only voters registered with its party. Idaho has a Republican trifecta since 1995! 
  • 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. Nebraska has a Republican trifecta since 2017
  • 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. Oregon has a Democratic trifecta since 2013.
  • 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.

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.

 

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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. Ohio has an open primary. 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. Indiana has an open primary. Indiana has a Republican trifecta since 2017
  • North Carolina — Primary ballot lists federal election candidates for U.S. Representative; statewide election candidates for North Carolina State Senator and North Carolina Representative. North Carolina has a hybrid primary.
  • 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. West Virginia has a hybrid primary.
  • 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:

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

Hybrid primary – Voters affiliated with a political party can vote in that party's primary, and unaffiliated voters may participate.

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.

 

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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 [email protected]


March 13 Pennsylvania 18th Congressional District Special Election

Voters in Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional District—concerns Greene, Washington, Allegheny and Westmoreland counties—go to the polls on March 13 to elect a new U.S. Representative to replace disgraced Republican Tim Murphy. Let's flip this seat! Show your resistance to the Republican agenda with your vote to send Democrat Conor Lamb to Congress.

Voting Your Ballot

  • If you received your ballot, fill it out and MAIL it right away! Your voted Absentee Ballot must be Postmarked by Monday, March 12 at 11:59pm and Received by Tuesday, March 20 at 5pm local time in Pennsylvania.
  • If you have not received your ballot yet, vote now using the Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot (FWAB). Complete the form and send it by MAIL. Same return deadline applies: the FWAB must be Postmarked by Monday, March 12 at 11:59pm. You still must submit the Ballot Request form before the request deadline to use the FWAB. For instructions on filling out the FWAB, see How to Vote Using the Backup Ballot.

Request Your 2018 Absentee Ballots

  1. Get the Ballot Request form at www.votefromabroad.org. Click "Start Here" and fill out the form.
  2. When you are finished you must PRINT and SIGN the Request form.
  3. Pennsylvania allows the signed Request form to be sent by EMAIL, FAX or MAIL, but it must be Received by Monday, March 12.

Requesting your absentee ballot now will help ensure you receive a ballot for every election in 2018, including the State Primary on May 15, the General Election on November 6, and any Special or Runoff Elections that come up.

All overseas voters from PA-18 can vote in this federal election. We expect a very close race for #PA18—a strongly Republican district—and we're fighting for every single vote. #FlipItBlue


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 Illinois. 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.

Haven't received your ballot? Vote using the Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot (or FWAB) and MAIL it back right away—it must be must be POSTMARKED by Tuesday, March 20 and RECEIVED in Illinois by Tuesday, April 3rd. For more information, go to www.democratsabroad.org/fwab_mail.

Happy voting!


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.