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Primary Elections Calendar

    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, Texas Primary Runoff
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, Arkansas Primary Runoff
Tue Jun 26 Colorado,  Maryland,  New York Federal Primary,  Oklahoma,  Utah,  South Carolina Primary Runoff
Tue Jul 17 Alabama Runoff
Tue Jul 24 Georgia Primary Runoff
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,  Oklahoma Runoff
Tue Sep 04 Massachusetts
Thr Sep 06 Delaware
Tue Sep 11 New Hampshire
Wed Sep 12 Rhode Island
Thu Sep 13 New York State Primary
Fri Sep 21 45 Days to Election: State ballots for the General Election should be arriving


Download 2018 Primary Elections list (Google Doc)

Vote in the Texas Democratic Primary

The Texas Democratic Primary is March 6, the first in the nation, so request your ballot NOW—and you'll be signed up to get a ballot for every election in 2018. One form does it all!

The primary election will choose the candidates who will run to break the Republican majority in the U.S. House and U.S. Senate. Texas is traditionally a deep-red state, but it is ripe for Democrats to make inroads. Voters are motivated and, for the first time in 25 years, Democrats are running in every Congressional District in Texas.

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

Register to Vote

If you are currently not registered to vote, go to and fill out the ballot request form. Then print it out, sign it and EMAIL or MAIL it to your Local Election Official in Texas.

  • If you indicate you "intend to return", your form must be RECEIVED in Texas by Monday, February 5 to vote in the primary for both state and federal offices.
  • To vote in primary for federal offices only, your form must be RECEIVED in Texas by Friday, February 23.

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 for 2018! Go to and follow the prompts to fill in the form. Then print it out, sign it and EMAIL or MAIL to your Local Election Official in Texas. To vote in the primary, your form must be RECEIVED in Texas by Friday, February 23, but earlier is better.

Return Voted Ballot

When you receive the official ballot, vote right away. Your voted Absentee Ballot must be returned by MAIL, postmarked by Tuesday, March 6 and received by Monday, March 12. Don't wait for the deadline, send your ballot as soon as you can.

Send your ballot request to Vote 2018!

Take the First Step to the Ballot Box by Requesting an Absentee Ballot to Vote in the 2018 Elections

Fill in the form at now.

Help win back the House and Senate

Americans abroad can vote in elections for federal office: every overseas voter is entitled to vote for U.S. Senators and U.S. Representative. Remember that every seat in the House is up for election. And Democrats are defending 26 of the 34 seats up for election in the Senate so we need to get out every vote.

Overseas votes can make a difference in the midterm elections, when turnout is typically lower than in years of Presidential elections. Every vote counts and very few votes can swing an election (or a state legislature!) from red to blue. Many Americans abroad can vote in crucial races at the state and local level, which will influence redistricting after 2020.

Voter drives around the world

The New Year rings in the beginning of Voter Registration Season for Democrats Abroad, and drives have already begun around the world. Many countries and chapters are organizing March To the Ballot Box Voting Drives over the weekend of January 20-21, marking the anniversary of the Women's March and our collective activism by encouraging voters to take the first step by completing the ballot request right away. It only takes minutes and will demonstrate your commitment to taking back control in the Senate and House​.​

Remember, Americans abroad need to send a ballot request in the calendar year we want to vote. Even voters who cast ballots this past November or in a recent Special Election must request their ballot again for 2018. This is the only way we are guaranteed the federal protections promised to overseas voters and that our ballots will be counted. Only one request is needed per year for all elections, including primaries that begin in March.

Complete a ballot request at now.

Important Update for Alabama Voters

We hope that all Alabama voters have sent in their ballot request to vote in the December 12 Special Federal Election for US Senator. Earlier today, while requesting information from the Alabama Secretary of State, it was uncovered that the ballot request deadline of December 7 published by the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) was incorrectly labeled at postmarked by, when in fact, the FPCA form required every year to receive a ballot must be received by your election official in Alabama by that date.

This is not good news for any registered Alabama voter who has not yet sent in their FPCA to vote in this extremely important election. Please do so without any delay, and depending upon the reliability of the airmail service in your location, consider using an express delivery service to be sure your required FPCA request form is received by the deadline on December 7. And even if you do not believe your FPCA will be received by the deadline, please send in your form anyway -- you never know how events will unfold.

The silver-ish lining for any voter in this situation is that we have also learned that voters who choose to receive the ballot by email/online will be given access to Alabama's online ballot marking system to cast your vote. You can both mark your ballot and certificate AND submit them both online. The ballot and certificate are encrypted and sent separately, thus preserving the secret ballot.

Here's what you need to know:

  • Alabama voters must send an FPCA form to request a ballot to vote in this Special Election → Fill out the form at
  • The FPCA form must be received by December 7 by your election official in Alabama
  • When filling out the FPCA, choose to receive your state ballot by email/online and you will be able to vote online
  • For voters waiting to receive the state ballot for return by mail, vote now using the FWAB backup ballot → How to Vote with the FWAB
  • The state ballot or FWAB deadline is December 12
    • mailed ballots must be postmarked by DEC 12 AND received by DEC 19, 12 noon CDT
    • online ballots must be received by DEC 12 (remember: only those who selected to receive the ballot by online will have this option)

If this news affects your ability to vote in the December 12 Special Election, please let us know. Tell us about your situation at [email protected]

Pennsylvania State House District 133 Special Election

Let’s keep this Pennsylvania State House seat Democratic!

On December 5th, Pennsylvania voters in State House District 133 (Allentown and Bethlehem areas, covering portions of Lehigh and Northampton counties) will vote in a Special Election for a new State representative.

Overseas voters who indicate on their Ballot Request form that they “intend to return” can vote in Pennsylvania State Elections. If you vote in this PA State House District, Request Your Ballot and Vote for Democrat Jeanne McNeill (widow of three-term incumbent Rep. Dan McNeill). Let's keep this seat Democratic!

Your vote can make a difference! Turnout for Special Elections tend to be very low and just a few votes – such as yours – can be key. Just a few days ago, Democrats won a Special Election in the Oklahoma State House, flipping a long-held Republican seat by only 37 votes.

It's simple to vote! All registered voters must still request a ballot. Just go to and follow the prompts. Then print out the form, sign it and MAIL it to Pennsylvania. Your Ballot Request Form must be RECEIVED in Pennsylvania by Tuesday, December 5th.

When you get your ballot, MAIL it back right away. Your ballot must be POSTMARKED by Monday, December 4 and RECEIVED in Pennsylvania by Tuesday, December 12 at 5pm (Eastern Time).

Concerned You Won’t Get Your Official Ballot in Time? VOTE NOW using the Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot (or FWAB). Then MAIL it back right away. Like the official ballot, it must be POSTMARKED by Monday, December 4th and RECEIVED in Pennsylvania by Tuesday, December 12th at 5pm (Eastern Time). For detailed instructions, go to And be sure to mail in your Ballot Request form by the deadline too!


Vote in Alabama Special Election for US Senate on Dec 12

Important Update: to request your ballot the FPCA form must be RECEIVED by your election official by DEC 7, not postmarked as has been published by the Federal Voting Assistance Program in error. 

Let’s elect Democrat Doug Jones as Alabama's new Senator!

NOW is the time to request your ballot for the Alabama US Senate Election on December 12 for the seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Alabama is the deepest of red states, but Democrat Doug Jones, a career prosecutor, is currently tied in the polls with the truly awful Roy Moore. Republican Moore is looking increasingly vulnerable in the wake of multiple well-documented accusations of improper conduct with underage girls in The Washington Post. (See follow-up reporting in the Huffington Post too).

Democrats just posted historic wins in races across the US. We can do the same in Alabama, but every vote is crucial!

It's simple to request your ballot: overseas voters need to request a ballot every year. Go to and follow the instructions to fill out the FPCA form (used for both voter registration and ballot requests). Then print, sign and MAIL it in. Your ballot request form must be RECEIVED by Thursday, December 7.*

However, Alabama officials have confirmed that if choose to receive you ballot by email/online, overseas voters will be able to use the state's online ballot marking system to cast your ballot. You may both mark your ballot and certificate AND submit both online. The ballot and certificate are encrypted and sent separately in order to maintain a secret ballot.

If you choose to receive your ballot by postal mail and haven't received it yet, we highly recommend you VOTE NOW using the FWAB “emergency ballot” for overseas voters. You can fill out the FWAB at the same time as the FPCA at or follow our instructions to Vote by FWAB. It must be POSTMARKED by Tuesday, December 12 and RECEIVED in Alabama by Tuesday, December 19.

When you get your ballot, it's recommended that you vote and mail in the state ballot even if you already voted with the FWAB. Mail it back right away.

And be sure to mail in your voter registration and ballot request form by the above deadlines!

* DA urges every registered voter in Alabama to send the FPCA immediately, and consider use of an express delivery service if you have any concerns that airmail from your location won't reach the office of your election official in Alabama by December 12. Let us know if this error by the federal authorities has impacted your ability to vote in this election. Tell us your story at [email protected]

WOW! Election Night Triumphs for Democrats!

Congratulations to All Democrats on an Amazing Election Night!

Results like this don’t just happen--it took the hard work of Democratic volunteers to “Get Out the Vote” and deliver this stinging repudiation of Trumpism and the Republicans!

Our GOTV efforts brought these victories up and down the ballot:

  • Ralph Northam won a resounding 9-point victory (54% to 45%) to become the new Governor of Virginia. Democrats also swept the state-wide races for Lt Governor and Attorney General by similar margins.

  • Democrats flipped an astounding 14 seats in the VA House of Delegates. With results still pending, Democrats have a strong shot at doing the impossible and taking back the majority in the VA State House.

    • Five seats still too close to call--and our overseas ballots will be the deciding factor!
    • Only 69 votes defeated the Chair of the VA House Republican caucus. Every vote counts!
  • Phil Murphy won a huge 13-point victory (55% to 42%) as Governor of NJ, giving Democrats a new “trifecta” with control of NJ state government. And as the icing on the cake, Democrats also flipped a NJ State Senate seat.

  • Manka Dhingra's resounding 11-point victory (55% to 44%) in WA’s State Senate race gives Democrats control of WA State Senate and another new “trifecta” with control of the WA State government. WA Democrats can now implement progressive measures that were stymied by Republicans in the State Senate

  • Democrats lost only one election as Dr. Kathie Allen was defeated in her race for the Utah 3rd Congressional District race.

And in other races around the US on November 7th:

  • Maine overwhelmingly approved (59%) the Obamacare Medicaid expansion, overturning Republican Gov LePage refusal to provide health insurance to 80,000 low-income residents.

  • Progressive women won both Michigan State Legislature Special Elections.

  • In Montana, a former refugee from Liberia was elected mayor of Helena, the first African-American mayor in Montana

  • In Missouri, an African-American woman won Special Election to the State House.

  • In Georgia, Democrats picked up two State House seats.

  • In NH, Democrats won the two special elections for State House, flipping one seat, and Manchester, the largest city, elected a Democratic mayor for the first time in 14 years

  • In PA, Philadelphia elected Larry Krasner, a civil rights lawyer who pledged to combat justice system inequalities, as District Attorney

Since Trump’s election, Democrats have flipped 21 state legislative seats--and we’re just getting started! Democrats Win When Democrats Vote!


GOTV Training – Live Webex Sessions

Join Us for GOTV Training – Live WebEx Sessions

We have set up an initial round of live Webex training sessions for volunteers interested in Phonebanking and helping with Voter Registration. These training sessions are optional.

Phonebanking training is for anyone who wants additional support to set up a CallHub account and to get started with phonebanking. Voter Registration training will discuss best practices for setting up Voter Registration events and how to help overseas voters register to vote and request their ballots.

If you would like to sign up for Phonebanking and/or Voter Registration Training, please fill out this form: GOTV TRAINING – LIVE WEBEX SESSIONS. We have scheduled several sessions to allow DA members in different parts of the world to access the training. Pick the one that is most convenient for you!


If you aren't able to attend any of these sessions, we will record them for later viewing. And we will be offering additional phonebanking training sessions throughout the coming months.

→ Sign up for a training session using the GOTV TRAINING – LIVE WEBEX SESSIONS form.


IMPORTANT! If you are new to WebEx, you will need to install the WebEx software on your computer in advance of the meeting. Click on this link for Instructions How to SetUp WebEx on Your Computer

*We strongly suggest you do an advance test-meeting as we will not be able to provide tech support during the meeting!


QUESTIONS? Email us at: [email protected]

Utah Special Election for U.S. House District 3

The State of Utah is holding a Special Election on November 7th for Representative to the U.S. House for the 3rd Congressional District. The election will replace Republican Jason Chaffetz, who resigned his seat. This is an exciting opportunity to send Democrat Dr. Kathie Allen to Congress while flipping the seat.

Voted ballots must be received in Utah by EMAIL or FAX by November 7 at 8pm (Utah time). And if you send your ballot back by MAIL, it must be POSTMARKED by November 6 AND RECEIVED in Utah by November 20.

It is not too late for registered voters to request a ballot. Go to and complete the form. Send in your form right away by EMAIL, FAX or MAIL: it must get to Utah by November 2


Virginia State Elections

The Virginia State Elections on November 7, 2017 will be a bellwether for the national elections in 2018. Virginians will election a new Governor and the full House of Delegates. Let’s elect Democrat Ralph Northam as Governor and flip the House of Delegates.

Have you voted? Ballots must be returned to Virginia by MAIL by Tuesday, November 7 at 7pm (Virginia Time), so there is no time to delay.

Virginia requires overseas voters to send in a Ballot Request Form EVERY year if you want a ballot—even if you are registered to vote. All overseas voters can vote in these elections who indicate 

  • "intend to return" on the Ballot Request Form;
  • "return is uncertain" on the Ballot Request Form if you own a residence in Virginia;
  • "return is uncertain" con the Ballot Request Form if either you, your spouse or your parent has an overseas employer or school.

The deadline to request a ballot is upon us, but it is still possible for eligible registered voters to request a ballot by EMAIL or FAX before the October 31 deadline. Go to to complete the form. 

Concerned You Won't Get Your Ballot in Time? VOTE using the Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot (or FWAB). Then MAIL it back NOW. It must get to Virginia by Tuesday, November 7 at 7pm (Virginia Time). Be sure to send in your Ballot Request Form too! For more information, go to