The Fifty-First State
By Marc Berube
San Miguel (in case you didn’t notice) is packed with expats, a lot of them American expats. Democrats Abroad is one of the organizations where American expats can join together in order to wield influence on the American political process. The Democratic Party Committee Abroad (DPCA) is, in fact, the official organization within the Democratic Party for United States citizens living abroad, and one of their prime functions is to assist US citizens abroad in voter registration.
Democrats Abroad is recognized as a “state” party by the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and is given state-level recognition by the DNC. There are committees throughout Europe, the Americas, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia, and these committees help keep Americans abroad informed of their rights as well as help them participate in the US political process.
Democrats Abroad is built from a body of registered members. Members can vote in the upcoming Global Presidential Primary as well as in their home state primary. Democrats Abroad is represented on the DNC by eight voting members, as well as at the quadrennial Democratic National Convention.
The chapter is more than a voting mechanism and Fourth of July parties. Democrats Abroad in San Miguel is the largest chapter in Latin America, and the third largest chapter in the world (after London and Paris). The chapter hosts various social events, including fundraisers, presents speakers on topics of interest, works to promote progressive programs in the local community, and assists members with issues they may encounter while living in Mexico.
The San Miguel chapter’s Global Primary is on March 1 between 10am and 4pm in the Quetzal Room at La Biblioteca Pública de San Miguel de Allende, Insurgentes 25. 415 152 0293.
You can join Democrats Abroad on line at http://www.democratsabroad.org/join, or when you arrive at the voting place.