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Your Role in the Democratic Presidential Primary As An American Living Abroad

By Marc Berube

Democrats Abroad, the official arm of the Democratic Party outside the United States, can help American citizens living abroad to nominate the US Democratic Party’s Presidential nominee. The Global Primary will be held worldwide from March 1 through March 8.

Global Primary Voting
Tue, Mar 1, 10am–4pm
Sala Quetzal
La Biblioteca
Reloj 50A
For more info, contact

Democrats living in San Miguel de Allende can vote in person for their preferred candidate on Tuesday, March 1 at a Global Presidential Primary voting center. The voting will take place at the Biblioteca, Insurgentes 25, in the Sala Quetzal from 10am to 4pm.

Why should you vote in the Global Primary instead of your home state primary? The answer has lots of reasons, but mainly that your vote is simply more powerful in our primary. Think about it, ten million votes may be cast in the NY state primary, but maybe five hundred thousand in DA’s Global Primary, which though Democrats Abroad is able to send 17 delegates to the national convention. And you’ll help give DA a stronger voice within the Democratic National Committee.

Are you eligible to vote in the Democrats Abroad Global Primary? The answer is probably. You must be an American living abroad, at least 18 years old on Election Day 2016, and registered with Democrats Abroad. If you don’t intend to vote for a Presidential candidate in any other state primary in 2016, you’re good to go.

Can you join Democrats Abroad on the day of the Primary? The answer is yes, absolutely. Our voting center will be equipped to register new members on the spot. Just bring some official form of identification, e.g., your passport or driver’s license. Joining Democrats Abroad does not obligate you in any way, though of course DA hosts several events each year, such as the 4th of July picnic that you would enjoy attending.

Can you vote in your home state primary? The answer is yes and no. Ours is a Global Presidential Primary. If you vote for a Presidential candidate in our Global Primary, then you cannot vote for a Presidential candidate in your home state primary. You can, however, vote for Senator, Representative, Governor, etc. in your home state primary. To do so, you will need to contact your home state Democratic Party for the rules and regulations and request an absentee ballot from your home state.

If you can’t attend that day, is there another way to vote? The answer is yes. The second way to participate is by remote voting. Go to and follow the instructions to download and return. For more info, contact


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