The Results of Democrats Abroad SMA’s Global Presidential Primary
By Marc Berube
Most primaries in Mexico occurred like ours did on March 1, but one final chapter primary took place on March 7. Mexico’s official countrywide results will be communicated as soon as they are tallied and compiled. In San Miguel de Allende, we had an enormous turnout, and the unofficial results were as follows:
Bernie Sanders–confirmed votes 265
Hillary Clinton–confirmed votes 229
Voting centers were staffed around the world in 112 cities, at 120 distinct sites, with a total number of 136 voting center dates. We have members in every single country in the world, and we have organized country committees in 53 countries.
We’re the 12th biggest “state,” as more than 8.7 million Americans live abroad (according to State Department). Our Democrats Abroad Primary is not a winner-take-all primary. We hold our Global Presidential Primary to ask the large number of Democrats living abroad to tell us their preferences among the Democratic candidates. Democrats Abroad then calculates those results as percentages.
For example, in 2008, Barack Obama received 66 percent of our vote while Hillary Clinton received 33 percent. We then selected our Delegates to the National Convention according to those results in our Global Presidential Primary, i.e., 66 percent of our Delegates were assigned to then-candidate Obama while 33 percent were assigned to then-candidate Clinton.
We are required to award Delegates only to those candidates who receive at least 15 percent of the votes in our Global Presidential Primary. Democrats Abroad will send a total of 21 delegates to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on July 25–28. The 13 elected delegates will be pledged to a candidate. Eight more of these delegates will be Democrats Abroad’s members on the Democratic National Committee. These eight “superdelegates” each have half a vote at the convention, therefore giving Democrats Abroad a total of 17 votes at the convention. For more information, contact your local Democrats Abroad chapter here in SMA at Info-MX-SMA@democratsabroad.org.
Also, check our Democrats Abroad Facebook page and website for ongoing election information. https://www.facebook.com/Democrats-Abroad-Mexico and http://www.democratsabroad.org/