U.S. Democrats Overseas Set to Vote in High-Tech Global Election

Internet reaches voters in every corner of the world 

“In the past, overseas voting could be a complicated affair,” says Christine Schon Marques, International Chair of Democrats Abroad. “In 2008, we intend to change all that and make sure that Democrats all over the world have a clear say in who our candidate will be. ”

Just as the primary season back home gets into full swing, Democrats living overseas will be choosing their candidate, too. The Democratic global primary allows for balloting by Internet, fax and post. Traditional drop-in Voting Centers will also be open in 34 countries around the globe.

“Overseas votes are having a greater and greater impact on U.S. election results,” says Marques, an American living in Geneva. “With the Internet, we can reach out to all our voters in every corner of the world.”

The worldwide election results will determine the allocation of Democrats Abroad’s 22 delegates to the Democratic National Convention. These delegates will be elected at a combination of local, regional and global meetings held during early 2008. These meetings also provide an opportunity for Americans abroad to shape the party’s election platform.

American citizens living overseas who want to vote in the Democratic global primary must either be members of Democrats Abroad or they may register and request a ballot from Democrats Abroad at VoteFromAbroad.org.

To vote in the U.S. Presidential Election in November, overseas voters must request a ballot from local voting authorities in the place where they last resided in the U.S., also possible at VoteFromAbroad.org.


The U.S. Presidential Election will take place on November 4, 2008. Deadlines for requesting overseas absentee ballots vary per state.