It’s an exciting time in American politics right now for Democrats Abroad Luxembourg, and they invite US citizens to cast ballots here in Luxembourg to help determine who will be the Democratic nominee.
Did you know
- U.S. Democrats living in Luxembourg can vote in person for their preferred candidate on March 1 and March 8 at Global Presidential Primary voting sites in Limpertsberg and the Grund
- Americans unable to attend on those dates can vote now by postal ballot, email, or fax
- Luxembourg is one of more than 40 countries around the world hosting in-person voting.
Democrats Abroad Luxembourg, the official arm of the Democratic Party outside the United States, have launched their campaign to help Americans citizens living abroad to nominate the U.S. Democratic Party’s Presidential nominee. (note 1)
Any Democrat living abroad (note 2) can take part in the Global Presidential Primary by joining Democrats Abroad via DemocratsAbroad.org and then casting a ballot in order to help determine which Presidential candidates will be awarded delegates in the Democratic Party’s nominating process.
There are 3 opportunities for Americans in Luxembourg to vote in the Global Presidential Primary:
- On March 1st, Democrats can vote in person at the dedicated Global Presidential Primary voting site at Salle Victor Hugo (60 ave Victor Hugo, Limpertsberg) from noon to 9:00 pm.
- On March 8th, Democrats can vote in person at the dedicated Global Presidential Primary voting site at Bosso Brasserie (7 Bisserweg, Grund) from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm.
- From now until March 8, Democrats who are unable to attend a voting site can vote remotely via postal ballot, email attachment, or fax. Details at DemocratsAbroad.org.
After March 8th, the votes of Democrats living in over 190 countries worldwide will be counted. Any candidate receiving 15% or more of the primary votes cast will be awarded delegates in proportion to their support in the Global Presidential Primary. (note 3)
Democrats Abroad will have 17 delegate votes at the Democratic National Convention, held in Philadelphia on July 25-28, 2016. (note 4)
Will Bakker, Chair of Democrats Abroad Luxembourg, said:
In less than three weeks, Democrats in Luxembourg will vote to help the Democratic Party select a Presidential candidate that will represent the best hopes and ideals of our country. With the launch of the Global Presidential Primary, Democrats Abroad Luxembourg gives all eligible U.S. citizens in Luxembourg an opportunity to vote where they live and be part of a decision that will have a global impact.
For more information
Contact Will Bakker, Chair of Democrats Abroad Luxembourg, at firstname.lastname@example.org or +352 621 545 289.
Will Bakker can also give you contact information for Americans living in Luxembourg who support Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders, or are undecided how to vote in the Global Presidential Primary.
- Democrats Abroad is unique: unlike the Republicans, Democrats Abroad’s leadership is elected by the organization’s members, and only Democrats Abroad holds a dedicated primary, which allows the members living in more than 190 countries around the world the opportunity to record their presidential preference and directly affect the Democratic Party’s choice of its nominee. This is the same process as the primaries and caucuses in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, and South Carolina, to seat delegates who have the same status in the nominating process.
- To be eligible, voters must be U.S. citizens and 18 as of 8 November 2016. Democrats living overseas can vote for a Presidential candidate in either the Global Presidential Primary or their home state’s equivalent via absentee ballots. They cannot vote in both. For many Americans living abroad, the Global Presidential Primary is their only opportunity to participate in the Democratic nomination
- Democrats Abroad holds a combination of regional caucus meetings on 12-13 May 2016 to choose the individuals who will serve as the delegates to the Democratic National Convention proportionally assigned to the Presidential candidates. These meetings will culminate in Democrats Abroad’s Global Convention in Berlin on 14-15 May 2016.
- Democrats Abroad will send a total of 21 delegates to the Democratic National Convention. The 13 elected delegates each will be pledged to a candidate. Eight more will be Democrats Abroad’s members on the Democratic National Committee. These eight delegates each have half a vote, therefore giving Democrats Abroad a total of 17 delegate votes at the convention. A detailed summary of the process of selecting delegates as well as our Diversity Program for those who wish to run to be a delegate can be found at our new website, democratsabroad.org.
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