London, Canada, February 01, 2016 --(PR.com
)-- Democrats Abroad Canada, the official arm of the Democratic Party outside the United States, has launched its campaign to help American citizens living abroad to nominate the U.S. Democratic Party’s Presidential nominee. Democrats Abroad is unique: unlike the Republicans, only Democrats Abroad holds a dedicated primary, which allows members living in more than 190 countries around the world an opportunity to record their presidential preference and directly affect the Democratic Party’s choice of nominee.
· U.S. Democrats living in London, Ontario, can vote in person for their favourite candidate on “Super Tuesday” - March 1, 2016, at a Global Presidential Primary voting site in downtown London!
· American citizens and dual citizens can also choose to vote by postal ballot, email or fax.
· Canada is one of more than 40 countries around the world hosting in-person voting.
Any American living abroad or dual citizen with American citizenship can take part in the Global Presidential Primary by joining Democrats Abroad via its webpage or the dedicated voter registration/ballot request tool, votefromabroad.org. Membership is free. To be eligible, voters must be U.S. citizens and at least 18 years of age as of November 8, 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.
Gena Brumitt, Chair of the London & Area Chapter of Democrats Abroad Canada, is originally from Maryland; she has lived in Canada for 25 years. Brumitt commented, “There are 16 Global Presidential Primary voting sites in Canada. The Republicans don’t do this. Our Global Presidential Primary allows Americans everywhere to have a voice, by voting remotely or at dedicated voting centres such as the one we’ll have here in London, which will be open from 4-9 p.m. on Super Tuesday. Our voting centre will accommodate voters from all over Southwest Ontario – from Windsor and Sarnia to Woodstock, and from Goderich to Port Stanley (other Ontario voting centres are in Kitchener, Hamilton and Toronto). We welcome Americans and dual citizens to stop in and vote. There are four candidates on the ballot to choose from: Hillary Clinton, Roque ‘Rocky’ De La Fuentes, Martin J. O’Malley and Bernie Sanders. We also have a special added attraction for GPP voters – a cadre of stand-up comedians led by Jason Allen will perform political material between 7-9 p.m.!”
From now until March 8, Democrats who are unable to attend a voting site can also vote remotely via postal ballot, email attachment or fax. Details can be found at democratsabroad.org.
Katie Solon, International Chair of Democrats Abroad, said, "This year, Democrats in Canada will help select a Presidential candidate that will represent the best hopes and aspirations of our nation. With the launch of the Global Presidential Primary, Democrats Abroad Canada enables our members to vote locally and affect a decision that will have a global impact. In the lead-up to the Presidential election this November, Democrats Abroad will be signing up new members and engaging with our existing membership to help register and turn out the vote of the many Americans living in Canada.”
After March 8, the votes of Democrats 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. Democrats Abroad will have 17 delegate votes at the Democratic Convention, scheduled to be held in Philadelphia on July 25-28, 2016.
Chapter: London & Area Chapter (Southwest Ontario)
Venue: #503 (5th floor), 151 Dundas Street, London, Ontario
Date: Super Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Hours: 4 - 9 p.m. (Comedians 7-9 p.m.)
Voting Centre Manager: Gena Brumitt, Chair