US citizens overseas are
a key voting bloc
In 2016, we saw
- 930,000 US citizens and military abroad (UOCAVA voters) receive ballots
- 633,000 UOCAVA voters return their ballots
- 48% of ballots successfully returned were from Americans abroad
voting in what are this year’s battleground states
In 2020, Democrats Abroad exponentially increased engagement
- Vote From Abroad: Democrats Abroad provides this nonpartisan, online voter support website and tool for voter registration and ballot request. More than 766,680 unique visitors visited the site in excess of a million times. This represents nearly three times 2016’s traffic. Just 40% of these users were already DA members.
- Volunteers: 18,000 volunteers generously provided their support.
- Phone-banking: 1500 Democrats Abroad volunteers have made over 600,000 calls.
- Our online help desks helped 80,000 overseas voters, and with the help of Zoom rooms we provided one-on-one voter assistance five days a week, helping over 5,000 voters abroad.
- We designed and implemented a relational organizing program called Voting Champions.
- Ads and promotions: DA global and local teams, such as DAUK, advertised in 50+ countries via Facebook, YouTube, Google, local ads, banner ads, radio, display ads, and more — generating millions of impressions
DAUK makes the difference
- Democrats Abroad United Kingdom is the largest country committee in Europe, representing one of the largest blocs of overseas US voters.
- We have an active, long-established Get Out the Vote & Voter Registration team.
- In both general and mid-term election years, we have a campaign office and undertake extensive in-person voter outreach anywhere Americans can be found.
- Our phone banking teams reached out to DAUK members, as well as other DA members, and are trained to support them in registering to vote and requesting their ballots.
- DAUK leaders can be heard on a range of broadcasters, including BBC national and local radio and TV, and often participate in panel discussions and forums.
2020 GOTV EFFORTS
We started the year strong with Get Out the Vote events to register voters and recruit volunteers . As we transitioned to social distancing and online outreach, we found new ways to connect such as postcard campaigns, phone-banking, and on-line debate watches, speaker events and film nights.
We developed new types of activities – from hitting the streets wearing GOTV sandwich boards and face masks, using QR code exchanges for phones, to setting up online ‘buddy’ systems for our volunteers.
Registering on the Spot
Through it all DAUK was able to build community and solidarity through troubling times to make a difference and channel our energy into saving our democracy.
We are so proud of all the DAUK volunteers and leaders. It is because of you that we were able to make such a difference. You have shown how It’s up to us, we the people, to make the difference.
Where We Made a Difference
Watch this space for the races where we provided the winning margin!
We can be the margin in high profile races from Senators, Governors to State Commissioners. Tune in later to see where we made the difference in 2020.