On Sunday, May 6, 2012, simultaneously with Greek parliamentary elections, American citizens resident in Greece will take part in the U.S. Presidential Global Primary election conducted by Democrats Abroad. Between May 1 and May 6, U.S. citizens around the world will flock to 91 Voting Centers in 33 Countries to help select the Democratic nominee for President by electing overseas delegates to the Democratic National Convention. Voters will choose from a long list of delegates committed to renominating President Barack Obama and a shorter list of uncommitted delegates.
The Voting Center for Greece will be the University of Indianapolis Cultural Center, at Markou Avriliou 5 in Plaka, beside the Tower of the Winds. Ballots can be cast in person at the Center from 10 am until 5 pm on voting Sunday.
“American Democrats in Greece are sharing an election day with their Greek friends and relatives. Our choice this year is easier than theirs – Barack Obama has shown himself a firm friend of Greece at a difficult time,” says Yvette Jarvis, Chair of DAGR.
“Our overseas vote is having a greater and greater impact on U.S. election results," says Kenneth Sherman, International Chair of Democrats Abroad, who lives in Canada. "We are reaching out to US citizens in every corner of the world to join us as members and vote. Our votes make a difference in close elections."
Democrats Abroad is considered a state-level Party committee by the Democratic National Committee. The worldwide election results will determine the election of 17 delegates who will attend the Democratic National Convention next September 3-7 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Distribution of delegates, and the relative influence of overseas American voters to shape the party's election platform, depends on the turnout in Greece and worldwide. The Democrats Abroad Global Convention will take place in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, May 18-20, 2012. The U.S. Presidential Election will take place on November 6, 2012.
American citizens living overseas who want to vote in the Democratic Global Primary by absentee ballot must be signed up with Democrats Abroad by April 30, at www.democratsabroad.org. You are eligible to vote in the Global Primary if you have not already voted, or will not vote, for President in your state’s primary election (you may vote, however, for members of Congress). Anyone voting in person at a voting center can register with DAGR at that time. Volunteers will be standing by to help voters apply for their U.S. absentee ballot for the November 2012 elections. Voters should bring their last U.S. address and their U.S. passport. Voters can also register on-line via www.VoteFromAbroad.org
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By Brady Kiesling