• Denmark's news in English
 
app_header_v3
The Local Guide
How to vote as an American expat in Denmark
Even if you won't be anywhere near this ballot box in Dixville Notch, New Hampshire – or anywhere else in the US – you can still take help decide the next US president. Photo: Mike Segar/Scanpix

How to vote as an American expat in Denmark

The Local · 9 Feb 2016, 16:49

Published: 09 Feb 2016 16:49 GMT+01:00

Even if you’re living thousands of miles away from the United States, don’t fret - you can still have your voice heard from abroad.
 
The Local looks at the fairly simple steps involved in getting to vote in the state primaries and the general election in November.
 
Voting absentee in your state
 
To vote in your state’s primary and presidential elections (and for some states, local elections), you first have to register online with the Federal Voting Assistance Program. Registering once means you’ll receive both a primary ballot and a ballot for the general election in November.
 
The US State Department recommends doing this for those living abroad at the start of each election year so you can keep getting ballots sent to you, as many states do not automatically send you your primary and general election ballots unless you re-register. It doesn’t hurt to re-register, even if your state does send the ballots to you automatically from a previous registration.
 
Then print, sign and send the resulting form to your state election office, which is listed on the form. Many states let you scan the signed form and email it to them. You should get your ballot by mail or electronically (depending on the state) 45 to 30 days before the primary election this winter or spring and the November 8th general election.
 
What if you don’t have a US address?
 
Don’t worry! Just register with the last state where you lived most recently before leaving the US. If you are an American citizen born outside the U.S. or were born in the U.S. to two non-American citizen parents and are no longer living in the U.S., you use the voting address of where your American parent(s) (or in some cases grandparent) or non-American parents last lived, even if no one in the family is still living at that address.
 
Twenty-four states plus Washington, DC allow American citizens who have never lived in the US to register where a parent is eligible to vote. Find a list of these states here.
 
Many other states allow it as well, even though they’re not on the list, so you should request a ballot no matter what. If you run into problems, you can send an email to voterhelp@votefromabroad.org to ask for assistance.
 
Vote in-person at the Global Primary (if you’re a Democrat)
 
Unlike Republicans, Democrats who live abroad get to choose to vote either in their home state primary or in the Democrats Abroad Global Presidential Primary (but not both) from now until March 8th. Democrats Abroad has state-level recognition in the Democratic National Committee, and sends delegates to the Democratic National Convention in July.
 
For the Democrats Abroad primary, you can vote in-person or by absentee ballot. If you’ll be in the Copenhagen area, you can vote in-person at the Democrats Abroad voting centre on March 1st from 12 noon to 8 PM at:
 
Cafe Holberg No 19
Holbergsgade 19D
1057 Copenhagen K
 
Story continues below…
You must be a registered member of Democrats Abroad to vote, and it’s free to register. You can register online beforehand at the Democrats Abroad website or in person the day you vote at the voting centre. Just bring your US passport along.
 
If you want to vote in the Democrats Abroad primary by email ballot, go to their Global Presidential Primary web page for instructions and a downloadable ballot. Simply print out the ballot online and email it to PrimaryVoting@democratsabroad.org or mail it to:
 
Voter Registration
c/o IFS
Petersdalvej 1A
2770 Kastrup
 
Democrats Abroad only holds a primary election, so for the general election in November, you vote via your state’s absentee ballot.

For more news from Denmark, join us on Facebook and Twitter.

Your comments about this article

Today's headlines
Danish 'devil of death' nurse gets life for killing patients
Photo: Thomas Lekfeldt/Scanpix

A Danish nurse, dubbed a "devil of death" by prosecutors, was on Friday sentenced to life in prison for murdering three patients and trying to kill a fourth.

Brexit
Brits in Denmark left shocked and concerned by Brexit
British expats in Denmark were left feeling like these supporters of the 'Stronger In' campaign who watched the referendum result in London early on Friday. Photo: Rob Stothard/AFP/Scanpix

The Local spoke with a handful of British expats living in Denmark on Friday and not a single one was happy about the referendum result.

Roskilde Festival 2016
8 key questions ahead of this year’s Roskilde Festival
It's that time again! Roskilde begins on Saturday. Photo: Tobias Nicolai/Roskilde Festival

Denmark's biggest party is about to kick off – here's what we'll be keeping our eyes on as The Local once again heads to Roskilde.

Brexit
Denmark vows to defend euro peg after Brexit vote
The Danish krone has had a fixed exchange rate since 1982. Photo: Colourbox

National Bank "will do what it necessary to maintain a stable exchange rate".

Brexit
EU-sceptic Danish party calls for referendum, PM says no
PM Lars Løkke Rasmussen and FM Kristian Jensen addressed the Brexit results on Friday morning. Photo: Uffe Weng/Scanpix

The Red-Green Alliance wants a Danish referendum on EU membership within a year but the PM reaffirms that "we belong in the EU".

Maersk to mull splitting group under new CEO

Danish oil and shipping conglomerate A.P. Moller-Maersk named a new chief executive and said major changes could be in store.

Brexit
Danish PM: Brexit ‘very sad’ for Denmark and EU
Leave supporters cheer the referendum results on Thursday night. Photo: Toby Melville/Scanpix

Lars Løkke Rasmussen said on Friday morning that he is disappointed in the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the EU.

Brexit
Why Denmark won't try to follow the UK out of the EU
Photo: Bjørn Wylezich/Iris/Scanpix

With Brexit a reality, many point to Denmark as being the next country to follow suit but Danish experts say they are wrong.

Denmark's Sankt Hans Aften explained: Witches and rain
How many hay witches will die tonight? Photo: Colourbox

Denmark will be ablaze with bonfires on Thursday night – if predicted heavy rains don't put a damper on the Sankt Hans Aften celebrations.

Brexit
We hate EU too but 'please stay', Danish daily urges Brits
A woman rides a bicycle as she leaves a polling station at the Royal Hospital in Chelsea, west London on Thursday. Photo: Leon Neal/Scanpix

In a rare move, Berlingske made an English-language appeal to Brits.

Sponsored Article
Why you should attend an international job fair
International
After Brexit, Danish PM resists calls for similar EU referendum
Sponsored Article
VIDEO: Why Malmö is the world's 6th best city for biking
Copenhagen police tear down Christiania cannabis market
National
Copenhagen police tear down Christiania cannabis market
Danish PM: Orlando shooting act of 'hatred'
International
Danish PM: Orlando shooting act of 'hatred'
Society
Sex campaigns lead to Danish baby boom
National
Don't worry Denmark, the world still loves you
Culture
Danish diversity ad a massive social media hit – have you seen it?
National
Denmark scraps green card but spares current holders
Denmark takes historic step for transgender rights
Society
Denmark takes historic step for transgender rights
Denmark to impose new 'integration' rules on kids
National
Denmark to impose new 'integration' rules on kids
Green card holders in Denmark in race against time
National
Green card holders in Denmark in race against time
How Copenhagen achieved an ‘organic food revolution’
National
How Copenhagen achieved an ‘organic food revolution’
Travel
The second best destination in all of Europe is...
Sport
We are the champions! Denmark wins world badminton team title
After 100 years, British WW1 sailor identified in Denmark
National
After 100 years, British WW1 sailor identified in Denmark
Society
Strangest political story in Denmark just got stranger
International
Keeping Denmark in Europol 'maybe impossible'
Analysis & Opinion
Green card holders tell Denmark to keep its promise
National
Denmark picks F-35 in historic jet purchase
Society
Denmark to no longer define transgender as mental illness
National
Danish minister tells 'Sharia' troublemakers to 'get a job'
Culture
Danish 'martyr' exhibit reported to police
National
Denmark extends 'temporary' border measures for sixth time
2,269
jobs available