Democrats Abroad UAE is gearing up for America’s 2020 election by encouraging US expats to register and ‘building a community’ of voters opposed to President Donald Trump, according to chairman Ridah Sabouni.
The organisation is the official party arm for members living abroad, and has 55 country committees throughout the world with members represented in 190 countries.
In an interview with Arabian Business, Sabouni said that in the UAE, Democrats Abroad has already begun a series of events with a Ramadan Iftar, which it plans to follow up with a Fourth of July event, movie nights, dinners, and speakers covering a variety of electoral issues.
“The idea is to build a community and get Americans involved, and then leverage that community to make sure that they vote and sign up their friends to vote,” he said. “There should be a kind of peer pressure if everyone is involved.”
Already, Sabouni said he has seen a “huge level of interest” in the upcoming US elections from American expats, many of them participating for the first time.
As an example, he added that global Democrats Abroad participation in the 2018 midterm election rose 800 percent compared to 2014.
“The one silver lining for me of the Trump administration is that he has motivated so many Americans to get involved in politics,” he said. “They’re realising that we didn’t do our jobs in the last election and are paying the price now.”
Democrats Abroad is recognised as a ‘state’ party by the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and is represented on the DNC by eight voting members, as well as at the quadrennial Democratic National Convention.
“Democrats Abroad votes do matter. In the last election we flipped three House [of Representatives] seats and helped change the outcome of a race in Florida,” he added. “The increased turnout does have an impact. The presidential candidates are courting our vote.”
The Democratic Party will choose a presidential candidate at a presidential primary in 2020, in which Democrats Abroad members will participate.
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