Democrats who live overseas, including those in Costa Rica, can participate in their own primary election.Democrats Abroad here is organizing the opportunity for voting.
Democrats can either visit a designated polling place or designate their choice online, the organization said.
The results here, those at 39 countries hosting in-person votes and results from other countries eventually will result in the selection of 13 pledged delegate votes to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in July. The organization will have a total of 17 votes there.
Of course, Democrats who vote in their home state primary cannot vote again here, the organization noted.
Democrats Abroad said that designated polling places will be set up in Escazú, Grecia, Pérez Zeldon, Quepos/Manual Antonio and San José. Information on specific locations can be obtained by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 8572-2984.
From now until March 8, Democrats who are unable to attend a voting site can vote remotely via mail, an email attachment or a fax, said Democrats Abroad. Details are at democratsabroad.org.
Said the local organization: “Democrats Abroad is unique: unlike the Republicans, Democrats Abroad’s leadership is elected by the organization’s members, and only Democrats Abroad holds a dedicated primary, which allows the members living in more than 190 countries around the world the opportunity to record their presidential preference and directly affect the Democratic Party’s choice of its nominee.”
Republicans Overseas, a similar organization, just held a preference poll that was won by Rand Paul with 34.4 percent. Marco Rubio came in second with 22.6 percent, followed by Donald Trump with 14.1 percent. Paul has since withdrawn.
Democrats will have to choose between former first lady Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, the Vermont senator.
The Panamá News has posted responses from the candidates on issues affecting expats. These include citizenship-based taxation and the same country safe harbor addition to the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act that has caused problems for many Americans overseas. The questions were posed by Democrats Abroad. The responses are HERE!