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New Zealand first to vote in Super Tuesday primaries

New Zealand first to vote in Super Tuesday primaries

In less than 24 hours, Wellington chapter of Democrats Abroad will host Dixville Notch-type midnight vote

U.S. Democrats living in the capital of New Zealand will head to the polls in less than 24 hours, when the 'Super Tuesday' Democratic Presidential Primaries begin on the stroke of midnight in Wellington (6AM EST, February 29).

Results from Democrats Abroad's Global Presidential Primary site are expected to be announced around 12:30AM local time. Voting will take place at Public Bar and Eatery, 48-52 Courtenay Place, Wellington. Democrats will begin to gather from 11PM, with voting scheduled to begin exactly at midnight. Media are invited to attend and film.

Requests for video footage of the voting and results should be sent to press@democratsabroad.org.

Auckland will hold their primary later in the day, from noon until 6 pm at Mexicali Fresh on Princes Wharf. Additional daytime voting centers in Wellington will be open on Tuesday March 1 and Saturday March 5 at One Red Dog.

Similar to the famous midnight voting in Dixville Notch, New Hampshire, the result in New Zealand will be a very early indicator of each candidates' global presence as well as their worldwide resonance within the Democratic Party. A summary of issues facing Americans living abroad, and the candidates responses to those issues, can be found at: www.democratsabroad.org/our_candidates

New Zealand will be the first of 39 countries where Democrats Abroad will host in-person voting between March 1-8; voting sites will be open in 22 cities on Super Tuesday alone.

Remote voting in the Global Primary has already started – Democrats living abroad can vote now via email attachment, mail or fax by visiting democratsabroad.org/gpp.

Final results are expected around March 21st.

For more details about the Global Primary, including voting locations and times, local contacts and a list of our ‘superdelegates’ and their candidate commitments, visit www.democratsabroad.org/press.

Kat Allikian, Chair of Democrats Abroad New Zealand, said:

"We’re proud to have the opportunity to launch Democrats Abroad’s Global Primary, and pay tribute to the unique status of Dixville Notch in our own way. We may not have thousands of Democrats living here, but what we lack in numbers we make up for with our passion for getting out the vote and helping ensure that the next President of the United States is a Democrat.

“Unlike the Republicans, the U.S. Democratic Party allows its members living abroad to have a dedicated voice in who our nominee will be through the Global Presidential Primary.”

“We look forward to providing Americans in New Zealand, including those who join Democrats Abroad at the midnight voting site in Wellington, the opportunity to have their say and help select the next President of the United States.”

ENDS

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