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What a Week!!

What a big week for Democrats Abroad Belgium!  This is the week of our Global Presidential Primary, and we hosted three days of "in person" voting at two different polling stations in Brussels - thanks to the hard work of our Voting Manager, Tiffany Fliss, our new Vice-Chair, Pauline Manos, and our enthusiastic team of volunteers: Sharon Bronzwaer,  Simone Burger,  Paula Cagli, Elizabeth de Bony, Eric de Bony, Vincent DeSantis, Meena Fernandes, Erik François, Chris Horton, Liz Kinoshita, Gaby Leiden, Natalie McNelis, Shannon Pfohman, Meg Porter, Amanda Rohde, Gail Rubinstein, Vasanth Subramanian, Meredith Tandy, and Tony Zamparutti. 
Thanks to you all, we are playing an important role in the nomination process of our party - and we just learned yesterday that we broke our global voter turnout record from 2008, even before all the ballots have been cast!  If you haven't voted yet, you have until midnight tonight (CET) to print out your ballot and return it via fax or e-mail - go to www.democratsabroad.org/global_presidential_primary for more info asap! If you have already voted, don't forget to ignore the Hillary vs. Bernie part of your primary absentee ballot, should you receive one.
And speaking of Hillary vs. Bernie, some preliminary results - for just our "in-person" voting here in Brussels, as the remote ballots have not yet been tabulated - Bernie Sanders received 97 votes to Hillary Clinton's 66!  We should have final results for Belgium by March 13th, so stand by for that total soon.  Congratulations to both our candidates for running respectful and serious issue-oriented campaigns.

DA Belgium also had our Annual General Meeting last week, and we must say thank you to Amanda Klekowski von Koppenfels for her many years of service as Vice-Chair, and for her tireless effort in many other roles.  Amanda will remain on the Executive Committee as our DPCA elector (she carries one of our votes in international meetings) and trusted advisor.  Thank you, Amanda!
We also want to congratulate our new Vice-Chair, Pauline Manos, and our new Secretary, Simone Burger, and wish them well in this busy election year!  And a big thank you to Tiffany Fliss for her ex-officio role as our Voting Manager - our successful week would not have happened without her thorough preparation and execution.
Let's keep the momentum going!  Please join us for our next DA Belgium "pub social" on Wednesday, March 16th - so we can assess the state of both nominating contests after the third Super Tuesday in a row, when the all important states of Florida, Ohio, and Illinois all cast ballots.  RSVP on the Events page and we'll mail you the details - we'll be meeting from 6 to 8 pm and if folks want to continue talking over dinner, there are plenty of restaurant options nearby.

Now is the time to think about what you can do to help your party win in November.  Let's not get complacent just because we assume our opponent is Donald Trump - he changes the electoral map in ways we can not yet imagine.  Please come to the pub social and sign up to volunteer - for voter registration, campaign events, and Get Out The Vote activities.  Your party needs your help - please give some of your time this crucial election year!

Thanks for all that you do.

Best,
Mike Michener
Chair, DA Belgium

 


More coverage of the GPP in La Libre Belgique!

http://www.lalibre.be/…/la-primaire-democrate-passe-aussi-p…

And photos of all the action on our Facebook page - http://www.facebook.com/DABelgium - you can still vote through tomorrow via remote ballot!


Coverage of our Global Presidential Primary...and there's still time to vote!

Wednesday's first day of voting was a great success - nearly fifty of you braved the nasty weather to cast a physical ballot, including many new members and students.  We had tvbrussel filming (http://www.brusselnieuws.be/en/video/tvbrussel/american-brusselaars-vote-super-tuesday-were-ashamed-trump) and an article today in La Libre Belgique (http://www.lalibre.be/actu/international/la-primaire-democrate-passe-aussi-par-la-belgique-56d8961f3570ebb7a8eeb937) !  There's still time to come by the Holiday Inn Schuman to vote on Saturday & Sunday (see the Events page for details).  And, of course, you can always vote via email through March 8th on www.democratsabroad.org/gpp. 


Global Presidential Primary Live Voting in Brussels

Please vote in YOUR primary!

I'm sure you're all geared up to vote in the Presidential Primary, given what an exciting race it is turning out to be.  However, I'd like to ask you to strongly consider voting for your preferred presidential candidate via the Global Presidential Primary rather than in your state's primary (you can still vote for other local offices in your state's primary).  Why?  The over-riding reason is that your vote in the GPP can make more of a difference for the issues that matter to Americans living abroad.  Whether it's health care while abroad, FATCA, or citizenship issues, the DA delegates we send to this summer's convention are likely to be better informed and more concerned about these issues than those from our home states. 

We'll have live voting locations on March 2nd, 5th & 6th and you can also submit your GPP ballot via email, snail mail, or even fax by downloading your ballot via www.democratsabroad.org/gpp - spread the word!


DA Belgium Intro

Photo by Ricky Leong

Welcome to Democrats Abroad Belgium!

DAB is the official country committee for US Democrats living in Belgium. Watch this space for upcoming announcements of meetings and events - we have events planned throughout the year, and encourage anyone interested in participating to get in touch.

If you have questions or would like to help with Democrats Abroad in Belgium please contact us.

Pauline Manos, Chair 
Democrats Abroad - Belgium 
chair-be@democratsabroad.org