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Outreach Coordinators

Help us Connect with Americans in your Study Abroad Program, Workplace or Club

Are you here on a study abroad program? Do you work for a company or government agency that employs Americans in Switzerland? Are you active in the local branch of your alumni association? Do you participate in any local club or social group that includes Americans?

Then we want your help!

Would you volunteer to be either a Democrats Abroad Outreach Coordinator or put us in touch with your program/club/group?

As an Outreach Coordinator you can help other Americans to register to vote, with access to experienced voter registration volunteers. Together, we can:

  • Schedule an on-site U.S. Voter Registration day
  • Prepare a flyer about Voter Registration to share via email to your colleagues or post in common areas
  • Inform your fellow Americans of election news and voting deadlines
  • Enable your fellow Americans to participate in state primaries and the U.S. General Election

If you are ready to help, then fill out our online Volunteer sign-up form!

We will give you the information and tools you will need to connect with other Americans. It might even be as simple as meeting other current members of Democrats Abroad at your office. If your school program, church or club is having an orientation day or community fair, let us know so we can set up a voter registration table or hand out information. All our voter registration activity can be organized in a non-partisan way.


#GPP2016 - Vote in Zürich, Switzerland

2016 Global Presidential Primary - Swiss Democrats Vote in Zürich on Saturday March 5th - EMA House Hotel, 3 to 9 pm

U.S. Democrats Abroad will have the opportunity to vote in the March 1 - 8, 2016 Global Presidential Primary to Determine Delegates to Democratic National Convention Representing Our Choice to be the Next President of the United States.

Democrats in Switzerland have two voting centers:

You may vote in the GPP at one of the voting centers or by mail, fax, or email:

Vote in-person - cast your ballot in Switzerland's Voting Centers in Zürich or Geneva during our Global Presidential Primary on March 1st to 8th, 2016.

Vote by mail - request or download a ballot between January 11 and February 8, 2016 and mail it by March 8, 2016 to Peter Butterfield, Rue Bourg-de-Four 8, 1170 Aubonne, Switzerland. Download the ballot from Democrats Abroad website: "Ballot for voting by mail, fax, or email, with detailed instructions (PDF, 6 pages)".

Vote by fax - download the ballot above and fax it to +1-888-958-6739.

Vote by email - from 00:00 hours CET on March 1, 2016 so long as it is received no later than 24:00 hours CET on March 8, 2016 to:PrimaryVoting@democratsabroad.org. Voting by email means -1- filling out a printed ballot and then -2- scanning or photographing the ballot and -3- sending the graphics file as an attachment to the email address PrimaryVoting@democratsabroad.org.


#2016GPP - Vote in Geneva

2016 Global Presidential Primary - Swiss Democrats Vote in Geneva on Tuesday March 1st

U.S. Democrats Abroad will have the opportunity to vote in the March 1 - 8, 2016 Global Presidential Primary to Determine Delegates to Democratic National Convention Representing Our Choice to be the Next President of the United States.

Democrats in Switzerland have two voting centers:

You may vote in the GPP at one of the voting centers or by mail, fax, or email:

Vote in-person - cast your ballot in Switzerland's Voting Centers in Geneva or Zürich during our Global Presidential Primary on March 1st to 8th, 2016.

Vote by mail - request or download a ballot between January 11 and February 8, 2016 and mail it by March 8, 2016 to Peter Butterfield, Rue Bourg-de-Four 8, 1170 Aubonne, Switzerland. Download the ballot from Democrats Abroad website: "Ballot for voting by mail, fax, or email, with detailed instructions (PDF, 6 pages)".

Vote by fax - download the ballot above and fax it to +1-888-958-6739.

Vote by email - from 00:00 hours CET on March 1, 2016 so long as it is received no later than 24:00 hours CET on March 8, 2016 to:PrimaryVoting@democratsabroad.org. Voting by email means -1- filling out a printed ballot and then -2- scanning or photographing the ballot and -3- sending the graphics file as an attachment to the email address PrimaryVoting@democratsabroad.org.


Women’s Caucus 2016 Calendars Have Arrived

Women's Caucus 2016 Calendar

Democrats Abroad Women's Caucus 2016 Calendar honors women illuminating the path to the future.

The perfect gift for family, friends who inspire you, and are inspired by you. A unique opportunity to share the inspiration, spreading the message of Democrats Abroad and the Women’s Caucus, and help raise funds for Switzerland’s 2016 Get Out the Vote efforts. 

A donation of CHF 16.- per calendar will support our 2016 voting drives in Switzerland.

Benefit from our special discounts on orders of more than one calendar:
 ☆  2 calendars for CHF 28.-
 ☆  3 calendars for CHF 36.-
 ☆  get 4 or more for CHF 10.- each 

Also available at any of our upcoming events in Geneva.

Dedicated to women past and present who inspire us and have and continue to light the way for a better future, the 2016 Calendar honors inspirational Democratic leaders: Eleanor Roosevelt, Nancy Pelosi, Kirsten Gillibrand, Madeline Albright, Donna Brazile, Tulsi Gabbard, Hillary Clinton, Lottie Shackleford, Carolyn Maloney, Elizabeth Warren (pictured), Loretta Lynch, and the women of the Supreme Court.

Any questions, email treasurer@democrats.ch.


Rachel Berman, Political Cartoonist

Rachel Berman DemsAbroad donkey and cow Oct 2015
DemsAbroad Donkey and Cow, Oct 2015

Rachel Berman is a high school student in Geneva and an illustrator, who started creating political cartoons when she was 11 years old. 

I am fascinated by the different characters that make up the breadth of global political figures and have found an affinity for bringing out their comedic elements.

And Rachel seems to have found some inspiration by Democrats Abroad Switzerland. We are delighted that Rachel decided to share some of her illustrations with us.

Her website is pencilpolitics.wordpress.com.


Vote In the Global Presidential Primary

Global Presidential Primary

Democrats Abroad Have a Voice

Each presidential election cycle, Democrats Abroad holds a global primary, when U.S. citizens and registered Democrats all over the world can cast a ballot for the candidate to best represent our concerns.

There is nothing more important you can do as a Democrat living abroad than to vote in our Global Presidential Primary and to get as many others to do the same. The more votes we can register, the more strength Democrats Abroad can display, which in turn may lead to more support for our important efforts in the future.

Beginning Super Tuesday, March 1 until March 8, Democrats living abroad will be able to vote in a dedicated global primary to choose the party's candidate for the presidential election.

Based on our votes, Democrats Abroad will send 21 voting delegates to the Democratic Party Convention in Philadelphia.

The National Convention will be July 25-28 in Philadelphia, PA, at which time the Democratic candidate for the presidential election is chosen. And with your help, we will see the next Democratic President of the United States elected on November 8, 2016!


An Early 2016 State of the Union Address

"Mark your calendars: President Obama will deliver his final State of the Union address on Jan. 12"

It is an early date for the annual speech. "The White House recommended that date for a variety of reasons. The House was not scheduled to be in session the week after, ruling that one out. And holding it later seemed, from a White House standpoint, to be pushing it too close to the start of the presidential primary season, with the Iowa caucuses set for Feb. 1 and the New Hampshire primary on Feb. 9."

Save the Date

One member has already volunteered to host the SOTU Viewing Party in Geneva... mark your calendars for January 13, 2016 !

Host a Viewing Party

Are you interested in hosting a gathering to watch the State of the Union Address, or any of the upcoming election debates? Volunteers are always needed all over Switzerland to host watch parties in their homes or local public space. We will support you every step of the way. If you want to be part of the 2016 Democratic victory add your name to the Volunteer Sign Up form right now !

If you are ready to help, then fill out our online Volunteer Sign-up Form right now!

 

Quotation by Carl Hulse, taken from "Obama’s Final State of the Union Is Set for Weeks Before Primary Season Begins," The New York Times, December 1, 2015.


2016 Democratic Party Presidential Debates

Democratic Presidential Debates, Schedule and Viewing Parties

THIRD DEBATE

The 3rd debate is on deck, energy is high... and we'll be hosting viewing parties to watch debate replays in Basel, Geneva, and Zurich.

Date: December 19, 2015
Location: Manchester, NH
Time: 8 pm in New Hampshire, U.S.A. (2 am the following morning, December 20th in Switzerland)
Sponsors: ABC News, New Hampshire Democratic Party, WMUR-TV, The Union-Leader

Attend a viewing party to watch the debate replay with fellow Swiss Democrats on Sunday December 20th in Basel or Zurich, and meet us at Mr Pickwick Pub on Tuesday December 22nd in Geneva.

Use the official #DemDebate hashtag when discussing the debate on Social Media.

Democrat living abroad and watching the debate?
Join the global conversation using #DemsAbroad / #DemDebate 
and Democrats Abroad will RT all the best tweets.


Upcoming Debates

FOURTH DEBATE

Date: January 17, 2016
Location: Charleston, SC
Sponsors: NBC News, Congressional Black Caucus Institute, South Carolina Democratic Party

FIFTH DEBATE

Date: February 11, 2016
Location: Wisconsin
Sponsors: PBS, Wisconsin Democratic Party

SIXTH DEBATE

Date: March 9, 2016
Location: Miami, FL
Sponsors: Univision, The Washington Post, Florida Democratic Party 


Past Debates

FIRST DEBATE, OCTOBER 13, 2015

Airing in Switzerland October 14 at 2:30am, CNN International will broadcast the debate live. It will also be streamed for free on CNN.com.

Date: October 13, 2015
Time: 8:30pm ET
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada; Wynn Las Vegas
Sponsors: CNN, Nevada Democratic Party, Facebook
Moderator: Anderson Cooper

Watch a replay of the first debate ➔

SECOND DEBATE, NOVEMBER 14, 2015

Airing in Switzerland November 15 at 3am, CBS News is making the debate viewable live online.

Watch a replay of the second debate ➔

Date: November 14, 2015
Time: 9pm ET
Location: Des Moines, IA; Drake University
Sponsors: CBS News, Twitter, Iowa Democratic Party, KCCI, Des Moines Register
Moderator: John Dickerson

 

Schedule reproduced from "2016 Primary Debate Schedule," Democrats.org, November 16, 2015. 


Thanksgiving in Geneva

This year, members and friends of Democrats Abroad Switzerland got together to celebrate Thanksgiving with our first Turkey Day Potluck dinner, at a private residence in Geneva. Along with the turkey, we dined on the side dishes and desserts brought by guests, representing special family traditions. 

Let's hope this is the beginning of our own Swiss Thanksgiving tradition.


Welcome to Democrats Abroad Switzerland

Arosa, Graubünden, Switzerland
Mountain in Arosa, Graubünden, Switzerland by W. Bulach licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0.

Democrats Abroad Switzerland is the official country committee for U.S. Democrats living in Switzerland.

We strive to help Americans connect with fellow citizens living across the 26 Cantons of the Swiss Federation and remain active in U.S. politics. Living in a unique nation of expats in which resident foreigners comprise 23% of the population, Democrats Abroad provides a vital social and political link for American citizens staying for a short period as well as those here for the long-term.

Our mission is to deliver critical votes for Democrats in U.S. Federal elections, as well as serving as unofficial U.S. ambassadors, communicating global perspectives to Washington D.C. and our hometowns and Swiss communities.

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.

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