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  • published Democrats Abroad Austria June Newsletter in News 2016-06-05 17:11:01 -0400

    Democrats Abroad Austria June Newsletter

    In this June 2016 issue:

     

     

    UPCOMING EVENTS:

    1. Salzburg Monthly Get-Together – June 17

    Our next meeting will be Friday, June 17, 2016 at The English Center at 17:30. This will be our last meeting before summer vacation! Members and friends are welcome. So please give Mary Ann a quick call at 0664 59 23 408 (or send a text) to let her know you are coming. See you there!


    JOIN US:
    Date: Friday, June 17

    Time: 5:30 p.m.

    Place: The English Center, Haunspergstrasse 37A, 5020 Salzburg

    Contact: Mary Ann Balko-Koch 0664 59 23 408

     

    2. 21st Regenbogenparade (Rainbow Parade) Theme: "Bringing Down Borders" – June 18

    Democrats Abroad Austria is happy to be involved in the 21st annual Regenbogenparade in Vienna. This year’s parade begins at 3 pm at the Sigmund-Freud-Park (Schottengasse), where from 10 am the warm-up takes place at the Pride Park and gets moving in the direction of traffic. The route passes the Börse (the stock exchange), Franz-Josefs-Kai, Schwedenplatz, Urania, Stubenring, the Opera, the Parliament and the University, before returning to Sigmund-Freud-Park. Here the final rally – the so-called Celebration – will take place, including speeches as well as national and international live acts.

    For more details please refer to the website: http://www.hosiwien.at/en/rainbow-parade/pride/

    JOIN US:

    Date: Saturday, June 18

    Time: 3:00 – 7:00 p.m.

    Place: Sigmund Freud Park, Alservorstadt, 1090 Vienna

    Contact: Matthew Stevens, matt@matthewstevens.org +436644180425

    Be sure to RSVP here!

     

    3. Young Dems Pub Night: Austrian style – June 23

    To welcome some guests that we will have in from the U.S., this month we have decided to go to a "Heuriger " in Vienna's 19th district called Feuerwehrwagner. It has lovely traditional Austrian cuisine and is surrounded by vineyards. To make it more traditional, we encourage all coming to dress in their "Tracht," or Austrian original costume. So dig out your Lederhosen & Dirndls & we'll see you there!

    JOIN US:

    Date: Thursday, June 23rd

    Time: 7 pm

    Place: Feuerwehrwagner, Grinzinger Straße 53, 1190 Wien

    Contact: Ashley Arreola, +436503749481

    Please RSVP on Facebook here

     

    4. Save the Date! Independence Day BBQ and Softball – On the THIRD OF JULY!

    Sunday, July 3rd, Democrats Abroad will again join AIOV (Americans In International Organizations in Vienna) at the Prater this year to celebrate Independence Day. There will be burgers and softball as well as a good crowd. For the softball game all equipment will be provided, so one should bring gym shoes.

    JOIN US:

    Date: Sunday, July 3rd

    Time: Noon til dusk.

    Place: Prater – by the #1 Tram line stop by the softball fields and Spendlwiese.

    Looking forward to seeing you there!

     

    5. Save the Date! October Fundraiser for the General Election – October 8

    It’s never too soon to start planning for the next Democratic president in the White House – so Joey Green & the DAA are doing just that!

    Mark your calendar, spread the word, and join us for another unforgettable evening of great American music at the Schwarzberg Club, on Saturday, October 8, 2016. One month before the general election, this fundraiser will help us to Get Out the Vote in support of the next Democratic POTUS!

    Fundraiser

    JOIN US:
    Date: Saturday, October 8th

    Time: TBA

    Place: Schwarzberg Club, Schwarzenbergplatz 10, 1040 Vienna, AT.

    RSVP pending!

     

     

    DAA Review 

    Democrats Abroad Global Convention in Berlin

    From May 12th-15th, Democrats Abroad held our Global Convention in Berlin, where we elected our delegates for the Democratic National Convention in July. Representing Austria were Chair Keith Jacomine, Vice Chair Ashley E. Arreola, and Databank Manager & Executive Committee member Mary Ann Balko-Koch. The Convention was held at the Willy-Brandt-Haus, home to the SPD, and we were welcomed by many guest speakers including the former Ambassador, the Honorable John Kornblum, the current Deputy Chief of Mission in the American Embassy Kent Logsdon, and a member of the German Parliament, the Honorable Niels Annen, who serves as a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee in the Bundestag. It was a truly wonderful occasion and simply exciting to meet DA leaders from all around the globe, as well as experience democracy first-hand during our long & sometimes complicated election process. For full results on the elections, please visit our website to see the full list: Results from the DA Global Convention

    Links to other DA information 
    Democrats Abroad Austria: www.democratsabroad.org/at 
    Democrats Abroad International: www.democratsabroad.org
    The Democratic Party: www.democrats.org 
    http://www.votefromabroad.org/
    Democrats Abroad Austria on Facebook


     

    Contact
    info@democratsabroad.at
    By post, write to: 
    Democrats Abroad Austria
    c/o Robert Muller
    Postfach 45
    A-1042 Wien 


    Tel: +436767833858


  • published Democrats Abroad Austria - April Newsletter in News 2016-04-03 11:51:48 -0400

    Democrats Abroad Austria - April Newsletter


    In this April 2016 issue:

      1. Democrats Abroad Global Presidential Primary Recap
      2. Annual General Meeting Recap.
      3. Vienna St. Patty's Day Pub Night Recap.
      4. Graz Meet-Up Recap

    Upcoming Events

    Save the Date! October Fundraiser for the General Election.
    Keith Jacomine - Chair of Democrats Abroad Austria It’s never too soon to start planning for the next Democratic president in the White House – so Joey Green & the DAA are doing just that! Mark your calendar, spread the word, and join us for another unforgettable evening of great American music at the Schwarzberg Club, Schwarzenbergplatz 10, 1040 Vienna, on Saturday, October 8, 2016. One month before the general election, this fundraiser will help us to Get Out the Vote in support of the next Democratic POTUS!

    Dates: Octoboer 8th, 8:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.

    Place: Schwarzberg Club: www.schwarzberg.wien

    RSVP pending!

     


    Young Dems Pub Night – April 21st
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    For April we are going to sit outside at the Brandauer Schlossbräu in Hietzing right across from the Schönbrunn Tiergarten entrance on Wednesday, April 20th at 7 pm. Early comers can walk through Schönbrunn from the main entrance to the Tiergarten entrance gate to work up that appetite and enjoy the weather. If it rains, we will make our way inside. 

    We have a lot of new young members out there that we would love to get to know a little better, so please join us and don't forget to RSVP.

    JOIN US:

    Click here to RSVP!

    Or RSVP directly on Facebook!

     Date: Wednesday, April 21st, 2016

    Time: 7:00 p.m.

    Place: Brandauer Schlossbräu, Am Platz 5, 1130 Vienna 

    Contact: Ashley Arreola, +436503749481

     


    Salzburg Monthly Get-Together – April 29th
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    Our next meeting will be Friday, April 29, 2016 at The English Center at 17:30.

    Members and friends are welcome. So please give Mary Ann a quick call at 0664 59 23 408 (or send a text) to let her know you are coming.

    JOIN US:
    Contact: Mary Ann Balko-Koch +436645923408
    mabkoch22@gmail.com

    See you there!

    Click here to RSVP
    Date: Friday, April 29th
    Time: 5:30 p.m.
    Place: The English Center Haunspergstrasse 37A Salzburg 5020 Austria.



    Democrats Abroad Global Meeting in Berlin May 12 - 15 dems commit

    Our global Democrats Abroad leaders have some really great events planned for Berlin in May at the Willi Brandt Haus, and this 4-day meeting — with the regional caucuses (Fr) and global convention (Sa) — promises to be very exciting for our leaders, our delegate candidates and our super-volunteers. Please consider coming to BERLIN 2016 if you are interested in getting involved and seeing how the machine works from the inside. Both our Chair and Vice Chair will be in attendance, and we would love to have you join us as well.

    In case you are interested in some basics about BERLIN 2016, please e-mail our V.C. at ashley_arreola@yahoo.com


    Issues and Actions

    Review of past events:

    DAA Meet-Up


    DAA Global Presidential Primary Review

         On March 3rd and 5th, 248 DAA members came to our poll set up in Cafe Museum to cast a ballot in our Global Presidential Primary, with an additional 161 members casting their votes remotely. Bernie Sanders won our primary in Austria with 286 votes versus 122 votes for Hillary Clinton and one vote for Martin O'Malley.Democrats Abroad ran 153 voting centers in 38 countries from March 1 to March 8. In total, Bernie Sanders won Democrats Abroad’s Global Presidential Primary, defeating Hillary Clinton 69%-31%. Sanders picks up 9 pledged delegates as a result of the primary, while Clinton secures an additional 4 delegates.  U.S. Democrats living around the world cast 34,570 valid ballots. Turnout exceeded that of 2008 by 50%.

         Thanks to all our volunteers over the two days for making our primary run so effectively and thank you to all our members for participating! 

    Annual General Meeting

    Thanks to all who joined us for our AGM in Vienna on March 5th at Webster University. We had a good turnout and were able to raffle off a few times to help cover the costs of our Global Presidential Primary. We also discussed 2016's Get Out the Vote(GOTV) efforts and how people can help participate by phone banking, handing out votefromabroad.org cards and telling your American friends that live abroad to register to vote via the website. We have an exciting year ahead of us and lots to do to GOTV, so please encourage all of our American friends to vote and whatever you do, vote blue!!

    Vienna Young Democrats St. Patrick's Day Pub Night Recap:

    Vienna Democrats were well represented at the Golden Harp this Saint Patrick's day. We had Democrats from all over the world meeting and drinking green beer while listening to some great Irish music. Roughly 15 people made it for the evening out in the 3rd district. The local bar was full of holiday spirit and great conversation.

    Graz Meet-Up Recap:

    On March 30th, roughly 15 proud Democrats came out for drinks and burgers at B.EAT in Graz. After a rousing game of "Who Said It: Il Duce or El Drumpf?" (stolen from our AGM) in which we found it exceedingly difficult to distinguish quotes by Mussolini and Trump, the grand prize of an Democrats Abroad Austria April Newsletter Oprah Magazine was awarded. The crowd went wild for the Democratic candidate buttons thanks to DA Germany, but there are still several to sell for 2 EUR each, 100% of which will go toward Get Out the Vote efforts in Austria. Lots of people expressed interest in meeting more frequently in Graz, so more events will be organized – especially debate watch parties as the general election approaches. We’re also looking for ways to reach out to more Americans in Graz – we know you’re out there! Anyone looking to get more involved in the Graz area, please contact Member-at-Large Caitlin Ahern at caitlin.ahern@gmail.com.

    Links to other DA information
    Democrats Abroad Austria: www.democratsabroad.org/at
    Democrats Abroad International: www.democratsabroad.org
    The Democratic Party: www.democrats.org
    http://www.votefromabroad.org/
    Democrats Abroad Austria on Facebook



    Contact
    info@democratsabroad.at
    By post, write to:
    Democrats Abroad Austria
    c/o Robert Muller
    Postfach 45
    A-1042 Wien


    Tel: +436767833858

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  • published Democrats Abroad Newsletter - March 2016 in News 2016-03-01 07:21:48 -0500

    Democrats Abroad Newsletter - March 2016


    In this March 2016 issue:


    Upcoming Events

    Cast Your Ballot in the DA Austria Global Primary
    DAA Meet-Up This week, the week of the Super Tuesday primaries in the US, Democrats Abroad members throughout the world – including Austria - can cast their ballot for their favorite Democratic candidate.

    Dates: March 3, 2:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
    and March 5, 12 noon – 3:00 p.m.
    Place: Café Museum, Operngasse 7 (on Karlsplatz), 1010 Vienna www.cafemuseum.at/


    Please check the FAQ Democrats Abroad Global Primary below for more detail.

    Annual General Meeting
    dems commit This year's Annual General Meeting will be on Saturday, March 5, starting promptly at 4PM. We hope to share Austria's voting results for the Global Presidential Primary, so you definitely do not want to miss out on this special event.

    As we reflect upon last year and look forward to keeping putting another Democrat in the White House in November, we hope you will join us and start planning how to be part of the exciting elections this year! We will also be having dinner together for those interested afterwards at 7 pm, so please let us know if you would like to join either event.

    Please click here to RSVP for the annual general meeting at 4 p.m.. (Webster University).
    Please click here to RSVP for the dinner following the meeting at 7 p.m. (location TBA).

    Date: March 5
    Time: from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
    Place: Webster University Campus, Rm 1.14 inside Palais Wenkheim, Praterstrasse 23, 1020 Vienna

    Young Dems Pub Night St. Patrick's Day edition. The Golden Harp 3rd District
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    It's that time of year again: leprechauns, shamrocks and Guinness! Join us in the non-smoking Golden Harp Irish Pub in the 3rd district. The shenanigans start early at 6 p.m., so bring your favorite emerald-colored sweater and toast your fellow Dem-o’cratic friends.

    Click here to RSVP
    Date: Thursday, March 17
    Time: 6 p.m.
    Place: The Golden Harp Irish Pub Erdbergstraße 27, 3rd district, 1030 Vienna www.goldenharp.at/


    Salzburg March Meet-Up
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    Our next meeting will be Friday, March 18, at The English Center at 5:30. Members and friends are welcome. Please give Mary Ann a quick call at 0664 59 23 408 (or send a text) to let her know you are coming.

    Click here to RSVP
    Date: Friday, March 18
    Time: 5:30 p.m.
    Place: The English Center, Haunspergstrasse 37A, 5020 Salzburg
    Contact:Mary Ann Balko-Koch 0664 592 3408


    Graz March Meet-Up
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    Whether you're excited or fed up with the primaries by this point, come celebrate/vent with fellow Democrats over sensational burgers (our president's favorite food!), delicious fries and some drinks at B.EAT - a "new American restaurant" (Harrachgasse 2, along Glacisstraße). We look forward to seeing you and meeting some new faces! Thoroughly disgusted Republicans also welcome! ;)

    Click here to RSVP
    Date: Wednesday, March 30,
    Time: 7 p.m.
    Place: B.EAT, Harrachgasse 2, 8010 Graz
    RSVP: Appreciated by March 29th at here or call 0650/312 5572


    Democrats Abroad Global Meeting in Berlin May 12 - 15 dems commit Our global Democrats Abroad leaders have some really great events planned for Berlin in May at the Willi Brandt Haus, and this 4-day meeting — with the regional caucuses (Fr) and global convention (Sa) — promises to be very exciting for our leaders, our delegate candidates and our super-volunteers. Please consider coming to BERLIN 2016 if you are interested in getting involved and seeing how the machine works from the inside. Both our Chair and Vice Chair will be in attendance, and we would love to have you join us as well.

    In case you are interested in some basics about BERLIN 2016, please e-mail our V.C. at ashley_arreola@yahoo.com

    Issues and Actions

    FAQ: DA Austria Presidential Global Primary, March 3 and March 5

    DAA Meet-Up Q: Am I eligible to vote in the Democrats Abroad Global Primary?
    A: Any American living abroad, who will be at least 18 years old on Election Day 2016, and who is a member of Democrats Abroad is eligible to participate, on the condition of not having voted (or intending to vote) for a presidential candidate in any other state primary in 2016.

    Q: How do I join Democrats Abroad?
    A: Just visit www.democratsabroad.org/join and fill out the form. It will only take a minute or two. Tell your friends to join, too.

    Q: Can I join on the day of the Primary?
    A: Yes absolutely. Our voting centers will be equipped to register new party members on the spot.

    Q: How do I vote in the Global Presidential Primary?
    A: There are two ways you can vote in the Global Primary. The FIRST WAY is to go to your local VOTING CENTER during the designated voting hours in the first week in March (see info above about voting at Café Museum in Vienna). Each Chapter of Democrats Abroad will have a Voting Center. Just be sure to bring your U.S. passport.

    Q: What if I can’t attend that day, or I live far from the nearest voting center, is there another way I can vote?
    A: Yes. The SECOND WAY to participate is by REMOTE VOTING. You can download a ballot HERE, mark it, sign it, date it, and send it to us either as an email attachment or via old-fashioned snail mail (or you can even fax it!). It has to be postmarked no later than March 8 to be valid.

    Q: When does Remote Voting begin and how do I do it?
    A: NOW! From January 11 to March 8, it is possible to download and complete a ballot via Remote Voting, and if you would like to do so, please CLICK HERE. There is a full set of instructions that accompany the ballot.

    Q: I cannot download and/or print a ballot but I want to vote via Remote Voting. What do I do?
    A: Write to your local Country Committee with your complete address and contact information, and they will send you a ballot by post (for Austria, write to info@democratsabroad.at). If you cannot contact them directly, then write to us at primaryvoting@democratsabroad.org and we will forward your request to them.

    Q: Where do I return my ballot (and only my ballot) after I complete it?
    A: If you are returning it as an email attachment, then send it to primaryvoting@democratsabroad.org. If you are returning it via postal mail, and you are a member in Austria, send it to Keith Jacomine, Democrats Abroad Austria, Mariahilferstrasse 7/2, 1060 Vienna, Austria

    Q: What Information is required on my ballot?
    A: Your full legal name, date of birth, your country of residence (e.g., Austria), address of residence in Austria, voting address in the US (or at the very least, the state in which you vote), and if you are returning it by email, your email address. You must also sign and date your ballot for it to be valid.

    Q: Why do you need all that information? And why do I have to sign my ballot? Isn’t it secret?
    A: This is a partisan election for a political party, not a federal election. By signing your ballot, you are attesting that you are a properly qualified party member in good standing, and that you haven’t voted in any other primary election. And if the results are challenged and we are called upon to provide proof of the validity of a ballot, your signed attestation will be that proof. We will note only that you voted, as is the case at any voting station in any election.

    Q: Can I vote in my home state primary?
    A: Yes and No. Ours is a Global PRESIDENTIAL Primary. If you vote for a presidential candidate in our Global Primary, then you cannot vote for a presidential candidate in your home state primary. However, you may vote for Senator, Congressional Representative, Governor, state reps, etc. in your home state primary. To do so, you will first need to contact your home state Democratic Party for the rules and regulations for voter eligibility, remote participation, and the use of absentee ballots, and then request an absentee ballot from your home state.
    Each state is different, and each state party has its own set of rules governing its primary election. But in fact, it is in your interest as an American living abroad to vote in our Global Presidential Primary.

    Q: Why should I vote in the Global Primary instead of my home state primary?
    A: Lots of reasons. First, participating in the Global Presidential Primary shows our country (and the world) how important our elections are to US Citizens living abroad—and how important WE are to those elections. Our strength is in numbers, and by making our voices heard loudly, we make the issues that matter to us known. Voting in the Global Presidential Primary is a forceful way to advocate for those issues.

    Second, your vote has greater weight in our Global Presidential Primary than it does in your home state party. Think about it: ten million votes may be cast in the NY or CA state primaries, but maybe five hundred thousand in DA’s Global Primary. Each individual vote is amplified and more powerful in our primary.

    Third, by casting your vote in the Global Primary, you’ll help give DA a stronger voice and greater weight within the Democratic National Committee. Representation in the DNC is based on proportionality. The more we vote, the more representation we have, and this improves our chances of achieving some of our most important policy goals.

    Fourth, the Global Presidential Primary is the same week as Super Tuesday, which means that it will have an impact early in the nominating race. Who knows? The whole contest could ultimately be decided by the outcome of our primary ... the next POTUS could be determined by the vote that YOU cast in the Global Presidential Primary! No, really. We're not exaggerating. And ...

    Finally, we have made it very easy for you to do, at both our Voting Centers and by Remote Voting. Sheer turnout — raw numbers — really does matter, and that’s why we want you to vote in the Global Primary. Simply put, it’s in your interest to do so.

    Q: I want to vote in a Republicans Abroad Primary. Can you help me out?
    A: No. The GOP does not have a primary for its members abroad. The Democrats Abroad Global Presidential Primary is the easiest and simplest opportunity for Americans living abroad to participate in the nominating process of either party. Besides, at this point, wouldn’t you really rather be a Democrat? Join us at www.democratsabroad.org/join

    Q: The specific question I have hasn’t been answered on this FAQ. What do I do?
    A: Write to us at primaryvoting@democratsabroad.org with your question and we’ll get back to you with an answer as soon as we can.

    DAA Review Democrats Abroad Global Town Hall
    On Sunday, February 21, thousands of DA members around the world participated in a Global Town Hall presentation of the Democratic presidential campaigns with presentations and question-and-answer sessions with Senator Bernie Sanders as well as former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright on behalf of Secretary Hillary Clinton. Watch parties were held throughout Austria. If you missed the live event and would like to watch a recording of the session, it can be accessed via this link: www.democratsabroad.org/the_campaigns_speak_to_democrats_abroad

    Links to other DA information
    Democrats Abroad Austria: www.democratsabroad.org/at
    Democrats Abroad International: www.democratsabroad.org
    The Democratic Party: www.democrats.org
    http://www.votefromabroad.org/
    Democrats Abroad Austria on Facebook


    Contact
    info@democratsabroad.at
    By post, write to:
    Democrats Abroad Austria
    c/o Robert Muller
    Postfach 45
    A-1042 Wien


    Tel: +436767833858

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  • posted about Democrats Abroad Global Town Hall on Facebook 2016-02-29 08:24:21 -0500
    Democrats Abroad Global Town Hall Video

    Democrats Abroad Global Town Hall

    DA Global Democratic Campaigns Town Hall On Sunday, February 21st DA members around the world had to opportunity to participate in a Global Town Hall presentation of the Democratic Presidential Campaigns with presentations and question and answer sessions with Senator Bernie Sanders, and former Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright on behalf of Secretary Hillary Clinton. Watch parties were held throughout Austria. If you missed the live event and would like to watch a recording of the sessions, they can be accessed via this link: http://www.democratsabroad.org/the_campaigns_speak_to_democrats_abroad


  • Newsflash - Attention Voters Coming to Cafe Museum March 3rd & 5th.


    Attention Primary Voters Coming to Cafe Museum March 3rd or 5th!

    Members, if you plan to cast your ballot at the Global Presidential Primary on March 3rd or 5th at Cafe Museum, AND you want to avoid long registration lines, we encourage you to pre-register with Mary Ann Balko-Koch at mab22koch@gmail.com by:

     

    • March 2nd, if you plan to vote on March 3rd
    • March 4th, if you plan to vote on March 5th 


    Please include your Full Name, Austrian address, Voting State (and/or voting address) and phone number. You will be sent an email saying that you are pre-registered. Please show this when you get to the Presidential Primary polling center.

    We hope that this will speed up the primary voting process and avoid long registration lines.

    Currently we are scheduled to be placed immediately in the window seating area to the right upon entering the cafe. If space becomes available, we will move to the rear room where monthly meet-ups have been held in the past.

    If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mary Ann at 0664-5923408.

    We look forward to seeing you at the polls. Thanks for your help in assisting us to run a smooth Global Presidential Primary!

    Don't forget March 5th is also the Annual General Meeting!


  • published Democrats Abroad Newsletter - February 2016 in News 2016-02-04 09:20:08 -0500

    Democrats Abroad Newsletter - February 2016

    In this February 2016 issue:

    Upcoming Events

    Cast Your Ballot in the DA Austria Global Primary
    DAA Meet-UpDuring the week of the Super Tuesday primaries in the US, Democrats Abroad members throughout the world will have an opportunity to cast their ballot for their favorite democratic candidate. 

    Please check the FAQ below to learn about the details.

    Join us at the DA Austria voting center:

    Dates: March 3, 2:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. and March 5, 12 noon - 3:00 p.m.
    Place: Café Museum, Operngasse 7 (on Karlsplatz), 1010 Vienna
    www.cafemuseum.at



    Annual General Meeting
    This year's Annial General Meeting will be on Saturday, March 5th in the afternoon. We hope to share Austria's voting results for the Global Presidential Primary, so you definitely do not want to miss out on this special event. 

    As we reflect upon last year and look forward to keeping a Democrat in the White House in November, we hope you join us and start planning on how you can be a part of the exciting elections this year!

    Date: March 5th
    Time: from 4 pm to 5:30 pm.
    Place: Webster University Campus, Rm 1.14 inside Palais Wenkheim,
    Praterstrasse 23
    , 1020 Vienna.


    Young Dems Pub Night
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    New year, new location! DA Austria cordially welcomes you to come hang out, stay for a drink and bite to eat. If you have never made it to a Pub Night, this is the perfect opportunity to finally get to know us and have a good time! 

    Join us:
    Date: Wednesday, February 10
    Time: 7 p.m.
    Place: Das Campus, Welthandelsplatz 1, 1020 Vienna
    http://dascampus.at






    Salzburg February Meet-Up
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    Our next meeting will be Friday, February 26, 2016 at The English Center at 5:30. Members and friends are welcome. So please give Mary Ann a quick call at 0664 59 23 408 (or send a text) to let her know you are coming. 

    Date: Friday, February 26
    Time: 5:30 p.m.
    Place: The English Center, Haunspergstrasse 37A, 5020 Salzburg
    Contact:The English Center, Haunspergstrasse 37A, 5020 Salzburg



    Issues and Actions

    FAQ: DA Austria Presidential Global Primary, March 3 and March 5

    DAA Meet-UpQ: Am I eligible to vote in the Democrats Abroad Global Primary?
    A: Any American living abroad, who will be at least 18 years old on Election Day 2016, and who is a member of Democrats Abroad is eligible to participate, on the condition of not having voted (or intending to vote) for a presidential candidate in any other state primary in 2016.

    Q: How do I join Democrats Abroad?
    A: Just visit www.democratsabroad.org/join and fill out the form. It will only take a minute or two. Tell your friends to join, too.

    Q: Can I join on the day of the Primary?
    A: Yes absolutely. Our voting centers will be equipped to register new party members on the spot.

    Q: How do I vote in the Global Presidential Primary?
    A: There are two ways you can vote in the Global Primary. The FIRST WAY is to go to your local VOTING CENTER during the designated voting hours in the first week in March. Each Chapter of Democrats Abroad will have a Voting Center. Just be sure to bring your American passport.

    Q: What if I can't attend that day, or I live far from the nearest voting center, is there another way I can vote?
    A: Yes. The SECOND WAY way to participate is by REMOTE VOTING. You can download a ballot HERE, mark it, sign it, date it, and send it to us either as an email attachment or via old-fashioned snail mail (or you can even fax it!). It has to be postmarked no later than March 8 to be valid. 

    Q: When does Remote Voting begin and how do I do it?
    A: NOW! From January 11 to March 8, it is possible to download and complete a ballot via Remote Voting, and if you would like to do so, please CLICK HERE. There is a full set of instructions that accompany the ballot.

    Q: I cannot download and/or print a ballot but I want to vote via Remote Voting. What do I do?
    A: Write to to your local Country Committee with your complete address and contact information, and they will send you a ballot by post; you can find their email address by navigating to their home page on this website. If you cannot contact them directly, then write to us at PrimaryVoting@democratsabroad.org and we will forward your request to them.

    Q: Where do I return my ballot (and only my ballot) after I complete it?
    A: If you are returning it as an email attachment, then send it to primaryvoting@democratsabroad.org. If you are returning it via postal mail, and you are a member in Austria, send it to Keith Jacomine, Democrats Abroad Austria, Mariahilferstrasse 7/2, 1060 Vienna, Austria

    Q: What information is required on my ballot? 
    A: Your full legal name, date of birth, your country of residence (e.g., Austria), address of residence in Austria, voting address in the US (or at the very least, the state in which you vote), and if you are returning it by email, your email address. You must also sign and date your ballot for it to be valid.

    Q: Why do you need all that information? And why do I have to sign my ballot? Isn't it secret?
    A: This is a partisan election for a political party, not a federal election. By signing your ballot, you are attesting that you are a properly qualified party member in good standing, and that you haven't voted in any other primary election. And if the results are challenged and we are called upon to provide proof of the validity of a ballot, your signed attestation will be that proof. We will note only that you voted, as is the case at any voting station in any election. 

    Q: Can I vote in my home state primary?
    A: Yes and No. Ours is a Global PRESIDENTIAL Primary. If you vote for a presidential candidate in our Global Primary, then you cannot vote for a presidential candidate in your home state primary. However, you may vote for Senator, Congressional Representative, Governor, state reps, etc. in your home state primary. To do so, you will first need to contact your home state Democratic Party for the rules and regulations for voter eligibility, remote participation, and the use of absentee ballots, and then request an absentee ballot from your home state.
    Each state is different, and each state party has their own set of rules governing their primary election. But in fact, it is in your interest as an American living abroad to vote in our Global Presidential Primary.

    Q: Why should I vote in the Global Primary instead of my home state Primary?
    A: Lots of reasons. First, participating in the Global Presidential Primary shows our country (and the world) how important our elections are to US Citizens living abroad, and how important WE are to those elections. Our strength is in numbers, and by making our voices heard loudly, we make the issues that matter to us known. Voting in the Global Presidential Primary is a forceful way to advocate for those issues.

    Second, your vote has greater weight in our Global Presidential Primary than it does in your home state party. Think about it: ten million votes may be cast in the NY or CA state primaries, but maybe five hundred thousand in DA's Global Primary. Each individual vote is amplified and more powerful in our primary. And in addition ... 

    Third, by casting your vote in the Global Primary, you'll help give DA a stronger voice and greater weight within the Democratic National Committee. Representation in the DNC is based on proportionality. The more we vote, the more representation we have, and this improves our chances of achieving some of our most important policy goals.

    Fourth, the Global Presidential Primary is the same week as Super Tuesday, which means that it will have an impact early in the nominating race. Who knows? The whole contest could ultimately be decided by the outcome of our primary ... the next POTUS could be determined by the vote that YOU cast in the Global Presidential Primary! No, really. We're not exaggerating. And ...

    Finally, we have made it very easy for you to do, at both our Voting Centers and by Remote Voting. Sheer turnout , raw numbers, really does matter, and that's why we want you to vote in the Global Primary. Simply put, it's in your interest to do so.

    Q: I want to vote in a Republicans Abroad Primary. Can you help me out?
    A: No. The GOP does not have a primary for its members abroad. The Democrats Abroad Global Presidential Primary is the easiest and simplest opportunity for Americans living abroad to participate in the nominating process of either party. Besides, at this point, wouldn't you really rather be a Democrat? Join us at www.democratsabroad.org/join

    Q: The specific question I have hasn't been answered on this FAQ. What do I do?
    A: Write to us at PrimaryVoting@democratsabroad.org with your question and we'll get back to you with an answer as soon as we can. 


    Casper Tolstrup on the Media Team
    DAA Meet-Up
    Casper Tolstrup is joining the media team to assist Stanley Hale with PR and communications. Casper is a Master's student at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna. In 2014, he was the Deputy Campaign Manager on the Stanley Chang for Congress campaign in Hawaii after which he worked as the Digital Associate on the Michelle Nunn for Senate campaign in Georgia. 




    Profiles of DAA members
    Matt Stevens, DAA Member-at-Large 
    This is the latest in a series of short pieces profiling DAA members to give an idea of the many kinds of people in DAA and what brought them to Austria.

    DAA Meet-UpBorn in Dallas in 1975, Matt Stevens grew up on Lake Travis outside of Austin. He left Austin to attend college at the University of Missouri in Columbia, MO, where he studied journalism. After a restless four years at Mizzou and still lacking the credits to graduate, a couple classmates recommended he try a break on a kibbutz in Israel, so he went back to his hometown, Austin, to work and make a little money and flew to Israel for his first trip abroad (not counting road trips to Mexico during the summers).

    Being in Israel in 1999, around Easter, was life-changing during such an active period in its democracy. Four years earlier, Yitzak Rabin had been assassinated; in 1999 Benjamin Netanyahu was in his first term as prime minster, running against Ehud Barak of the Labor Party. "There were young people in the streets campaigning for Ehud Barak and the night he won we were all very optimistic about the future at that time." says Matt.

    At the kibbutz, he met a woman who persuaded him to move to Hamburg with her. There, he learned German and taught English to business executives and software developers. An SAP executive said he ought to finish his degree if he wanted to work at a company like SAP, so he moved back to Austin in July 2001. In 2003, he got a job in tech support, working at Apple Inc. as a system administrator and manager. Finally, while working full-time at Apple Inc., he got his Bachelor's in Business Administration from St. Edwards University in 2006.

    Matt describes Austin as a city that's great for single young people. But when he asked himself where he wanted to settle down, raise a family, and grow old, the answer was not in a town that had no public transportation, 100+ degree summers, and terrible schools, (thanks, George W. Bush and the GOP.) So, after visiting Vienna for the second time in 2008, Matt quit Apple and accepted an offer to work for a small IT firm in Vienna in 2010.

    He moved into his first apartment on Wiedner Hauptstrasse in the 5th district, due to a chance meeting in Austin with a woman who, after striking up a conversation with him after he left his sighthound Megan tied up outside of a grocery store, offered him her Vienna apartment for rent. His resolve was tested immediately upon his arrival in Vienna, when the hot water heater broke and the replacement took weeks to get installed. Then his company didn't have enough Mac-based clients and never seemed to want to pay on time. Lastly, getting into graduate school proved problematic without an acceptance letter from an equivalent program in the U.S. Matt eventually had to go back to Texas, apply for graduate school there, and only once he was accepted did he finally get into the graduate program at the Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien) to study business informatics.

    He continued to work while at the TU, including a 6-month stint at SAP. Meanwhile, he met and fell in love with Denisa Lazarescu, another transplanted expat and graduate student from Bucharest, Romania. They have spent the last 3 years discovering southern and Eastern Europe together and are hoping to get in many more adventures while they can. The two were married in November 2015. 


    Member's Corner
    Detecting the 2016 North Korean Nuclear TestZerbo

    On the morning of January 6, North Korea conducted what it claimed to be an underground H-bomb test in violation of multiple UN Security Council Resolutions, one of a handful conducted worldwide since the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) opened for signature 20 years ago. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called this act "as reckless as it is dangerous." But how was this event detected and confirmed by the international community?

    Dr. Lassina Zerbo, Executive Secretary of the Preparatory Commission of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) explains how the CTBTO global network of monitoring stations and scientists relay near real-time information on possible nuclear tests that is critical for policymakers worldwide.

    With introductory remarks by Ambassador Henry S. Ensher, Chargé d' affaires of the U.S. Mission to International Organizations in Vienna and Laura Rockwood, Executive Director of the Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation
    Place: Amerika Haus - Friedrich-Schmidt-Platz 2, 1010 Vienna
    Date: Monday, February 8, 2016
    Time:6:30 p.m.  
    To Attend Please Register: viennaprograms@state.gov.

    Links to other DA information 
    Democrats Abroad Austria: democratsabroad.org/at 
    Democrats Abroad International: democratsabroad.org 
    The Democratic Party: democrats.org 
    Register to vote from abroad: votefromabroad.org 
    Democrats Abroad Austria on Facebook
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    Contact
    info@democratsabroad.at
    By post, write to: 
    Democrats Abroad Austria
    c/o Robert Muller
    Postfach 45
    A-1042 Wien

    Tel: +43 676 783 3858



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    Democrats Abroad Newsletter - January 2016


    In this January 2016 issue:


    Dear Democrats Abroad Austria Members,

    We hope you and your families had a happy holiday season.

    Looking back on 2015, Democrats have much to be proud of and thankful for in President Obama. The re-opening of relations with Cuba, the multi-national nuclear deal with Iran, the world-wide Paris agreement to combat climate change, the unanimous UN Security Council agreement on a road map for a cease fire and democratic elections in Syria, the 2016 budget allocation agreement and the legalization of same sex marriage were all successes driven by our president.

    In addition to these significant achievements, President Obama continued to preside over declining unemployment, strong GDP growth and improved consumer confidence numbers. Looking to 2016, in his last year in office, I'm confident that President Obama will continue to demonstrate why we should be proud and thankful to have had such a leader over the past eight years.


    In Austria, we're thankful that we have such a supportive and active membership base. Through our social activities such as the Meet-Ups in Vienna, Salzburg and Graz, the young Dems outings in Vienna, and our Fourth of July picnic and Thanksgiving dinner, our members have shown that they like to get together to talk politics and have a bit of fun.

    I'd also like to give a special thanks to members Anne Storey and Janet Cobb for their generous contributions to this year's Global Auction, which helped us raise $2500 for the Democratic Party Committee Abroad and our own Get Out The Vote efforts in Austria.

    The election in November will offer lots of volunteer opportunities for members to assist us in ensuring that all Americans know how to cast their ballots from Austria. Thanks again for your support and involvement throughout this past year. I look forward to seeing you at the Global Primary and at the Annual Meeting in March.

    Keith M. Jacomine
    DAA Chairman
    Matt Stevens Joins Executive Committee

    At the December Executive Committee board meeting we welcomed Matt Stevens, as member-at-large responsibile for overseeing our information and technology issues. Matt is replacing Krista Cupich, who is bidding us adieu and moving back to the US. We wish Krista much luck in her new job and return to the States and thank her for her work the past year and a half. To learn a bit more about Matt, please see next month's member profile.



    Upcoming Events

    Young Dems Pub Night DAA Meet-Up
    Let's celebrate the new year with a beer in Nufldorf at Brandauer's Bierbogen. We will also be saying goodbye to our Ex-Comm member Krista Cupich, as she is headed back to the States. We are sad to see her leave, but we would love to have you there to give her a warm send-off! Please RSVP to this event. For further questions, contact our Vice Chair at ashley_arreola@yahoo.com

    JOIN US:
    Date: Monday, January 11
    Time: 7:00 p.m.
    Place: Brandauer Bierbogen, Heiligenstädter Straße 31, 1190 Vienna www.bierig.at/


    DAA Salzburg Monthly Meet-Up
    DAA Meet-Up

    Happy New Year everyone!
    Our next meeting will be Friday, January 22, at The English Center at 5:30 p.m. Members and friends are welcome. So please give me a quick call at 0664 59 23 408 (or send a text) to let me know you are coming.

    JOIN US:
    Date: Friday, January 22
    Time: 5:30 p.m.
    Place: The English Center, Haunspergstrasse 37A, 5020 Salzburg
    Contact: Mary Ann Balko-Koch 0664 59 23 408


    Democrats Abroad Global Primary and Annual General Meeting

    In 2016, we have the presidential election to look forward to. In Austria, we'll start our efforts to elect the next Democratic president on March 3rd and 5th, where you'll have the opportunity to vote in the Democrats Abroad Global Primary which will be held this year at Cafe Museum. (Don't worry, anyone who cannot join us in person in Vienna will still be able to vote in the primary from home!)


    Look for further information in upcoming newsletters. We will hold our Annual General Meeting on March 5th, time TBA, so please plan to join us.
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    Issues and Actions

    Activate Your Membership on our New Website!

    If you have not yet activated your membership on the New Democrats Abroad website, please do so! Go to www.democratsabroad.org and click on "Join/Sign in" to get to the sign in page. Ignore "sign in with email", go to the bottom of the screen and find "Activate your account on the new site" and click on it. On the next page enter your email address in the space provided and click on "send account activation instructions". Follow the directions given.

    If you have any questions or need help, please call me.

    Mary Ann Balko-Koch
    0664 5923408
    Democrats Abroad Austria Database Manager
    Democrats Abroad Austria Salzburg Coordinator
    Skype: mabkoch1
     

    Members' Corner

    Party of European Socialists Debates 2016 Election with Democrats Abroad
    The Party of European Socialists (PES) and the Viennese Education Foundation of the SP÷, the Social-Democratic Party of Austria, invited Democrats Abroad Austria to participate in the public debate "United States Presidential Elections 2016" on Friday, December 4, at the SP÷ Wiener Bildungszentrum. DAA Meet-Up

    On the panel were the Vice Chair of the California Democratic Party Labor Caucus Daraka Larimore, former Young Dems of America Chief of Staff and current Hillary Clinton for President campaign worker Heather Brown, Casper Tolstrup, media consultant for Democrats Abroad Austria, and Julius van de Laar, who is a digital media strategist and communications expert who served on President Obama's winning presidential campaign as regional GOTV director in the battleground state of Ohio during the 2012 US presidential election. We thank them for reaching out to us and for introducing us while promoting our main initiative www.votefromabroad.org.


    Links to other DA information

    Democrats Abroad Austria: www.democratsabroad.org/at
    Democrats Abroad International: www.democratsabroad.org
    The Democratic Party: www.democrats.org
    Vote From Abroad Website: www.votefromabroad.org
    Democrats Abroad Austria on Facebook



    Contact
    info@democratsabroad.at
    By post, write to:
    Democrats Abroad Austria
    c/o Robert Muller
    Postfach 45
    A-1042 Wien


    Tel: 0676 783 3858

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