Incumbent GOP governor Pat McCrory conceded to Roy Cooper this week, almost a month after the November 8 election. Cooper's win, made possible by Democrats abroad votes, is an important victory for the Democratic Party
“There is no doubt that overseas votes helped put Cooper over the top,” said Katie Solon, International Chair of Democrats Abroad. “He won by roughly 10,000 votes, fewer than the 11,000 civilian votes we helped send back to North Carolina.”
Democrats Abroad conducted effective outreach to all of its Tar Heel members, informing them of the deadlines and processes necessary to cast their ballots from overseas. Social media advertising delivered our GOTV message to North Carolinians around the world, so that they could make their voice count in what was a close and divisive gubernatorial race.
North Carolina has attracted national attention in recent years for its conservative legislation. This includes its House Bill 2, which limits LGBT rights and denies transgender people access to bathrooms, and a 2013 voter identification law that was struck down this year by a federal appeals court for its “discriminatory intent.”
Cooper’s victory is a positive indication for needed political change in North Carolina. It also demonstrates the importance of the overseas vote in effecting the balance of power.
Early this morning, while we reflected on the disheartening results of the US Presidential election, we took heart in also reflecting on the hundreds of thousands of lights of goodwill that are our members, our leaders, our donors and our volunteers.
Thank you to our country committee and global leaders across the world who donated their time and commitment to Democrats Abroad efforts this year.
The following article by Tom Fina, Executive Director Emeritus for Democrats Abroad, reminds us all of the necessity of continuing our get out the vote efforts to ensure a Democratic House and Senate.
Letter from Washington
Executive Director Emeritus
The print and electronic media are brimming with campaign news. Election day is less than two weeks away. The near consensus prediction is that Hillary Clinton will win. On that assumption, what happens the morning, the weeks and the months after?
The morning after, will Donald go quietly into the night? Fat chance. Will he continue his campaign to de-legitimize Clinton’s election as he tried to discredit Obama with his birther campaign? Probably.Read more
George Takei, LGBT activist, director and actor, met with Democrats Abroad today to give his view point on the election and answer questions from members all over the world. We also heard from our very own Martha McDevitt-Pugh, who leads the DA LGBT Caucus, Rep. Jared Polis (CO 2), Rep. Seth Moulton (MA 6), and Dominic Lowell, head of LGBT outreach for the Clinton campaign.
Ada Shen (China) introduced George Takei; Alex Montgomery (Hong Kong) interviewed him and also introduced and interviewed the remaining speakers. The event was the fourth and last Global Town Hall of this election year, and was well attended by members from around the world.
More than 30 countries have held debate watch parties this week, and we are enjoying seeing the pictures roll in!
Debate watches have continued all around the world, as Americans come out in droves to rehash the debates, ask voter registration questions and sign up to volunteer. We're loving all the pictures country committees are posting on Facebook - keep them coming in and we'll keep adding them to the site!!
Americans abroad got up early this morning, or stayed up late last night to join their friends and fellow Americans to watch the first Presidential debate. Members in Singapore, Chile, Canada, and the Dominican Republic all watched the debate live. Throughout this week, Democrats Abroad will hold more than 50 events for Americans and friends to watch recordings and discuss the debate.
Check out our events listing for a debate watch near you. And if you're on Facebook or Twitter, look for #debatewatchabroad for more details.
Voter registration initiatives have been going on all year for Democrats Abroad committees and chapters, but this is the time of year we move into full gear to get out the overseas vote. On the weekend of September 16-18 we joined the Clinton Campaign for a #WeekendOfAction, staging rallies, fundraisers and – of course! – voter registration drives in locations right around the world.Read more
We're on to Day Four of the Convention - and Hillary Clinton's historic acceptance speech, when she becomes the first woman to accept the nomination of a major party for President of the United States.
The day began for the Democrats Abroad delegation with a breakfast with the Oregon delegation. We met many of their delegates and told them about DA, including Senator Jeff Merkely and Governor Kate Brown. And we were all joined by Senator Bernie Sanders as part of a "Thank You " visit, where he got to thank his many Oregon supporters including Senator Merkeley and the Oregon delegation, both Sanders and Clinton delegates, got their chance to thank him.
There were many powerful speeches through the day, but certainly one of the most powerful of the night, if not the Convention, came from Mr. Khizr Khan, the father of an American hero, Capt. Humayun Khan, who was killed in Iraq, defending his unit from a suicide bomber. In case you missed it (and you would have if you were watching Fox News as they cut away to a commercial), it is well worth watching - and watching again. After the speech, Mr. Khan emphasized that he was not there to speak for Hillary Clinton but had a message for Mr. Trump Clutching the Constitution, Mr. Khan delivered an emotional and devastating critique to Donald Trump, as he reminded him that the Constitution provides for equal protection for all. And concluded by telling Mr. Trump, "You have sacrificed nothing. Here's a clip of the story of Capt. Khan spoken by Hillary Clinton and his father's address to the Convention. (skip the ad)
And here's another video that delegates didn't get to see because of time constraints, but is now making the rounds. As the son of another Dorothy, I think it has a powerful message for women - and men - about how far we've come and who got us there, including the role that Hillary Clinton has played in the lives of women in the U.S. and around the world. Here's the Facebook video.
More to come from our delegates on the last day of the Convention.
Day Three at the Convention and we will be hearing from Vice President Biden, our next Vice President Tim Kaine - AND President Obama. It should be an inspiring evening. Tim Kaine is a long-time friend of Democrats Abroad. Here he is joining DA Switzerland with a votefromabroad.org banner.
Here's another post from Ryan Turner - a Sanders delegate from Spain (and now Italy) - about Day Three.
Feeling and general intensity of the entire convention was definitely much calmer today than the first two days. One of the most memorable moments that Bernie fans remember from the previous day was the heartfelt words given by Larry Sanders to his brother Bernie. Things were relatively calm yesterday compared to Tuesday after a protest that occurred after Bernie Sanders call to waive procedural rules and declare Hilary Clinton the nominee by acclimation. The protestors proceeded to the media tent chanting "Walk Out! Walk out!".. I can assure you ALL that these protestors are the one percenters of sanders supporters. Of our entire delegation of nearly 2000 sanders delegates, I can say with certainty that there were no more than 30-40 protesters. They do not seem to represent the majority of us Berniecrats.
The two biggest surprises of last night's speakers were certainly Leon Panetta who was booed by the crowd due to his obvious ties to the is war involvement and Michael Bloomberg, a surprise speaker used by Hillary to reach out to independents and fiscal conservatives in the Trump camp. Joe Biden had the most electrifying speech of the night and his swagger and panache as a first-rate statesman and politician is always a crowd pleaser. He's easily one of Politics' most likable personalities! His message "it's not your example of power but the power of your example" that shows strength!
Lenny Kravitz amazing performance was another surprise. He shows that Hilary's star-level support is surpassed only by Barack Obama himself. Tim Kaine did basically the same speech he did last week... I predicted he'd start speaking random Spanish and I was right!
Barack Obama.. BARACK OBAMA! I don't care what he said or how he said it.. In fact.. For the most part it was difficult to hear most of what he said. I was there in the room with the man himself! One of the most memorable experiences of my life!