All members are welcome!
Every two years, all positions on the DANL Executive Committee (Excom) come up for election. On behalf of the DANL Nominations and Election Committee, I’d like to inform you that candidates will present themselves and voting will take place at:
The DANL Annual General Meeting and Elections Date: Saturday, March 25, 2017
Time: 3:00 5:00 PMLocation: Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam – in the Harry Mulischzaal on the 6th Floor, Oosterdokskade 143 (close to Amsterdam Central Station)
All ExCom positions are up for election.
Want to find out more about the different Excom positions? Click here for more details.
-Chair -Vice Chair -Secretary -Treasurer -Counsel -2 Members-at-Large
Please note: on February 12, the monthly Dems Gathering in Amsterdam at De Prael won’t be held in order to accommodate an Information meeting.
Instead, on February 12 we’re hosting a gathering from 3:30 – 5:30 at a private address in Amsterdam to inform members about DANL, the role of the Excom and how to run for office. We hope you’ll join us. To RSVP and get location details, email us.
March 8, Deadline for the nominating of candidates March 8, Candidate statements are due March 11, Candidates’ statements and voting ballots available online March 24, Deadline for voting by email March 25, Annual General Meeting + proxy voting
Jeff Rupp Chair, DANL
For immediate release
September 13, 2016
U.S. Democrats in the Netherlands to cast deciding votes to elect Clinton and a Democratic Congress?
Democrats Abroad Netherlands mobilizing U.S. citizen voters ahead of deadlines to request overseas absentee ballots
Democrats Abroad is currently helping Americans in the Netherlands request their ballots for the U.S. general election this November. U.S. citizens can get help at in-person events and through our online tool, votefromabroad.org. In the next month, members of Democrats Abroad in cities across the Netherlands will be registering voters at weekly events, phone banking members, and will be on hand to answer voter questions at the “i am not a tourist” Expat Fair at the Beurs van Berlage October 2. This mirrors the efforts of Democrats Abroad around the world, whose chapters are hard at work supporting the 6.7 million U.S. citizens living abroad who are eligible to vote this year. These efforts include social media outreach and phone banking to members of Democrats Abroad, which for the first time is being conducted and co-ordinated online. At a global level, the DemocratsAbroad.org Help Desk is also providing 24/7 voter assistance to anyone who has questions about how to register and where to send their ballot.
Jeff Rupp, Chair of Democrats Abroad Netherlands said:
"Democrats living in the Netherlands are working hard to make sure every American knows how to request a ballot and that they get their ballot returned in time for it to count. We want to ensure Americans also understand the stakes in this election and that Hillary is the choice for everyone who wants to make sure Trump doesn’t undo all the gains President Obama fought so hard for with health care, marriage equality, and a recovering economy after the worst recession in any of our lifetimes. Because of these efforts, we expect more votes to be cast from U.S. citizens in the Netherlands than in 2008 or 2012."
Katie Solon, International Chair of Democrats Abroad said:
"Democrats Abroad makes it easy for Americans to vote around the world through our online voter registration site votefromabroad.org, our global outreach and our voter help desk. We are seeing a huge increase in voter registration this year and anticipate a record turnout in November.”
For more information and interview requests, contact Megan Janicke +31 0611417369
On behalf of Democrats Abroad Netherlands, DANL Chair Jeff Rupp laid a wreath at the Memorial Day ceremony at the Netherlands American Cemetery at Margraten, Limburg.
8,301 American soldiers who died in World War II are buried there, and 1,722 soldiers missing in action are honored at this vast cemetery of 65 acres.
- U.S. Democrats living in the Netherlands can vote in person for their favorite candidate on March 6 and 7at a Global Presidential Primary voting site
- Americans living in the Netherlands can also vote now by postal ballot, email or fax
- The Netherlands is one of more than 40 around the world hosting in-person voting
Democrats Abroad Netherlands, the official arm of the Democratic Party outside the United States, has launched its campaign to help Americans citizens living abroad to nominate the U.S. Democratic Party's Presidential nominee. (1)
Any Democrat living abroad (2) can take part in the Global Presidential Primary by joining Democrats Abroad via its webpage or the dedicated voter registration/ballot request tool, VoteFromAbroad.org. Membership is free.
There are two opportunities for Americans in the Netherlands to vote in the Global Presidential Primary:
- On March 6 and 7, Democrats can vote in person at dedicated Global Presidential Primary voting sites in Amsterdam and the Hague. Site details and polling hours are below.
- From now until March 8, Democrats who are unable to attend a voting site can vote remotely via postal ballot, email attachment or fax. Details at democratsabroad.org. (3)
After March 8, the votes of Democrats living in over 190 countries worldwide will be counted. Any candidate receiving 15% or more of the primary votes cast will be awarded delegates in proportion to their support in the Global Presidential Primary.
Democrats Abroad will have 17 delegate votes at the Democratic Convention, held in Philadelphia on July 25-28, 2016. (4)
From the Netherlands, Democratic National Committee member Bob Bragar will be attending the convention in Philadelphia as a delegate. He said, "This year's Republican candidates are more extreme and dangerous than ever before. While Democrats offer hope, Republicans give us fear. For the safety of the planet, we urgently need to elect Democrats this year. Every Democrat needs to get out and vote."
"We are at the start of the U.S. state primary season. The Democratic and Republican Parties will be making their choices for their Presidential candidates" said Jeff D. Rupp, Chair of Democrats Abroad Netherlands. "The DA Global Primary will give our members a chance to cast an in-person ballot from abroad for their candidate. Any qualified American can participate by joining Democrats Abroad."
For more information: contact Robbie Checkoway, Media Contact, Democrats Abroad Netherlands, at firstname.lastname@example.org or +31 6 13 06 78 56
Sunday, March 6, 2016 at 3:00 - 6:00pm
ABC Treehouse, Voetboogstraat 11
Amsterdam 1012 XK
Monday, March 7, 2016 at 6:00 - 9:00pm
ABC Treehut, Lange Poten 23
The Hague 2511 CM
- Democrats Abroad is unique: unlike the Republicans, Democrats Abroad's leadership is elected by the organization's members, and only Democrats Abroad holds a dedicated primary, which allows the members living in more than 190 countries around the world the opportunity to record their presidential preference and directly affect the Democratic Party's choice of its nominee.
- To be eligible, voters must be US citizens and 18 as of November 8. Democrats living overseas can vote for a Presidential candidate in either the Global Presidential Primary or their home state's equivalent via absentee ballots. They cannot vote in both.
- Democrats Abroad holds a combination of regional and worldwide caucus meetings from April 12-May 13, 2016, to choose who will be the delegates to the Democratic National Convention. These meetings will culminate in Democrats Abroad's Global Convention in Berlin on May 14-15, 2016
- Democrats Abroad will send a total of 21 delegates to the Democratic National Convention. The thirteen elected delegates will be pledged to a candidate. Eight more will be Democrats Abroad's members on the Democratic National Committee. These eight delegates each have half a vote, therefore giving Democrats Abroad a total of 17 delegate votes at the convention. A detailed summary of the process of selecting delegates as well as our Diversity Program for those who wish to run to be a delegate can be found at our new website, democratsabroad.org.
Democrats Abroad Netherlands is one of 70 country groups around the world, organizing local events and activities to encourage participation in the U.S. political process. 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
Our volunteers are trained to help all Americans exercise their right to vote from overseas. We assist at events, and have also been part of the driving force behind the creation of the online voter registration tool,www.VoteFromAbroad.org - an easy-to-use program that respects your privacy (no information is collected or stored). If you would like to volunteer to help, contact us by email
Our past guests have included former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, best-selling author William Rivers Pitt award-winning investigative journalist Greg Palast, Professor Andy Tanenbaum of electoral-vote.com and LGBT activist Dan Choi
Want to know more?
Contact us for more information on who we are, what we are doing in the Netherlands and how you can get involved.
Jeff Rupp, Chair
Democrats Abroad Netherlands
Image credit: Geert Heuvels (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)