Austria

Welcome to Democrats Abroad Austria!

DAAT is the official arm of the Democratic Party for U.S. citizens living in Austria and part of a global network that assists Americans living abroad to register and vote. We are an entirely voluntary organization and welcome your expertise and participation!

Through a range of activities and events throughout the year, we work hard to represent and connect our diverse and active membership. Our participation in the Women’s and Science Marches and, in particular, our monthly grassroots Solidarity Sundays meet-ups have helped us build and expand a welcoming community of compatriots. The DAATalks guest speaker series aims to provide a tri-annual platform for interesting discussions on topical events. DAAT recently hosted Melissa Fleming, UNHCR Communications Director and author of the best-selling book, A Hope more Powerful than the Sea and NYTimes best-selling author, Timothy Snyder, who spoke to us about his most recent book, On Tyranny. Finally, social events, such as our monthly Young Dems Pub Nights, annual Thanksgiving Dinner, Fourth of July party, participation in Pride Parade, and FUNdraising concerts and events guarantee that we also have a good dose of fun. 

Democrats Abroad supports all Americans abroad in registering to vote and casting their ballots from overseas. These get-out-the-vote (GOTV) efforts are at the heart of our political activity, and we rely on volunteers to ensure our members and friends are enfranchised every election, every year. Our absentee votes have been decisive in numerous elections across the U.S.! Together with other DA country committees from around the globe, we're making the specific issues, which are faced by overseas Americans, known on Capitol Hill. 

If you're not yet a member, you can join in just two minutes - under the Join tab above. You’ll receive our monthly newsletter with current issues and actions, events, and reviews. We also encourage you to follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

We look forward to meeting you at a DAAT event soon!

DA Austria Leadership:

Keith Jacomine
| Vice-Chair
Marcy Fowler
| Treasurer
Brett Carnito
| Secretary
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  • News

    October Newsletter

    In this issue:

    Events:

    • Young Dems Pub Night
    • Experienced Dems Meet-up
    • DAATalks: Timothy Snyder
    • Sol Sun #18
    • Election Night Party
    • Thanksgiving

    Midterm Elections:

    • 2018 General Election Deadlines - by State
    • Texas Voters – Alert!
    • Pennsylvania Voters – Alert!
    • Help! I haven’t received my ballot!
    • Embassy Pouch

    Issues & Actions:

    • #Cycle for Sanity
    • Webinar: Dan Pfeiffer from Pod Save America
    • Webinar: Equal Rights Amendment

    Reviews:

    • Phonebanking Parties
    • Fiesta Fundraiser
    • Solidarity Sundays

     


    Events:

    Young Dems Pub Night

    We're looking forward to meeting many of our new young dems who recently became members and registered to vote at our voter registration tables at Webster and IES. Bring along anyone you know who hasn't yet requested their ballot – we'll have our printer with us and can help you with any questions you might have!

    WHEN: October 11, 6:30pm - 10:00pm

    WHERE: Beaver Brewing Company

    CONTACT: Ashley E. Arreola · Ashley_arreola@yahoo.com· +43(0) 650 374 9481

     

    Experienced Dems September Meet-up

    Join our group of experienced democrats for a friendly meet-up! All ages are welcome. Visit us on facebook.

    WHEN: October 16, 2018 at 6-9pm

    WHERE: Café Museum, Operngasse 7, Vienna 1010

    CONTACT: John Cahill · jmcahill47@yahoo.com

     

     

    DAATalks with Professor Timothy Snyder

    DAA is honoured to once again welcome Timothy Snyder to our DAATalkslecture series. Professor Snyder will discuss his new book, “The Road to Unfreedom”, and answer our questions.

    We expect this event to be sold out! Professor Snyder spoke at the opening of the Humanities Festival to a room of approximately 500 people in a Festsaal in the Vienna’s Rathaus. This will be an opportunity for our members to listen to and ask questions of Professor Snyder in a small venue. Be sure to RSVP to secure a place for you and your non-American guests by October 17, 2018. At that point we will open reservations to members of the Republikanischer Club. Professor Snyder spoke at the opening of the Humanities Festival to a room of approximately 500 people in a Festsaal in the Vienna’s Rathaus. This will be an opportunity for our members to listen and ask questions to Professor Snyder in a small venue.

    We have ordered a limited number of copies of Professor Snyder’s books, Road to Unfreedom and 20 Lessons on Tyranny, to be available for purchase at the event – he’ll also be signing books at the end of the evening. Let me know if you you’d like to pre-order a book(s) and we’ll reserve it for you. Please include the title and number of copies. 

    Read more about Professor Snyder’s new book in the Guardian

     

     

    WHEN: October 24, 2018 at 4-6pm

    WHERE: Republikanischer Club, Rockhgasse 1, Vienna 1010

    CONTACT: Jennifer Rakow-Stepper chair@democratsabroad.at

    RSVP REQUIRED: democratsabroad.org

     

     

    Solidarity Sundays 18

    The Lucrative Business of US Prison

    Civics Lessons continue at Solidarity Sundays.

    On October 28th, DAA members are invited to attend Solidarity Sundays Vienna #18, where we will explore the complex issues of America’s justice and prison systems. We will learn about the system’s contours – How many Americans are incarcerated? How do we compare with other nations? Who is incarcerated? What are the social and economic costs? -- and the major players -- Who contributed to the crisis? Who benefits from it? Who is trying to reform it? We’ll turn our attention to policy choices being discussed and learn of some surprising reform allies. Is this an issue that can rise above partisan politics? Is there anything you can do to support reform from Austria? At a dark time in American politics, join us to shine much-needed light on this uniquely American crisis.This is the last Solidarity Sunday before the November 6th midterm elections. Help decide where Solidarity Sundays go from here. We’re a grassroots effort, and work best when we reflect the priorities of our members. Tell us you’re coming hereor on Facebook.

    Bring a friend.

    Visit us on facebook.

    WHEN: October 28, 2018 at 4-6pm

    WHERE: Amerlinghaus, Stiftgasse 8, Vienna 1070

    CONTACT: Juan David Cerda · juandcerda@gmail.com

     

     

    Election Night Party

    We've canvassed, we've phone-banked, we've voted, and on election night we'll be watching for the wave! Join us for dinner and drinks and stay late as the election results come in.

    WHEN: November 6, 2018 at 7-?

    WHERE: TBA

    CONTACT: Jennifer Rakow-Stepper · chair@democratsabroad.at

    RSVP: democratsabroad.org

     

     

    Thanksgiving

    Join DA Austria at our annual Thanksgiving Dinner. This year’s Feast with all the Fixings will be held at the Melker Stiftskeller in Vienna’s first district.

    WHEN: November 22, 2018, 7-11pm

    WHERE: Melker Stiftskeller, Schottengasse 3, 1010 Vienna

    CONTACT: Jennifer Rakow-Stepper · chair@democratsabroad.at

    RSVP REQUIRED: democratsabroad.com

     


    November 6 Midterm Elections

     

    2018 General Election Deadlines - by State

    You should have already received your ballot. If you haven't contact your Local Election Official. When you receive your ballot, don't wait to send it in! Check the your States deadlines here.

     

     

    Texas Voters – Alert!

    You may have seen the news that TX rejected 2400 voter registrations that used Vote.org's camera signature capture method. Vote.org says they are challenging the decision--while getting the hard copies in to TX by the deadline--so we're keeping an eye on it and hope that the site will be back online soon.

    But couple of things to remember about TX:

    • Oct 9thdeadline is to register to vote for a full ballot (federal and state)
    • TX voters have until Oct 26th to register to vote for a federal-only ballot (or for registered voters to request either type of ballot). Federal voters can still vote against Ted Cruz and for Beto O’Rourke.
    • TX only allows overseas voters to vote in state elections if they "intend to return"-- although there is no state income tax -- so there's no state tax downside to saying "intend to return" if that's even a remote possibility
    • Overseas voters can return FPCAs by email without the need for a hardcopy follow-up and are encouraged to do so rather than use fax return. See https://www.fvap.gov/guide/chapter2/texas:

    "IMPORTANT NOTE: Under new state law effective December 1, 2017, a timely faxed FPCA must be followed with a hard-copy mailed FPCA that must be received by the early voting clerk by the fourth business day after the fax. This rule does not apply to an emailed FPCA. Texas strongly recommends using email transmission instead of faxing if you wish to use the fastest delivery method for your FPCA."

    – Heidi Burch, DA GOTV Coordinator

     

     

    Pennsylvania Voters – Alert!

    Pennsylvania voters abroad have been unable to access the ballots that were emailed to them. After much back and forth with the DNC, the Election Assistance Commission, the Coordinated Campaigns in PA and the PA Democratic party and PA’s Dept of State agreed to allow voters abroad access to ballots through an email request. The solution is not perfect but the improvement is encouraging. Many thanks to the DNC Voter Protection team, Giulia Marchiori Ceresa, Carmelan Polce, Susan Schoenfeld Harrington, Jeffrey Cheng, Joe Smallhoover, Heidi Burch and Eileen Weinberg for their help pushing this important issue. DA’s International Secretary and PA voter made the local news.

    Information for PA Absentee Voters Abroad

     

     

    Voter Registration FAQ #24

    “I haven’t received my blank ballot yet, what should I do?

    • Check your Spam folder (if requested electronically)
    • Contact LEO to find out why you didn’t receive a ballot
    • If your state requires a FPCA before FWAB: Verify FPCA received; if not, send in first
    • If your state allows a FWAB to register or request -- watch deadlines!
    • Go to FVAP or VFA to fill in a FWAB -- return immediately
    • If an official ballot comes later, vote and return immediately (if both received on time, only the official ballot will be counted)

    How do I vote using the back-up ballot?

    Email, Fax or Mail In: https://www.democratsabroad.org/fwab

    Mail In Only: https://www.democratsabroad.org/fwab_mail

    Read the entire list of FAQ's



    Returning your ballot via the US Embassy

    We received the following message from a member who made an enquiry at the embassy. They say it takes approximately 10 days, so be sure to drop it off ASAP if you plan to use their service!

    “We can send your ballot via diplomatic pouch which will take about ten days. Just leave it with our reception desk. ...You may mail your ballot to the U.S. Embassy, ACS, Boltzmanngasse 16, 1090 Wien. Or you may submit it to the Consulate directly in person at U.S. Consulate, Citizen Services, Parkring 12a, A-1010 Vienna, Austria, Mon-Fri 8.00 am to 3.00pm.”

     


    Issues & Actions:

     

    #CycleForSanity

    Hello Bikeathon (www.mmpbike.weebly.com) followers near and far! During the past few days we have made our way from Chicago to Hammond, Gary, Michigan City, and South Bend, learning from DNC Chair Tom Perez, Indiana State Chair John Zody, State Senator Karen Tallian, County Commissioner Dr. Vidya Kora, and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

    On October 3 we canvassed in Mishawaka, and on the 5th, we met with the ProKzooers, NextGen Michiganders, State Representative Candidate Terri McKinnon, and "local" microbrewer David Beaver at Bell's Brewery from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. Among other things, we reported on the political work we have experienced and asked Kalamazooers to share with us their insights about campaigning in Southern Michigan. What can we do together to turn our ripples into a blue wave of progressive change in November?

    Please join our "on-the-road" story, share it on your timeline, and talk to friends and family! Oh--and, if you are voting absentee, post a selfie with your enveloped ballot and encourage all to follow you!

    – Bruce Murray, DAA Counsel

     

    Webinar – Dan Pfeiffer of Pod Save America

    Join us October 17, 2 PM DC time (8pm Austria), for a lively discussion on the current American political scene in the US with Dan Pfeiffer of Pod Save America.

    RSVP below to reserve a spot for the webinar which will be both informative and a call to action.

    If you have questions you would like asked during the call, please send via email before October 14, to webinars@democratsabroad.orgwith the subject line "Questions Webinar with Dan Pfeiffer."

    Dan's Biography:

    Our speaker tonight is the beloved Dan Pfeiffer from Pod Save America. After the 2008 presidential election, he ran the communications office for the Obama-Biden Transition team. Less than a year later, Pfeiffer was named White House Communications Director. He remained in this role for the entire first term of the Obama presidency. He was then promoted to Senior Advisor for Strategy and Communications until he left the administration in 2015.

    In January, 2017, Crooked Media launched the popular progressive political podcast, Pod Save America, with the Thursday edition hosted by Jon Favreau and Dan Pfeiffer. His book, Yes we (still) can: Politics in the Age of Obama, Twitter and Trump, was published in June of this year. It is 'An irreverent, no-B.S. take on the crazy politics of our time'

    WHEN: October 17, 2018 at 2-3:30pm (DC)/8-9:30pm (Austria)

    WHERE: Zoom Webinar

    CONTACT: webinars@democratsabroad.org

    RSVP: Dan Pfieffer from Pod Save America Webinar

     

     

    Equal Rights Amendment Project & Webinar

    The Global Women’s Caucus is pleased to announce the kick-off to our Equal Rights Amendment project.

    Check out our ERA Wiki Page.

    Mark your calendars for Tuesday, Oct 16 2PM EDT to hear from the executive director, Kamala Lopez, of Equal Means Equal. She will be sharing with us information about why the ERA is important for women’s rights, what their organization is doing to help, and why it is so important to vote for state legislature candidates that support ERA in the 13 states where it has not yet been ratified. It should be an exciting hour. More details are forthcoming with the RSVP link. Please save the date.

    The webinar is the only planned ERA activity until after the election. Then we have several things planned to help make the ERA not just a proposed amendment but actually part of the constitution.

    – Shari Temple, DA Global IT Team Chair, DA Germany Voting Representative

    WHEN: October 16, 2018 at 2-3:30pm (DC)/8-9:30pm (Austria)

    WHERE: Zoom Webinar

    CONTACT: webinars@democratsabroad.org

    RSVP: Equal Means Equal ERA Webinar

     


    Reviews:

     

    Phonebanking Parties

    During August and September, DA Austria made phone-banking fun by hosting a series of parties to help volunteers get trained on the new CallHub calling system. In all, more than 30 volunteers have been telephoning our members in Austria. Globally, Austria came in 5th place in Vote From Abroad usage with 87% of our membership!

    Big thanks to Tanya, Caitlin, Marcy, Salem, Juan, and Faith for organizing and hosting. And thanks to all those volunteers who overcame any initial hesitancy and spent literally hours reaching our members!

    We’re now calling flippable states – want to help?

    Help others vote! After you have requested your ballot and voted you can help by making calls to other DA Members to encourage them to register and to vote. You call using your computer, so there's no charge to you, and will be connected with other DA members from flippable States throughout the world. For more information about DA's phonebanking system and how to sign up, please go to our website.

     

     

    Fiesta FunRaiser

    35 amigos and amigas got together at Tanya’s home on September 29 for a Fiesta FunRaiser to support DA Austria’s get out the vote efforts. Both the margaritas and the buffet – enchiladas rice, beans, empanadas, salad, and blue wave cookies – were overflowing! Attendees took a swing at a piñata and won some great donated raffle prizes, which included a copy of Woodward’s new book, Fearand a signed edition of Timothy Snyder’s, Road to Unfreedom. Thanks to everyone who came and supported our efforts!

     

     

    Solidarity Sundays “Know Thy Enemy“

    On September 29th a band of Solidarity Sundays activists looked deeply into the emerging picture of Trump supporters. Five distinct groups exist within the Trump voting bloc, and a couple of them are open to sensible political appeals. The key is knowing what energizes them and speaking to shared priorities and issues. One core group remains out of reach, and it’s instructive to understand why. Conventional wisdom after the 2016 election was that economic suffering drove Trump’s base. Political scientists now debunk this analysis. Their finding: white, Christian, male voters supported -- and continue to support -- Trump out of fear their social status is dwindling. The successful GOP weaponization of #MeToo during the Kavanaugh nomination process demonstrates the political potency of resentment. In 1992 voter concerns were captured by the motto “It’s the economy, Stupid”; in 2016 what resonated was “It’s the culture, Stupid”. How to reason with a Trump supporter? A popular tactic that doesn’t work : mocking them. Pointing out their mistaken choice is instinctive to many Democrats, but it radicalizes rather than enlightens Trumpers. When everyone condemns them, they retreat into an extreme and hateful mindset. Solidarity Sundays attendees were treated to a terrific (and terrifically NSFW) Southpark episode to illustrate the phenomenon. Have a look at this nuanced and insightful analysis here – and have a think.

     


    Member’s Corner:

     

    Austrian Tax Information for Expats

    The Vienna Business Agency has organized an information evening for expats to learn more about general Austrian tax and social security conditions.

    Tax experts from Deloitte will be giving an overview of tax and social security issues related to your employment in Austria, especially filing due dates and deductible expenses.

    WHEN: October 17, 2018 at 12-1pm

    WHERE: Expat Center, Schmerlingplatz 3, 1010 Vienna

    RSVP:Tax Information

     


     

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    September Newsletter

    The clock is ticking! There are 67 days until the Midterm Elections but even less time until the cutoff date for overseas voters to request their ballots. If you have not registered to vote/requested your ballot, now is the time. Go to Votefromabroad.org and do it today!

    If you are already registered, it doesn't hurt to check your registration at iwillvote.com. This election is extremely important: don’t be disenfranchised by Republican tricks. Also, if your state's primary has already occurred and you didn’t receive a ballot for that election, you might not be registered.

    Need information on the candidates running in your state's elections? You can use Ballotpedia’s Sample Ballot Lookup Tool. All you need is your voting address and you can find out who’s running in the various elections. There are links to the candidates' website’s, information on ballot measures and more. If your state has not had its primary elections yet, you can get information on primary candidates there too.

     

    In September's Newsletter:

    Midterm Elections

    • Election Calendar: Register, Request, Return!
    • Protect Your Vote

    Events

    • Phone-banking parties in September
    • Experienced Dems
    • Fiesta Funraiser
    • Solidarity Sundays
    • Young Dems

    Save the Dates!

    • November 6, Election Night Party with special guest performer
    • DAA Annual Thanksgiving Dinner Thursday, November 22 in 1010 Vienna

    Issues & Actions

    • Meet Salem Madlo-Islas
    • We’re Democrats. In Vorarlberg
    • Thanks to our Sustaining Donors
    • Flipping the House - Phone-banking parties in August & September
      • Tuesday, Sept. 4– SolSun Civics Special
      • Thursday, Sept. 13– Don’t Wait, It’s Late!
      • Monday, Sept. 20– 46 Days to the Midterms

    Reviews

    • Summer Voter Shout-Out
    • Graz Phonebanking Event
    • On the Road in Innsbruck

    Members Corner

    • The Road to Unfreedom by Timothy Snyder
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    Upcoming Events

    Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at 07:00 PM · 63 rsvps
    Republikanischer Club in Vienna, Austria

    DAATalks: Timothy Snyder and The Road to Unfreedom

    DAA is honoured to once again welcome Timothy Snyder, Professor of History at Yale University, to our DAATalks lecture series. Professor Snyder will discuss his new book, The Road to Unfreedom, and answer our questions. 

    The Republikanischer Club shares an entrance with the restaurant, Hebenstreit. This event is sure to sell out and will open to non-DAA members on October 18. Be sure to RSVP below to secure a place for you and your non-American guests.

    Sunday, October 28, 2018 at 04:00 PM · 2 rsvps
    Amerlinghaus in Vienna, Austria

    The Lucrative Business of US Prison

    Civics Lessons continue at Solidarity Sundays.

    On October 28th, DAA members are invited to attend Solidarity Sundays Vienna #18 where we explore the complex issues of America’s justice and prison systems. We will learn its contours – How many Americans are incarcerated? How de we compare with other nations? Who is incarcerated? What are the social and economic costs? -- and the major players -- Who contributed to the crisis? Who benefits from it? Who is trying to reform it?

    We’ll turn our attention to policy choices being discussed, and learn of some surprising reform allies. Is this an issue that can rise above partisan politics? Is there anything you can do to support reform from Austria?

    At a dark time in American politics, join us to shine much-needed light on this uniquely American crisis.This is the last Solidarity Sundays before the November 6th Midterm Elections. Help decide where Solidarity Sundays goes from here. We’re a grassroots effort, and work best when we reflect the priorities of members. Tell us you’re coming here or on Facebook 

    Bring a friend.