Austria

HOW TO VOTE FROM AUSTRIA

Who We Are 

Democrats Abroad is the official arm of the Democratic Party representing Americans who live outside the US. Our mission is to to provide Americans living in Austria a voice in our government and to elect Democrats by mobilizing the overseas vote.

 

Our Caucuses

We have several active caucuses that focus on specific progressive issues/groups:

  • Black Caucus
  • LGBTQ+
  • Progressive Caucus
  • Solidarity Sundays
  • Women’s Caucus
  • Youth Caucus

 

Our Activities

These range from monthly get-togethers, lectures, panel discussions, film screenings, and guest speakers to political rallies and marches!  And more…

 

Are you an American in Austria? Become a DA member!

We keep you informed.

Contact: [email protected]

 

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DA Austria Leadership:

Richard Miller
Diego Heatherman
| Treasurer
Marcy Fowler
| Secretary, IT Coordinator
Joshua Friedman
| Counsel
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  • News

    In January

    In This Issue —

    Events:

    • How to Survive Tax Day as an American Abroad
    • Experienced Dems Meet-up
    • Reparations and the Black Vote

    Issues & Actions:

    • January 15 is International Voter Registration Day
    • Democrats Abroad Tax Advocacy
    • ‘22 Wins = ‘23 Momentum

    Inside DA Austria: 

    • Save the Date!
    • It’s All Happening at #demsaustria
    • We Can’t Win Without You! 

    Our Executive Committee meetings are held on the second Wednesday of the month. Our next meeting will be held in person and online on: Wednesday, January 11, 2023, at 7:00 p.m. Members are welcome to join us at the meetings. Please contact Richard at [email protected] to join. 

    DAA is making a strong effort to include in our monthly newsletter all the information you need to stay up to date. By sending you fewer emails, we hope you will read those you receive. Thanks for reading!

     

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    Message from the Chair

    When I was at the Silvesterpfad on New Year Eve, a TV reporter put a microphone in my face and asked me what I’ll remember most about 2022, and my resolutions for 2023. I fumbled with an answer in German, but what was truly on my mind was not really meant for an Austrian audience. It is really geared to you. 

    Of course, 2022 was a calamitous year, with the war in Ukraine, floods in Pakistan, drought and famine in the Sahel and Horn of Africa, and the soaring cost of living affecting people globally. The results of the US midterm elections were a welcomed bright spot, and Democrats Abroad played a part in making that happen - one that we can all be proud of. Defying history to retain our majority in the Senate was a great achievement (and relief). However, the House Speaker fiasco on display last week was a preview of what we can expect with a divided government over the next two years. We will have to work hard in 2024.

    I am truly grateful for all the Democrats Abroad Austria volunteers who gave so much of their time and energy to support our mission and rally the overseas vote in 2022. It may be hard to imagine but Austria has some of the most active phone bankers in all of DA - logging some 12,000 calls last year. One of those phone bankers, Marjorie Rosenberg of Graz, made 5,000 of those calls! She and the many others - Yvonne, Susan, Robert, Bruce, Tom (to name a few) - are among the heroes who helped save and preserve US democracy. (More shouts out in our achievements section, below).

    What has been hard is that many key volunteers left Austria in 2022, leaving big gaps to fill. My heartfelt thanks to my vice chair, Faith Herbold, who left Austria early in the new year to begin a new chapter with her family in New Zealand! I am so grateful for her drive, leadership and contribution over many years for DA Austria (and am particularly thankful that she can rap). The departure of Faith and others means we are in need of new volunteers, especially people willing to run for election to serve on our Executive Committee (more on that later). 

    I think we know individual New Year's Resolutions are rarely kept. But perhaps we can have a collective one - that we resolve to contribute, in ways large and small, to ensure Democrats Abroad Austria remains a vibrant community of Americans and that we are ready for even greater activism and success in 2024! 

     


    Events:

    Monthly Executive Committee Meeting

    When: Wednesday, January 11, 2023

    Time: 7:00 p.m. 

    Where: Online. Contact Richard ([email protected])  for the link.

     

    How to Survive Tax Day as an American Abroad

    When: Wednesday, January, 11

    Time: 7:30 p.m. 

    Where: Online RSVP 

     

    Experienced Dems Meet-up

    When: Tuesday, January, 17

    Time: 6:00-8:00 p.m.

    Where: Café Museum, Operngasse 7, Vienna 1010

     

    Reparations and the Black Vote

    When: Saturday, January, 28

    Time: 4:00-5:30 p.m.

    Where: Online RSVP 

     

    Annual General Meeting & Executive Committee Elections

    When: Sunday, March, 19

    Time: TBA

    Where: In-Person and Online 

     


    Issues & Actions:

    January 15 is International Voter Registration Day

    Help raise awareness that Americans need to request absentee ballots every calendar year! Go to VoteFromAbroad.org today. The Federal Voting Assistance Program estimates that only 16% of eligible Americans voted in the 2020 elections and only 7% worldwide. We can do much better than that. Overseas Americans are protected by the UOCAVA Act and Move Act which protects the right to vote and provides special provisions–including receiving an absentee ballot 45 days before an election–for overseas voters. Voting is our Right and votes from abroad have been the margin of difference in close elections. 

    Every election cycle, we hear from voters who didn’t receive their ballot, were taken off the voter rolls, or forgot to update their voting records; every election cycle, we spend countless volunteer hours, donations, and energy reminding our members to vote. 

    This year, help us help you. Go to VoteFromAbroad.org and update your ballot request. You’ll receive ballots for some critical elections in 2023. And remind your family members, work colleagues, and those in your community to do the same. 

     

    Democrats Abroad Tax Advocacy

    In late 2022 DA’s Taxation Taskforce (TTF)  finished a comprehensive report, the Update on Tax and Financial Access Issues of Americans Abroad to bring attention to these issues to our representatives at home. The report enabled the TTF to meet with the Treasury, IRS, and the Joint Committee on Taxation in Congress. They’ve also spoken to UK Finance and are due to speak to EU Banking Federation.

    You can get involved and help DA make an impact! 

    • Get the 2022 Tax Report to your Members of Congress in three quick and easy steps:
      • Find your two Senators and one House Representative’s Washington DC office phone numbers
      • **Call** their offices
      • Send 3 emails

    Detailed instructions are here: https://www.democratsabroad.org/help_share_tax_report_with_your_reps_today 

     

    ‘22 Wins = ‘23 Momentum

    (excerpt from International Chair email)

    From Tokyo to Johannesburg, Stockholm to Mexico City, Democrats Abroad kept organizing and persevering throughout 2022. Our dedicated volunteers made over 250,000 phone calls, sent over 500,000 texts, organized thousands of in-person and virtual events, and provided voting assistance nearly round the clock. The result: We defied all odds and elected Democrats to key positions nationwide, putting us on strong footing for both the next legislative session and the 2024 election cycle.

    Some noteworthy firsts at Democrats Abroad in 2022

    Our volunteers around the world worked to:

    • Form Battleground State Teams and a state-specific communications strategy, providing tailored voting and candidate information and organizing over 100 state- and issue-specifc events for voters to learn more about who and what was on the ballot.
    • Get published in major U.S. media outlets, including Time, Teen Vogue, and NPR
    • Expand overseas voting rights at the state level, reinstating the right for New Jerseyans abroad to vote in state-level elections.
    • Gain official representation within the Young Democrats of America, creating new avenues for young voters to get involved from abroad and spread the word about DA in collegiate and young professional networks stateside.
    • Advocate on behalf of the U.S. and dual citizen community abroad, including meeting with President Biden directly to share perspectives and needs from our unique constituency.

    Some noteworthy achievements at Democrats Abroad Austria in 2022

    • Democrats Abroad Austria had the third highest percentage rate of members going to VoteFromAbroad.org to request their ballot (44.64%, or 826 members)
    • Our DA Austria phone bankers logged more than 12,000 calls in 2022
    • Our “Experienced Dems” group returned to meeting in person! A big thanks to John Cahill for organizing the Experienced Dems meet-ups and keeping the group active,
    • We held some great events in 2022, namely for Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, and our Punsching for Democracy in December.
    • We again held an Austria focused calling campaign, followed by a postcard campaign to battleground state voters and then again for the Georgia runoff. 

     


    Inside DA Austria:

    Save the Date! 

    Annual General Meeting & Executive Committee Elections 

    Fresh voices, energy, and ideas — save the date! On Sunday, March 19, 2023 DA Austria members will meet in person and online for our Annual General Meeting and to elect a new Executive Committee. More information about the meeting and how you can run will be posted in February’s newsletter, but we wanted to make sure you add this important date to your calendar!

     

    It’s All Happening at #demsaustria

    We’re looking for someone to help run our DA Austria’s Instagram page and social media channels. This is a great resume building opportunity. Be sure to visit today and don’t forget to follow us at #demsaustria!

     

    We Can’t Win Without You! 

    DA Austria is looking to strengthen our teams so we can hit the ground running for important Special Elections in 2023 and the presidential election in 2024. 

    Have an hour to spare? We are looking for volunteers in all areas and with any time availability. Find out more information about how to join our team

    Take our Volunteer Survey

    Do you have an idea? We're looking for suggestions on how we can connect with more Americans in Austria, find places to advertise, events to have, and any suggestions you have to get more people to vote. Bookmark this link and submit your ideas at any time.


    Thank you for reading the January Newsletter!

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    URGENT Ballot Curing Resources for AZ, CA, CO, NV, OR, and WA Voters

    We urge all voters who voted in the November 8 midterm elections in AZ, CA, CO, NV, OR, or WA to confirm that your ballot arrived and was counted without issue. Control of the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate will be decided by just a handful of votes in these states. Please act now and double check!

    If there are issues preventing your ballot from being counted, these states allow you to "cure" you ballot. This essentially means fixing issues such as mismatched or missing signatures or dates on the ballot materials you returned (note that the issues that can be "cured" do vary by state). Deadlines and processes to remedy issues vary by state. Details are listed below alphabetically by state. 

    If there are issues with your ballot, please immediately get in touch with your local election office!

    If you have any questions or require help, please write to [email protected].

    We have teams standing by to make sure that your vote gets counted!

     

    Arizona 

    Deadline to fix ballot issue: November 16, 5:00pm US Mountain Time

    Link to look up ballot status online:* https://my.arizona.vote/AbsenteeTracker.aspx 

    Look up contact information for local election office: www.votefromabroad.org/states/az 


    California

    Deadline to fix ballot issue: December 6, 5:00pm US Pacific Time

    Link to look up ballot status online:* https://california.ballottrax.net/voter/ 

    Look up contact information for local election office: www.votefromabroad.org/states/ca  


    Colorado

    Deadline to fix ballot issue: November 16

    Link to look up ballot status online:* https://colorado.ballottrax.net/voter/

    Look up contact information for local election office: www.votefromabroad.org/states/co 

    New! You can also fix ballot issues by text: Txt2Cure FAQs (will likely only work cell phones that have US number)


    Nevada

    Deadline to fix ballot issue: November 14, 5:00pm US Pacific Time

    Link to look up ballot status online:* https://www.nvsos.gov/votersearch/

    Look up contact information for local election office: www.votefromabroad.org/states/nv

    Some Nevada counties have online signature curing resources, see www.nvsos.gov/sos/elections/voters/cure

     

    Oregon

    Deadline to fix ballot issue: November 22

    Link to look up ballot status online:* https://secure.sos.state.or.us/orestar/vr/showVoterSearch.do

    Look up contact information for local election office: www.votefromabroad.org/states/or


    Washington

    Deadline to fix ballot issue: November 28

    Link to look up ballot status online:* https://voter.votewa.gov/WhereToVote.aspx

    Look up contact information for local election office: www.votefromabroad.org/states/wa

     

    *If accessing this page outside of the United States, you may need to use a Virtual Private Network (VPN). More on using a VPN here: https://www.votefromabroad.org/faqs/TI1 

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    Upcoming Events

    Saturday, February 11, 2023 at 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US & Canada) · 14 rsvps
    Zoom in Washington, DC

    The National Welfare Rights Organization 1966 - 1975

     

    The National Welfare Rights Organization 1966 - 1975

    An outgrowth of the Civil Rights Movement: Women of Color Rising to lift themselves and their children out of poverty.

    Join the Global Black Caucus for an insightful webinar, during Black History Month 2023, and learn more about the significance of the National Welfare Rights Organization and its activism and legacy which still carries on today.  

    February 11, 2023, at 10:00 AM EST / 16:00 PM CET / 23:00 HKT 

    This webinar is facilitated by Miriam Victory Spiegel, Democrats Abroad Switzerland, born in 1945 in New York City, long-time activist, Community Organizer in New York 1968 – 1980, and Couples and Family Therapist, in Zürich, Switzerland since 1990.

    During this webinar, Miriam will begin her presentation by focussing on the events that she experienced as an activist and community organizer in New York City in 1968. She will describe the theoretical basis of the creation of the National Welfare Rights Organization and its inception within the framework of the Civil Rights Movement. To contextualize, she will share a rearview mirror with us, looking back and trying to understand why so many people of color were left behind in mid-sixties America and seemed doomed to a life of poverty, limited education, poor health, and unemployment. These reflections will take us on a historical journey beginning in 1619 and ending in 1968….

    This event is being co-sponsored by the Global Women's Caucus.

    Join us for an insightful webinar on February 11, 2023, at 10:00 AM EST / 16:00 PM CET / 23:00 HKT 

    As we are already gearing up for the next election cycle, please consider making a donation to help get out the vote in 2024. We can not win the Presidential Election without you!

    Donate today at: https://www.democratsabroad.org/bc-donations



    Monday, February 27, 2023 at 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada) · 20 rsvps
    ZOOM in Washington, DC

    A 21st-Century Economic Bill of Rights

    How do we reverse increasing income inequality in the United States? A 21st-Century Economic Bill of Rights would guarantee all people residing in the United States the right to the essentials of a good life, regardless of their income, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or country of origin. Join our guest speakers to learn more about this progressive proposal and what we can do to implement it.


    Confirmed speakers:

    • Harvey J. Kaye: American historian and sociologist. Author of several books, including “Thomas Paine and the Promise of America” and “The Fight for the Four Freedoms.” He is Professor Emeritus of Democracy & Justice Studies and the Director of the Center for History and Social Change at the University of Wisconsin–Green Bay.
    • Alan Minsky: Executive Director of the Progressive Democrats of America and a lifelong activist, who has worked as a progressive journalist, as Program Director at KPFK Los Angeles, and coordinator for Pacifica Radio’s national coverage of elections.

    Here are some resources to prepare for the event:

    Article: “A Call for All Progressive Candidates and Officeholders to Embrace a 21st Century Economic Bill of Rights.” Alan Minsky and Harvey J. Kaye. Common Dreams, 23 February 2022.
    Video: "The Ethos of the Greatest Generation"- Discussing the Four Freedoms with Harvey Kaye. FDR Library, 4 January, 2023.

    All are welcome to attend! Please RSVP to receive the Zoom link.

    Thanks to our co-sponsors: Global Black Caucus, Global Women’s Caucus, Reparations Task Force, proDA Austria, proDA Germany

    RSVP below for the Zoom link!

    While there is no donation required to attend, the suggested donation for this event is $10. Click here to donate. Help Democrats Abroad volunteers mobilize voters around the world. Help us fight for progressive policy changes in the new Congress!

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