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How To Fax Your Ballot Back Without A Fax Machine

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Thanks to DA Germany for putting together this information! 
 
Some states require that ballots must be returned by regular mail or fax. If you do not have access to a fax machine, you can use the DoD FAX SERVICE.
 
  • What is the DoD Fax Service? 
If you need to send your election materials to your election official by fax but do not have access to a fax machine you can email them to fax@fvap.gov and FVAP will fax your election materials for you. This service is fax only. If your State accepts your election materials by email, you should email them directly to your election official. FVAP will not transmit email to email transactions.
  • Does it matter what size paper I use?
    No. Any paper size is acceptable as long the information is legible.
  • You will need to print and fill out this Voter Transmission Cover Sheet-In Bound From Voters. Voters should use this fax transmission cover sheet as a cover sheet when faxing or emailing election materials back to their local election office.
 
If your forms can be emailed, DO NOT USE FAX@FVAP.GOV. Email them directly to your election official. Email addresses for your election official can be found at FVAP.gov.

Voter Help Information

Americans living overseas must request their ballot in every calendar year they want to vote — yes, even if it’s normally sent to you automatically. Go to Vote From Abroad and request your ballot to be sent to you by email! Don’t procrastinate — blank ballots will be sent September 19. The time to request is now! 

When you receive your ballot by email on or before September 19, be sure to immediately vote it and return it by the fastest method your state allows — help election officials at home by getting your ballot in early and flattening the curve. 

Did you not receive your ballot yet and are unsure when the deadlines to register, request, and return the ballot is for your state? Find out here: www.votefromabroad.org/states.

Be a voter. Be counted — request and return your ballot immediately!

 


Why Use the Federal Postcard Application (FPCA)?

  1. All states will send you your blank ballot by email on or before September 19, if you requested one. Not sure? Check with your local election official or re-submit an FPCA form and request to receive your ballot by email
  2. Some states give more time to return a ballot
  3. An up-to-date FPCA form could protect your ballot in case of a recount
  4. You may have the option to return your ballot electronically (fax, email, web portal)
  5. You may use the Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot (FWAB) if your ballot doesn’t arrive on time — you can only use an FWAB if you have sent in the FPCA!
  6. You’ll receive ballots for all the elections in which you are eligible to vote for the calendar year, including run-offs and special elections

 


Why use Vote from Abroad (VFA) vs other FPCA-generating websites like FVAP or Overseas Vote Foundation? 

  1. Vote from Abroad has a photo signature option that allows voters from most states (excluding CA and NY) to sign their completed FPCA and email it directly without needing to print, sign, and scan it
  2. VFA has an online help desk to answer individual voter questions
  3. VFA has volunteers who contact states to ensure that voting information is correct and up to date in the State Voting Guide
  4. VFA has the option to receive non-partisan voting reminders tailored to your state

 


Where can I get in-person help?

Come to one of our Voter Registration Help Tables in Graz, Innsbruck, Linz, Salzburg, Vorarlberg & Vienna*! 

We’ve been helping Americans to register to vote, request their ballot, and fill out their Federal Absentee Write-in Ballot at various farmers' markets and other venues during the summer and we’ll continue over the next couple of months. Please be sure to stop by and say hello to our fantastic volunteers and make sure you are ready for November’s election. Bring a friend! 

For voters who need to return their ballot by fax, we’ll help you on September 21st.

*Help tables in Vienna have a printer, envelopes, and stamps available. 

 

Where can I get online help?

Every Sunday, volunteers at the Global Voter Help Desk are ready to answer your questions in a one-on-one session. Just go to democratsabroad.org/global_voter_assistance.

 


Should I submit a Federal Absentee Write-in Ballot (FWAB)?

This year, like no other, the fate of your ballot depends on which state you vote in. Currently* AR, CT, GA, ID, IL, KY, MD, MI, MN, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, SD, TN, TX, VA, VT**, WI, will only allow voters to return their ballot by postal mail. All US Citizens who vote in one of these states should immediately fill out and return a Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot (FWAB). It’s not the year to put your ballot in jeopardy! 

Even if you sent in a FWAB, you can still send the regular ballot if and when you receive it. “If they both arrive before the deadline — which for most states is Election Day — the election office will count only the official ballot, so there’s no need to worry your vote will be double-counted or disqualified.” (Are You an American Voting From Abroad? Here’s How to Do It, NYT August 28, 2020). After you send in your ballot, you can check if it was received by your election office.

Get more information on how to submit your Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot.

* States are constantly realising that postal-only ballot return will disenfranchise tens of thousands of overseas voters and are updating the regulations daily. Please check the State Voting Guide at votefromabroad.org for up to date information for your state.

** Voters in Vermont need to check with their local election official.

 


Where’s my ballot?   

Your ballot should be in your inbox on or before September 19 (check your spam folder).

If you didn’t request to receive your ballot by email, you can still do so. Just resubmit your FPCA form or go online to your state’s voter status website — google “Am I registered” and your state. Some states ask for an ID or a driver’s license with the online form. In this case contact your local election official directly. You can find yours under “Find your election office” at votefromabroad.org.

 


How should I return my ballot?

You should return your ballot as soon as you receive it in the fastest way which your state allows. 

If you can return your ballot by email, online, or by fax, use this method! 

  • States that accept email and online ballot returns are: AL, AZ, CO, DC, DE, HI, IA, IN, KS, MA, ME, MS, MT, MO, NC, ND, NE, NM, NV, RI, OR, SC, UT, *VT, WA, WV
  • States that accept ballot returns by FAX are: AK, CA, FL, LA, OK

States that only accept postal mail ballot returns (be sure to also immediately send an FWAB) are: AR, CT, GA, ID, IL, KY, MD, MI, MN, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, SD, TN, TX, VA, *VT, WI

If you can only return your ballot by postal mail you have a couple of different options:

  • Priority mail with the Austrian Post: As of August 29, the Austrian post office is accepting “Brief Priority”, but is not accepting “Paket Light International” to the US. Use the envelope template provided with your ballot, but be sure to add postage where it says “no postage required.” Expect a two week delivery time. 

NOTE: The Austrian postal machines cannot read the envelope template when the return address is in the upper left-hand corner. To avoid this problem, put an X in ballpoint pen across the return address in such a way that it is still legible to the local election official in the US.

  • Courier Service: As of August 29, the "mail only" ballot return states have confirmed to Democrats Abroad, in writing, that they will accept overseas ballots that are sent in by courier (Fedex, DHL, etc). All of the states indicated that a date stamp isn't needed if the Ballot/FWAB arrives by close of polls on Election Day, November 3.

A date stamp is only necessary in those states that have a "postmarked by election day" deadline and accept ballots that are received in a specific period after Election Day. If a ballot for one of those states is received after Election Day, then there must be something to prove it was placed in the mail by Election Day. The states that require a date stamp for ballots that arrive after Election Day are: GA, IL, KY, MD, NJ, NY, PA, TX, and VA.

  • Diplomatic Pouch: You may drop off your ballot in person at U.S. Consulate Vienna at Parkring 12A (Marriott Hotel building), weekdays from 08:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Ballots sent by Diplomatic Pouch must be placed in a postage-paid envelope for them to be delivered to the proper local election authorities once received by the U.S. sorting facility. It can take up to three weeks for mail sent by Diplomatic Pouch to reach your local election office. Therefore, U.S. Consulate Vienna will not accept any ballots after October 2

Remember, although the diplomatic pouch is free it is also VERY slow. Once your ballot reaches Dulles Airport in DC it then goes into the normal US Postal Service which is currently having long delays.

 

Thank you for being a voter! Together we are the Margin of Victory!

 


In September —

Democrats Abroad Austria in September 

 

In this Issue –

Events:

  • Vote Across Austria: Bludenz, Bregenz, Dornbirn, Feldkirch, Graz, Linz, Salzburg, & Vienna!
  • Drag Queen Bingo — The Sequel
  • Young Dems Pub Night
  • Fax you Ballot Back
  • Solidarity Sundays #36
  • Democrats Abroad Welcomes Malcolm Nance
  • Democrats Abroad Welcomes London Breed

Issues & Actions:

  • Gearing up for 2020: Voting & Returning Your Ballot — FAQ's
    • Get In-Person Voting Help
    • Get Online Voting Help
    • Should I Submit a Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot?
    • Should I use the Diplomatic Pouch?
  • Help Make Trump a One Term President

Reviews:

  • 4th of July in the Park – Vienna & Graz
  • Recap of the Democratic National Convention

Member's Corner:

  • Metropole Business Subscription
  • From Vienna to the USA with Steven Scheschareg
  • Liebe Ohne Grenzen – Ehe Ohne Grenzen

 

Our Executive Committee meetings are held on the second Wednesday of the month. Our next meeting will be held on: Wednesday, September 9, 2020, at 7 p.m. Members are welcome to join us at the meetings. Please contact Jennifer at chair@democratsabroad.at to join

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

 

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EVENTS:

Bludenz — Voter Registration Help

September 5, 10:00 AM 

Feldkirch — Voter Registration Help

September 5, 9:00 AM 

Vienna — Voter Registration Help

September 5, 5:00 PM 

 

Drag Queen Bingo Fundraiser — The Sequel!

September 5, 8:00 PM 

Young Dems Pub Night

September 8, 7:30 PM

Linz — Voter Registration Help

September 10, 3:00 PM

Linz — Voter Registration Help

September 10, 6:00 PM

Graz — Voter Registration Help

September 11, 5:00 PM


Salzburg — Voter Registration Help

September 11, 2:00 PM

Vienna — Voter Registration Help

September 12, 12:00 PM


Dornbirn — Voter Registration Help

September 12, 9:00 AM

Vienna — Voter Registration Help

September 18, 5:00 PM

Bregenz — Voter Registration Help

September 19, 9:00 AM

 

Fax Your Ballot Back — Together!

September 21, 5:00 PM

 

Dialing For Democracy — Call-a-thon

September 22-24, all day

 

Solidarity Sundays #36: Dismantling Structural Racism Workshop

Sunday, September 27, 4 PM

Democrats Abroad Welcomes Malcom Nance

September 10, 3:00 PM (CET)

Democrats Abroad Welcomes Mayor London Breed

September 24, 8:00 PM (CET)

 


ISSUES & ACTIONS:

Gearing up for 2020

This is the spot where we answer your frequently asked questions and make sure you, your family, friends, and colleagues have the voter information you need to be an enfranchised voter and make your vote count. Please share!

 

 

Americans living overseas must request their ballot in every calendar year they want to vote — yes, even if it’s normally sent to you automatically. Go to Vote From Abroad and request your ballot to be sent to you by email! Don’t procrastinate — blank ballots will be sent September 19. The time to request is now! 

When you receive your ballot by email on or before September 19, be sure to immediately vote it and return it by the fastest method your state allows — help election officials at home by getting your ballot in early and flattening the curve. 

Why Use the Federal Postcard Application (FPCA)?

  1. All states will send you your blank ballot by email on or before September 19, if you requested one. Not sure? Check with your local election official or re-submit an FPCA form and request to receive your ballot by email
  2. Some states give more time to return a ballot
  3. An up-to-date FPCA form could protect your ballot in case of a recount
  4. You may have the option to return your ballot electronically (fax, email, web portal)
  5. You may use the Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot (FWAB) if your ballot doesn’t arrive on time — you can only use an FWAB if you have sent in the FPCA!
  6. You’ll receive ballots for all the elections in which you are eligible to vote for the calendar year, including run-offs and special elections

 

Why use Vote from Abroad (VFA) vs other FPCA-generating websites like FVAP or Overseas Vote Foundation? 

  1. Vote from Abroad has a photo signature option that allows voters from most states (excluding CA and NY) to sign their completed FPCA and email it directly without needing to print, sign, and scan it
  2. VFA has an online help desk to answer individual voter questions
  3. VFA has volunteers who contact states to ensure that voting information is correct and up to date in the State Voting Guide
  4. VFA has the option to receive non-partisan voting reminders tailored to your state

 

Where can I get in-person help?

Come to one of our Voter Registration Help Tables in Graz, Innsbruck, Linz, Salzburg, Vorarlberg & Vienna*! 

We’ve been helping Americans to register to vote, request their ballot, and fill out their Federal Absentee Write-in Ballot at various farmers' markets and other venues during the summer and we’ll continue over the next couple of months. Please be sure to stop by and say hello to our fantastic volunteers and make sure you are ready for November’s election. Bring a friend! 

For voters who need to return their ballot by fax, we’ll help you on September 21st.

*Help tables in Vienna have a printer, envelopes, and stamps available. 

 

Where can I get online help?

Every Sunday, volunteers at the Global Voter Help Desk are ready to answer your questions in a one-on-one session. Just go to democratsabroad.org/global_voter_assistance.

 

Should I submit a Federal Absentee Write-in Ballot (FWAB)?

This year, like no other, the fate of your ballot depends on which state you vote in. Currently* AR, CT, GA, ID, IL, KY, MD, MI, MN, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, SD, TN, TX, VA, VT**, WI, will only allow voters to return their ballot by postal mail. All US Citizens who vote in one of these states should immediately fill out and return a Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot (FWAB). It’s not the year to put your ballot in jeopardy! 

Even if you sent in a FWAB you can still send the regular ballot if and when you receive it. “If they both arrive before the deadline — which for most states is Election Day — the election office will count only the official ballot, so there’s no need to worry your vote will be double-counted or disqualified.” (Are You an American Voting From Abroad? Here’s How to Do It, NYT August 28, 2020). After you send in your ballot, you can check if it was received by your election office.

Get more information on how to submit your Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot.

* States are constantly realising that postal-only ballot return will disenfranchise tens of thousands of overseas voters and are updating the regulations daily. Please check the State Voting Guide at votefromabroad.org for up to date information for your state.

** Voters in Vermont need to check with their local election official.

Where’s my ballot?   

Your ballot should be in your inbox on or before September 19 (check your spam folder).

If you didn’t request to receive your ballot by email, you can still do so. Just resubmit your FPCA form or go online to your state’s voter status website — google “Am I registered” and your state. Some states ask for an ID or a driver’s license with the online form. In this case contact your local election official directly. You can find yours under “Find your election office” at votefromabroad.org.

 

How should I return my ballot?

You should return your ballot as soon as you receive it in the fastest way which your state allows. 

If you can return your ballot by email, online, or by fax, use this method! 

  • States that accept email and online ballot returns are: AL, AZ, CO, DC, DE, HI, IA, IN, KS, MA, ME, MS, MT, MO, NC, ND, NE, NM, NV, RI, OR, SC, UT, *VT, WA, WV
  • States that accept ballot returns by FAX are: AK, CA, FL, LA, OK

States that only accept postal mail ballot returns (be sure to also immediately send an FWAB) are: AR, CT, GA, ID, IL, KY, MD, MI, MN, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, SD, TN, TX, VA, *VT, WI

If you can only return your ballot by postal mail you have a couple of different options:

  • Priority mail with the Austrian Post: As of August 29, the Austrian post office is accepting “Brief Priority”, but is not accepting “Paket Light International” to the US. Use the envelope template provided with your ballot, but be sure to add postage where it says “no postage required.” Expect a two week delivery time. 

NOTE: The Austrian postal machines cannot read the envelope template when the return address is in the upper left-hand corner. To avoid this problem, put an X in ballpoint pen across the return address in such a way that it is still legible to the local election official in the US.

  • Courier Service: As of August 29, the "mail only" ballot return states have confirmed to Democrats Abroad, in writing, that they will accept overseas ballots that are sent in by courier (Fedex, DHL, etc). All of the states indicated that a date stamp isn't needed if the Ballot/FWAB arrives by close of polls on Election Day, November 3.

A date stamp is only necessary in those states that have a "postmarked by election day" deadline and accept ballots that are received in a specific period after Election Day. If a ballot for one of those states is received after Election Day, then there must be something to prove it was placed in the mail by Election Day. The states that require a date stamp for ballots that arrive after Election Day are: GA, IL, KY, MD, NJ, NY, PA, TX, and VA.

  • Diplomatic Pouch: You may drop off your ballot in person at U.S. Consulate Vienna at Parkring 12A (Marriott Hotel building), weekdays from 08:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Ballots sent by Diplomatic Pouch must be placed in a postage-paid envelope for them to be delivered to the proper local election authorities once received by the U.S. sorting facility. It can take up to three weeks for mail sent by Diplomatic Pouch to reach your local election office. Therefore, U.S. Consulate Vienna will not accept any ballots after October 2

Remember, although the diplomatic pouch is free it is also VERY slow. Once your ballot reaches Dulles Airport in DC it then goes into the normal US Postal Service which is currently having huge delays.

 

Make Trump a One Term President!

Let us know if you can help us for a few hours at a voter registration table by sending me an email at chair@democratsabroad.at. I’ll send you a link and the voter access code to our online sign-up sheet. Or, make a donation of any size and help us pay for social media advertising and postcards to get out the vote amongst swing state voters and other Americans living in Austria who are not (yet) members of Democrats Abroad Austria. Please remember, because of Federal Election laws, DA Austria can only accept donations from US citizens.

 


REVIEWS:

 

July 4 Events in Graz and Vienna

DA Austria members celebrated Independence Day at outdoor tables at the Schankwirtschaft in the Augarten in Vienna’s 2nd district and with a picnic in the park in Graz. 

There were about sixty attendees in Vienna. Members and guests enjoyed seeing each other in person, discussing the upcoming elections, and spending a nice afternoon together. Thanks to everyone who contributed to the raffle — your donations will go directly towards our get out the vote efforts!

 


Recap of the Democratic National Convention 

By: Juan Cerda, Joe Biden Delegate for EMEA region

The 2020 Democratic National Convention concluded on August 21st, 2020, for a complete virtual online experience with the nomination of Joe Biden for President and Kamala Harris for Vice-President. 

 Due to the coronavirus pandemic that continues to wreak havoc in the US, the convention played out unlike any before in that it was entirely virtual. Most speakers' remarks were pre-recorded, and none of the usual crowds, balloons, and fanfare that were standard in previous conventions were to be seen.  

Although I would’ve loved to have been in person on the DNC convention floor to witness everything firsthand, it was still a great experience. The DNC was a huge success to pull off in such trying and uncertain times. The powerful speeches showcased the vast coalition of progressive, moderate and conservative voices supporting Joe Biden as our next President of the United States.

In case you missed it, here are the video highlights:

READ MORE

 


MEMBER'S CORNER

The Benefits of DA Membership

DA Austria members can take part in a special offer for access to Metropole magazine’s print, online, and Metropole Salon invitations with a €30 donation to DAA for a one-year subscription. Send me an email at chair@democratsabroad.at if you want to take part. I’ll contact you to make your donation when we have four other members who want to take advantage of this great deal! 

 

From Vienna to the USA with Steven Scheschareg

DA Austria member and Viennese Austro-American Baritone Steven Scheschareg enjoys a career bridging two worlds. Born to Austrian immigrants in NYC, he presents a program of operetta melodies by composers who were exiled from Austria and moved to the US. The program "From Vienna to the USA" presents songs, arias and Lieder by Viennese composers Korngold, Kalman, Zemlinsky, Jurmann, Leopoldi, Stolz, Spielmann and many others who all came to America. It attempts to answer the questions: what did these composers do and create in the US? Were they successful? Were they homesick? And how did they ever learn English? RSVP at steven@scheschareg.com

 

Liebe Ohne Grenzen – Ehe Ohne Grenzen 

Rarely has LOVE WITHOUT BORDERS received so much attention: The media reports about love in times of COVID-19 and the hurdles of seemingly insurmountable national borders which often separate families and deprive children of one parent.

— Michael Wagner

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Thanks for reading DA Austria’s September newsletter! 


Recap of the Democratic National Convention

By: Juan Cerda, Joe Biden Delegate for EMEA region

The 2020 Democratic National Convention concluded on August 21st, 2020, for a complete virtual online experience with the nomination of Joe Biden for President and Kamala Harris for Vice-President. 

Due to the coronavirus pandemic that continues to wreak havoc in the US, the convention played out unlike any before in that it was entirely virtual. Most speakers' remarks were pre-recorded, and none of the usual crowds, balloons, and fanfare that were standard in previous conventions were to be seen.  

Although I would’ve loved to have been in person on the DNC convention floor to witness everything firsthand, it was still a great experience. The DNC was a huge success to pull off in such trying and uncertain times. The powerful speeches showcased the vast coalition of progressive, moderate and conservative voices supporting Joe Biden as our next President of the United States.

In case you missed it, here are the video highlights:

Senator Bernie Sanders

Senator Bernie Sanders delivers a powerful speech in complete support of electing Joe Biden as our next President:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fG1vQnUrfvo&list=PLWeT4k_U2PJDVjxR2x-jwiMb61Hb-FA92&index=2

 

First Lady Michelle Obama

Not to be missed is the keynote speech of our First Lady, Michelle Obama. A profound address that transcends and touches at so many levels. "Going high means standing fierce against hatred while remembering that we are one nation under God, and if we want to survive, we've got to find a way to live together and work together across our differences."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Czn0nxFNy0Q&list=PLWeT4k_U2PJDVjxR2x-jwiMb61Hb-FA92&index=4

 

Democrats Abroad Roll Call Video

The roll call video watched around the world., Oour very own Global Chair, Julia Bryan, spoke on behalf of Democrats Abroad and the vital message of voting from abroad.  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X7F3ZLTG8Kk&list=PLWeT4k_U2PJDVjxR2x-jwiMb61Hb-FA92&index=5

 

Senator Elizabeth Warren

A compelling speech by Senator Warren addressing the issue of providing adequate childcare for working families.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=71ZYxpmSyls&list=PLWeT4k_U2PJDVjxR2x-jwiMb61Hb-FA92&index=6

 

Senator Kamala Harris

Senator Harris’s acceptance speech as the first black and Indian woman to have been nominated for vice president by a major party.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JijFLcbIqMs&list=PLWeT4k_U2PJDVjxR2x-jwiMb61Hb-FA92&index=7

 

The 13-year old that overcame stuttering with the help of Joe Biden

A 13-year old that was befriended by Vice-President Joe Biden overcame stuttering. It is a powerful and heartfelt speech given by a brave young boy. It shows the empathy and caring nature of Joe Biden, who also had to overcome stuttering at a young age.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UbDanLDO_rc&list=PLWeT4k_U2PJDVjxR2x-jwiMb61Hb-FA92&index=8

 

Joe Biden's Home-Run Acceptance Speech!

Vice-President Biden rises to this moment, an empathic and caring leader for all Americans.  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZ3Ssxe8vsw&list=PLWeT4k_U2PJDVjxR2x-jwiMb61Hb-FA92&index=9




Liebe Ohne Grenzen – Ehe Ohne Grenzen

Rarely has LOVE WITHOUT BORDERS received so much attention: The media reports about love in times of COVID-19 and the hurdles of seemingly insurmountable national borders which often separate families and deprive children of one parent.

"EHE OHNE OHNE GRENZEN" ("Marriage without Borders") has been supporting binational couples and families experiencing similar difficulties since 2006. But what distinguishes these couples from conventional families? Their different nationalities.

What means a state of emergency for some families in times of crisis is all too common for binational families, which encounter hurdles and clichés on a regular basis. Very often, they have to fight for a life together.

The Foreigners' Rights Act introduced in 2006 had a massive effect on the self-determination of binational couples in Austria. Marriage alone no longer establishes the right of residence and a joint family life.

Since then the initiative has been fighting against legal requirements that prevent binational families from being together. It has been providing free and confidential counselling for those affected. In 2019 alone, Marriage without Borders carried out more than 1300 consultations and thus helped numerous families with legal expertise.

Love does not stop at national borders. We declare 2020 to be the year of LOVE WITHOUT BORDERS, because it is time for love to grow beyond national borders. No family should be divided by the numerous barriers imposed by foreign law, which seriously endangers the well-being of children.

"Marriage without Borders" is based on the voluntary work of its members and depends on private donations. Every donation is an important contribution so that we can continue to bring families together in the future.

Thank you for your donation: https://www.respekt.net/de/projekte-unterstuetzen/details/projekt/2054/

http://www.ehe-ohne-grenzen.at

— Michael Wagner, DAA Call Hub Coordinator




In July —

In this Issue –

Events:

  • July 4th Picnic in Graz
  • 4th of July in the Park – Vienna
  • Young Dems Open Mic
  • Salzburg Meet-Up
  • Linz Meet-Up
  • Solidarity Sunday

Issues & Actions:

  • DA Austria Sponsors Slovakia
  • Gearing up for 2020 
    • Voter Registration Drives
    • DA Global Convention
  • Global Black Caucus Summer Events
  • Global Women's Caucus – Candidate Virtual Town Hall
  • Are you waiting for your CARES Act aid payment?

Reviews:

  • DAA at Black Lives Matter March
  • Drag Queen Bingo Fundraiser Brings the Coin
  • Dialing for Democracy Review
  • Solidarity Sundays 34: Meet Our DNC Delegates & Police Reform

 

Our Executive Committee meetings are usually held on the second Wednesday of the month. However, our next meeting will be held online on: Wednesday, July 15, 2020, at 7 p.m.Members are welcome to join us at the meetings. Please contact Jennifer at chair@democratsabroad.atfor the link. 

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

 

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Events:

 

4th of July in the Park – Vienna 

July 4, 4:00-9:00p.m. 

4th of July Picnic in Graz 

July 4, 5p.m.

Young Dems Open Mic Night 

July 8, 7:30p.m.

Salzburg Meet-Up 

July 17, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Linz Meet-Up 

July 18, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Solidarity Sundays: Democracy is Action 

July 26, 4:00-6:00 p.m.

 


Issues & Actions:

DA Austria Sponsors Slovakia 

Democrats Abroad now allows for compliant country committees to “sponsor” countries that don’t have a country committee. Through the sponsorship DA Austria will provide Slovakia with essential voting information services, invitations to cross border events, and our monthly newsletter. 

The goal is to provide DA members in Slovakia with all the benefits of being a DA member. We’d like to heartily welcome you and look forward to meeting you in person. Until then, please follow us on our DA Austria website, Facebook Page, and Twitter and Instagram at #DemsAustria.

Vitajte!

 

Gearing up for 2020 —

Voter Registration Drive in Graz, Innsbruck, Linz, Vorarlberg & Vienna! 

We’ll be registering Americans to vote at various farmers markets and other venues over the summer. Please be sure to stop by and say hello and bring a friend to get them ready for November’s election. 

Feel the need to take action? Let us know if you can help us for a few hours at a voter registration table!

Americans living overseas must request their ballot in every calendar year they want to vote — yes, even if it’s normally sent to you automatically. Go to Vote From Abroad and request your ballot today and make sure to request it be sent to you by email!

Don’t procrastinate — ballots will be sent September 19. The time to request is now!

 

DA Global Convention

DPCA (Democratic Party Committee Abroad) representatives – these are the Chair, Vice Chair and voting reps from each country committee – met on Saturday, June 6 and Sunday, June 7 to elect three Global DNC members, three At-Large Sanders delegates, one Sanders alternate delegate and one Biden alternate, and one PLEO (Party Leaders and Elected Officials).

We also approved the final draft of the DA platform – you can read it here: democratsabroad.org/platform 

 

Global Black Caucus Summer Events

The events are also on our Facebook page.

Check out the latest poems from our Laureates:

– Angela Fobbs, Chair, Global Black Caucu #BlackLivesMatter

 

Global Women's Caucus – Candidate Virtual Town Hall

This month, the Candidate Information Action Team is excited to preview an upcoming series of events: our Candidate Virtual Town Halls! The team has been working behind the scenes to connect with campaigns across the U.S. to bring these fabulous women virtually to your screen. Keep an eye on your inboxes and our social media pages to hear more about the candidates who will be joining us and how to attend these virtual events. 

Separately, our Women to Winseries features two Iowans this month: Theresa Greenfield is running to represent Iowa in the Senate, and Rita Hart is running to serve Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District in the House.

– Kaitlynn Newcomb, GWC Editor for Candidate Information 

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Are you waiting for your CARES Act aid payment?  

More than ten weeks have passed since Congress passed the CARES Act, providing, among other things, aid to low income Americans to supplement their household income during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown. According to the House Ways and Means Committee, the IRS has sent out nearly 160 million Economic Impact Payments (EIPs) – some by direct deposit (120 million), some by check sent by traditional mail (35 million), and some by mailed Visa debit card (4 million).

If you are eligible for an EIP but have not received it, it might still be coming.

– Carmelan Polce, Taxation Task Force

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Reviews:

DAA at Black Lives Matter March

On Thursday, June 4 about 20 DA Austria members marched behind our Democrats Believe... banner and joined the ±50,000 marchers at the Black Lives Matter protest in Vienna. Holding an American flag above the crowd, DAA Global Black Caucus Chair, Faith Hall-Herbold, was interviewed by multiple news outlets. The most frequent question was, “Have you ever experienced police brutality in Vienna? And What do you say to someone who says all lives matter?” We’ll be discussing these questions and how we talk about race at our September Solidarity Sundays on September 26. 

 


Drag Queen Bingo Fundraiser Brings the Coin

Cherry Poppins, Drag Queen extraordinaire, served up the glamour in the fight for democracy Saturday, June 13. Joining from New York City, Cherry headlined the LGBT+ Caucus‘ fierce fundraiser on behalf of Democrats Abroad. Over 50 DA members from Europe, the Middle East, and Africa joined the online event. As people filled in bingo cards, Cherry entranced with show-stopping tunes, and bestowed witty repartee to all as well as prizes to three lucky members.

Juan Cerda, DA Austria Vice-Chair and LGBT Caucus leader, announced that the event raised $1,600 for DA’s important get-out-the-vote work. “It was an exceptional evening, with a diversity of LGBT+ families and allies coming together to celebrate and have fun playing bingo with our hostess Drag Queen. Cherry brought a lot of joy and laughter to our effort to register Americans to vote back home.”

You can catch Cherry‘s rendition of Liza Minnelli‘s “Maybe This Time” here:  https://youtu.be/xgWedIGYIX0. The New Yorker encouraged Americans living abroad to vote this November. In the spirit of Cherry, we urge you to register and vote from abroad so in November we can say, “GOP, sashay away!”

—Tanya Lolonis, DA Austria Solidarity Sundays Co-Chair

 

 

Dialing for Democracy 

We had 131 callers from 12 countries participating. In total, callers made 8,316 calls (!) to DA members worldwide between 9 a.m.-9 p.m. CEST on June 14 to remind them to request their absentee ballots. Many thanks to those of you who participated and/or encouraged members in your country committee to call.

Prior to the event, we asked callers to commit to making a certain number of calls, and to also ask friends and family to sponsor their calls (just like a fun run, except instead of running a 10K, participants were making X number of calls). We collectively raised over $18,000 for the DPCA through callers’ sponsorships. As of June 19, just over $10,000 has already been donated through the DA donation page, and we are following up with other sponsors to ask them to make their pledged donations. The money will help keep DA’s worldwide voter outreach going strong through November! Thank you to all who sought pledges or donated. If you’d like to make a contribution, please do so here: https://www.democratsabroad.org/d4d_flagday_callathon_fundraiser

– Candice Kerestan, Chair DA Germany

 

 

Solidarity Sundays 34: Meet Our DNC Delegates & Police Reform

Solidarity Sundays returned to Amerlinghaus after three months in cyberspace! We didn‘t cut the internet cord entirely: Vienna welcomed attendees joining us remotely from around Austria, Europe and Africa.

Democrats Abroad is "sending" a 26-member delegation to the Democratic National Convention in August. They will be raising our profile within the Democratic party with the message that DA voters are the margin of victory in close races. We met Biden delegates Miguel Madrigal (Costa Rica), Marisa Grimes (Rwanda), Onelica Andrade (Belgium) and Platform member Heather Stone (Israel). Sanders Delegate Ty Cofield joined us from Poland. The delegates were interviewed by our own Biden delegate, Juan Cerda, DA Austria’s Vice-Chair and LGBT Caucus head. They shared stories how they joined Democrats Abroad — and how two of them are busy building country committees and growing DA‘s reach into Eastern Europe and Africa. They are the youngest and most diverse DNC delegation ever to represent overseas Democratic voters. The future looks bright.

As Black Lives Matter protests continue in the States, Solidarity Sundays surveyed the architecture of policing practices and lack of accountability. We looked at two, big buckets of solutions to police violence. One bucket involves reducing the power of police by managing how they use force and police union contracts. The other involves shrinking their role: since only 5% of all arrests are for violent crime, activists call for offloading the majority of budget resources to other places.

Attendees learned how to press for action from local leaders back home using online tools developed by Campaign Zero. *You can change bad policy yourself in under 5 minutes.* Visit 8cantwait.org to demand action from your mayor, then visit joincampaignzero.org to demand your representatives vote for reform.

—Tanya Lolonis, DA Austria Solidarity Sundays Co-Chair

 

Request Your Absentee Ballot!

Have you requested your ballot yet? visit votefromabroad.org and make sure that you’re all set to receive your ballot since COVID-19 has affected mail service to the US.

And while you’re there, check out their State Voting Guide to find your local election information and stay on top of deadlines and submission rules for this year’s elections.

Also, our VfA Voter Help Desk maintains an extensive FAQ resource. If you can’t find the answer you need there, you are welcome to submit your question to the VfA team of experts and you receive a reply, usually within just a few hours.

Registering to vote now is the number one thing you can do to help save our democracy. Please do it today!

 

Thanks for reading.

Keep up with our events over the summer on our website or on Facebook. See you in September for our next issue!



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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.

 

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In June —

 

In This Issue –

Events:

  • #BlackLivesMatter Demonstration
  • Phone Bank Training
  • Pride Event – Drag Queen Bingo
  • Meet & Greet – Getting Acquainted in the Provinces
  • Linz Meet-Up
  • Salzburg Meet-Up
  • Solidarity Sunday
  • July 4th Picnic in the Park

Issues & Actions:

  • Asian American & Pacific Island Caucus
  • Homeless in the Pandemic
  • Gearing up for 2020 
    • Summer Internships
    • Regional Delegates & DNC Members
    • Voting News

Reviews:

  • David Shor and Robert Reich Webinars
  • Cleve Jones Webinar 
  • Instagram Account

 

Our Executive Committee meetings are held on the second Wednesday of the month. The next meeting will be held online on: Wednesday, June 10, 2020, at 7 p.m.Members are welcome to join us at the meetings. Please contact Jennifer at chair@democratsabroad.at for the link. 

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

 

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Events:

#BlackLivesMatter Demonstration l June 4, 5:00-8:00 p.m.

Phone Bank Training l June 4, CANCELLED for the demonstration!

 

Phone Bank Training l June 8, 4:00-6:00 p.m.

 

Pride Event – Drag Queen Bingo l June 13, 8:00 p.m.

 

Meet & Greet – Getting Acquainted in the Provinces l June 18, 5:00–6:00 p.m.

 

Linz Meet-Up l June 20, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

 

Salzburg Meet-Up l June 26, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

 

Solidarity Sundays: Meet & Greet your Delegates for DNC 2020 l June 28, 4:00-6:00 p.m.

 

Picnic in the Park l July 4, 1:00-4:00p.m. 

 


Issues & Actions:

Help Shape DA's Asian American & Pacific Island Caucus

You can get involved on the global, country, or local level. We are working on establishing this new caucus and are looking for individuals interested in shaping the direction of this caucus and organizing in their countries and chapters. If you’re interested, please fill out the form below and join us on our next call! https://forms.gle/7BhqZXw2e3LFtgdp9

 

Homeless in the Pandemic

As a social worker for homeless people in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic, I'm often asked what it's like for my clients. There are three answers to that question: 

First, for people who are eligible for homelessness services, a truly wide and fairly high-quality network of help and housing exists. These are the adequately funded social structures that we so painfully miss in the US. 

— Antje Lewis, DAA member and Founding Mother

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Gearing up for 2020 – 

Summer Communications & Marketing Internships

Democrats Abroad Austria is looking for dedicated interns for its communications and marketing committee. From content planning and social media management, to press outreach and structuring ad campaigns, Democrats Abroad is the perfect place to gain your first work experience and affect political change. Are you interested in U.S. electoral politics and looking for a summer internship? Apply at comms@democratsabroad.at

 

DA Delegates & DNC Members

The Global Presidential Primary

In March, Democrats Abroad members around the world voted in the Global Presidential Primary which determined the number of pledged delegates for candidates that crossed the 15% threshold. Bernie Sanders received 57.9% of the vote for 9 pledged delegates and Joe Biden received 22.7% of the vote for 4 pledged delegates.

The DA Regional Conventions

On Saturday, May 16, 2020, more than 200 electors logged onto their computers from around Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) in our first fully online regional convention.

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Voting News 

Did you know that US overseas voters are legally required to request their ballot every calendar year they want to vote? In case of a recount, ballots without a current fpca  form could be discarded. Be sure to secure your ballot  — go to votefromabroad.org and re-register today!

 

👉 Phonebanking thousands of US voters across Austria is underway, to make sure those requests are in. Want to help make calls? Get started with phonebanking here. Or, join us at our online Training Session on June 8 at 4:00p.m.

👉 Need to register/request a ballot yourself? Go to www.votefromabroad.org.

👉 Do you have friends and family living overseas who might not have registered in 2020? Send them to www.votefromabroad.org. Friends make sure friends vote!

Please like, follow, and share DA Austria politics, activism, and elections news you can use on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Want to volunteer? Click here.

To donate to DA Austria: Click here.

THANK YOU for your support!

 


Reviews:

David Shor & Robert Reich Webinars

One of the many benefits that being a Democrats Abroad member provides is the fantastic guests that speak to our members. Anyone interested in hearing David Shor’s thoughts on the upcoming election and the best messaging to use to win voters will want to watch the recording. Robert Reich joined the webinar speaker series on May 29 and was heard by more than one thousand people around the world! Check it out here

 

Solidarity Sundays #33:  “Not My First Pandemic“

“The United States has changed profoundly in the last three months,”  began human rights activist Cleve Jones. We face a national crisis comparable to the Great Depression and World War Two. This time, however, the leadership to meet the challenge is invisible.

Joining the May 31 Solidarity Sundays meet-up online from Northern California, Jones related his experience of the HIV pandemic in the 1980s to highlight similarities with Covid-19 today. 

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It’s all happening at #demsaustria

Have you visited Democrats Austria’s Instagram page recently? There is lots of interesting content, including answers to frequently asked voter questions, voting news, quizzes, and more. Be sure to visit today and don’t forget to follow us at #demsaustria!

 

Thanks for reading. 

See you in July for our next issue!

 


Solidarity Sundays #33: “Not My First Pandemic“

“The United States has changed profoundly in the last three months,”  began human rights activist Cleve Jones. We face a national crisis comparable to the Great Depression and World War Two. This time, however, the leadership to meet the challenge is invisible.

Joining the May 31 Solidarity Sundays meet-up online from Northern California, Jones related his experience of the HIV pandemic in the 1980s to highlight similarities with Covid-19 today. First, he explained, there was no “gay virus,” and there is no “Chinese virus” — everyone on the planet is effected by Covid. Second, both diseases revealed inequities in our culture. AIDS began among gay men in coastal cities, then moved swiftly south. In Alabama, Mississippi, and Georgia, men of color succumbed in higher numbers than white men because they had poor healthcare and weakened immunity. Covid’s pattern:  while 30% of Georgians are African American, they represent 55% of Covid deaths.

Another worrisome parallel:  disinformation campaigns. In the 1980s, a vocal minority of HIV denialists grabbed at conspiracy theories to avoid changing their behavior. Ultimately, treatment, not behavior modification, reduced the AIDS death rate. Today, wearing masks has become a culture war statement; Jones points to this to predict that only development of treatment will vanquish Covid.

Attendees wanted to know whether HIV activism tactics are relevant in today‘s political and health crisis. ACT UP’s mixture of civil disobedience and street theater pressured pharmaceutical companies to develop HIV treatment. Those tactics are “absolutely useful”  today, Jones said. Shutting down airports, filing lawsuits, registering voters, letters to editors, being smart with social media — “they all work.”

Jones concluded on a personal note. “I have felt despair several times.”  He was a queer, suicidal 15-year-old when gay liberation — “learning there were people like me” — saved his life. Activism helped him cope in the dark days after the murder of his friend and mentor, Harvey Milk. And when gay men and Jones himself were dying of AIDS, ACT UP secured medical trials that saved his life. “Now,” he said, “it‘s time to save the life of our country.”  Whatever your gift — connections, skills, time, money — bring it to this struggle to defeat Republicans in November. “And bring joy. We‘re in this struggle for the long haul — you need joy to sustain you.

  • Solidarity Sundays and Democrats Abroad’s LGBTQ Caucus co-hosted the  webinar. Eighty DA members from throughout Europe attended and contributed $1,000 to DA’s Get Out the Vote work. Stay tuned for the recording.
  • America is hurting. Help register the 6 million Americans living abroad to vote in November by phone banking from home. Email:  solidaritysundays@democratsabroad.at
  • Check out this short BBC video of Cleve‘s monumental “Names“ Quilt:

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Results from the Regional Conventions

DA Delegates & DNC Members – 

The Global Presidential Primary

In March, Democrats Abroad members around the world voted in the Global Presidential Primary which determined the number of pledged delegates for candidates that crossed the 15% threshold. Bernie Sanders received 57.9% of the vote for 9 pledged delegates and Joe Biden received 22.7% of the vote for 4 pledged delegates.

 

The DA Regional Conventions

On Saturday,May 16, 2020, more than 200 electors logged onto their computers from around Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) in our first fully online regional convention. Over the course of the day, these “electors” represented their country committee’s members and voted for the delegates who will represent EMEA in the 2020 Democrats Abroad delegation to the National Convention. The people elected to represent the EMEA region come from many countries across the region and represent the diversity of our party and our organization. Democrats Abroad Austria is very proud that both our current Vice Chair, Juan Cerda, and our former Chair, Katie Solon, won their elections for delegate and DNC member respectively.

 

The DA Global Convention

On the weekend of June 6-7, DA Austria’s three DA voting representatives will be again joining other DA leaders online to vote for the remaining global delegate positions and DNC members. We will also be voting on resolutions for the DA 2020 Platform. 

 

The Americas and the Asia Pacific Regions also held their regional conventions on the same weekend. Here are the results of the elections in all regions:

Regional At-large Delegates:

Americas

  • Timothy Ellis (CA), Sanders
  • Miguel Madrigal (CR), Biden

Asia Pacific

  • John Baumlin (JP), Sanders

Europe Middle East & Africa

  • Farid Ben Amor (CH), Sanders
  • Onelica Andrade (BE), Biden
  • Juan Cerda (AT), Biden
  • Anne Dlugosz (FR), Sanders
  • Marisa Grimes (RW), Biden
  • Diego Rivas (DE), Sanders

2020-2024 Regional DNC Members

  • Aaron Kruse (CN)
  • Katie Solon (DE)
  • Ken Sherman (CA)

Platform Committee Members

Americas

  • Rachel Eugster (CA)
  • Sam Goodman (CR)

Asia Pacific

  • Kent Getsinger (AU)
  • Kiyoko Ayukawa (JP)

EMEA

  • Heather Stone (IL)
  • Nathan Zaccai (UK)