Australia

Democrats Abroad Australia (DAA) is the official country committee for US Democrats living in Australia. Membership is available only to US citizens. Joining Democrats Abroad does not cancel your registration with your home state. Everyone still votes through their home state for the November election.

We currently have active chapters in New South Wales (Sydney), Victoria (Melbourne), Australian Capital Territory (Canberra), South Australia (Adelaide), Queensland (Brisbane), Perth (Western Australia) and Hobart (Tasmania). Be sure to check out upcoming events in these cities!

Find out about how to vote from abroad and how you can help Get Out the Vote! Once you have requested your ballot for 2018, we recommend that you share the www.votefromabroad.org website to other Americans or Australians who may know Americans! Everyone is welcome to like our Democrats Abroad Australia Facebook page.

Kent Getsinger, Chair

0422 125 870; daauschair@gmail.com

Democrats Abroad - Australia

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  • News

    March for Our Lives Australia and Launch of Ask an American to Vote campaign

    This past Saturday, 24 March, members from all over Australia took part in the “March for Our Lives” Solidarity rallies to say “Enough is Enough” and to ask Australians to help spread the word how important it is to tell Americans to vote this year.

    In honour of the 17 people senselessly gunned down at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, the US’ most recent mass shooting, high school students all across America marched for their lives this past Saturday, 24 March 2018.

    The March for Our Lives drew sister and solidarity marches from all over the world, including here in Australia. We, as Democrats living in Australia, can no longer continue to enjoy sensible gun laws and access to universal healthcare, while our fellow Americans back home are under constant fire.

    Hyde Park in Sydney’s CBD drew a crowd of nearly 400. At the US Embassy in Canberra and in Brisbane’s CBD, over 50 people attended each. Many gathered outside the US Consulate in Melbourne. In Adelaide, Perth and Hobart, we had conversations with very receptive Australian audiences.

    On Saturday, Democrats Abroad Australia launched it’s 2018 GOTV campaign to Ask an American to Vote - to spread the word about the www.votefromabroad.org website. On the back of this critical issue of gun reform, we asked all Australians to contact an American that they know about voting so that we can expand our visibility for GOTV and Democrats Abroad.

    In total, we handed out several hundred flyers that friends, workmates and acquaintances of Americans took. We will continue this campaign in 2018 to support all events in the State chapters as we push ahead with resolve and conviction knowing that we can take back Congress in 2018 with a Blue Tsunami!

    We must act to change what we cannot accept. We must and will exercise our right to vote and ensure our fellow citizens living abroad do so as well!

    What you can do

    If you’re an American living in Australia or anywhere overseas, request your ballot at votefromabroad.org. Spread the word and tell all your American friends living abroad. You can also become a member at democratsabroad.org/join to connect with Democrats living in your state, city or region. You will be kept up to date with your state’s voter and registration deadlines. Membership is free.

    If you’re an Australian, please tell your American friend, workmate or acquaintance to request their ballot at votefromabroad.org. Spread the word, tag them, and send them the link to our page.

    If you want to be more involved, email us at info-australia@democratsabroad.org

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    Democrats Abroad Australia asks all Australians to get an American to Vote!

    In honour of the 17 people senselessly gunned down at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, the US’ most recent mass shooting, high school students all across America will be marching for their lives on 24 March 2018. Students across America have already walked out of schools in protest, calling on politicians for sensible gun reform legislation, taking a stand against the powerful gun lobby. The March for Our Lives movement is in full swing.

    Enough is enough!

    We, as Democrats living in Australia, can no longer continue to enjoy sensible gun laws and access to universal healthcare, while our fellow Americans back home are under constant fire.

    We must act to change what we cannot accept. We must exercise our right to vote and ensure our fellow citizens living abroad do so as well.

    We must ensure every American who is eligible to vote is informed, empowered and exercises their right to vote in this year’s federal elections. This year, America will elect 435 House of Representatives, 34 Senators, 36 Governors, and thousands of others to state and local positions. In many cases, votes from abroad will be the margin of victory, which means it's more important than ever to ensure overseas Americans vote.

    Campaign Launch

    On 24 March 2018, high school students back home will march in every major US city, while solidarity rallies and candle light vigils will be held in major cities across Australia. To coincide with this event, we will launch our 2018 GOTV campaign Tell An American to Vote!

    We will not only attend these rallies and vigils, but we will also reach out to Australians  in Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney asking them to tell their American friends, workmates and acquaintances to vote in this year’s election by requesting their ballot at votefromabroad.org. While this service is provided by the Democratic Party, the ballot application request form is non-partisan. This service is available to all eligible American voters.

    What you can do

    · If you’re an American living in Australia or anywhere overseas, request your ballot at votefromabroad.org. Spread the word and tell all your American friends living abroad. You can also become a member at democratsabroad.org/join to connect with Democrats living in your state, city or region. You will be kept up to date with your state’s voter and registration deadlines. Membership is free.

    · If you’re an Australian, please tell your American friend, workmate or acquaintance to request their ballot at votefromabroad.org. Spread the word, tag them, and send them the link to our page.

    · If you want to be more involved, email us at info-australia@democratsabroad.org

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    Upcoming Events

    Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 05:00 PM · 1 rsvp
    Bar Spritz in Kangaroo Point, Australia

    Civic Engagement Happy Hour!

    Join us for our monthly informal happy hour where we'll be discussing civic engagement at home and abroad. We'll be meeting at Bar Spritz at Kangaroo Point, so if you work or live in the area, come enjoy the beautiful views and meet and socialise with fellow Americans. Our main focus this year is to take back Congress. We'll be talking about our Get Out The Vote efforts. Please bring your ideas and friends along!

    Sunday, April 29, 2018 at 02:00 PM · 1 rsvp
    Google Hangouts in Google Hangouts, Australia

    Get Ready to Take Back Congress

    Are you ready to take Congress? Are you ready to be involved in the blue wave coming in November?

    Join us at 2 pm on 29 April via Google Hangout to discuss our next steps, such as Getting out the Vote and Voter Registration booths. Please RSVP and an invite to the event will be emailed to you.

    You can make a difference as a member of Democrats Abroad. And as a group, we can make a massive difference and help take back Congress.