New South Wales

Welcome to the Democrats Abroad NSW (Sydney) chapter!

Be sure to visit the Events section for upcoming events in Sydney. Upon joining Democrats Abroad, you'll receive information about our Facebook group. Everyone is welcome to like our Democrats Abroad Australia Facebook page

New voting legislation requires that you register to vote every election.  To register and request an absentee ballot, use the handy portal at www.votefromabroad.org, which outlines deadlines and requirements for each state. For answers to specific questions, it is best you contact your local Board of Elections. The US Consulates in Australia also have voter assistance - see http://canberra.usembassy.gov/voting.html

To see how you can help out with events and Get Out the Vote calling campaigns, contact Todd St Vrain.

DA New South Wales Leadership:

Laura Myers
| AU-New South Wales Chapter Chair
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  • News

    NSW 2020 Volunteer Campaign Underway!

    It’s already September - and that means 2020 will be here before we know it!

    At our last chapter meeting, we put the call out for volunteers to help us grow our membership and GOTV for the 2020 elections.  The more prepared we are, the bigger splash we can make in 2020.  Opportunities range from big to small, but key areas for volunteer opportunities include:

    1. Event Team Organisers: Looking for organising and planning extraordinaires to help make our local DA events extra special, working with DAA NSW leadership to develop and maintain events, whether it’s canvassing, voter registration drives, or debates watch parties

    2. GOTV Team: The more people vote, the more Democrats win, so getting out the vote will be a critical piece of our 2020 work. We’ll be conducting outreach activities throughout the year, ranging from canvassing and tabling at US-focusing events to phone-banking and social media – both to Americans and non-Americans with “Tell An American to Vote.”

    3. Study Abroad Team: This team will engage with local students and universities to make sure American students are registered and voting from abroad, through activities like on-campus events or outreach to university/campus/community organisations.

    If you couldn’t join us last month, it’s never too late to get involved – the more, the merrier when it comes to working toward Democratic victories next November.

    For more information, or if you’d like to volunteer, please contact Laura Myers, NSW Chapter State Chair, at laura.k.myers@gmail.com.

    Mark your calendars for our Debates watch party on 14th September, and our next Chapter Meet-Up at 6:30pm on Tuesday, 17th September, at the Aurora Hotel in Sydney.

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    NSW Chapter GOTV Committees Under Way!

    What a great turnout we had at our most recent chapter meet-up on 20 February! It was excellent to see many new faces and have great engagement from everyone. We paired up to share our plans on how we're going to vote this year and we helped those who haven't yet requested their absentee ballots by going to votefromabroad.org.

    Our main discussion centred on our GOTV efforts for the midterm elections. As a result, the following three committees were formed:

    1. GOTV Events and Information Committee​—the purpose of this committee is to identify events with a potentially high density of Americans and send a group of volunteers to recruit new DA members, provide GOTV information and printed material. Examples of events could centre around the Fourth of July, Obama’s visit and Clinton’s visit.

    2. GOTV Marketing and Media/ Social Media Committee—the purpose of this committee is to produce a coordinated marketing strategy for our GOTV campaign activities including, but not limited to slogans, graphics, print material, social media ads and press releases.

    3. GOTV Calling Campaign Committee​—the purpose of this committee is to organise volunteers to take part in a calling campaign in the months leading up to the mid-term elections around September and October using the DA-funded phone banking service through Call Hub.

    For more information or if you’d like to volunteer to be a part of any of these committees, please email our NSW Chapter State Secretary Rebecca Turnbow at rebturnbow@gmail.com.

    Mark your calendars for our next Chapter Meet-Up at 6:30pm, on Tuesday, 20 March at the Aurora Hotel in Sydney. 

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    Upcoming Events

    Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at 06:00 PM
    Aurora Rooftop Hotel in Surry Hills, Australia

    November Monthly Chapter Meet Up

    Please join us for our November chapter meet up! We'll be celebrating Democratic victories from Election Day 2019 and sharing updates on our 2020 volunteer and GOTV activities.

    When: 19 November
    Arrive 6.00pm for a 6.30 start!
    Where: Aurora Rooftop Hotel, 324 Elizabeth St, Surry Hills
    You'll find us on level 1, just to the left of the bar area.

    The Aurora offer food and drink specials from 5.00pm-7.00pm so feel free to arrive early and enjoy what's on offer.

    Looking forward to seeing you!

    Saturday, November 23, 2019 at 12:00 PM
    Prince Alfred Park in Surry Hills, Australia

    Thanksgiving Picnic Potluck

    Join Democrats Abroad NSW for a Thanksgiving Picnic Potluck on 23rd November to give thanks and celebrate.

    Please bring a food item to share with the group, be it traditional Thanksgiving or not! We'll have soft drinks, tables, ice bucket and some games to enjoy on the day, and will be setting up near the picnic tables and BBQ in the park.