October 22, 2020

October Newsletter 2020

Thank you to everyone who has volunteered to help with our Get Out The Vote efforts and beyond. I know we made a difference in this election. 🥂

There are 13 days until election day.

🗳️ If you haven't requested an absentee ballot yet, there is still time. Go to https://www.votefromabroad.org/ today.

🆘 Have a question or issue with requesting a ballot or sending it back? Visit our online 1-on-1 help on Zoom. It's available Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 12-4 pm EDT/6-10 pm CEST, Saturday 2-10 am EDT/8am-4 pm CEST, and ALL DAY on Sunday EDT. Access help at this link: http://qrco.de/bbh0zg

📱 Have you requested a ballot and not received it? Please contact your local election office. You can find the contact information here: https://www.votefromabroad.org/states.

📧 Have you contacted your local election office and received no response? Please email [email protected] and tell them what's going on. They can help you.

🚨 If you haven't received your ballot, you can VOTE NOW using the Backup Ballot–the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB)–specifically for overseas voters! Information on how to vote with a FWAB here: https://www.votefromabroad.org/fwab/  Watch a video on how to fill out a FWAB here.

✈️ Need to send your ballot back to the states by postal mail? At this point, consider using a courier service. FedEx Express is offering Americans abroad a discount to send ballots home reliably. US voters living in 10 European countries can now take advantage of a special rate for overnight return of their absentee ballot. From now through November, FedEx International Priority service for envelopes up to 500g sent to the USA costs just €25 from Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Denmark (kr.186), Poland (112 zł), Sweden (260 kr), and the United Kingdom (£23). This special is only bookable online — discounts will not be given if booking at a FedEx store or on the phone. Feel free to privately tell your friends and family, but please do not post about this on social media. Download a step-by-step guide on how to book the FedEx deal HERE.

🛑 Do NOT use the diplomatic pouch at U.S. embassies and consulates to return your ballot at this point. It is too late.

📠 Voters in AK, CA, FL, LA, OK, and WY can fax their ballots back. Don't have access to a fax machine? You can use an online email to fax services like Hello Fax or FAX.PLUS.

🎃 Voters in AL, AZ, CO, DC, DE, HI, IN< IA, KS, MA, ME, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NM, NV, OR, RI, SC, UT, WA, WV, and WY can return your ballots by email or online. Need help scanning? Watch this video on how to scan using your smartphone: Watch this video.If you don't have a scanning app on your phone, you can use Adobe Scan mobile app for iPhone & Android.

🧑🏽‍🤝‍🧑🏿 Suppose you have already voted and returned your ballot. Have you reminded your family and friends abroad or in the states to register and vote? People in the USA can go to https://iwillvote.com/ to find a voting or drop-off location, verify their registration, vote by mail and register to vote.


Upcoming Events

Global Runaway, Sunday, October 25, 2020, at 8 am EDT/1 pm CET

Join the Global Black Caucus for a panel discussion on Black American migration past and present. We will have panelists from around the world discuss their personal motivations and experiences moving abroad as well as their thoughts on the current situation in the United States. RSVP to receive the Zoom link.  If you are in the Americas and would like to join the panel, please send an email to [email protected] before Sunday.

Election Predictions and Insights from John McQueen, Sunday, November 01, 2020, at 11 am EST/5 pm CET.

Please join for a pre-election event with John McQueen as he gives his well-researched election predictions and analysis. Leading up to this will be speakers on the issues near and dear to Democrats Abroad and how they are relevant in this election. RSVP to receive the Zoom link.

Election Results Waiting Room, Starting November 04, 2020, at 1 am EST/7 am CET

Looking for somewhere to hang out and wait for the election results? Look no further. Our GBC Cafe has been turned into a post-election waiting room. Join us for companionship, solidarity, and discussion about the election and beyond. We'll also be streaming the news. We'll keep this channel open until we know the results of the presidential election, etc. RSVP to receive the Zoom link.

Books Abroad Reads Isabel Wilkerson’s “Caste”, Sunday, December 06, 2020, at 8 am EST/2 pm CET. RSVP to receive the Zoom link.

Check out the latest offering for our Poet Laureate Circle.

💃🏾Follow us on Social Media: Like us on Facebook, Follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and Subscribe to our YouTube channel.

🎧 We have new episodes of GBC Power to the People Podcast that are available on iTunes, Podomatic, and now on Spotify.

The GBC has been on four podcasts to discuss voting from abroad.

Please check out this article: Ten things you need to know to stop a coup. Trump may not go quietly when he loses, so we need to be prepared.

Finally, I would like to leave with a great song "Ridin' with Joe Biden" written by DA member Alfred McCrary and sung by Dee Rhodes from the Weather Girls, who is also a DA Member. Be sure to share it.

Hang in there, we are almost there.

Thanks for reading.

Angela Fobbs, Chair