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DA Toronto (DATO) is a chapter of DA Canada, the official country committee for US Democrats living in Canada.

We help US citizens vote in US elections through voter registration and keeping people informed on key issues. We also have lots of opportunities to volunteer with our Get Out the Vote efforts!

MSNBC American voters in Canada 2016

In 2016, 23% of Americans living abroad did not vote due to feeling disengaged with the U.S. and their local communities. The world is engaged watching the tragic way COVID has been handled and with the scenes of racial injustice happening on the streets of the U.S. - it is not an acceptable response in 2020 to say you're disengaged!

  • If you file your 1040s, FBARs & FATCAs with the IRS but don't exercise your constitutional right to vote, you are agreeing to taxation without representation.
  • If you want to put an end to Citizenship Based Taxation, it's going to take your vote to retain the House and secure the Senate.
  • If you vote from NY stop presuming your vote isn't needed - how often has the NY State Assembly been controlled by the R's?
  • If you wish to see racial & social justice in our communities you must vote as far down-ballot as permissible.
  • If all registered Florida voters living in Canada in 2000 had voted, they could've changed the outcome of the election.

Hundreds of American citizen volunteers across Canada are working to educate all eligible U.S. voters on their right to vote and how to get their ballots to vote in every election. That includes Canadians who were born in the U.S. and those born in Canada to an American parent(s), who therefore have the right to vote. Americans living in Canada CAN deliver the difference in close elections.

Go to today to register for your ballot.

Past Toronto events include Women's Marches, Tax Seminars, Fourth of July parties, Thanksgiving dinners, Election and Debate Watch parties, voter registration events and pub meet-ups.  We are active in-person and online as much as possible.  Please check our Events page and News page for more information.

We also post voter and event information as well as current political news on social media. Please follow us on Instagram and our Facebook page and share!

If you have questions or would like to help with Democrats Abroad Toronto, please contact us.

Democratically yours,

Danielle Stampley, Chapter Chair
Democrats Abroad - Toronto

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DA Toronto Leadership:

Ed Ungar
| Canada Vice Chair / Toronto Chapter Member-at-Large / DPCA Voting Rep
Danielle Stampley
| Canada Legal Counsel / Toronto Chapter Chair / DPCA Voting Rep
Brooke Scott
| Canada Member-at-Large / Canada Women's Caucus Leader / Toronto Chapter Member-at-Large / Toronto Women's Caucus Co-Leader / DPCA Voting Rep
Virginia Smith
| Toronto Chapter Member-at-Large
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  • News


    Submitting your sealed ballot to the U.S. Consulate:  We'd be happy to accept your sealed voting ballot! Once it is received, we will send it to election officials via diplomatic pouch. Please note that it may be faster for you to mail your ballot directly to election officials using the appropriate postage and the fastest method of mailing available. 

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    Democrats Abroad Global Black Caucus - June 2, 2020 Online Vigil

    On June 2, 2020, DA Toronto members joined DA members from all over the world to hear from each other about the work we must do, especially as allies, to end systemic racism and police brutality in the United States. Special guests included Nina Turner, Virgie Rollins, Michael Blake, Kelly Hall-Tompkins and Akilah Ensley.

    If you weren't able to join live, please consider watching the recording here.

    Some words from our members:
    Starla Goggins, volunteer and former Board Member, DA Toronto Chapter:  "I share in the outrage, anger, pain, and gratefulness of unity around the world.  In the midst of Covid-19, diverse community members have protested globally, shared in strength, and voiced support for justice.  It will take continued commitment in many ways towards a more just outcome." 
    Paulette Kelly, former Board Member, DA Toronto Chapter:  "In the midst of this recent tragedy, I am comforted by the positive actions shown globally from a tapestry of people who are standing up for changes in policing and other types of unlawful behavior that put Black lives at risk. The world is responding to the injustices that many people experience and, there will be no resolve to this problem until laws are put in place to ensure that justice for all is achieved."   
    We stand in solidarity with our Black members, allies, and community members around the world taking a stand against systemic racism and raising the call for justice.  Black Lives Matter.
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    Upcoming Events

    Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at 12:01 AM through September 24, 2020 at 11:59pm Eastern Time (US & Canada) · 12 rsvps
    Online in Chrome in Edmonton, AB, Canada

    Dialing for Democracy Phone-a-thon

    Dialing for Democracy


    By Saturday, September 19, all Democrats Abroad members worldwide who have already requested their ballots by email will have them, and can start voting! Emailed and requested paper ballots are already arriving, but the week of September 20 is our peak opportunity to get the most ballots heading back to the USA as soon as possible.

    WHAT IS IT? 

    For 72 hours, Canada’s most committed callers will be calling around the clock (at the times they each choose, and that are most convenient for them) and around the world. Join or support DA phonebankers worldwide as we phone our members to urge them to vote NOW and offer them voter assistance on how to return those ballots to be sure that each one counts! Canada is combining forces with Germany, Austria, Sweden, Israel, Costa Rica, Ireland and callers throughout Democrats Abroad to maximize calls during this critical week. 


    We already phonebank, so that part’s easy. NO FUNDRAISING IS REQUIRED by our members who make these calls. They can feel very good about the hours they call and the voters they help; their effort is the most valuable contribution they can make! 

    Are you a trained call agent? RSVP that YOU will be calling during this period, and be a phonebanking hero!

    However, lots of people who cannot phonebank tell us how supportive they are of this work, and now is a good time to help with a donation if calling isn’t for you. You can donate today to support our phonebanking work

    Are you one of our 474 trained CallHub agents? When you RSVP, you also get a template for telling friends and family that you will be doing this important work, and that although you will be volunteering your time, their $10 gift to Democrats Abroad will pay for you to speak with 40 voters, or their $25 will allow you to make 100 calls in their honor, and here’s the donation link!

    Or, do you like a challenge? If you’ve sponsored their marathons and walk-athons and bike-athons, it’s payback time! Send them our sponsorship form with your calling goal for the 72 hours, and encourage them to pledge their support of you-- and of democracy, too! 

    CLICK HERE TO RSVP for your calls to count in Canada’s total for the Call-A-thon, and to receive your (optional) sponsors/donations kit. And join us in Dialing for Democracy! 

    WHERE  On your computer or laptop through the Chrome browser on the CallHub platform

    Thursday, September 24, 2020 at 08:30 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada) · 1 rsvp
    Online via the Zoom platform in Vancouver, BC, Canada

    A conversation with Nicco Mele: "Politics, Journalism, and the threats to both"

    Nicco Mele

    Join Democrats Abroad Canada in a conversation with Nicco Mele on “Politics, Journalism, and the threat to both” Thurs., Sept. 24th at 8:30pm EDT.

    Nicco Mele is managing director at the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation and on the faculty at the Harvard Kennedy School. He is the faculty co-chair of the Harvard Council on the Responsible Use of Artificial Intelligence.

    From 2016 to 2019, Nicco was the Director of the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. He continues to teach classes on technology’s impact on media, politics, and public policy.

    Nicco’s prior experience includes founding technology companies, working on political campaigns, and a stint as a media executive at the Los Angeles Times. He advises several startups, including Blueprint Robotics (on-demand manufacturing), Optimus Ride (autonomous vehicles), Plympton (publishing), and Cignify (data analytics). Nicco serves on the board of the National Conference on Citizenship as well as the board chair of Democracy.Works and MassPoetry.

    He has published widely, including the international bestseller The End of Big: How The Digital Revolution Makes David The New Goliath published in 2013 by St. Martin’s Press. Longer bio available here.

    We’re excited to have Nicco join us for this conversation!

    You must RSVP to receive access details.