Switzerland

Arosa, Graubünden, Switzerland
Mountain in Arosa, Graubünden, Switzerland by W. Bulach licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0.

Democrats Abroad Switzerland is the official country committee for U.S. Democrats living in Switzerland.

We strive to help Americans connect with fellow citizens living across the 26 Cantons of the Swiss Federation and remain active in U.S. politics. Living in a unique nation of expats in which resident foreigners comprise 23% of the population, DA Switzerland provides a vital social and political link for American citizens staying for a short period as well as those here for the long term.

Our mission is to deliver critical votes for Democrats in U.S. federal elections as well as serving as unofficial U.S. ambassadors, communicating global perspectives to Washington D.C., to our hometowns, and our local Swiss communities.

Watch this space for upcoming announcements of meetings and events – we have events planned throughout the year and encourage anyone interested in participating to get in touch.

If you haven't already, join Democrats Abroad! If you're already a member, please consider signing up as a volunteer.

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DA Switzerland Leadership:

Vance White
| Chair, Switzerland
Elizabeth Voss
| Vice-Chair, Switzerland
Melissa Hughes
| Treasurer, Switzerland
Laura Messenger
| Chair, Geneva Chapter. DPCA Voting Rep.
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  • News

    DACH Needs A New Secretary; Could it be You?

    Due to unforeseen circumstances, DA Switzerland will need a new ExCom Secretary starting in mid-January. Liz Voss, our current secretary, will still be on the ExCom but in a different role; she will be available to train you and guide you through the secretarial duties! If you think you might be interested, please contact her at secretary@democrats.ch.

    A PDF version of this job description is available here.

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    DACH Leaders in the Birthplace of Democracy

    DA Switzerland had six in-person attendees, pictured above. From left to right: Meli, Vivian, Farid, Tory, Kelli, and Liz.

    From October 11 - 13, Democrats Abroad leaders and volunteers from countries across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa gathered in Athens for our 2019 Regional Meeting.

    We took in the sights around the city, ate some truly delicious food, networked... And oh yeah! We brainstormed together and shared strategies from our country committees on how to find members, get them registered to vote, motivate new and existing volunteers, and win big in 2020!

    This was my third regional or international DA meeting, having previously attended the EMEA regional meeting in Madrid and the Global AGM in Tokyo. By far, my favorite part of these meetings is getting to meet other motivated Democrats from around the world and hear what works for them back in their local chapters and country committees. Some of their ideas can be implemented here in Switzerland, but due to cultural and logistical differences, not every tactic works in every country. Getting to brainstorm ideas with people who have so many different backgrounds and experiences enables us to come up with creative solutions we might not have reached otherwise.

    Additionally, many of our members are experts in their field. We had an excellent presentation in Athens by Brady Kiesling called Defending Democracy: Lessons from the Athenians. How often do you get to hear a former US diplomat, author, and archaeologist/ancient historian give a talk about democracy in the very city where it was invented around 2,500 years ago?!

    Among the many presentations given, these were some of the highlights:

    • From 2014 to 2018, there was a 147% increase in US ballots cast
    • From 2014 to 2018, there was a 322% increase in civilian US citizens abroad casting ballots
    • From 2014 to 2018, there was a 600% increase in Americans abroad using VoteFromAbroad.org
    • Big Picture Goals for 2020
      • Double the abroad civilian vote from 2016 (send out 1 mil ballots)
      • Take back the White House and the Senate and flip state senates and houses! We can do this; think about the 2019 results in Virginia!
      • Protect the House
      • Save Democracy in the US 
    • Messaging Goals for 2020 

    We learned about what it takes to run a Global Presidential Primary and tactics for reaching new American voters. We talked about social media messaging and strategies. We reaffirmed our commitment to fighting fake news and making the 2018 blue wave even bigger in 2020! I think all of the attendees returned home invigorated, excited, and determined to succeed in 2020; I know I did.


    The GPP and voter registration events will require lots of volunteers. Are you interested in getting involved? Make sure you've joined Dems Abroad and then sign up to volunteer!

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    Upcoming Events

    Monday, January 20, 2020 at 01:30 PM

    Voter Registration

    Join Dems Abroad Switzerland volunteers for a Vote From Abroad event! Make sure you're registered to vote in 2020 and request your ballot in 5 easy steps!

    We will be on hand from 1:30 - 4 PM at the Lowerre Academic Center and from 5 - 7 PM at Ben's Den.

    The Lowerre Academic Center is on Franklin University Switzerland's North Campus. It is the yellow building with Swiss and American flags at the top of the hill, near the Avena Fountain. Please note that parking is limited.

    Monday, January 20, 2020 at 05:00 PM

    Voter Registration

    Join Dems Abroad Switzerland volunteers for a Vote From Abroad event! Make sure you're registered to vote in 2020 and request your ballot in 5 easy steps!

    We will be on hand from 5 - 7 PM at Ben's Den at the Kaletsch Campus as well as from 1:30 to 4 PM at the Lowerre Academic Center.

    Parking is available at the Kaletsch Campus lot on Via Paradiso, across from the Tamoil gas station.