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Still Time to Drive Midterms Victory!

It’s not too late to make a difference. See below and act NOW! Thanks to ex-Ambassador to Switzerland and Democratic activists Suzi and Eric LeVine for much of this content:

Key Metrics:

  • Midterms – we know we can win because we have been winning since Trump was elected:
    • Since Donald Trump was elected, Democrats have flipped 43 state legislative seats. In addition, Democrats have flipped one governor’s seat by electing Phil Murphy, one House seat by electing Conor Lamb, and one Senate seat by electing Doug Jones.
  • House of Representatives – it’s within our reach
    • Democrats need to flip 23 seats to win back the House in November.
    • There are 25 districts that Hillary Clinton won that are currently held by Republicans.
    • There are 119 Republican-held districts that are more competitive than the district Conor Lamb won in March.
    • Republicans are defending 42 open or vacant seats, a record since at least 1930.
  • Senate – this is going to be harder, but is still possible to win or tie
    • There are 35 Senate seats up for election in 2018.
      • 24 Democratic
      • 9 Republican
      • 2 Independent
  • Governors – this will be where we believe we will make the most gains
    • There are 36 Governors races in 2018, including 26 currently held by Republicans.
    • Of the 36 Governorships, 25 of them will have veto or approval power over the district lines in the 2021 redistricting process.
  • State Legislature - here, too, we have tremendous opportunity
    • We are 17 seats away from flipping 8 chambers:
      • 1 seat away from flipping key chambers: Colorado, Maine, Minnesota and New York state Senates.
      • 2 seats away from flipping the Wisconsin state Senate.
      • 3 seats away from flipping the Arizona and New Hampshire state Senates.
      • 5 seats away from flipping the Florida state Senate.
    • Approx. 322 State senate seats will be elected this November that will have a role in redistricting in 2021.

Key Actions:

  1. Vote: As an overseas voter you can still register and vote in 12 states on Monday, and 7 on Tuesday! Here’s the list and steps to take
  2. Track your ballot: Go HERE, select your state, and click on Where Is My Ballot for the tool to use.
  3. Phone-bank: If you’ve phoned for DA and have your CallHub log-in, don’t stop now! The Asia campaign still has 1000+ members to call.
  4. Knock on doors if you’re in the U.S.
  5. Donate if you can’t knock on doors or phone-bank. Help Democrats Abroad's 2018 voter outreach campaigns which are having great success.  Here are the ones Eric and Suzi LeVine recommend as the most impactful and who are distributing the funds really strategically for the short and long term: The DNC, the NDRC and the DLCC to get people elected from School Board to Oval Office and in every zip code and to get our nation back to a representative democracy.
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Your Vote: A Life and Death matter


Vote as if your life depended on it!

As an overseas registered voter, you may think your vote doesn’t matter. But in less than two weeks, your vote and that of your family, friends and colleagues in the US, will matter very much.

Although the stakes in the mid-term elections are high for many issues that we care about, the stakes are highest for anyone who needs timely access to health care. And that means all of us at one time or another.

Your vote could spell the difference between life and death.
  • If you live in Europe, you have probably experienced health care as it should be – readily available, of relatively high quality, at a reasonable price. But if or when you return to the U.S., you will face health care costs that are twice as high as the next most expensive country – Switzerland (and we who live here can vouch for how expensive it is). Your vote for Democrats will help to slow the growth in health insurance costs!
  • If you are covered by a health insurance plan now, you probably don’t have to worry that you will be denied coverage because you have a chronic medical condition or had an illness like cancer that could re-occur. If or when you return to the U.S., Republicans have proposed changes in law that would allow health insurance companies to deny coverage for these so-called pre-existing conditions. Your vote for Democrats will protect access to insurance to everyone, regardless of their health status!
  • Plenty of your loved ones in the U.S. – your children, your parents, your close friends and relatives – depend on health care covered by Medicare, Medicaid, or federal exchange (“Obamacare”) insurance programs. In 2017, Republicans mounted a full-scale assault on Medicaid, which covers health care for almost 75 million low-income children and adults. For the Medicare program, which covers nearly 60 million people age 65 and older and adults with disabilities, Republicans in Congress just announced plans to make drastic cuts in benefits and charge more for premiums and out-of-pocket cost sharing. Your vote for Democrats will protect Medicare and Medicaid for 135 million people covered by one or both programs!

Your vote matters, now more than ever, to your life and health.

IF YOU HAVEN'T DONE SO ALREADY, request your overseas absentee ballot today.

IF YOU HAVE YOUR ABSENTEE BALLOT, send it in today or by the deadline in your voting district.

URGE YOUR LOVED ONES IN THE  U.S. – parents, children of voting age, relatives, friends, colleagues – to vote for Democrats on election day, November 6, or vote by absentee ballot.

(This appeal to all overseas Americans to vote is offered by DA member and health policy analyst Debra J. Lipson, M.H.S.A.)


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Want that Blue Wave? Act Now

When you wake up on November 7, how will you feel when you see the Midterm election results? Will you feel that you did everything you could to influence the outcome, no matter what happens?

This is the moment to act! Everything we have been working for since the last election comes down to these next three weeks! We at Democrats Abroad Switzerland have been working tirelessly to register voters and to urge members to request and vote their ballots. And we need your help for this last push!

(Photo Credit: Getty Images)

The news of voter suppression attempts and presidential shenanigans and everything else we’ve heard since the inauguration may have left you burned out and discouraged, and we get it. It’s affected us, too! But ask yourself this question: How will I channel that frustration? Here’s what you can do:

Register and vote!

As of today, if you haven’t yet registered to vote, you still can if your last address in the US was in one of these states: Alabama, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Indiana, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, and Wyoming. Iowa and Massachusetts don’t require voter registration, so just request your ballot!

And if you haven’t yet requested your ballot and are registered in the following states, do it now: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. If you are registered in Washington, you are not required to request a ballot.

And if you have American friends, make sure they are registered and have requested their ballots, too!

The voter registration/ballot request tool is here: www.votefromabroad.org, including state-by-state specifics on registration and voting deadlines.

Get Out the Vote!

DA Switzerland still seeks volunteers for:

Phonebanking - Call DA members around the world to encourage them to vote, almost anywhere you are! No experience required, and it’s easy and quick to sign up! Go here, or for more information, contact Katie McClung: kmcclung0523@gmail.com or Anne-Shelton Aaron: anneshelton.geneva@gmail.com.

Remember, Democrats Abroad is 100 per cent volunteer driven, and all our endeavors depend on our membership to make them happen!

So how will you feel on November 7? No matter what happens, we want you to feel good! Join our team to work toward the Blue Wave!

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50 Calls for 50 Senators

Are you enraged? Or fired up and ready to Get Out The Vote and make sure a true #BlueWave crosses the States on Election Day? 

I want you to phonebank to call voters abroadDA Switzerland has been challenged by members from DA France to join their Phonebanking competition to call 50 voters for the 50 Senators who voted to force their temperamentally unfit and highly partisan nominee onto the United States Supreme Court. Let's show our neighbors what we are made of. Winner gets bragging rights and the satisfaction that participated in fixing this nightmare.

#GOTVChallenge

Any member can phonebank from home, if you want to get started on your own find all the info you need at https://www.democratsabroad.org/phonebanking. You can also join us Tuesday night, October 9 for a phonebanking event at a members' home


Winner gets bragging rights and the satisfaction of knowing that you played a part in fixing this nightmare.


On Tax Day, June 15: Call Storm Congress, Demand Residency-based Taxation

Attention all Americans in Switzerland, or anywhere abroad: Friday June 15 is International Tax Filing Deadline Day. (File your taxes!) It's also Democrats Abroad's Taxation Congressional CallStorm. On Friday, call your members of Congress and ask for their support for Residency Based Taxation. If you're Republican or independent, you should call too! The more of us call, the more impact we have. See our guide on just what to do, here. Downloadable campaign guide available there.


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DA & AT Zurich responds to Charlottesville

On August 12, we joined millions in horror, witnessing the events in Charlottesville, VA, where a rally organized by white supremacists and neo-Nazis terrorized the local community. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, since September 11, 2001 the majority of terrorist attacks committed on U.S. soil have been perpetrated by white supremacists. The Trump Administration turns a blind eye to this reality. At the “Unite the Right” march in Charlottesville, a white supremacist protester ran his car into a group of counter protesters. He killed Heather Heyer, an anti-racism activist, and injured dozens of people. Our horror turned to disgust when President Trump refused to unequivocally condemn the white supremacists and neo-Nazis who organized the marches and equated their actions with those of the counter protesters demonstrating for civil rights and against hatred.

Alarmed about the impact of Trump’s dangerous rhetoric, the Zürich Chapter of Democrats Abroad Switzerland and Action Together Zürich organized a public phone-in and call to action on August 18. The emergency response aimed to provide strategic outcomes–phone calls to Members of Congress, information exchange, and community building around anti-racism, social justice, and civic engagement. The event recognized Charlottesville victim Heather Heyer as well as all victims of terrorism and people everywhere who educate and organize for a more equitable and peaceful world.

U.S. Americans living abroad received sample scripts and called their Members of Congress to request that they do everything in their power to unequivocally stand against hatred of all forms, and stand up for civil and human rights during this crucial time in U.S. history. Nearly fifty people attended the event at Lindenhof in Zürich, a historic site of civil assembly. For some, it was their first call to a U.S. Member of Congress. For others, it solidified their commitment to on-going participation in the democratic process. People in Switzerland of all nationalities were invited to show their support and solidarity.

For a personal account of the event, read DA Switzerland's Secretary Elizabeth Voss’s blog post at Americans Resisting Overseas.

 Author: Darcy Alexandra, Zurich Chapter Democrats Abroad

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Florida State Senate Special Election -- September 26, 2017

If you vote in Florida's State Senate District 40. the Southwest Miami-Dade area, now is the time to register to vote and to request your ballot for the September 26 Special Election. This is a rare opportunity for Democrats in Florida to add to to their seats in the Florida State Senate. Republicans are counting on low voter turnout to continue their control of Florida’s government. Let’s turn out the vote to send Democrat Annette Taddeo to Tallahassee! Go to votefromabroad.org and follow the prompts to fill in the form, then print it and sign it. MAIL your form to your Local Election Official -- it must be RECEIVED by your Local Election Official in Florida by Monday, August 28. Already Registered But Need to Request a Ballot? Just go to votefromabroad.org and follow the prompts to fill in the form, then print it and sign it. You can send it in by EMAIL, FAX or MAIL, but it must be RECEIVED by your Local Election Official in Florida by Wednesday, September 20 at 5pm EDT. Send in you form NOW to avoid unexpected delays or voting problems.

Alabama Special Election -- December 12, 2017

The State of Alabama will conduct a Special Primary Election on August 15, 2017 for the office of U.S. Senator to replace Jeff Sessions (R). The Special General Election will be held on December 12, 2017. This special election concerns all Alabama voters.

If you are an Alabama voter, register and request an absentee ballot today at www.VoteFromAbroad.org or by clicking the VOTE link in the navigation above. Vote From Abroad helps you prepare the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), the registration and ballot request form accepted by all States and territories. Complete, sign and send the FPCA to your election office in order to receive a ballots to vote in all upcoming elections this year. You must mail your signed FPCA to your election official.

REMEMBER: You must  1. COMPLETE, 2. SIGN, and 3. MAIL the FPCA to your local election office.

 

Be sure you will receive a ballot to vote

To vote in the August 15 primary election, if you are not currently registered, your FPCA needs to be received by July 31; if you are currently registered, your FPCA ballot request must be received by August 10. Ballots will be sent beginning June 30 for those who have requested them.

Please do not assume you will receive the ballot to vote in this special election, even if you just voted in the November 2016 General Election. Detailed instructions and county contact information is available at www.fvap.gov/alabama.


Utah Special Election -- November 7, 2017

The State of Utah will conduct a Special Election on Tuesday, November 7, 2017, for the 3rd Congressional District to replace Jason Chaffetz (R) , who will resign on June 30 — concerns voters in Carbon, Emery, Grand, San Juan, and Wasatch counties as well as portions of Salt Lake and Utah counties. A Special Primary Election will be held on August 15, 2017.

If you are a Utah voter, register to vote and request an absentee ballot today at www.VoteFromAbroad.org or by clicking the VOTE link in the top menu above. Overseas citizens may use the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), the registration and ballot request form accepted by all States and territories to request a ballot for this special election.

REMEMBER: You must 1. COMPLETE2. SIGN, and 3. SEND the FPCA to your local election office.

 

Be sure you will receive a ballot to vote

If you are not currently registered, your FPCA needs to be received by July 17 to vote in the Primary as well as the Special Election, or October 10 to vote in the Special Election. We recommend you complete and send the FPCA now; if you are currently registered, your FPCA ballot request also must be received by August 10 to receive a ballot for the Primary as well as the Special Election, or November 2 to receive a ballot for the Special Election.

Please do not assume you will receive the ballot to vote in this special election, even if you just voted in the November 2016 General Election. Detailed instructions and county contact information is available at www.fvap.gov/utah.


Geneva Chapter Elects First Chair

On Wednesday, May 24th, Laura Messenger became the first Chair, elected by acclamation at the inaugural meeting of the Democrats Abroad Switzerland Geneva Chapter held near Geneva's Old Town.

Laura, a longtime member, is also on DA's Global Communications Committee.

Current DACH Chair Kate Edson came from Basel to welcome Laura Messenger to the new office and seat on the Executive Committee. Also in attendance were Macha Levinson (DACH Chair 1987-1990), Warren Furth (DACH Chair 2001-2003) and Michael Parmly (former ExCom Member) among the quorum of 25 members.

Thanks go to the Nominations Committee for the Geneva Chapter Elections, Anne-Shelton Aaron and Peter Butterfield, DACH Chair and Vice-Chair from 2013 to 2017, and who were instrumental in the launch of two new chapters this year and growing communities in other regions across Switzerland. Anne-Shelton proposed the creation of the new Geneva chapter, and together with former DACH Chair Maya Samara (2009-2013) carried it to its inauguration.

 

Reflections from DA Switzerland's Past Leaders

Watch our archive video interviews with Macha Levinson, Warren Furth, and other past leaders, discussing their experiences on the DA Switzerland YouTube channel