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Office: Treasurer

The Candidates

 

Meli Hughes (Basel)

STATEMENT: I have been an active member of the Basel chapter of Democrats Abroad since I moved to Switzerland three years ago. I am committed to doing whatever I can to make sure that Americans abroad have a voice in the US political process.

I have an MBA from the Stern School of Business (NYU). I worked for two years as an auditor for Arthur Andersen, then worked for Bayer Pharmaceuticals for 12 years where I developed and analyzed budgets for the Marketing and Sales organizations. After I stopped working to raise my family, I was the treasurer for the PTA at my children’s school. I would be happy to serve as treasurer for Democrats Abroad, Switzerland.

 

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Office: Member-at-Large for Communications and Media

The Candidates

 

Lyndsay Obbarius Grieder (Basel)

BIO: I am from Minneapolis, Minnesota (a proud blue state girl!) and I have lived in Basel for the past 11 and half years.

STATEMENT: I was obviously very disheartened by what happened in 2016, as were many people, and I would like to actively play a part in helping to ensure that we can change the direction US politics have been moving in the upcoming 2020 elections. I would like to run for this position given my background and education in Journalism & Mass Communication. I have a BA in the field and I feel that my skill set would be complementary to this role. In my current full-time job I work on a lot of communication for business development within my firm, but I do miss some the core journalistic competencies that I studied years back. 

(Lyndsay’s photo available here )

 

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Basel Chapter Candidate Statements

 

CANDIDATE(S) FOR CHAIR:

Victoria (Tory) Mallett
Originally from Texas, Tory Mallett is a lifelong Democrat. After University, she worked on campaigns and as a policy staffer for five years all over the United States. During that time she did everything from fieldwork to fundraising to Chief of Staff to coalition organizing to campaign management. In 2013, she left campaign life to pursue her Masters in Political Sociology in London. Now, she is in the final stages of her PhD in the same field.
Tory is a newcomer to Basel, but is excited to get involved and hopefully bring what she has learned in her years of experience to Democrats Abroad and use her skills to help contribute to the strength of the Basel chapter and continue the important work we do with voter registration, expanding membership outreach and growth and facilitating interesting and varied events for Americans in the Basel area. 
  1. I think that the strength of the Basel Chapter is something that could be put to great use in the expansion efforts we’d like. We could perhaps develop a brief training that could be taken on the road. It could include simple organising techniques and voter registration rules. That way local Dems in other cities won't need to organise anything initially and could just come to our event as trainees, hopefully make connections, and be inspired to take it forward. A training session could be run by as few as two members.
  2. The neighbor-2-neighbor program in the US was possibly the most successful grassroots outreach effort ever run by the Democratic Party. The problem was that it took too much time and investment by individuals. I think, however, that Democrats Abroad could be a better home for it. This would mean that each members is responsible for a list of Democrats on their own. They send personalised postcards or make phone calls to their list over the course of the election season. The idea is that voters start to see them as more than a faceless representative, but as a neighbor. It also gives active members a sense of responsibility and accomplishment.
  3. Lastly, I had a hard time finding DA when I arrived. When you Google Democrats Abroad Basel, the DA Basel page is the first thing to come up. It has the leadership on it, but the last news posting was from 2015, and when I clicked on events, it said "No Upcoming Events". My assumption was that the group was no longer active. I think that a couple of quick updates could make sure that doesn't happen again and could potentially grow membership among those not active on social media.
  4. Finally, I know that a lot of Americans, no matter how engaged they are, have a hard time keeping up with legislation currently churning in Congress. Having regular policy discussions might attract people who less interested in campaign efforts, but are still Democrats may need to get registered. Everyone who is politically active was activated at some point. If we can find the issues that matter to them, we can expand our outreach. If successful, these policy session could become a fundraising opportunity.

CANDIDATE(S) FOR VICE CHAIR:

Kristen Gray Jafflin (current Vice Chair)
It has been great working with the engaged, active team we have here in Basel, and I am hoping to continue that work with another term as Vice Chair! Over the last 2 years, I’ve assisted the chair by helping organize the Voter Assistance and Get out the Vote teams for the 2018 mid-term elections and spearheading internal communications, posting events on the Democrats Abroad website and Facebook pages and sending email blasts. I’ve also enjoyed helping organize and being involved in many of the exciting events we’ve held here in Basel, from community events like the Rhine Swim and 4th of July picnics to activism events, like attending marches, writing postcards, and contacting our representatives about various issues of interest to us as Democrats and Americans living abroad. I hope that you will give me a chance to continue that work for the next 2 years as we go into the 2020 general election. (cont.)
I need not tell any of you how important the 2020 election is. I know you all share my passion for taking back the White House and reversing many of the horrible policies and practices instituted by the Trump administration. Here in Basel, we must do our part, educating our fellow Americans on how to vote from Abroad and helping them register and request their ballots and making our voices heard on issues that are important to us. We also have a voice in the upcoming Democratic primary, so a key goal in the next two years will also be helping Democrats Abroad choose between the many candidates in the election by organizing debate watches, participating in call ins, and other events that help us better choose between them and better understand their positions on issues of particular concern to us as Democrats living abroad in the run up to DA’s global primary.
Towards that end, I have four top priorities for 2019-2020:
  1. Outreach to Americans living in the region, to make them aware of our activities and to recruit more people interested in helping with and shaping our efforts.
  2. Activism to make our voices heard on issues of concern to us.
  3. GOTV and Voter Assistance efforts.
  4. Voter information events (debate watches, call-ins with candidates, mock debates, etc.) in the run-up to the Global primary and the general election to help Americans living in the Basel-area make an informed choice and make their concerns heard.

CANDIDATE(S) FOR TREASURER:

Vivian Beetle (current Treasurer)
I have served in this position of Basel Treasurer since 2017 As part of the Basel leadership team, I am eager to help engage members in our area in the important work of registering and getting out the Democratic vote in 2020. A successful Democratic campaign in 2020 is requisite to restoring the heart of U.S. democracy and all that it means.
Over the past few years, I have valued being part of the corps of volunteers who propel our efforts in Basel. At all stages, it takes the sustained, dedicated and creative work of many players to achieve our goals. In the specific role of Treasurer, I remain committed to assuring we maintain the strong fiscal procedures, processes and practices in accordance with all relevant guidelines and policies. Recognizing the responsibility that comes with stewardship of collective funds, I respect the importance of diligent financial management of the organization. 
Thirteen years ago I relocated from New Jersey to Switzerland for my work with Hoffmann-La Roche from which I retired in 2013. During a thirty-plus year career at Roche, I developed a broad expertise in corporate engagement with particular skills in community collaboration, business strategic alignment, employee volunteerism, program development and budget oversight. Before joining Roche, I worked with the YWCA in Paterson, New Jersey, where I was involved in every aspect of their urban-based program and administration with a focus on women’s leadership development.
I have been involved in a wide range of civic and non-profit organizations in advisory, governance and operational roles. My non-profit board experience has been varied, including such groups as Funders Concerned About AIDS, The Partnership for New Jersey, Diamond Terrace Condominium Association, and the Roche Employee and Action Trust. More recently I also volunteer as an English Conversation Group Leader for adult non-mother language speakers (Centrepoint, Basel)
I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Douglass College of Rutgers University and a Masters in Business Administration from Rutgers Graduate School of Management

CANDIDATE(S) FOR SECRETARY: 

None presented. Position duties:
  • Distribute meeting agendas to the Chapter Committee
  • Take and distribute minutes of all meetings and distribute to the Chapter Committee and DACH ExCom
  • Participate in key discussions and decisions as part of the Leadership Team and with the volunteer corps
  • Maintain files and administrative records of the Chapter (Google Drive)
  • Manage and maintain the Basel Chapter membership and volunteer lists in coordination with the DACH Secretary. This may require training on the DA database
  • Ensure event advertising, internet and social media presence in collaboration with event organizers and committee members
Candidates may be nominated from the floor. Please let us know if you would like to run. basel-elections@democrats.ch
For further information about elections or the officer roles, contact any committee member (or email basel-elections@democrats.ch)

Basel Chapter Call for Candidates for March 31st Election

The Democrats Abroad Basel Chapter is an engaged grassroots group and has had a very suc-cessful last 2 years as an official chapter of Democrats Abroad. We are a volunteer organization and creative team that has built a broad member base, registered a record number of voters for mid-term and special elections and hosted numerous events to enhance socio-political knowledge and a sense of community in Democrats Abroad in Basel. We look forward to continue this suc-cessful story with you!

Every 2 years, the DA Basel Chapter and the Democrats Abroad Switzerland Chapter elects a new Committee. The DA Basel Chapter will host their Annual General Meeting and next cycle of committee elections on March 31st at Klara, Clarastrasse 13 in Basel at 15:30. Please find more details of our event on our website: http://www.democratsabroad.org/ch_events.

Our 2019 Nominations Committee is now seeking candidates to stand for office and to run the nominations/election process.

Consider running for an office and joining our team!

We are much more than a group of volunteers – through our friendships, mutual support and activism we run impactful outreach and advocacy for Americans living abroad and have a lot of fun while doing it!

In 2018 we experienced first positive signs that we are turning the tide of the national political agenda. Democrats Abroad International continues to grow as a voter base and in its influence in Washington.

In our community in Basel there will be plenty of opportunity to be involved from 2019 - 2021

  • Promote the Democratic message and activism to counter the policies being put in place by the Republican administration
  • Help Democrats win races in special elections in 2019
  • Promote awareness on political topics and grow our member base
  • Increase the number and commitment of registered voters for the 2020 Presidential elec-tion
  • Help Americans living abroad request their ballots and vote in the 2020 Presidential elec-tion

Join the Basel Chapter Committee and take an active role in our vibrant chapter in Switzerland!

Basel Committee Officers

Four Basel Committee officers will be elected for a two-year term.
Officers are members like you who volunteer their time and skills to represent and organize Democrats in the Basel area.

  1. Chair
  2. Vice-Chair
  3. Secretary
  4. Treasurer

NOMINATIONS TIMELINE

All members of Democrats Abroad active in the Basel region are eligible and encouraged to run for an office and to vote at the elections on March 31st at 3:30 pm at Klara, Clarastrasse 13 in Basel.

To run for a position, inform any Nominating Committee member (contact information below) be-fore the deadline of February 24th. Include name, address, telephone number, email address and a brief statement of intention to run.

By March 5th we will distribute information about the candidates, their statements, short bios and voting procedures by email.

At the meeting on March 31st, additional nominations for all offices will be allowed from the floor. This is an important meeting, so be sure to attend and vote for the new Basel team.

OFFICER JOB DESCRIPTIONS & DUTIES

☆ Chair ☆
Chief executive officer of the Basel Chapter

  • Lead and mobilize members to join the Basel team and welcome new members
  • Oversee and coordinate the business functions of the chapter and report to national and international as required
  • Ensure that Secretary and Treasurer core work is being done, appoint other positions as necessary for effective functioning of the group
  • Represent DACH-Basel as a member of the DACH Executive Committee (ExCom), and report to the DACH ExCom on city chapter activities
  • Work with the other city chapters, volunteers and the DACH ExCom
  • Hold regular meetings, direct the activities of DACH in this region of Switzerland and keep members informed about activities and events
  • Contribute to DACH fundraising and insure all activities are conducted in compliance with FEC and campaign finance laws as established by the ExCom
  • Coordinate and share responsibility with the DACH ExCom and Zurich Chapter for voter and member outreach in the Swiss German region where no chapters are yet established

☆ Vice-Chair ☆

  • Assist the Chair in all Basel Chapter activities
  • Partner with the Chair to take on some of their responsibilities
  • Participate in key discussions and decisions as part of the Leadership Team and with the volunteer corps
  • Substitute for the Chair when needed
  • Organize and conduct the regularly scheduled Chapter meetings in the absence of the Chair
  • Attend DACH ExCom meetings in the absence of the Chair
  • Represent DA Basel together with other Chapter members in media relations activities

☆ Secretary ☆

  • Distribute meeting agendas to the Chapter Committee
  • Take and distribute minutes of all meetings and distribute to the Chapter Committee and DACH ExCom
  • Participate in key discussions and decisions as part of the Leadership Team and with the volunteer corps
  • Maintain files and administrative records of the Chapter (Google Drive)
  • Manage and maintain the Basel Chapter membership and volunteer lists in coordination with the DACH Secretary. This may require training on the DA database
  • Ensure event advertising, internet and social media presence in collaboration with event organizers and committee members

☆ Treasurer ☆

  • Manage the finances of DA Basel in agreement with the Basel Chair and the DACH Ex-Com Treasurer
  • Participate in key discussions and decisions as part of the Leadership Team and with the volunteer corps
  • Maintain clear and accurate financial records and make financial reports as required
  • Ensure all financial matters conform to local rules and regulations as well as to those of the Federal Election Commission and campaign finance laws of the United States
  • Educate the Basel Chapter members on latest updates on financial compliance guidance for Democrats Abroad

NOMINATIONS COMMITTEE

For further information about elections or the officer roles, contact any committee member (or email basel-elections@democrats.ch)

Testimonials: WHAT DID YOU MOST ENJOY ABOUT YOUR ENGAGEMENT IN YOUR DA BASEL ROLE?

“It is hard to pick what I most enjoyed about volunteering for DA Basel. We have built such a great team of funny, dedicated and creative members. At our monthly chapter meetings, we have a lot of fun but run a very effective meeting. In our team, everyone contributes to an enlightening discus-sion, with great ideas for events and advocacy back home. Everyone supports our activities in any way they can and respects each other`s ability to contribute. I am handing over my office for the time being due to my new job as a new mother, but look forward to continue to help the team in their activities.” – Rosemary Pontarelli, Outgoing DA Basel Secretary

“It’s great working with such an engaged, active team! I’ve most enjoyed our get-out-the vote ef-forts for the 2018 mid-term elections. There was a great team of volunteers for that team, and we help many events both to raise awareness about voting from abroad and to help Americans request their ballots. We’re proud of how well that effort went and are looking forward to an even more successful effort in 2020!” – Kristen Jafflin, DA Basel Vice Chair


“The cadre of volunteers in Basel is rather remarkable, especially the leadership team. My involve-ment with DACH Basel stands out among my myriad volunteer experiences. Our critical mass takes on and achieves extraordinary tasks and programs. I really value everyone’s readiness, openness, ac-countability, creativity and inspiration. I could wax on, but through it all, we stay focused on our mis-sion. Putting words into action while engaging everyone we can is what keeps us moving. It’s work and fun at the same time. I look forward to our continued collaboration and accomplishments on-ward into 2020.” - Vivian Beetle, DA Basel Treasurer

“It’s difficult to improve on everyone else has said. This is one of the best teams I’ve ever worked with and it’s really been a joy. Sadly our time in Basel is coming to a close so I can’t commit to another two years, but any candidates should know they have an extremely supportive team and I will be there till April 2020 to assist in any way I can.” - Kelli Brouillet, Out-going DA Basel Chair.

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Executive Committee Seeks New Leaders Now, for April 7 Election

Democrats Abroad Switzerland (DACH) will elect a new Executive Committee (ExCom) at our Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Zürich on Sunday April 7th. Now is the time to heed the call for candidates and get involved! We especially encourage those who have some previous experience at any level in DACH registering voters or helping out in some capacity to step forward. Volunteers should be committed to being task oriented team players. We are a grassroots organization with a small budget and no paid staff. We meet monthly via video conferencing, and work and organize between meetings using SLACK, an online team communications tool. Willingness to use this tool is necessary. If you enjoy working online, then a national position might be well suited to your skills!

Our primary mission is to use our various skills and enthusiasm to reach out and find Americans living in Switzerland and help them register to vote in upcoming US elections. There are many opportunities for activism and to work on political issues important to our members here in Switzerland and within our international organization (DA). Democrats Abroad has regular in-person meetings in Europe, Washington DC and other member countries that provide opportunities to train for the upcoming elections, to work together with other country committees on the DA platform, policies, and caucuses, and to hear stimulating political speakers. The ExCom guides the DA effort in Switzerland.

PLEASE CONSIDER RUNNING FOR AN OFFICE!


EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OFFICERS

The ExCom is the leadership of DACH and is made up of thirteen officers, of which nine will be elected at the AGM and four sit as ex-officio (Chapter Chairs and previous DACH Chair). Officers are elected for two-year terms and may serve two consecutive terms. Officers are members like you who volunteer their time and skills to represent and organize Democrats across Switzerland. The elected positions are listed below.

DPCA VOTING REPRESENTATIVES

In addition to electing the ExCom at the AGM, we will elect three voting representatives to the Democratic Party Committee Abroad (DPCA). This is DA at the global level, which is part of the Democratic National Committee (DNC). Each country committee, eg. Switzerland, sends reps to vote at DPCA global meetings. In 2019/20 DACH sends five, of which our Chair and Vice-Chair are two. The three others are elected from among the DACH membership. You may run both for an ExCom office and to be DPCA Voting Rep.

NOMINATIONS TIMELINE

To run for a position, inform any Nominating Committee member (contact info below) before the deadline of March 3rd. Include name, address, telephone number, email address, and a brief statement of intention to run. By March 13th we will distribute candidate names, short bios and voting procedures to all members by email.

Elections will be held during the 2019 AGM on Sunday April 7th, from 12 to 5, Strassburgstrasse 11, 8004 Zurich. At the meeting, additional nominations for all offices will be allowed from the floor. Be sure to attend the meeting and vote for your new ExCom!

FIND OUT MORE AT ON-LINE INFO SESSIONS

The Nominations and Elections Committee will hold two on-line information sessions for members who’d like to know more. We’ll describe what’s involved in serving on the ExCom, and answer any and all questions. Join a meeting and listen! We’re here to help. Sessions scheduled via WebEx for Wed February 13th at 8:30pm, and Sun February 17th at 7pm. Find meeting-attendance details and links at our Information Page.

OFFICER JOB DESCRIPTIONS & DUTIES


Chair

Chief executive officer of DACH

  • Organize and conduct meetings of the ExCom and the membership, and set the agenda of such meetings
  • Establish all committees necessary for the proper functioning of the organization
  • Ensure that Secretary and Treasurer core work is being done
  • Represent DACH in interviews with the press, or delegate to spokespersons
  • Represent DACH at meetings of the DPCA (DA International) and EMEA in person or online, in accordance with the DPCA Charter, and report to the DACH ExCom on DPCA activities, issues, votes, etc.
  • Ensure that Democratic Party, DPCA, DACH and FEC rules are followed
  • Choose a fair and impartial head of the 'Nominations and Elections Committee' to run DACH elections in odd numbered years
  • Raise funds for DACH activities and DPCA

Vice-Chair

  • Must not be the same gender as the Chair (as per DACH and DPCA by-laws)
  • Partner with the Chair to take on some of their responsibilities
  • Substitute for Chair when needed
  • Attend DACH ExCom meetings in person or online
  • Attend and vote at annual DPCA Global Meeting, in person or online, or ensure another country leader carries your proxy

Secretary

  • Take and distribute minutes of ExCom meetings and Annual General Meeting.
  • Maintain all files and administrative records of the organization (Google Docs)
  • Responsible for country membership, either by performing the duties of the database manager or by coordinating with the database manager for these tasks.
  • Currently the secretary is also the database manager
  • Reporting to international secretary on administrative issues as required

Treasurer

  • Manage the finances of DA Switzerland and its Chapters
  • Maintain clear and accurate financial records and make financial reports as required on a timely basis
  • Establish annual DACH budget in coordination with the ExCom
  • Ensure all financial matters conform to local rules and regulations as well as those of the Federal Election Commission and campaign finance laws of the United States

Counsel

  • Preferably a qualified lawyer with experience in Switzerland
  • Consult with the ExCom and/or its officers on legal and procedural questions relating to DACH and its activities. Consult with International Counsel as necessary

Chairs of Zurich, Basel and Geneva Chapters (ex officio, elected separately at the chapter meetings)

  • Lead and mobilize members to join their team and welcome new members.
  • Oversee and coordinate the business functions of the chapter and report to national and international as required.
  • Coordinate with Chapter positions such as vice-chair, secretary and treasurer. Appoint media contact, event organizer, GOTV coordinator, Fundraiser, Young Dems chair, or any other position deemed necessary
  • Direct the activities of DACH in their region of Switzerland and keep local membership informed about activities and events.
  • Hold regular meetings, contribute to DACH fundraising, organize election related activities such as voter registration events, debate watches, political discussion groups and speaker events, etc.
  • Attend ExCom meetings and keep ExCom and other chapters informed of events and activities.
  • Insure all activities are conducted in compliance with FEC and campaign finance laws as established by the ExCom.

Immediate-past Chair (ex officio)

  • Advise and assist DACH ExCom in its activities

Member-At-Large, Communications and Media

  • Work with DACH leadership to ensure DACH webpage and other social media channels are up to date
  • Work with global communications and IT teams and complete necessary trainings
  • Work with Country and Chapter leadership to send notifications of news and events to membership and publicize events.
  • Maintain up-to-date press list and maintain press and media relations by drafting and coordinating press releases
  • May recruit other DACH members to help with communications tasks, forming a team if desired.

Members-At-Large (3)

  • We have three flexible member at large positions whose duties have not been defined in advance. Some of our needs include regional coordinators, fundraisers, project managers, event managers, voter registration and phone-banking coordinators.
  • More information regarding Member-at-Large needs can be found HERE.

NON-EXCOM POSITIONS

DPCA Voting Representative (3)

  • One of five representatives of DACH at annual and other meetings of the DPCA (Chair and Vice-Chair are the other two).
  • Casts one vote in any DPCA election
  • A Voting Rep may also hold an ExCom position

NOMINATIONS AND ELECTIONS COMMITTEE

For further info about elections or the roles described above, contact any committee member:


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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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