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Race to 222 Update!

It's another election year, and 2022 may hold the most important midterm elections of our lifetime! To make sure that Democrats hold the House and Senate (and maybe pick up some Governorships and Secretaries of State along the way), Democrats Abroad needs to mobilize all of our members, as well as registering new voters!

You can help!

First, go to VoteFromAbroad.org to register to vote and/or request your ballot(s) for 2022.

To make the voter registration process more fun for our members, we have created a "Race to 222" campaign. What does this mean? We are trying to register 222 members by 2/22/2022. Here's where we stand on February 7th:

Already requested your ballot?

THANK YOU! You should be receiving a message from a DACH leader in the coming days with a special "Race to 222" graphic you can add to your social media accounts to help get the word out!

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Race to 222 Update!

It's another election year, and 2022 may hold the most important midterm elections of our lifetime! To make sure that Democrats hold the House and Senate (and maybe pick up some Governorships and Secretaries of State along the way), Democrats Abroad needs to mobilize all of our members, as well as registering new voters!

You can help!

First, go to VoteFromAbroad.org to register to vote and/or request your ballot(s) for 2022.

To make the voter registration process more fun for our members, we have created a "Race to 222" campaign. What does this mean? We are trying to register 222 members by 2/22/2022. As of January 31st, we have passed the halfway mark!

Already requested your ballot?

THANK YOU! You should be receiving a message from a DACH leader in the coming days with a special "Race to 222" graphic you can add to your social media accounts to help get the word out!

Read more

Race to 222 Update!

It's another election year, and 2022 may hold the most important midterm elections of our lifetime! To make sure that Democrats hold the House and Senate (and maybe pick up some Governorships and Secretaries of State along the way), Democrats Abroad needs to mobilize all of our members, as well as registering new voters!

You can help!

First, go to VoteFromAbroad.org to register to vote and/or request your ballot(s) for 2022.

To make the voter registration process more fun for our members, we have created a "Race to 222" campaign. What does this mean? We are trying to register 222 members by 2/22/2022. As of January 24th, we are almost halfway there!

Already requested your ballot?

THANK YOU! You should be receiving a message from a DACH leader in the coming days with a special "Race to 222" graphic you can add to your social media accounts to help get the word out!

Read more

Race to 222 Update!

It's a new year, and 2022 may hold the most important midterm elections of our lifetime! To make sure that Democrats hold the House and Senate (and maybe pick up some Governorships and Secretaries of State along the way), Democrats Abroad needs to mobilize all of our members, as well as registering new voters!

You can help!

First, go to VoteFromAbroad.org to register to vote and/or request your ballot(s) for 2022.

Then, join DA Switzerland at a Virtual Voter Registration Training tonight to learn how to request your own ballot and how to help others do the same. Voter registration will be an all-hands-on-deck situation this year!

To make the voter registration process more fun for our members, we have created a "Race to 222" campaign. What does this mean? We are trying to register 222 members by 2/22/2022. As of January 18th, we are over a third of the way there!

Already requested your ballot?

THANK YOU! You should be receiving a message from a DACH leader in the coming days with a special "Race to 222" graphic you can add to your social media accounts to help get the word out!

Read more

Primary Elections for 2022

Election Day 2022 is November 8, but before we get there, there are primary elections as well! Check the chart below for your state's primary date as well as the registration deadline. Make sure you visit VoteFromAbroad.org as soon as possible to register to vote and/or request your ballots.

(Requesting your ballot now, before the primary deadline, will also ensure that you are sent ballots for the general election as well as any runoff or special elections this year.)

State Primary Date Registration Deadline Ballot Request Deadline Ballot Return Deadline
Texas* March 1, 2022 Rec'd by February 9, 2022 Rec'd by February 18, 2022 Rec'd by March 7, 2022
California's 22nd Congressional District, special election April 5, 2022 March 21, 2022  

Postmarked by April 5, 2022 and rec'd within 7 days

Indiana May 3, 2022 Mail:
Rec'd by April 25, 2022

Email or Fax:
Rec'd by April 25, 2022 at 11:59 PM
Mail:
Rec'd by April 21, 2022 at 11:59 PM

Email/Online/Fax:
Rec'd by May 2, 2022 at Noon

Mail:
Postmarked by May 3, 2022 and rec'd within 10 days

Email or Fax:
Rec'd by May 3, 2022 at 6 PM

Ohio May 3, 2022 Rec'd by April 4, 2022 Rec'd by April 30, 2022 at Noon

Sent by May 3, 2022 at 12:01 AM

Rec'd within 10 days

Nebraska May 10, 2022

Mail:
Postmarked by April 22, 2022

Email or Fax:
Rec'd by April 22, 2022

Rec'd by May 2, 2022 at 6 PM Rec'd by May 10, 2022 at 6 PM
West Virginia May 10, 2022 Rec'd by April 19, 2022 Rec'd by May 4, 2022

Email or Fax:
Rec'd by May 10, 2022

Mail:
Rec'd by May 16, 2022

Idaho May 17, 2022 Rec'd by April 22, 2022 Rec'd by May 6, 2022 Rec'd by May 17, 2022
Kentucky May 17, 2022

Mail:
Postmarked by April 18, 2022

Email or Fax:
Rec'd by April 18, 2022 at 4 PM

Rec'd by May 10, 2022 Rec'd by May 17, 2022 at 6 PM
North Carolina* May 17, 2022

Rec'd by May 16, 2022 at 5 PM

Rec'd by May 16, 2022 at 5 PM

Email/Online/Fax:
Rec'd by May 17, 2022 at 7:30 PM

Mail:
Postmarked by May 16, 2022 and rec'd by May 23, 2022 at 5 PM

Oregon May 17, 2022

Mail:
Postmarked by April 26, 2022

Email or Fax:
Rec'd by April 26, 2022

Online:
Rec'd by April 26, 2022 at 11:59 PM

Mail:
Rec'd by May 12, 2022

Email/Online/Fax:
May 17, 2022

Postmarked by May 17, 2022

Rec'd within 7 days

Pennsylvania May 17, 2022

Mail:
Rec'd by May 2, 2022

Email or Fax:
Rec'd by May 2, 2022 at 11:59 PM

Rec'd by May 16, 2022

Signed by May 16, 2022 at 11:59 PM

Rec'd by May 24, 2022 at 5 PM

Alabama* May 24, 2022 Postmarked by May 9, 2022 Rec'd by May 17, 2022

Postmarked by May 24, 2022

Rec'd within 7 days

Arkansas* May 24, 2022 Postmarked by April 25, 2022 Rec'd by May 17, 2022

Postmarked by May 24, 2022

Rec'd within 10 days

Georgia* May 24, 2022 Rec'd by April 25, 2022 Rec'd by May 13, 2022

Postmarked by May 24, 2022

Rec'd within 3 days

California June 7, 2022

Mail:
Postmarked by May 23, 2022

Online or Fax:
Rec'd by May 23, 2022

Rec'd by May 31, 2022

Mail:
Postmarked by June 7, 2022 and rec'd within 7 days

Fax:
Rec'd by June 7, 2022 at 8 PM

Iowa June 7, 2022 Not required Rec'd by June 6, 2022

Mail:
Postmarked by June 6, 2022 and rec'd within 6 days

Online or Fax:
Rec'd by June 7, 2022 at 8 PM

Mississippi* June 7, 2022 Rec'd by May 28, 2022 Varies; check with your local election official (LEO)

Mail:
Postmarked by June 7, 2022 and rec'd within 5 days

Email or Fax:
Rec'd by June 7, 2022 at 7 PM

Montana June 7, 2022 Rec'd by June 7, 2022 at 8 PM Rec'd by June 7, 2022 at 8 PM

Mail:
Rec'd by June 7, 2022 at 8 PM

Email/Online/Fax:
Sent by June 7, 2022 at 8 PM

New Jersey June 7, 2022 Rec'd by May 17, 2022

Mail:
Rec'd by May 31, 2022

Email or Fax:
Rec'd by June 3, 2022

Postmarked by June 7, 2022

Rec'd within 6 days

New Mexico June 7, 2022

Mail:
Postmarked by May 10, 2022

Email or Fax:
Rec'd by May 10, 2022

Rec'd by June 2, 2022 Rec'd by June 7, 2022 at 7 PM
South Dakota June 7, 2022 Rec'd by May 23, 2022 at 5 PM Rec'd by June 6, 2022 at 5 PM Rec'd by June 7, 2022 at 7 PM
Maine June 14, 2022 Rec'd by June 13, 2022 at 5 PM Rec'd by June 13, 2022 at 5 PM Rec'd by June 14, 2022 at 8 PM
Nevada June 14, 2022

Mail/Email/Fax:
Rec'd by June 14, 2022

Online:
Rec'd by June 14, 2022 at 7 PM

Mail/Email/Fax:
Rec'd by June 14, 2022

Online:
Rec'd by June 14, 2022 at 7 PM

Mail:
Postmarked by June 14, 2022 and rec'd within 4 days

Email/Online/Fax:
Rec'd by June 14, 2022 at 7 PM

North Dakota June 14, 2022 Not required Rec'd by June 13, 2022

Mail:
Postmarked by June 13, 2022 and rec'd within 13 days

Email/Online/Fax:
Rec'd by June 13, 2022 at 11:59 PM

South Carolina* June 14, 2022

Email/Online/Fax:
Rec'd by May 15, 2022

Mail:
Postmarked by May 16, 2022

Rec'd by June 14, 2022 at 7 PM

Email or Fax:
Rec'd by June 14, 2022 at 7 PM

Mail:
Sent by June 14, 2022 and rec'd by June 15, 2022 at 5 PM

Washington, DC June 21, 2022 Rec'd by May 31, 2022 Rec'd by June 18, 2022

Email or Fax:
Rec'd by June 21, 2022

Mail:
Rec'd by June 28, 2022

Virginia June 21, 2022 Rec'd by May 30, 2022 Rec'd by June 10, 2022 at 5 PM Postmarked on June 21, 2022 and rec'd within 3 days by Noon
Colorado June 28, 2022

Postmarked by June 28, 2022

Rec'd within 8 days

Varies; check with your LEO

Postmarked by June 28, 2022 at 7 PM

Rec'd within 8 days

Illinois June 28, 2022 Rec'd by May 29, 2022 Rec'd by June 18, 2022

Postmarked by June 28, 2022

Rec'd within 14 days

Maryland June 28, 2022

Mail:
Postmarked by June 7, 2022

Online:
Rec'd by June 7, 2022 at 11:59 PM

Mail:
Rec'd by June 21, 2022 at 8 PM

Fax:
Rec'd by June 21, 2022 at 11:59 PM

Email/Online:
Rec'd by June 24, 2022 at 11:59 PM

Postmarked by June 28, 2022

Rec'd within 10 days

New York June 28, 2022

Postmarked by June 3, 2022

Rec'd by June 8, 2022

Rec'd by June 21, 2022

Postmarked by June 27, 2022

Rec'd within 7 days

Oklahoma* June 28, 2022

Mail:
Postmarked by June 3, 2022

Email or Fax:
Rec'd by June 3, 2022

Rec'd by June 13, 2022 at 5 PM Rec'd by June 28, 2022 at 7 PM
Utah June 28, 2022

Mail:
Rec'd by June 17, 2022

Online:
Rec'd by June 17, 2022 at 5 PM

Rec'd by June 23, 2022 at 5 PM

Mail:
Postmarked by June 27, 2022 and rec'd within 13 days

Email or Fax:
Rec'd by June 28, 2022 at 12:01 AM

Arizona August 2, 2022 Rec'd by August 2, 2022 at 7 PM Rec'd by August 2, 2022 at 6:59 PM Rec'd by August 2, 2022 at 7 PM
Kansas August 2, 2022

Mail:
Postmarked by August 2, 2022

Email or Fax:
Rec'd by August 2, 2022

Sent by August 2, 2022 Rec'd by August 2, 2022
Michigan August 2, 2022 Varies; check with your LEO Rec'd by July 30, 2022 at 2 PM Rec'd by August 2, 2022 at 8 PM
Missouri August 2, 2022 Rec'd by July 29, 2022 Rec'd by July 29, 2022

Mail:
Postmarked by August 2, 2022 and rec'd within 3 days

Email or Fax:
Rec'd by August 2, 2022

Washington August 2, 2022 Rec'd by August 2, 2022 Not required

Mail:
Postmarked by August 2, 2022

Email/Online/Fax:
Rec'd by August 2, 2022 at 8 PM

Tennessee August 4, 2022 Rec'd by June 28, 2022 Rec'd by June 28, 2022 Rec'd by August 4, 2022 at 8 PM
Connecticut August 9, 2022 Rec'd by August 4, 2022 Rec'd by August 8, 2022 Rec'd by August 9, 2022 at 8 PM
Minnesota August 9, 2022 Rec'd by August 9, 2022 Rec'd by August 9, 2022 Rec'd by August 9, 2022 at 8 PM
Vermont August 9, 2022 Rec'd by August 9, 2022 Sent by August 8, 2022 at 5 PM Rec'd by August 9, 2022
Wisconsin August 9, 2022 Postmarked by July 20, 2022 Rec'd by August 4, 2022 at 5 PM Rec'd by August 9, 2022 at 8 PM
Hawaii August 13, 2022 Postmarked by August 3, 2022 Rec'd by August 6, 2022 at 4:30 PM Rec'd by August 13, 2022 at 7 PM
Alaska August 16, 2022

Mail:
Postmarked by July 17, 2022

Email or Fax:
Rec'd by July 17, 2022

Mail:
Rec'd by August 6, 2022

Email/Online/Fax:
Rec'd by August 15, 2022

Mail:
Postmarked by August 16, 2022 and rec'd within 10 days

Fax:
Rec'd by August 16, 2022

Wyoming August 16, 2022 Rec'd by August 1, 2022 Rec'd by August 15, 2022 Rec'd by August 16, 2022 at 7 PM
Florida August 23, 2022 Postmarked by July 25, 2022

Mail:
Rec'd by August 13, 2022

Email/Online/Fax:
Rec'd by August 23, 2022

Mail:
Postmarked by August 23, 2022

Fax:
Rec'd by August 23, 2022

Delaware September 13, 2022

Mail:
Postmarked by August 29, 2022

Email or Fax:
Rec'd by August 29, 2022

Mail:
Rec'd by September 9, 2022 at 4:30 PM

Email/Online/Fax:
Rec'd by September 12, 2022 at Noon

Rec'd by September 13, 2022 at 8 PM
New Hampshire September 13, 2022 Rec'd by September 13, 2022 Rec'd by September 12, 2022 at 5 PM Rec'd by September 13, 2022 at 5 PM
Rhode Island September 13, 2022 Rec'd by August 14, 2022 Rec'd by August 23, 2022 Rec'd by September 16, 2022
Massachusetts September 20, 2022 Not required Rec'd by September 14, 2022 Rec'd by September 20, 2022 at 8 PM
Louisiana None      

* State has a Primary Runoff. See the next chart for this information.

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Race to 222 Update!

It's a new year, and 2022 may hold the most important midterm elections of our lifetime! To make sure that Democrats hold the House and Senate (and maybe pick up some Governorships and Secretaries of State along the way), Democrats Abroad needs to mobilize all of our members, as well as registering new voters!

You can help!

First, go to VoteFromAbroad.org to register to vote and/or request your ballot(s) for 2022.

Then, join DA Switzerland at a Virtual Voter Registration Training on January 18th to learn how to request your own ballot and how to help others do the same. Voter registration will be an all-hands-on-deck situation this year!

To make the voter registration process more fun for our members, we have created a "Race to 222" campaign. What does this mean? We are trying to register 222 members by 2/22/2022. As of January 10th, we are a quarter of the way there!

Already requested your ballot?

THANK YOU! You should be receiving a message from a DACH leader in the coming days with a special "Race to 222" graphic you can add to your social media accounts to help get the word out!

Read more

We need YOU!

DA Switzerland has a few open positions in leadership and we're looking for fresh faces to fill them! If you've been looking for a way to get more involved, read on:

  • Volunteer Coordinator 🧑‍🏫
    A new role we have created and are seeking to fill, our Volunteer Coordinator will welcome new volunteers and find them the right opportunities to be of service.
     
  • Content Curator
    Help us gather content for our newsletter 📰, website 💻, and social media 📱 channels! 
      
  • General Volunteer 🙋
    Not ready to step into a specific leadership role, but still looking to get more involved? No worries! Complete this Volunteer Sign Up Form to let us know your interests!

If you have questions about any of these roles or are interested in finding out more, please send an email to our Chair, Eric Burns.


Herstory from the Women's Caucus - bell hooks

As a way to highlight the impact of the many female glass-breakers over time, and to show examples of women who have successfully fostered equality and women's rights, the DACH Women's Caucus will occasionally share herstories. We hope you enjoy reading about the groundbreaking bell hooks, a Black feminist author. She insisted that feminism needs to be intersectional in order to actually make progress.

If you would like to receive other information from the DACH Women's Caucus, please email them to let them know you would like to join.

bell hooks, Pathbreaking Black Feminist, Dies at 69

She insisted that the fight for women's rights had to take into account the diverse experiences of working-class and Black women.

By Clay Risen

December 15, 2021

bell hooks, whose incisive, wide-ranging writing on gender and race helped push feminism beyond its white, middle-class worldview to include the voices of Black and working-class women, died on Wednesday at her home in Berea, Ky. She was 69.

Her sister Gwenda Motley said the cause was end-stage renal failure.

Starting in 1981 with her book “Ain’t I a Woman? Black Women and Feminism,” Ms. hooks, who insisted on using all lowercase letters in her name, argued that feminism’s claim to speak for all women had pushed the unique experiences of working-class and Black women to the margins.

“A devaluation of Black womanhood occurred as a result of the sexual exploitation of Black women during slavery that has not altered in the course of hundreds of years,” she wrote.

If that seems like conventional wisdom today, that is in large part because of the enormous impact Ms. hooks had on both feminism and Black women, many of whom had resisted aligning with a movement they felt was designed to diminish their experiences.

“I think of bell hooks as being pivotal to an entire generation of Black feminists who saw that for the first time they had license to call themselves Black feminists,” Kimberlé Crenshaw, a law professor at Columbia, said in an interview. “She was utterly courageous in terms of putting on paper thoughts that many of us might have had in private.”

Womanhood, Ms. hooks said, could not be reduced to a singular experience, but had to be considered within a framework encompassing race and class. She called for a new form of feminism, one that recognized differences and inequalities among women as a way of creating a new, more inclusive movement — one that, she later said, had largely been achieved.

She applied a similar, and equally trenchant, criticism to Black antiracism, which she said was often grounded in a patriarchal worldview that excluded the experiences of Black women. But she also recognized, in books like “We Real Cool: Black Men and Masculinity” (2004), that such a worldview resulted from centuries of oppression and exclusion of Black men.

Ms. hooks resisted the title “public intellectual,” but by the 2000s she had achieved celebrity status. Her books, written in a flowing, jargon-free style, were required reading across a wide range of college courses. She appeared onstage with the actress Laverne Cox and activists like Janet Mock, and on the bookstand of the model and actress Emily Ratajkowski, who cited Ms. hooks as inspiration while writing her recent essay collection, “My Body” (2021).

Part of Ms. hooks’s appeal was the sheer diversity of her interests. Her work, across some 30 books, encompassed literary criticism, children’s fiction, self-help, memoir and poetry, and it tackled not just subjects like education, capitalism and American history but also love and friendship.

In “Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom” (1994), she argued that the American education system had been constructed to quell dissent and shape young people into productive workers — and that it was therefore up to teachers to push against the grain by showing students how to use knowledge to resist.

She did just that in her own classes, instructing her students to see critical thinking and reading as liberating acts.

“She was a foundational influence on how I understood the possibility of my becoming a writer,” Min Jin Lee, the author of the novel “Pachinko,” who took two classes with Ms. hooks at Yale, said in an interview. “She taught me how to read. But more than that, she taught me how to read as a global person.”

bell hooks was the pen name of Gloria Jean Watkins, who was born on Sept. 25, 1952, in Hopkinsville, Ky., a small city in the southwestern part of the state not far from the Tennessee border.

Though her childhood in the semirural South exposed her to vicious examples of white supremacy, her tight-knit Black community in Hopkinsville showed her the possibility of resistance from the margins, of finding community among the oppressed and drawing power from those connections — a theme to which she would return frequently in her work.

Her father, Veodis Watkins, was a postal worker, and her mother, Rosa Bell (Oldham) Watkins, was a homemaker. Along with her sister Ms. Motley, Ms. hooks is survived by three other sisters, Sarah Chambers, Valeria Watkins and Angela Malone, and her brother, Kenneth.

Her early education took place in segregated schools, though she moved to white-majority schools once the state integrated its education system — an experience in navigating complex racial and gender hierarchies that she later drew on in her memoir, “Bone Black: Memories of Girlhood” (1996).

She was an avid reader, vacuuming up books and reading long past her bedtime. She dreamed of becoming an architect, and of leaving small-town Kentucky behind.

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The 2022 Midterms

The 2022 midterm elections aren't until November but the primaries start in March with Texas. We highlighted some key races to watch that could turn State Capitols blue or change the balance in Congress.

Here are our races to watch. Which races are you watching in your state?

Texas: March 1st will be a rematch between incumbent House Democrat Henry Cuellar and progressive Jessica Cisneros who gave the incumbent a run for the money and held him to 51.8% in 2020. Will redistricting make this district ripe for Republican picking?

North Carolina: The state Supreme Court postponed the primaries from March to May because of two pending lawsuits that challenged legislative district maps. The U.S. Senate race has candidates on both sides vying for November since incumbent Richard Burr will not seek reelection. Will North Carolina turn blue?

Maryland: Republican Governor Larry Hogan is term-limited and the June 28th primary will be crowded including former DNC Chair, Tom Perez and state Comptroller, Peter Franchot. Will Democrats be able to keep this deep blue state blue?

New York: Andrew Cuomo is out of the picture but his replacement, Kathy Hochul, faces primary challenges from Representative Tom Suozzi and former NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio. Will New Yorkers disenchanted with the Biden administration turn the Empire State red?

Florida: Governor Ron DeSantis will face Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, one of only a few Democrats in the Republican run state, or former Governor and current House Democrat Charlie Crist. Can Republican Marco Rubio win a third term against House Democrat Val Demings?

Georgia: Stacy Abrams is back in the Governor race. Georgians are hoping for a Rocky-style knockout against Governor Kemp in November. Can Senator Raphael Warnock stave off a challenge from former NFL player Hershel Walker?


Join Us in the Race to 222!

It's a new year, and 2022 may hold the most important midterm elections of our lifetime! To make sure that Democrats hold the House and Senate (and maybe pick up some Governorships and Secretaries of State along the way), Democrats Abroad needs to mobilize all of our members, as well as registering new voters!

You can help!

First, go to VoteFromAbroad.org to register to vote and/or request your ballot(s) for 2022.

Then, join DA Switzerland at a Virtual Voter Registration Training on January 18th to learn how to request your own ballot and how to help others do the same. Voter registration will be an all-hands-on-deck situation this year!

To make the voter registration process more fun for our members, we have created a "Race to 222" campaign. What does this mean? We are trying to register 222 members by 2/22/2022. 

Already requested your ballot?

THANK YOU! You should be receiving a message from a DACH leader in the coming days with a special "Race to 222" graphic you can add to your social media accounts to help get the word out!

Read more