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Vice-Presidential Debate Download

The second in our Debate Download Series, featuring expert analysis from community organizer Erica Sklar, feminist historian Dr. Nicole Guidetti-Hernandez, chair of the Dems Abroad Global Black Caucus Angela Fobbs, chair of the Dems Abroad Global Women's Caucus Ann Hesse, and chair of the Dems Abroad Global LGBTQ+ Caucus, Martha McDevitt-Pugh.

Recorded on 9 October 2020.


Presidential Debate Download #1

The first in our Debate Download series, where experts weigh in on the takeaways from the Presidential debates. Includes information on the Fair Fight fundraiser from Action Together: Zurich and from Jennifer NyeLecturer in Law and Social Justice and Co-Chair of the Five College Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice Certificate.

Recorded on 30 September 2020.


Voter Registration Deadlines

AL Attention AL Abroad Voters: Your registration must be postmarked by October 19. Mailed ballot requests must be received by October 29. Returned ballots must be submitted online by November 3 or postmarked by November 3 / received by November 10. PLEASE NOTE: these deadlines apply to Americans living abroad. Different deadlines may apply for domestic voters. For all the details see https://www.votefromabroad.org/states/AL/
AK Attention AK Abroad Voters: Your registration must be emailed, faxed or postmarked by October 4. Emailed, faxed or mailed ballot requests must be received by November 2 at 5pm. Returned ballots must be faxed by November 3 by 8 pm or postmarked by November 3 / received by November 18 (Deadline is earlier if mailed within USA). PLEASE NOTE: these deadlines apply to Americans living abroad. Different deadlines may apply for domestic voters. For all the details see https://www.votefromabroad.org/states/AK/
AR Attention AR Abroad Voters: Your registration must be postmarked by October 4. Emailed, faxed or mailed ballot requests must be received by October 27. (Not all counties accept ballot requests by email/fax). Returned ballots must be postmarked by November 3 / received by November 13. PLEASE NOTE: these deadlines apply to Americans living abroad. Different deadlines may apply for domestic voters. For all the details see https://www.votefromabroad.org/states/AR/
AS Attention AS Abroad Voters: Your registration must be emailed, faxed or mailed and received by October 9 at 4:30 pm. Emailed, faxed or mailed ballot requests must received by October 19. Returned ballots must be mailed and received by by October 19. PLEASE NOTE: these deadlines apply to Americans living abroad. Different deadlines may apply for domestic voters. For all the details see https://www.votefromabroad.org/states/AS/
AZ Attention AZ Abroad Voters: Your registration must be received by email, fax or postal mail by November 3 at 7:00 pm. Emailed, faxed or mailed ballot requests must be received by November 3 at 6:59 pm. Returned ballots must be emailed, faxed, mailed or submitted online and received by November 3 at 7:00 pm. PLEASE NOTE: these deadlines apply to Americans living abroad. Different deadlines may apply for domestic voters. For all the details see https://www.votefromabroad.org/states/AZ/
CA Attention CA Abroad Voters: Your registration must be faxed, submitted online or postmarked by October 19. Emailed, faxed, online or mailed ballot requests must be received by October 27. Returned ballots must be faxed or submitted online by November 3 at 8:00 pm or postmarked by November 3 / received by November 20. PLEASE NOTE: these deadlines apply to Americans living abroad. Different deadlines may apply for domestic voters. For all the details see https://www.votefromabroad.org/states/CA/
CO Attention CO Abroad Voters: Your registration must be emailed or faxed by November 3 or postmarked by November 3 / received by November 11. (Deadlines are earlier if requesting to receive ballot by postal mail). No ballot request is required. Returned ballots must be emailed, faxed or submitted online by November 3 at 7 pm, or postmarked by November 3 at 7 pm / received by November 11. PLEASE NOTE: these deadlines apply to Americans living abroad. Different deadlines may apply for domestic voters. For all the details see https://www.votefromabroad.org/states/CO/
CT Attention CT Abroad Voters: Your registration and ballot request must be mailed and received by November 2 (Voters can register and request ballot by email or fax by November 2 to meet deadline but must submit original registration/ballot request with completed ballot). Returned ballots must be mailed and received by November 3. PLEASE NOTE: these deadlines apply to Americans living abroad. Different deadlines may apply for domestic voters. For all the details see https://www.votefromabroad.org/states/CT/
DC Attention DC Voters: Your registration must be emailed, faxed or mailed and received by October 13. Emailed, faxed or mailed ballot requests must be received by October 31. Returned ballots must be emailed or faxed by November 3 or postmarked by November 3 / received by November 13. PLEASE NOTE: these deadlines apply to Americans living abroad. Different deadlines may apply for domestic voters. For all the details see https://www.votefromabroad.org/states/DC/
DE Attention DE Abroad Voters: Your registration must be emailed, faxed, submitted online or postmarked by October 19. Emailed, faxed, online or mailed ballot requests must be received by November 2 by 12 pm. (Deadlines are earlier if requesting to receive ballot by postal mail). Returned ballots must be received by email, fax or postal mail by November 3 at 8:00 pm. PLEASE NOTE: these deadlines apply to Americans living abroad. Different deadlines may apply for domestic voters. For all the details see https://www.votefromabroad.org/states/DE/
FL Attention FL Abroad Voters: Your registration must be postmarked by October 5. Emailed, faxed or mailed ballot requests must be received by November 3. (Deadlines are earlier if requesting to receive ballot by postal mail). Returned ballots can be faxed by November 3 at 7 pm or postmarked by November 3 / received by November 13 (Deadline earlier if mailed within the USA). PLEASE NOTE: these deadlines apply to Americans living abroad. Different deadlines may apply for domestic voters. For all the details see https://www.votefromabroad.org/states/FL/
GA Attention GA Abroad Voters: Your registration must be emailed, faxed or mailed and received by October 5. Emailed, faxed or mailed ballot requests must be received by November 3 at 7:00 pm. Returned ballots must be postmarked by November 3 / received by November 6. PLEASE NOTE: these deadlines apply to Americans living abroad. Different deadlines may apply for domestic voters. For all the details see https://www.votefromabroad.org/states/GA/
GU Attention GU Abroad Voters: Your registration must be emailed, faxed or mailed and received by October 23 at 8:00 pm. Emailed, faxed or mailed ballot requests must be received by October 31 at 5:00 pm. Returned ballots must be postmarked by November 3 / received by November 13. PLEASE NOTE: these deadlines apply to Americans living abroad. Different deadlines may apply for domestic voters. For all the details see https://www.votefromabroad.org/states/GU/
HI Attention HI Abroad Voters: Your registration must emailed, faxed or postmarked by October 5. Emailed, faxed or mailed ballot requests must be received by October 27. Returned ballots must be received by email, fax or mail by November 3 at 7:00 pm. PLEASE NOTE: these deadlines apply to Americans living abroad. Different deadlines may apply for domestic voters. For all the details see https://www.votefromabroad.org/states/HI/
IA Attention IA Abroad Voters: No voter registration is required. Emailed, faxed or mailed ballot requests must be received by November 2. Returned ballots must be emailed or faxed by November 3 by 9 pm or postmarked by November 2 / received by November 9 at 12 pm. PLEASE NOTE: these deadlines apply to Americans living abroad. Different deadlines may apply for domestic voters. For all the details see https://www.votefromabroad.org/states/IA/
ID Attention ID Abroad Voters: Your registration must be mailed and received by October 9. Emailed, faxed or mailed ballot requests must be received by October 23. Returned ballots must be mailed and received by November 3 at 8 pm. PLEASE NOTE: these deadlines apply to Americans living abroad. Different deadlines may apply for domestic voters. For all the details see https://www.votefromabroad.org/states/ID/
IL Attention IL Abroad Voters: No voter registration is required, unless intend to return but deadlines are same as ballot request. Emailed, faxed or mailed ballot request must be received by October 24 (unless "Intend to Return" with earlier October 4 deadline). Returned ballots must be postmarked by November 3 / received by November 17. PLEASE NOTE: these deadlines apply to Americans living abroad. Different deadlines may apply for domestic voters. For all the details see https://www.votefromabroad.org/states/IL/
IN Attention IN Abroad Voters: Your registration must be emailed, faxed or mailed and received by October 26. Emailed, faxed or mailed ballot requests must be received by November 2 at 12 pm (Deadlines are earlier if requesting to receive ballot by postal mail). Returned ballots must be emailed or faxed by November 3 at 12 pm, or postmarked by November 3 / received by November 13 (Earlier deadline if mailed from within USA). PLEASE NOTE: these deadlines apply to Americans living abroad. Different deadlines may apply for domestic voters. For all the details see https://www.votefromabroad.org/states/IN/
KS Attention KS Abroad Voters: Your registration must be emailed, faxed or postmarked by November 3. Emailed, faxed or mailed ballot requests must be sent by November 3. Returned ballots must be emailed, faxed or mailed and received by November 3. PLEASE NOTE: these deadlines apply to Americans living abroad. Different deadlines may apply for domestic voters. For all the details see https://www.votefromabroad.org/states/KS/
KY Attention KY Abroad Voters: Your registration must be emailed, faxed or mailed and received by October 5. Emailed, faxed or mailed ballot requests must be received by October 27 at 6 pm. Returned ballots must be mailed and received by November 3 at 6 pm. PLEASE NOTE: these deadlines apply to Americans living abroad. Different deadlines may apply for domestic voters. For all the details see https://www.votefromabroad.org/states/KY/
LA Attention LA Abroad Voters: Your registration must be emailed, faxed or postmarked by October 5 or submitted online by October 13. Emailed, faxed or mailed ballot requests must be received by November 2 at 4:30 pm. Returned ballots must be faxed or mailed and received by November 3 at 6:00 pm. (Must get prior LEO approval for fax ballot return). PLEASE NOTE: these deadlines apply to Americans living abroad. Different deadlines may apply for domestic voters. For all the details see https://www.votefromabroad.org/states/LA/
MA Attention MA Abroad Voters: No voter registration is required. Emailed, faxed or mailed ballot requests must be received by November 2 at 12 pm Returned ballots must emailed, faxed or postmarked by November 3 / received by November 13 (with an earlier deadline if mailed within the USA). PLEASE NOTE: these deadlines apply to Americans living abroad. Different deadlines may apply for domestic voters. For all the details see https://www.votefromabroad.org/states/MA/
MD Attention MD Abroad Voters: Your registration must be postmarked by October 13 at 5 pm or submitted online by October 13 at 11:59 pm. Emailed, faxed, online or mailed ballot requests must be received by October 20 at 11:59 pm (Deadlines by 8 pm for postal mail). Returned ballots must be postmarked by November 3 at 8 pm / received by November 13 at 10 am. PLEASE NOTE: these deadlines apply to Americans living abroad. Different deadlines may apply for domestic voters. For all the details see https://www.votefromabroad.org/states/MD/
ME Attention ME Abroad Voters: Your registration must emailed, faxed or mailed and received by November 3 at 5 pm. Emailed, faxed or mailed ballot requests must be received by November 3 at 5 pm. Returned ballots must be emailed, faxed or mailed and received by November 3 at 8 pm. PLEASE NOTE: these deadlines apply to Americans living abroad. Different deadlines may apply for domestic voters. For all the details see https://www.votefromabroad.org/states/ME/
MI Attention MI Abroad Voters: Your registration must be emailed, faxed or mailed and received by November 3 at 8 pm. Emailed, faxed or mailed ballot requests must be received by October 31 at 2 pm. Returned ballots must be mailed and received by November 3 at 8 pm. PLEASE NOTE: these deadlines apply to Americans living abroad. Different deadlines may apply for domestic voters. For all the details see https://www.votefromabroad.org/states/MI/
MN Attention MN Abroad Voters: Your registration must be emailed, faxed or mailed and received by November 3. Emailed, faxed or mailed ballot requests must be received by November 3. Returned ballots must be postmarked by November 3 / received by November 10. PLEASE NOTE: these deadlines apply to Americans living abroad. Different deadlines may apply for domestic voters. For all the details see https://www.votefromabroad.org/states/MN/
MO Attention MO Abroad Voters: Your registration must be emailed, faxed, mailed or submitted online and received by October 7. Emailed, faxed, online and mailed ballot requests must be received by October 30. Returned ballots must be emailed, faxed, submitted online or postmarked by November 3 / received by November 6 at 12:00 pm. PLEASE NOTE: these deadlines apply to Americans living abroad. Different deadlines may apply for domestic voters. For all the details see https://www.votefromabroad.org/states/MO/
MS Attention MS Abroad Voters: Your registration must be emailed, faxed or postmarked by October 24. Emailed, faxed or mailed ballot requests must be received by November 3 at 7 pm. Returned ballots must be emailed, faxed or mailed and received by November 3 at 7 pm. PLEASE NOTE: these deadlines apply to Americans living abroad. Different deadlines may apply for domestic voters. For all the details see https://www.votefromabroad.org/states/MS/
MT Attention MT Abroad Voters: Your registration must be emailed, faxed, submitted online or mailed and received by November 3 at 8 pm. Emailed, faxed, online or mailed ballot requests must be received by November 3 at 8 pm. Returned ballots must be emailed, faxed or mailed and received by November 3 at 8 pm. PLEASE NOTE: these deadlines apply to Americans living abroad. Different deadlines may apply for domestic voters. For all the details see https://www.votefromabroad.org/states/MT/
NC Attention NC Abroad Voters: Your registration must be emailed, faxed, submitted online or mailed and received by November 2 at 5 pm. Emailed, faxed, online or mailed ballot requests must be received by November 2 at 5 pm. Returned ballots must be submitted online, emailed or faxed by November 3 at 7:30 pm or received by mail by November 12 at 5 pm. PLEASE NOTE: these deadlines apply to Americans living abroad. Different deadlines may apply for domestic voters. For all the details see https://www.votefromabroad.org/states/NC/
ND Attention ND Abroad Voters: No voter registration is required. Emailed, faxed or mailed ballot requests must be received by November 2. Returned ballots must be emailed or faxed by November 3 at 11:59 pm or postmarked by November 2 / received by November 9. PLEASE NOTE: these deadlines apply to Americans living abroad. Different deadlines may apply for domestic voters. For all the details see https://www.votefromabroad.org/states/ND/
NE Attention NE Abroad Voters: Your registration must be emailed, faxed or postmarked by October 16. Emailed, faxed or mailed ballot requests must be received by October 23 at 6 pm. Returned ballots must be emailed, faxed or mailed and received by November 3 at 8 pm CT/7 pm MT. (Email/fax ballot return requires approval from LEO). PLEASE NOTE: these deadlines apply to Americans living abroad. Different deadlines may apply for domestic voters. For all the details see https://www.votefromabroad.org/states/NE/
NH Attention NH Abroad Voters: Your registration must be emailed, faxed or mailed and received by November 3. Emailed, faxed or mailed ballot requests must be received by November 2 at 5 pm. Returned ballots must be mailed and received by November 3 at 5 pm. PLEASE NOTE: these deadlines apply to Americans living abroad. Different deadlines may apply for domestic voters. For all the details see https://www.votefromabroad.org/states/NH/
NJ Attention NJ Abroad Voters: Your registration must be emailed, faxed or mailed and received by October 11 (Deadlines are earlier if request to receive ballot by postal mail). Emailed, faxed or mailed ballot requests must be received by October 30 (Deadlines are earlier if request to receive ballot by postal mail). Returned ballots must be emailed, faxed or mailed and received by November 3 at 8 pm (Emailed/faxed ballot require original to be mailed too). PLEASE NOTE: these deadlines apply to Americans living abroad. Different deadlines may apply for domestic voters. For all the details see https://www.votefromabroad.org/states/NJ/
NM Attention NM Abroad Voters: Your registration must be emailed, faxed or postmarked by October 5. Emailed, faxed or mailed ballot requests must be received by October 29. Returned ballots must be emailed, faxed or mailed and received by November 2 by 5 pm. PLEASE NOTE: these deadlines apply to Americans living abroad. Different deadlines may apply for domestic voters. For all the details see https://www.votefromabroad.org/states/NM/
NV Attention NV Abroad Voters: Your registration must be postmarked by October 6, emailed or faxed by October 27 or submitted online by October 29. Emailed, faxed, online or mailed ballot requests must be be received by October 20. Returned ballots must be emailed or faxed by November 3 at 7 pm or postmarked by November 3 / received by November 10. PLEASE NOTE: these deadlines apply to Americans living abroad. Different deadlines may apply for domestic voters. For all the details see https://www.votefromabroad.org/states/NV/
NY Attention NY Abroad Voters: Your registration must be emailed, faxed or mailed and received by October 9 (Email/fax requires original to be mailed too). (Later deadline for Uniformed Service Members). Emailed, faxed and mailed ballot requests must be received by October 27 (Email/fax requires original to be mailed too). Returned ballots must be postmarked by November 3 / received by November 16. PLEASE NOTE: these deadlines apply to Americans living abroad. Different deadlines may apply for domestic voters. For all the details see https://www.votefromabroad.org/states/NY/
OH Attention OH Abroad Voters: Your registration must be emailed, faxed, submitted online or mailed and received by October 5. Emailed, faxed or mailed ballot requests must be received by October 31 at 12 pm. Returned ballots must be postmarked by November 2 / received by November 13 (received by 7:30 pm if sent by courier). PLEASE NOTE: these deadlines apply to Americans living abroad. Different deadlines may apply for domestic voters. For all the details see https://www.votefromabroad.org/states/OH/
OK Attention OK Abroad Voters: Your registration must be emailed, faxed or postmarked by October 9. Emailed, faxed or mailed ballot requests must be received by October 27 at 5 pm. Returned ballots must be faxed or mailed and received by November 3 at 7 pm. PLEASE NOTE: these deadlines apply to Americans living abroad. Different deadlines may apply for domestic voters. For all the details see https://www.votefromabroad.org/states/OK/
OR Attention OR Abroad Voters: Your registration must be emailed, faxed or postmarked by October 13. Emailed, faxed or mailed ballot requests must be received by November 3 (Earlier deadline if requesting to receive ballot by postal mail). Returned ballots must be emailed, faxed or mailed and received by November 3 at 8 pm. PLEASE NOTE: these deadlines apply to Americans living abroad. Different deadlines may apply for domestic voters. For all the details see https://www.votefromabroad.org/states/OR/
PA Attention PA Abroad Voters: Your registration must be emailed, faxed or mailed and received by October 19. Emailed, faxed or mailed ballot requests must be received by November 2. Returned ballots must be postmarked by November 2 at 11:59 pm / received by November 10 at 5 pm. PLEASE NOTE: these deadlines apply to Americans living abroad. Different deadlines may apply for domestic voters. For all the details see https://www.votefromabroad.org/states/PA/
PR Attention PR Abroad Voters: Your registration must be emailed, faxed or postmarked by September 15. Emailed or faxed ballot requests must be received by September 20 or postmarked by October 5. Returned ballots must be postmarked by November 3. PLEASE NOTE: these deadlines apply to Americans living abroad. Different deadlines may apply for domestic voters. For all the details see https://www.votefromabroad.org/states/PR
RI Attention RI Abroad Voters: Your registration must be emailed, faxed or mailed and received by October 4. Emailed, faxed or mailed ballot requests must be received by October 13. Returned ballots must be received by email, fax or mail by November 10. PLEASE NOTE: these deadlines apply to Americans living abroad. Different deadlines may apply for domestic voters. For all the details see https://www.votefromabroad.org/states/RI/
SC Attention SC Abroad Voters: Your registration must be emailed, faxed or submitted online by October 4 or postmarked by October 5. Emailed, faxed, online or mailed ballot requests must be received by November 3. Returned ballots must be emailed, faxed or mailed by November 3 at 7 pm / received by November 5 at 5 pm. PLEASE NOTE: these deadlines apply to Americans living abroad. Different deadlines may apply for domestic voters. For all the details see https://www.votefromabroad.org/states/SC/
SD Attention SD Abroad Voters: Your registration must be mailed and received by October 19. Emailed, faxed and mailed ballot requests must be received by November 3. Returned ballots must be mailed and received by November 3 at 7 pm. PLEASE NOTE: these deadlines apply to Americans living abroad. Different deadlines may apply for domestic voters. For all the details see https://www.votefromabroad.org/states/SD/
TN Attention TN Abroad Voters: Your registration must be emailed, faxed or mailed and received by October 27. Emailed, faxed or mailed ballot requests must be received by October 27. Returned ballots must be mailed and received by November 3 at 8 pm (EST)/7pm (CST). PLEASE NOTE: these deadlines apply to Americans living abroad. Different deadlines may apply for domestic voters. For all the details see https://www.votefromabroad.org/states/TN/
TX Attention TX Abroad Voters: Your registration must be emailed or postmarked by October 14 / received by October 23 (Original must be mailed if emailed). Emailed or mailed ballot requests must be received by October 23. Returned ballots must be postmarked by November 3 at 7 pm / received by November 9 (Fax allowed for active duty military). PLEASE NOTE: these deadlines apply to Americans living abroad. Different deadlines may apply for domestic voters. For all the details see https://www.votefromabroad.org/states/TX/
UT Attention UT Abroad Voters: Your registration must be emailed, faxed, submitted online or mailed and received by October 23 at 5 pm. Emailed, faxed or mailed ballot requests must be received by October 29. Returned ballots must be emailed or faxed by November 3 at 8 pm or mailed by November 2 / received by November 16 at 5 pm. PLEASE NOTE: these deadlines apply to Americans living abroad. Different deadlines may apply for domestic voters. For all the details see https://www.votefromabroad.org/states/UT/
VA Attention VA Abroad Voters: Your registration must be emailed, faxed or mailed and received by October 13 at 5 pm. (Later deadline for uniformed services). Emailed, faxed or mailed ballot requests must be received by October 23 at 5 pm. Returned ballots must be postmarked by November 3 at 7 pm / received by November 6 at 12 pm. PLEASE NOTE: these deadlines apply to Americans living abroad. Different deadlines may apply for domestic voters. For all the details see https://www.votefromabroad.org/states/VA/
VI Attention VI Abroad Voters: Voter registration must be emailed, faxed or mailed and received by October 4. Emailed, faxed or mailed ballot requests must be received by October 16. Returned ballots must be emailed, faxed or mailed and received by November 13. PLEASE NOTE: these deadlines apply to Americans living abroad. Different deadlines may apply for domestic voters. For all the details see https://www.votefromabroad.org/states/VI/
VT Attention VT Abroad Voters: Your registration must be emailed or mailed and received by November 3. Emailed, faxed or mailed ballot requests must be received by November 2 at 5 pm. Returned ballots must be mailed and received by November 2. (Email return available for countries with suspended mail service). PLEASE NOTE: these deadlines apply to Americans living abroad. Different deadlines may apply for domestic voters. For all the details see https://www.votefromabroad.org/states/VT/
WA Attention WA Abroad Voters: Your registration must be emailed, faxed, submitted online or mailed and received by November 3. No ballot request is required. Returned ballots must be emailed, faxed or postmarked by November 3 at 8 pm / received by November 23. PLEASE NOTE: these deadlines apply to Americans living abroad. Different deadlines may apply for domestic voters. For all the details see https://www.votefromabroad.org/states/WA/
WI Attention WI Abroad Voters: Your registration must be postmarked by October 14 (Not required for Uniformed Services members). Emailed, faxed or mailed ballot requests must be received by October 29 at 5 pm. Returned ballots must be mailed and received by November 3 at 8 pm (All deadlines later for Uniformed Services members). PLEASE NOTE: these deadlines apply to Americans living abroad. Different deadlines may apply for domestic voters. For all the details see https://www.votefromabroad.org/states/WI/
WV Attention WV Abroad Voters: Your registration must be emailed, faxed or mailed and received by October 13. Emailed, faxed or mailed ballot requests must be received by October 28. Returned ballots must be emailed or faxed by November 3 at 7:30 pm or mailed and received by November 9. PLEASE NOTE: these deadlines apply to Americans living abroad. Different deadlines may apply for domestic voters. For all the details see https://www.votefromabroad.org/states/WV/
WY Attention WY Abroad Voters: Your registration must be mailed and received by October 19. Emailed, faxed or mailed ballot requests must be received by November 2. Returned ballots must be emailed, faxed or mailed and received by November 3 at 7 pm. PLEASE NOTE: these deadlines apply to Americans living abroad. Different deadlines may apply for domestic voters. For all the details see https://www.votefromabroad.org/states/WY/

 


Are You a Victim of Voter Suppression?

If you feel that you are experiencing voter suppression, please immediately write to [email protected].

Your email should include:

  • Name
  • Address in Switzerland
  • Voter Registration Address
  • FCPA registration info (if available)
  • Description of voter protection issue and steps already taken

Important Notice Regarding Ballot Return

You may have recently received a notice from the US Embassy in Bern. Please note that we do NOT recommend sending ballots via the Embassy in Bern. Time is running low to ensure that a diplomatic pouch sent will allow for subsequent delivery of your ballot to your local election official. 

Democrats Abroad suggests using these links:

A message from the
U.S. Embassy Bern, Switzerland
Message for U.S. Citizens – Don’t Let the Elections Pass You By
 
If you plan to vote in the November 2020 election it is important to ACT NOW! Don’t wait, return your voted ballot right away! Remember U.S. embassies and consulates are not polling places; same-day in-person voting is not available outside the United States – but you can get assistance in requesting and returning your absentee ballot. Many states require voted ballots to reach local election officials by the close of polls on Tuesday, November 3.
 
The Department of State is committed to assisting overseas voters in casting their ballots. For instructions on how to vote from Switzerland please see our website: https://ch.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/voting
 
For general overseas voting information please see the Department of State’s web site Absentee Voting Information for U.S. Citizens Abroad or FVAP.gov.
 
Never received your ballot? If you registered to vote and requested an absentee ballot prior to your state’s registration deadline, but have not yet received your ballot, complete and return a Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot to ensure your vote reaches election officials by your state’s deadline. If your regular ballot arrives later, complete and return it as well. Your Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot will only be counted if your regular ballot does not reach local election officials by your state’s deadline. Your vote will not be counted twice.
 
RETURNING YOUR BALLOT:
Note that the U.S. Postal Service recommends voters mail their completed ballots before Election Day and at least one week prior to your state’s deadline. To allow processing time between Department of State and U.S. Postal Service systems this means ballots should be received in the Embassy for transmittal through the Diplomatic Pouch no later than October 15, 2020. Ballots received after that date will be forwarded, but may arrive too late to be counted. Please also check the regulations in the state in which you vote as deadlines may differ, and you may have alternative voting options such as electronic voting or by fax.
 
The above timeline is based on current local and U.S. conditions, which are subject to change. Should conditions change and impact the timeline we will alert you. We strongly recommend you submit your ballot as far in advance as possible.
 
If you wish to send your ballot through Embassy Bern’s diplomatic pouch, place it in either a U.S. postage-paid envelope (provided with the ballot) or an envelope bearing domestic U.S. postage addressed to your local election officials. Place it into a second envelope and mail it to: U.S. Embassy Bern, CONS/ACS/Voting, P.O. Box, 3001 Bern, Switzerland for return to the United States
Missed the U.S. Embassy Bern recommended shipment deadline? Consider returning your ballot to the United States via a commercial express courier service such as FedEx, UPS, or DHL or return your voted ballot electronically if allowed by your state. Ballots sent to local election officials via express courier service do not receive standard postmarks, so voters using this method should confirm delivery on or before November 3 prior to payment and shipment. Check your state’s voting procedures at www.FVAP.gov for guidance.
 
Returning your Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot by email or fax. Review your state’s voting procedures at www.FVAP.gov carefully for guidance.
 
Returning your ballot by international mail delivery. If using Switzerland’s postal system, be sure to affix sufficient international postage, and allow sufficient time for international mail delivery. Ballots sent via regular international mail from most countries at this late date are unlikely to reach local election officials by state ballot receipt deadlines, so you may need to consider another method.
 
HELP SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT OVERSEAS VOTING.
Please help spread the word to your friends, family, and colleagues that now is the time to start thinking about overseas voting. Consider posting to your Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or other social media account that you are an active voter and will be dropping off or mailing your Federal Post Card Application or completed ballot. Use #ProudOverseasVoter to help get the word out about voting.
 
Have Questions? Please contact Embassy Bern’s Voting Assistance Officer at [email protected].
 
You can also contact the Federal Voting Assistance Program directly if you encounter issues with local election officials by emailing [email protected] or toll free by phone from many countries around the world.
 
Confirm your registration and ballot delivery online. Learn more at the Federal Voting Assistance Program's (FVAP) website at www.FVAP.gov.

Virtual Discussion on Tomorrow's Coronavirus

One of our members is organizing a virtual event focused on how we can reinstate U.S. leadership in pandemic preparedness and response, building on lessons we’re currently learning from COVID-19 and those we learned from Ebola and Zika.

Please join
Peggy Hamburg
Former Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Nicki Lurie
Former Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
and
Lisa Monaco
Former Homeland Security Advisor to President Barack Obama
for a 
Virtual Discussion on Tomorrow's Coronavirus: Reinstating U.S. Leadership in
Pandemic Preparedness and Response,
moderated by John Monahan,
Former Counselor to the Secretary at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Friday, October 2, 2020
4:00 p.m. EDT / 1:00 p.m. PDT
(10:00 p.m. CEST)

Note that this event is a fundraiser for the Biden/Harris campaign. It is not organized or sponsored by Democrats Abroad Switzerland, but we are sharing this information because we believe it to be of interest of our members.

Fight Voter Suppression: Learn, Discuss, Act

Our friends at Action Together: Zurich, CH have put together this informative event and fundraiser to benefit Stacey Abrams' Fair Fight.

Please join ATZ on Sunday, September 27 at 6 PM Zurich time, 12 noon EDT for a Zoom event discussing voter suppression and the fight to protect the right to vote. The featured speaker is voting rights expert Bruce Spiva, managing partner at Perkins Coie in Washington, DC.

Prior to the meeting, feel free to learn more about the issue in any of the following ways:

  1. Watch Suppressed 2020: The Fight to Vote, a documentary short available from Brave New Films on Vimeo or YouTube.
  2. Watch All In: The Fight for Democracy, a feature length documentary. Released in select US theaters on September 8 and available for home viewing on Amazon Prime on September 18.
  3. Read Our Time is Now: Power, Purpose, and the Fight for a Fair America by Stacey Abrams, available on Amazon and in bookstores.

You can RSVP to this event on Eventbrite. Admission to the event is free, but ATZ would appreciate it if you made a donation to their fundraiser benefiting Fair Fight.


Note that this event is not organized or sponsored by Democrats Abroad Switzerland, but we are sharing the information because we believe it may be of interest to our members.


#passthevote

Our good friends at Action Together: Zürich have put together this amazing video featuring our favorite voter registration tool, Vote From Abroad!

Check out the video, check out their site, and be sure to #passthevote!


Save the United State Post Office

The United States Postal Service (USPS) is an independent agency of the executive branch and is responsible for providing postal service in the US, insular areas, and associated states. It is one of the few government agencies explicitly authorized by the US Constitution (Article 1, Section 8, Clause 7).

The USPS employs 633,188 workers, which makes it the 3rd largest civilian employer in the US. They are legally obligated to serve all Americans, regardless of geography, at uniform price and quality. The USPS is the world's largest postal system by both geography and volume, delivering 47% of the world's mail.

Those of us living outside of the US know how important the USPS is. In addition to using it to vote each and every year, we also depend on it to send and receive packages and letters to all of our loved ones back in the US. This year, in light of the ongoing pandemic running unchecked throughout the US, those loved ones need the USPS to be operating at full speed and capacity so that they can reliably and safely vote by mail, just like we do.

DA is opposed to all forms of voter suppression and we think it is absolutely imperative that our members do all that they can to support the USPS and protect it from this blatant attack by the current administration. Please read through this linked page from the American Postal Workers Union and take as many of the suggestions as you can.

You can also email the USPS Board of Governors to express your displeasure with Postmaster General Louis DeJoy. Templates for letters/emails can be found here.