Sedition in Washington, DC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- 7 January 2021

Contact: Liz Voss, Vice Chair, vice-chair@democratsabroad.ch

The attack on the Capitol yesterday afternoon may be the most dangerous moment in US history since the Civil War. 

This attempted coup is the culmination of years of Donald Trump and his Republican cronies building a flourishing white supremacist base, feeding them with lies and falsehoods, and preparing them for violence. 

While Democrats Abroad supports the right of pro-Trump demonstrators to express their views, we demand prosecution to the fullest extent of the law of those who would use force to overthrow our elected government. Terrorists should be treated as such. The color of their skin should not allow them to walk away without ramifications. We believe the racial injustice on evidence here is deafening.

We are grateful to our Congressional Representatives and Senators who are, as Senator Amy Klobuchar (MN) has said, committed to reconvening and finishing the job that they started today. Anarchy will not prevail. Democracy will.

More information about Democrats Abroad Switzerland is available at our website, https://www.democratsabroad.org/ch. We can also be found on social media (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook) at @swissdemocrats.

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GEORGIA VOTERS AROUND THE WORLD TO VOTE IN US SENATE RUNOFF ELECTION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- 1 December 2020

Contact: Darcy Alexandra, Communications Chair, zurich-darcy@democratsabroad.ch

The 2020 US election saw record turnout, with all states having participation from over 50% of the eligible population. Further, 44 states had voter turnout that broke the 40-year record. President-elect Biden is the first candidate to ever receive 80 million votes, shattering President Obama’s record of 69.5 million votes in 2008.

The voter turnout from abroad was record-breaking in 2020; our members helped candidates across the United States win their races. We look forward to being the margin of victory in the Georgia Senate races on January 5, 2021.

As more states certify their Presidential election results, all eyes are turning towards Georgia, which has the unique status of holding two US Senate runoff elections on January 5, 2021. The race between Sen. David Perdue (R) and Jon Ossoff (D) follows the regular Senate election cycle. The race between Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R) and Raphael Warnock (D), however, is a special election following Loeffler’s appointment to fill the vacancy created by Sen. Johnny Isakson in December 2019. 

The 2020 election had 35 Senate seats up for election; the current results leave the Democratic party with 48 seats (a gain of one) and the Republicans with 50 (a loss of one). These two Georgia Senate seats will determine the balance of the Senate for the next two years.

Georgia voters cast over 4.9 million ballots in the general election. The runoff election is not expected to have turnout that high, but Democrats Abroad is urging all Georgia voters around the world to check their voting status, request a ballot if necessary, and send it back as soon as possible.

The deadline to register to vote in the January 5, 2021, runoff election is December 7, 2020. If a voter will be 18-years-old by January 5, then they can - and should - register to vote now. Official ballots for this election are already available, so if a voter requests their ballot be sent to them electronically (as recommended), they should receive it quickly.

Georgia requires that all ballots be returned by postal mail or courier service; further, ballots must be received at the election office by January 8, 2021. Electronic returns via email or fax are not allowed. For these reasons, plus the burden on the global postal systems due to holiday shipping and the COVID-19 pandemic, Democrats Abroad Switzerland is recommending that our members use a courier service if possible.

A DACH member in Zurich has generously offered to let Georgia voters in Switzerland use her corporate FedEx account to return their ballots. Voters will still be responsible for the cost of shipping, but the fee will be significantly reduced. Information and resources for this election can be found at https://bit.ly/DACHforGA.

More information about Democrats Abroad Switzerland is available at our website, https://www.democratsabroad.org/ch. We can also be found on social media (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook) at @swissdemocrats.

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US CITIZENS ABROAD WANT THEIR VOICES HEARD AND BALLOTS COUNTED TOO

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- 6 November 2020

Contact: Darcy Alexandra, Communications Chair, zurich-darcy@democratsabroad.ch +41 78 920 79 98

US citizens living abroad account for more than 1.8 million mail-in absentee ballots in the 2020 General Election, a 250% increase over previous elections. These ballots will impact both the presidential race as well as down-ticket candidates; hence US citizens abroad want their ballots COUNTED.

Democrats Abroad (DA) has already held public gatherings of US Citizens demanding all votes be tallied, especially before any official declaration of who will be the next US President. Democrats Abroad Switzerland (DACH), will gather at 2 pm Saturday, 7 November in their respective cities as a show of resistance to the current President’s attempt to disenfranchise voters.

Both the Basel and Zurich chapters of DACH will gather peacefully to ensure that the democratic process is upheld and all votes are counted. Event organizers at both locations will respect COVID-19 protocols, using volunteers to encourage the use of masks, social distancing, and safe behaviors even while gathering outdoors. Basel’s chapter of DACH will convene in Münsterplatz while Zurich’s chapter will gather at Lindenhof (known to English speakers as Lindenhof Hill or Lindenhof Park), in homage to the location’s historical significance as a site of resistance.

Democrats Abroad, whose global membership across 190 countries represents not only expats but also military families, foreign-born Americans, and dual citizens, is globally offering ballot curing and validation measures to Americans living outside the U.S. by providing tools to connect them to their home state election offices. The organization is also offering legal support to counter lawsuits filed by the Trump campaign which is attempting to manipulate the election results in key states.

For decades DA has assisted in absentee voting, which has always been deemed fair, reliable and legitimate. Only recently has the Trump administration made false claims regarding its legitimacy. Last-minute rule changes could disenfranchise thousands of military and overseas voters. These voters have already gone to great lengths to receive and send in their ballots from abroad. Postal mail delivery slowdowns instigated by the current administration and other restrictions have cost voters abroad time and money to make sure their ballots arrived back in the US on time. Trump’s threats to throw out ballots and his attempt to call the election is not just a travesty but a direct and unprecedented threat to the world’s longest running democracy.

Democrats Abroad Switzerland will gather because:

  • Absentee voting is a proven method for US Americans living abroad to participate in the democratic process.
  • All legal votes cast must be counted.
  • We believe in the peaceful transition of power between administrations.

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About Democrats Abroad

Democrats Abroad is the official Democratic Party arm for the millions of Americans living outside the United States. We strive to provide US Americans abroad with a Democratic voice in our government and elect Democratic candidates by mobilizing the overseas vote.

Democrats Abroad has 45 country committees throughout Europe, the Americas, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. These country committees keep Americans abroad informed of their rights and help them participate in the US political process. Our members live in more than 190 countries around the globe and vote in every state and Congressional district in the U.S. Democrats Abroad is recognized as a "state" party by the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and is represented on the DNC by eight voting members, as well as at the quadrennial Democratic National Convention.


US CITIZENS ABROAD VOTING IN RECORD NUMBERS even as VOTER SUPPRESSION BY REPUBLICANS RAISES CONCERN

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- 26 October 2020

Contact: Darcy Alexandra, Zurich Co-Chair, zurich@democrats.ch +41 78 920 79 98

“Voting and participating in the democratic process are key. The vote is the most powerful
nonviolent change agent you have in a democratic society.”
--US Representative John Lewis (21.02.1940 - 17.07.2020)

With just 8 days left until the general election on November 3rd, volunteers with Democrats Abroad Switzerland continue to help US citizens exercise their right to vote. This hard work and dedication are making an impact; media outlets report that US citizens abroad are voting in record numbers. Compared to 2016, more US citizens abroad have registered to vote and requested their ballot for the 2020 General Election. VoteFromAbroad.org, the non-governmental voting assistance group helping US citizens vote from overseas, has recorded over 1 million visitors to their site this election cycle, a three-fold increase in comparison with 2016. 2020 is also seeing record levels of early voting as US citizens–concerned about pressing issues like health care, racial justice, reproductive rights, Covid relief, and climate change–cast their ballots.

Historic levels of early voting and increased voting from US citizens living abroad are accompanied by increased anxiety about how on-going voter suppression and attacks against the electoral process might impact this election. US President Donald Trump has been making claims for months that mail-in ballots are fraudulent or will lead to voter fraud, even though there is no evidence to back this assertion. In addition, over the past year the Trump administration has been systematically defunding the US Postal Service, one of the county’s oldest and most reliable institutions. Recent investigations uncovered that the Trump-appointed Postmaster General ordered the shut down of hundreds of mail sorting machines, citing they were too old (despite evidence to the contrary) and sent trucks to collect and stockpile hundreds of mail drop boxes in various cities across the country¹. These actions have created an unprecedented mail backlog on a nationwide scale, compounding international mail delays due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Postal delays and attacks on mail-in voting are particularly worrisome for overseas voters, who must often return their ballots by postal mail. Many voters have changed their past habits and asked to receive their ballots electronically, rather than by mail, leading to an increase in problems printing ballots and following complex instructions for printing and assembling ballot envelopes. Other voters have mailed emergency provisional ballots (the Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot) to their election offices, fearing that their state ballots wouldn’t arrive in time to be counted. Still others have turned to expensive courier services, like FedEx or DHL, to ensure timely delivery. In addition, there is an unprecedented interest in confirming that ballots have been received and will be counted, with many voters anxiously checking their state’s ballot tracking tools and others flooding election offices with requests for confirmation that ballots have been received.

In the US, many voters are opting to risk their health and safety by showing up to polling stations in person to vote. Unfortunately, the Covid-19 pandemic has created a shortage of polling station workers and volunteers who traditionally have been retired senior citizens². Those who are showing up to work despite potential spread of the virus are now doubly at risk of exposure. Elaborate and confusing ballot instructions that might potentially invalidate or disqualify ballots are also of concern³.

These challenges have led to an increase in poll waiting times upwards of nine to 12 hours, not surprisingly in competitive “battleground” states, commonly known as “swing states” where wins can swing between Democrats or Republicans. Swing states tend to include Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

This year, particularly in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic, a whole new onslaught of Republican tactics has been introduced to dissuade voter participation, cheat an established system of voting, and finagle outcomes across the country. The following are just a few examples of alarming reports leading up to the 2020 Election:

  • California Republicans secretly set up illegal ballot collection boxes throughout the state -- the most populated in the country with the highest number of voters. Despite the state issuing a legal cease and desist order, Republicans have refused to remove the illegal collection boxes.
  • The Trump campaign is suing to block Nevada from issuing mail-in ballots in an effort to curb in-person voting so as not to spread the Coronavirus in their state, arguing that it increases the possibility of voter fraud.
  • In the state of Pennsylvania, which allows mail-in ballots to be counted up to three days after the election if they are postmarked by November 3, Republicans have proposed a bill that would not allow ballots to be counted after Election Day.
  • Republican Senators in the United States Congress have also proposed a bill that would nullify all mail-in ballots not counted in all states and territories within a 48-hour window of Election Day.
  • Republican-led Texas has issued a decision to only allow one ballot drop box per county, despite the fact that some counties have populations of more than 4 million voters or are so geographically spread out that voters would have to drive hundreds of miles to drop off their ballot.
  • In Oregon, where mail-in voting was adopted more than 30 years ago making it the first state to have this option, there has been a reported rise in criminal activity of ballots being stolen out of residents' private mailboxes.

Despite the best efforts of the Republican Party, United States citizens at home and abroad are more determined than ever to participate in the democratic process and exercise their right to vote in this most pivotal election of our lifetimes.

Democrats Abroad encourages US Americans voting from overseas to carefully follow all voting guidelines, mail their ballots early, and vote electronically when possible. More information about Democrats Abroad Switzerland is available at our website, https://www.democratsabroad.org/ch. We can also be found on social media (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook) at @swissdemocrats.

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¹ https://www.forbes.com/sites/alisondurkee/2020/08/17/sorting-equipment-removed-changes-to-election-mail-all-the-postal service-usps-changes-raising-alarm-louis-dejoy/#20cc8f71106f
² https://www.npr.org/2020/08/05/894331965/wanted-young-people-to-work-the-polls-this-november
³ https://www.businessinsider.com/mistakes-that-can-disqualify-your-mail-absentee-ballot-2020-9?r=US&IR=T
⁴ https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/12/us/politics/california-gop-drop-boxes.html
⁵ https://eu.rgj.com/story/news/2020/08/04/trump-campaign-sues-state-nevada-over-mail-ballot-initiative/3297017001/
⁶ https://www.npr.org/2020/10/19/922411176/supreme-court-rules-pennsylvania-can-count-ballots-received-after-election-day
⁷ https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2020/09/republican-senator-bill-illegal-mail-vote-count-deadline.html
⁸ https://www.npr.org/2020/10/13/923216392/u-s-appeals-court-sides-with-texas-on-one-per-county-ballot-drop-off
⁹ https://www.kgw.com/article/news/local/neighbors-report-election-ballot-thefts/283-0f3c7533-06a2-4653-8ad4-e5feadc24994

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DOWN-BALLOT RACES in the US ELECTION HOLD KEY to the FUTURE of AMERICAN POLITICS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- 19 October 2020

Contact: Darcy Alexandra, Zurich Co-Chair, zurich@democrats.ch +41 78 920 79 98

Fast Forward: Wednesday, January 20, 2021. Joe Biden is inaugurated as the 46th President of the United States of America. The world takes a collective sigh of relief. The pundits prepare for calmer news cycles, environmentalists cheer the potential for decisive action against climate change, US allies look forward to more stability, protesters hope that now is the time for change. Or maybe not.

Even if Trump is voted out of office this November – a prospect that is far from certain – many of his institutional legacies will remain. The Trump administration has acted far more strategically than the president’s tweet cycles may have led casual observers to believe. It indiscriminately thinned policies and programs upon which many Americans depend. And while Biden has envisioned a presidency similar in scope to that of former President Franklin Delano Roosevelt by rebuilding core democratic institutions¹, none of the plans developed by his diverse team of experts will be possible without Congressional support.

It was not so long ago that Obama’s efforts to pass legislation were stonewalled by a Republican-controlled² ³ Congress. One may recall the government shutdowns over budget negotiations, the refusal to consider⁴ Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland and, of course, the protracted fight over healthcare reform⁵. Republicans have not been shy about their intention to be uncooperative; as Senator Voinovich told reporters in 2012, their strategy boiled down to “If he was for it, we had to be against it”⁶.

There is no reason to expect Republicans to adopt a different modus operandi if Biden is elected. It is possible for Democrats to take control of the Senate this fall, but pollsters say it will be a tight fight⁷ ⁸. This is why US American voters at home and abroad are not only invested in the top of the ballot – the presidential choice – but also “down-ballot” races, where crucial congressional seats are chosen, and innumerable state level and smaller jurisdictions such as county, city and town elections that exert daily influence on the well-being of US residents.

Democrats Abroad is committed to educating US citizens living abroad on these crucial races, alerting its overseas communities to follow and support pivotal elections if there is any hope of keeping the House of Representatives and taking back the Senate in the fall. These exciting candidate profiles include individuals who could be the first Black Latina in Congress, the first Black doctor in Congress, a clinical psychologist¹¹ ¹² focused on fixing US healthcare, and an Iranian-born lawyer turned political activist. These candidates are not only meaningful to watch for the legislative power their victories would represent; but they also serve as a portrait of a changing demographic and political landscape in the United States. Even more than the presidential race, these down-ballot races may hold the key to the future of American politics.

For more information on these candidates and this story, please contact zurich@democrats.ch. More information about Democrats Abroad Switzerland can be found at our website, https://www.democratsabroad.org/ch. We can also be found on social media (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook) at @swissdemocrats.

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¹ https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2020/05/joe-biden-presidential-plans.html
² https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2016/12/republican-party-obstructionism-victory-trump-214498
³ https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-24343698
⁴ https://www.npr.org/2018/06/29/624467256/what-happened-with-merrick-garland-in-2016-and-why-it-matters-n ow?t=1599809316877
⁵ https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/11/voters-premiums-insurance-vote-2016-trump/546896
⁶ https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2016/12/republican-party-obstructionism-victory-trump-214498
⁷ See below for infographic on the current makeup of Congress: https://images.app.goo.gl/KNejzWhwiMyNHLAw6
⁸ https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/the-latest-senate-polls-show-some-good-news-for-democrats
⁹ https://www.texastribune.org/2020/09/10/texas-candace-valenzuela-congress
¹⁰ https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/24/us/politics/cameron-webb-wins-virginia.html
¹¹ https://emilyslist.org/candidates/christina-finello-20
¹² https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/08/26/dan-crenshaw-sima-ladjevardian-texas-congressional-race

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PANDEMIC WINNERS AND LOSERS: COMPARING THE COVID-19 SITUATION IN THE US TO SWITZERLAND

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - 12 OCTOBER 2020

Contact: Darcy Alexandra, Zurich Co-Chair, zurich@democrats.ch +41 78 920 79 98

While Switzerland reopens schools and the return of cool weather has many concerned about further spread of the virus, the situation here including commerce is mostly under control. Meanwhile the U.S. remains a country in chaos, with persistent high unemployment, infection rates still higher than the worst days this past spring and fatality numbers remaining among the worst in the world.

U.S. citizens living overseas are often asked – why is it so bad? What is it that has made the U.S. response to Covid-19 so disastrous? Could the high number of deaths (over 200,000¹) been avoidable?

On the face of it, Switzerland and the U.S. share many common attributes. Both are wealthy countries, home to strong financial institutions, have structural confederations but with an aversion to federally-mandated policies and a preference for local government. However, this is where similarities end. The starkest difference between the two could explain in part why the U.S. situation is so bleak: the presence or absence of a strong welfare system. Without universal healthcare, unemployment benefits, government-issued stays on firings and evictions, those living in the U.S. have no safety net in times of crisis.

Additionally high costs of education, which is just one factor for generally high levels of individual debt in the U.S., mean that many US Americans barely have one month of expenses in savings, if any. More than 38 million people in the U.S. live in poverty², with 1.5 million surviving on no more than $2 a day³. Those figures, disturbing even in normal times, are devastating in the midst of a global pandemic and economic crisis.

While factors behind each country’s response to Covid will undoubtedly receive attention from researchers for years to come, one takeaway implies immediate action: VOTE. US Americans living overseas have an opportunity this fall to express support for the most progressive platform in Democratic history, a political party wish list which could help construct a safety net that would keep such a crisis from devastating the country in the future.

Scientists have repeatedly warned this kind of pandemic is not such a unique event. It is always a question of when, not if, the next crisis will strike. Everyone who is able to vote in the U.S. election this fall has a responsibility to support the Biden-Harris campaign, to avoid such catastrophic death tolls in the future.

For more information about this story, or to speak with our dedicated volunteers in Switzerland, please contact zurich@democrats.ch. More information about Democrats Abroad Switzerland as well as information about our work at: https://www.democratsabroad.org/ch. We can also be found on social media (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook) at @swissdemocrats.

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¹ https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/us/coronavirus-us-cases.html
² As of 2018 https://povertyusa.org/facts
³ https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2015/09/11/what-its-like-to-live-on-2-a-day-in-the-united-states/

 

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EARLY VOTING AT HISTORIC LEVELS: US AMERICANS IN SWITZERLAND GET OUT THE VOTE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - 5 October 2020

Contact: Darcy Alexandra, Zurich Co-Chair, zurich@democrats.ch +41 78 920 79 98

According to data from the United States Election Project¹, a record number of at least 944,144 people have already voted in the 2020 general election. For comparison, around this same time in 2016, only 9,525 people had voted². Overseas citizens are voting early, too, and organizing to make a difference.

It is a collective effort as volunteers at Democrats Abroad Switzerland (DACH) help their fellow US citizens exercise their right to vote. Members are trained to register voters, answer state-specific questions, and return ballots via email, fax and post.

Joe Amato, a retired International School teacher and proud Democrat hailing from Queens, New York has been traveling across the Zurich area to assist new voters. Like other concerned US citizens residing in Zurich, Amato is a member of the DACH voter outreach team. Other members include US-Swiss writer, Aubrey Wagg, physics student Monika Molnar, and ETH Ph.D. Candidates Zachary Bailey and Eric Burns. Ranging from members who have lived in Switzerland for the majority of their life to those who have only recently started to call Switzerland home, these dedicated volunteers are getting out the vote during the historic US Presidential election and aiming to turn the Senate blue.

¹ https://electproject.github.io/Early-Vote-2020G/index.html
² https://www.huffpost.com/entry/2016-early-voting-underwa_b_12184290

UPCOMING EVENTS:
KAMALA HARRIS VP DEBATE DOWNLOAD: Friday 09.10.20 7pm online Zoom event

Democrats Abroad organizes events across Switzerland with the aim of connecting US Americans, disseminating information, facilitating political action, and raising funds for Democratic efforts like getting out the vote. Since the beginning of the pandemic, many of these events are now taking place on-line where US Americans gather. DACH events are open for media coverage and offer opportunities for journalists to speak with US Americans about their perspectives on current events. 

Since 2017, Senator Kamala Harris has represented California, the largest state in the country. Senator Harris is the second African-American woman and the first South-Asian American senator in US history. Kamala knows how to ask hard questions and get answers, whether she is going toe-to-toe with Jeff Sessions and Brett Kavanaugh in Senate hearings, or holding the current administration accountable. As a US Presidential candidate, she inspired millions of voters with her lifelong commitment to fighting injustice. During nearly two terms in office, Kamala defended California’s landmark climate change law, protected the Affordable Care Act, and helped win marriage equality for all Californians. Senator Harris shares Joe Biden’s view of standing up for everyday Americans and is ready on Day One to serve as Vice President of the United States.

Join Democrats Abroad Switzerland as we discuss the debate and continue to support efforts to defend the vote for US citizens living overseas.

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The following list represents currently scheduled events; for more information and updates, please visit our website at https://www.democratsabroad.org/ch_events.

If interested in joining one of our upcoming events, please contact zurich@democrats.ch, geneva@democrats.ch, or basel@democrats.ch. More information about Democrats Abroad Switzerland, please visit our website, https://www.democratsabroad.org/ch. We can also be found on social media (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook) at @swissdemocrats.

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U.S. SUPER TUESDAY ELECTIONS WILL ALSO BE IN SWITZERLAND

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 19 February 2020

Contacts:

Kontaktperson (Deutsch) in Zürich: Miriam V. Spiegel +41 79 215 74 27, mvictory@bluewin.ch
Deutsche Übersetzung unten.

Personne de contact (français) à Genève: Rebekah Jorgensen +41 78 815 4292, press.fr@democrats.ch
Traduction française ci-après.


Ongoing efforts to increase voter turnout in the United States are also targeting U.S. Americans living abroad, including the estimated 20,000 living in Switzerland.

Democrats Abroad Switzerland (DACH) will host three official voting stations in Zurich, Geneva, and Basel between 3-10 March 2020. This “Global Presidential Primary” gives Democrats living abroad the chance to vote in what is considered the 51st state outside the USA. The global event will help decide who will become the Democratic Party’s nominee for U.S. President.

US Americans around the world will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite presidential candidate, beginning on what is historically known as “Super Tuesday” during a presidential election year, the same day 15 other U.S. states, U.S. territories, and Democrats Abroad will cast their ballot.

“It’s crucial that Americans abroad know their votes will be counted - in the global primary as well as in the general election - and that the Democrats Abroad primary is their opportunity to vote for their presidential candidate of choice,” said Julia Bryan, Democrats Abroad International Chair. 

During the 2016 presidential election, only 34,000 U.S. citizens participated in the Global Presidential Primary, despite an estimated 9 million Americans living outside of the United States. According to the Swiss Federal Bureau of Statistics, in 2015 there were 19,257 permanent residents from the USA living in Switzerland, and 2,359 temporary residents. In elections where the margin of victory can be very narrow, the goal is to increase voter turnout, both in Switzerland and around the globe.

It should also be noted that a vote in the Global Presidential Primary abroad has greater weight than it does in a voter’s “home” state. While tens of thousands of people will participate in the global primary this year, millions will submit an absentee ballot in a voter's home state. However, based on the delegate representation process, that means a vote in the Global Presidential Primary is up to 4 times more powerful than a vote back home, even in states densely populated like California and New York.

Canvassing efforts, voter registration events, “Let's Get Candid About the Candidates” policy discussions, and other activities facilitated by Democrats Abroad Switzerland, with the intent to rally expat Americans to the polls, have been taking place daily throughout Switzerland leading up to the Global Presidential Primary. To coordinate coverage, please connect with the contacts listed above.

Dates, times, and locations for official USA polling stations located in Switzerland are outlined in the image below.

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Democrats Abroad is the official organization of the Democratic Party for United States citizens living permanently or temporarily abroad. The organization is given state-level recognition by the Democratic National Committee, with eight positions on the Democratic National Committee, and sends a voting delegation to the Democratic National Convention to select our presidential candidate. For more information, visit https://www.democratsabroad.org.

 

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Democrats Abroad to Participate in the Global Climate Strike in Bern on September 28

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press Contact: Lyndsay Obbarius
press@democrats.ch


September 24, 2019

Democrats Abroad Switzerland, the largest organization for Americans living in Switzerland and part of the official Democratic Party arm for the millions of Americans living outside the United States, is calling for members of its Swiss delegation to participate in the Climate Change March in Bern on September 28, part of a Global Climate Strike being held in cities around the world.

“Millions of people around the globe are marching in an effort to encourage governments to find solutions to our climate crisis, and Democrats Abroad Switzerland is thrilled to participate alongside our Swiss neighbors,” said Kelli Brouillet, chair of Democrats Abroad Switzerland.

The Democratic Party is committed to fighting climate change, one of the greatest threats of our time, and believes participation in this global action, including the march, is a strategic and public way to amplify this message.

The march will begin at 14:00 CET, beginning at the main train station and will end at the Bundesplatz in front of the Federal Parliament Building. Anyone wishing to join the march with Democrats Abroad can visit our website to learn more.

 

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Democrats Abroad is the official organization of the Democratic Party for United States citizens living permanently or temporarily abroad. The organization is given state-level recognition by the Democratic National Committee, with eight positions on the Democratic National Committee, and sends a voting delegation to the Democratic National Convention to select our presidential candidate. For more information, visit https://www.democratsabroad.org.