Candice Kerestan rsvped for DPCA Global Meeting - Vote on 2024 Delegate Selection Plan 2023-03-09 09:38:37 -0500
DPCA Global Meeting - Vote on 2024 Delegate Selection Plan
Calling All DPCA Officers... to Vote On 2024 Delegate Selection Plan
We are excited to announce that the DPCA will be convening a Global Meeting on
Saturday, April 22, 2023 at 08:00 AM EDT (14:00 PM CET // 20:00 PM HKT // 22:00 PM AEST)!
❖ Role Call 07:30 Am EDT ❖
The DPCA voting body will vote on the approval of the 2024 Delegate Selection Plan.
This will be held online via WebEx and is open to all DA members.
During this meeting we will also vote to confirm our 2023 Global Annual General Meeting dates and location
(announced as June 9-11, 2023, in Washington, D.C.).
Connection details will be emailed to all Democrats Abroad member RSVP's closer to the meeting date.
Every four years, the Democratic Party begins designing the Delegate Selection Rules and a resulting nominating process for the next presidential election.
While the Rules drafting process begins anew after each Presidential election, many norms and traditions carry over, including a rule that lets some states hold their nominating contest early, which in 2024 will be South Carolina, Nevada & New Hampshire, Michigan, and Georgia.
Democrats Abroad has worked hard at crafting our Delegate Selection Plan, which is the guiding document as we play our part in nominating our Party's 2024 nominees for President and Vice President of the United States.
You can review a copy of our draft 2024 Delegate Selction Plan which was posted for public comment on our website on March 6, 2023, and submit your by writing to [email protected] through April 5, 2023.
(Please include the page and line number your feedback refers to in your email. Thank you!)
NOTICE: This meeting will be recorded, including audio, video, and any materials exchanged or viewed during the session.WHENApril 22, 2023 at 8:00amWHEREWebex
Candice Kerestan rsvped for DA Canada Annual General Meeting and Elections for 2023-2025 Term 2023-03-07 18:22:41 -0500
DA Canada Annual General Meeting & Board Elections for the 2023-2025 Term
Democrats Abroad Canada Notice of 2023 Annual General Meeting
Sunday, March 26th, 2 pm ET / 11 am PT on Zoom
We invite you to join us for a celebration of the fantastic work of 100s of volunteers across Canada and around the world in 2022, hear reports, hold elections and welcome our newly elected leaders, and enjoy our special guests! A zoom l ink will be emailed in your RSVP confirmation email.
Democrats Abroad Global Chair, Candice Kerestan, will speak on the important impact of OUR VOTES on the historic midterm election results!
Agenda for the Annual General Meeting:
Guest Speaker: Candice Kerestan
Approval of the 2022 Minutes
Reports on 2022 Activities, Committees and Caucuses
The meeting will then be turned over to the Nominations and Elections Committee to give election results and accept nominations for vacant positions.
Election Information and Candidate Statements
Please CLICK HERE to view the Candidate Statements and the complete election information.
This year, voting will be taking place electronically, and the Nominations and Elections Committee will circulate ballots in advance of the AGM. Keep an eye out in your email for your Ballot, which will be sent out by March 5, 2023.
Looking forward to seeing you at the AGM! And please be sure to vote when you receive your ballot.
SCROLL DOWN TO RSVP FOR THE AGMWHENMarch 26, 2023 at 2:00pmWHEREZoom
Mississauga, ON L4X2V6
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Candice Kerestan rsvped for 2023 DA Germany Annual General Meeting 2023-02-11 12:47:30 -0500
2023 DA Germany Annual General Meeting
2023 will be an important year for Democrats Abroad Germany to come back together and reestablish our strong community of members. This will be our year to establish the foundation necessary to make sure we can hit the ground running in 2024. At Democrats Abroad Germany, our goal will always be to get each and every U.S. citizen in Germany to vote.
After almost three years of mainly meeting online, we are pleased to invite you to our upcoming Annual General Meeting in Ingelheim am Rhein. The official meeting will take place at the iCC Konferenzzentrum in Ingelheim from Friday, March 24 to Sunday, March 26.
If you are unable to attend in person, you still have the option to join the meeting online. To attend online, just RSVP to this event and we will share the login information a few days prior to the meeting.
We will also elect our new Executive Committee (ExCom). These are the leaders of DA Germany and includes several officers, nine at-large coordinators, and 14 Voting Representatives. You can learn more about the election process, who's running, and how you can run yourself here.
Friday, March 24
- Starting at 17:00: A welcome cocktail reception to connect with each other over drinks.
Saturday, March 25
8:30 Registration at the iCC Konferenzzentrum 9:00-9:30 Welcome and Chair’s Report: Look back at 2022 9:30-10:00 Treasurer's Report 10:00-10:15 Presentation by the International Chair 10:15-10:30 Announcement of reports from the chapters, at-large coordinator, caucuses, and DPCA Voting Representatives 10:30-11:00 Break 11:00-11:30 Vice Chair's Report: Looking ahead & how to get involved 11:30-11:40 State Teams Report 11:40-12:15 Volunteer Recognition 12:15-13:00 Lunch 13:00-18:00 Elections 19:00 Dinner at the Winzerkeller 20:30 Guest Speakers: Andrea Chalupa & Jared Yates Sexton
Sunday, March 26
- Members of the newly elected Executive Committee will hold their first meeting to discuss the next steps and to get a chance to meet everyone.
- For those that are not from the region, we will visit the Museum bei der Kaiserpfalz for a guided tour. This includes the Ingelheim Imperial Palace, which served emperors and kings as a lodging and a ruling seat. Following the tour, everyone is welcome to have lunch together at a local restaurant.
For in-person attendance, we are asking for a donation of $35 for the main meeting on Saturday. The cost for meals are as follows:
- Friday cocktail reception: $15
- Saturday lunch: $10
- Saturday gala dinner (three-course meal): $65
- The deadline to sign-up for dinner is Wednesday, March 22nd
Under the rules of the Democratic Party and Democrats Abroad, a fee for attending the meeting is not allowed. However, we kindly ask for a donation to cover use of the iCC Konferenzzentrum, drinks (coffee, tea, water, and more), technical equipment, copies, and supplies. We ask that you donate this amount to help us avoid drawing down the DA Germany treasury, which is devoted to getting out the vote. Participants do have to pay for meals.
We will collect information regarding any food allergies prior to the meeting to ensure that everyone will have something to eat.
If you are participating online, we would ask you to still consider making a donation of $15. To attend online, just RSVP to this event and we will share the login information a few days prior to the meeting.
Prize Draw and Silent Auction
As an additional part of our fundraising efforts, DA Germany will be hosting an AGM prize draw and silent auction. There will be a wonderful variety of exciting items you can win!
For the prize draw, tickets are as follows: $5 for 1 ticket or $20 for 5 tickets. You can get your tickets ahead of the event here or in-person at the AGM!
More information about the items available for the silent auction and the chance to place a bid are available here.
The Wiesbaden-Mainz Chapter has compiled a list of hotels and additional travel-related information for participants. Rooms for DA Germany have been reserved at IBB Hotel Ingelheim. Please call or email the hotel to ask for a room. More information on how to reserve a room can be found here.
We urge you to attend and vote in our upcoming election, as well as to consider running for one of the leadership positions. All details about the election can be found in the DA Germany Elections Rules and Procedures. To participate in the elections, you must RSVP to attend the AGM (via this event page) by 11:00 CET on Saturday, March 25.
The Nominations and Elections Committee (NEC) will be hosting online information sessions where potential candidates can ask about the election positions, election rules, DA Germany Executive Committee or other related DA Germany questions. The dates and times for these sessions will be announced soon.
These DAG Executive Committee positions will be elected for two-year terms at the AGM:
- Vice Chair
- Academic Outreach Coordinator
- Advertising Coordinator
- Caucus Coordinator
- Chapter Development Coordinator
- Communications Coordinator
- Events & Fundraising Coordinator
- Get Out the Vote (GOTV) Coordinator
- Membership & IT Coordinator
- Press Coordinator
- 14 DPCA Voting Representatives
Please review this document that includes detailed job descriptions for all positions.
To run in the election, a candidate must have been a member of DA for at least 30 days and reside in Germany on the day of the AGM (March 25).
The deadline for early nominations and candidate statements was Monday, February 27 at noon. Nominations may also be made from the floor on the day of the election.
A list of candidates can be found on the DAG Election page. Letters of endorsement will be posted by March 13.
More detailed information on how to run in the election and how to participate in the election is available on the DAG Elections page.
Stipends for Attending
DA Germany understands the accompanying financial cost of attending the AGM, which is why we are offering five stipends to enable more members to attend. The deadline to apply for a stipend has passed.
Changes to DA Germany Bylaws
While we discussed and voted on amendments to DA Germany’s Bylaws at last year's AGM, and we typically strive to do this only every other year due to time constraints, you still have the right to submit proposed amendments to the Bylaws Committee. Members were welcome to propose an amendment by February 20, 2023. If you have any questions, please email [email protected].
You can find a copy of the current DAG bylaws here to help you formulate proposed changes. The bylaws were last amended in March 2022.
Once you RSVP to attend, you will be taken to the ticket page to purchase the meals and to donate to attend the meeting.WHENMarch 24, 2023 at 5:00pm - March 26, 2023 at 12:00pmWHEREKonferenzzentrum Ingelheim iCC
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Candice Kerestan published Democrats Abroad Deliver: Celebrating the Incorporation of Democrats Abroad into the Young Democrats of America in News 2022-12-13 23:44:31 -0500
Democrats Abroad Deliver: Celebrating Democrats Abroad's Admission into the Young Democrats of America
After nearly a year of negotiations, Democrats Abroad has been formally admitted into the Young Democrats of America (YDA) structure for the first time in both organizations’ histories. Founded in 1932, the Young Democrats of America is the largest partisan, youth-led political organization in the United States, giving a voice to young voters and cultivating the Democratic stars of tomorrow.
At their annual winter meeting held in Buffalo, New York, from December 9-11, the YDA body voted on resolutions, bylaws amendments, officers, and adding a Democrats Abroad chapter, a decision met with overwhelming support. Democrats Abroad was represented by Brent Jamsa of DA Canada at both the YDA Credentials Committee and General Assembly voting sessions.
When the gavel fell on Sunday afternoon, thousands of U.S. and dual citizens under 36 who live abroad gained representation in YDA through their membership on Democrats Abroad’s Global Youth Caucus (GYC). “Giving under-36 voters a voice and ownership in Democratic politics is mission critical. We’re excited to engage young voters from every corner of the world even more with YDA at our side,” said 29-year-old DA International Chair Candice Kerestan. YDA President Quentin Wathum-Ocama added that “bringing Democrats Abroad into the YDA fold is a gamechanger, especially considering how crucial votes from abroad can be in winning close elections across the country.”
As we take this collaboration to the next level, Democrats Abroad would like to thank YDA President Quentin Wathum-Ocama, YDA Democratic National Committee Member Dunixi Guereca, and Democrats Abroad GYC Chair José Miguel Madrigal, in particular, for their spirit of cooperation and commitment to empowering young voters.
Democrats Abroad’s admission to YDA marks the start of a new partnership between stateside and overseas voters under 36, and we’re excited to see it grow in the 2024 cycle and beyond!
U.S. and dual citizens under 36 living abroad can join Democrats Abroad’s Global Youth Caucus at www.democratsabroad.org/yc.
Candice Kerestan published December 6 Georgia Runoff Election Information in News 2022-11-14 07:18:19 -0500
December 6 Georgia Runoff Election Information
Attention Georgia Voters Abroad!
There will be a runoff election for the U.S. Senate seat in Georgia between Reverend Raphael Warnock (D) and Herschel Walker (R) on December 6, 2022. The winner will serve a six-year term, so the outcome of this race will have a lasting impact on Democrats’ ability to keep fighting for issues that just can’t wait, from a woman’s right to choose to racial justice to environmental protection!
The good news: You can vote from abroad in the December 6 runoff election, as long as you were registered to vote in Georgia before November 7, 2022, and submitted a 2022 overseas ballot request (Federal Postcard Application, "FPCA") before November 28, 2022. But you will need to act quickly!
Your voted runoff ballot must be postmarked by December 6 & received in GA by December 9!
As we just saw in the November 8 midterm elections, every single vote really does count.
Thank you for voting from abroad in the December 6 runoff election!Read more
Candice Kerestan published URGENT Ballot Curing Resources for AZ, CA, CO, NV, OR, and WA Voters in News 2022-11-10 14:29:18 -0500
URGENT Ballot Curing Resources for AZ, CA, CO, NV, OR, and WA Voters
We urge all voters who voted in the November 8 midterm elections in AZ, CA, CO, NV, OR, or WA to confirm that your ballot arrived and was counted without issue. Control of the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate will be decided by just a handful of votes in these states. Please act now and double check!
If there are issues preventing your ballot from being counted, these states allow you to "cure" you ballot. This essentially means fixing issues such as mismatched or missing signatures or dates on the ballot materials you returned (note that the issues that can be "cured" do vary by state). Deadlines and processes to remedy issues vary by state. Details are listed below alphabetically by state.
If there are issues with your ballot, please immediately get in touch with your local election office!
If you have any questions or require help, please write to [email protected].
We have teams standing by to make sure that your vote gets counted!
Deadline to fix ballot issue: November 16, 5:00pm US Mountain Time
Link to look up ballot status online:* https://my.arizona.vote/AbsenteeTracker.aspx
Look up contact information for local election office: www.votefromabroad.org/states/az
Deadline to fix ballot issue: December 6, 5:00pm US Pacific Time
Link to look up ballot status online:* https://california.ballottrax.net/voter/
Look up contact information for local election office: www.votefromabroad.org/states/ca
Deadline to fix ballot issue: November 16
Link to look up ballot status online:* https://colorado.ballottrax.net/voter/
Look up contact information for local election office: www.votefromabroad.org/states/co
New! You can also fix ballot issues by text: Txt2Cure FAQs (will likely only work cell phones that have US number)
Deadline to fix ballot issue: November 14, 5:00pm US Pacific Time
Link to look up ballot status online:* https://www.nvsos.gov/votersearch/
Look up contact information for local election office: www.votefromabroad.org/states/nv
Some Nevada counties have online signature curing resources, see www.nvsos.gov/sos/elections/voters/cure
Deadline to fix ballot issue: November 22
Link to look up ballot status online:* https://secure.sos.state.or.us/orestar/vr/showVoterSearch.do
Look up contact information for local election office: www.votefromabroad.org/states/or
Deadline to fix ballot issue: November 28
Link to look up ballot status online:* https://voter.votewa.gov/WhereToVote.aspx
Look up contact information for local election office: www.votefromabroad.org/states/wa
*If accessing this page outside of the United States, you may need to use a Virtual Private Network (VPN). More on using a VPN here: https://www.votefromabroad.org/faqs/TI1
Candice Kerestan published Statement on November 8 Midterm Elections in News 2022-11-09 09:55:47 -0500
Statement on November 8 Midterm Elections
November 9, 2022, 10:00am Washington — U.S. and dual citizens watching election returns around the world are celebrating a historic midterm performance for the Democratic Party, the only party fighting for women’s rights, gun safety, racial and environmental justice, and democracy itself. Americans both at home and abroad have made it clear that they will not sit back while MAGA Republicans sow division and hate at the expense of our fellow citizens and our democracy.
“Overseas voters knew just how much was at stake this November—and they also knew that their ballots could make the difference in close elections,” says Candice Kerestan, International Chair of Democrats Abroad who cast her Pennsylvania ballot from Munich, Germany. In 2020, the number of overseas ballots returned was well within the margin of victory in two key states: in Georgia, 11,779 votes decided the outcome with 27,252 Georgians returning their ballots from outside the United States; in Arizona, 10,457 votes decided the outcome with 21,661 Arizonans abroad sending their ballots home.
As ballot counting continues in some states – including in Georgia and Arizona – the votes from abroad will likely play a decisive role. “We knew that many of these races would be tight. That’s why we worked relentlessly all year to get out the overseas vote,” Kerestan continued. In just the last week alone, Democrats Abroad volunteers phonebanked over 45,000 battleground voters around the world.
In this vein, we’d like to extend our deepest gratitude to our incredible volunteers, as well as the Democratic National Committee, especially Chair Jaime Harrison, for his vision, persistence, and unwavering support to ensure no stone was left unturned this November.
Candice Kerestan published Overseas Voting Resources For Election Day in News 2022-11-07 16:57:53 -0500
Overseas Voting Resources For Election Day
**Press inquiries should be directed to [email protected]**
Dear Overseas Voter,
We have compiled a list of overseas voting resources to help you – and any other U.S. or dual citizen you know living abroad to vote in the November 8 midterm elections. There is still time to vote in most states, but the clock is ticking!
Check each state’s registration, ballot request, and ballot return deadlines for overseas voters at https://www.votefromabroad.org/states/.
- AL, AZ, CO, DC, DE, HI, IN, KS, MA, ME, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NJ, NM, NV, OR, RI, SC, UT, WA, and WV allow ballots to be returned by email and/or online upload.
- AR, CT, GA, IA, ID, IL, KY, MD, MI, MN, MO, NH, NY, OH, PA, SD, TN, TX, VA, VT, WI, and WY require voted ballots from civilians abroad to be returned by postal mail or express courier (at this point we strongly recommend express courier for all states except OH!).
- AK, CA, FL, LA, and OK allow voted ballots to be returned by fax. How to email-to-fax here: https://www.votefromabroad.org/faqs/BL7.
IF your state allows voted ballots to be returned by email, fax, or online upload, please use that option! It’s quick, easy, and secure!
Details are listed below for each step of the process of voting from abroad. If you need any help, please look at our FAQs, write to [email protected], or
Join us on Zoom for free, live voter help
Our teams are working ‘round the clock through the close of polls to make sure every eligible voter abroad can and does vote! Please share this with any other U.S. or dual citizen you know who’s currently outside of the United States.
And lastly, don’t forget to remind your friends and family in the United States to vote! Domestic voters can find their polling place at www.iwillvote.com.
Democrats AbroadRead more
Candice Kerestan published Two Weeks To Go: Return Your Ballot & Help Us Fight For Every Last Overseas Vote in News 2022-10-27 14:25:37 -0400
Two Weeks To Go: Return Your Ballot & Help Us Fight For Every Last Overseas Vote
With just two weeks left until the November 8 midterm elections, it’s all hands on deck!
Candice Kerestan published We're Hiring! in News 2022-10-26 08:45:17 -0400
As we look to learn from 2022 and plan for 2024, we are excited to grow our team with the addition of a Financial Compliance Director and an Executive Director.Read more
Candice Kerestan published Democrats Deliver: Student Loan Relief is Here! in News 2022-08-29 13:43:16 -0400
Democrats Deliver: Student Loan Relief is Here!
Last week, President Biden delivered on his 2020 campaign promise to provide welcome relief to the estimated 43 million Americans weighed down by the twin burdens of predatory student loan practices and the Covid-19 pandemic.
The plan provides for debt cancellation of up to $10,000 for borrowers making under $125,000 a year, with recipients of Pell Grants qualifying for up to $20,000. Nearly 90% of relief dollars will go to individuals earning less than $75,000 a year. In parallel, the ongoing pause on federal loan repayment has been extended through the end of 2022.
The effects for individual recipients are expected to be life-changing and the advancement in racial equity significant. In addition to immediate relief, the three-part plan also changes the terms of federal student loans going forward. Among other measures, monthly payments will be capped at 5% of a borrower’s discretionary income (down from 10%), and institutions of higher education will be held to new standards of accountability for rising tuition costs.
Democrats Abroad is thrilled with this most recent example of Democrats delivering real, material improvement to the lives of the American people. Overseas U.S. citizens who want to find out more about the plan and how they might qualify for debt relief are encouraged to attend our webinar on Thursday, September 15. And don’t forget to request your ballot for November’s midterm elections at www.votefromabroad.org today so that we can keep moving our country forward!
Candice Kerestan published Statement Celebrating the Inflation Reduction Act in News 2022-08-12 11:55:42 -0400
Statement Celebrating the Inflation Reduction Act
Democrats Abroad is grateful to Democratic U.S. Senators for passing the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, a bill that will have a positive impact on our world for generations to come. This legislation – a historic achievement and true cause for celebration – will ensure that big corporations and the wealthiest 1% pay their fair share, lower the cost of Medicare drug prices, and authorize an unprecedented investment of $369 billion in measures to promote renewable energy and mitigate climate change. Not a single Republican U.S. Senator voted for the bill.
With this legislation, Democrats have risen to the moment and brought hope to our planet. The United States, the second largest emitter of greenhouse gases globally, is now on its way to meeting our climate commitments and leading by example.
As another summer of devastating climate catastrophes rages around the globe, the Inflation Reduction Act will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by utilizing renewable and clean energy sources to replace fossil fuels, significantly lowering production costs of wind turbines, solar panels, and batteries for electric cars and incentivizing the private sector to employ wind, solar, and geothermally generated energy. The bill also provides tax incentives for private citizens to install solar panels and heat pumps in their homes and to buy electric vehicles. In coordination with President Biden’s Infrastructure Bill, the construction of charging stations will be ramped up across the entire country, including rural areas.
The Inflation Reduction Act allocates $27 billion for a “green bank” to invest in public-private partnerships that cut emissions. $8 billion will specifically be directed to disadvantaged communities, to further the cause of environmental justice, and $2 billion has been allocated for further research (e.g. fusion and high-energy physics). Most emissions reductions are anticipated in the power and infrastructure sectors, with carbon capture expected to increase 13-fold.
It is hard to overstate the magnitude of this legislative achievement. We must continue this work – to bridge the remaining 10% gap in emissions commitments made by the Biden administration, to address environmental justice issues more broadly, to completely phase out fossil fuels, to block drilling on federal lands and waters, and to continue healthcare and economic reform. There is only one way to do it: by (re-)electing Democratic leaders in November. Please register and request your ballot at www.votefromabroad.org – and make sure your friends and family, at home and abroad, have a plan to vote as well.
To keep up to date and active with Democrats Abroad efforts to tackle climate change, please join our Environment and Climate Crisis Council by clicking here. If you are not able to donate your time, please consider donating to Democrats Abroad today. $20.22 will help keep Congress – and the planet – blue. Thank you very much for your continued support of our organization.
In solidarity and hope,
Dana Freling, Environment & Climate Crisis Council Chair
Candice Kerestan, International Chair
Candice Kerestan published Write Your Alma Mater Campaign in News 2022-08-11 08:11:19 -0400
Write Your Alma Mater Campaign
Democrats Abroad invites YOU to participate in an alumni outreach campaign to help encourage democratic participation by students studying abroad during the Fall 2022 semester. Our goal is to have members reach out to their alma mater(s) and make sure they’re providing accurate and current information about registering to vote to students while they're abroad.
Here’s How to Get Started
- Find your alma mater's study abroad office
The easiest way to do this is simply search “[name of university] + Study Abroad Office” – there will be a contact person or email listed on the website; this will be your target!
- Personalize the email template (see below)
We encourage participants to personalize the introductory portion of the email template below. It is important that we show the universities that it is personally important to their alumni that students studying abroad exercise their democratic rights. The more personal, the more likely a response!
- Send the email from a personal email account and wait for a response!
Should you have any questions that you don’t feel comfortable answering, please forward them to [email protected] and a voter assistance volunteer will help.
- Let us know what happens next!
Please record whatever you hear back at www.democratsabroad.org/almamaterfeedback. If you don’t hear anything after a week has passed, please reach out to the contact again. If you still do not receive a reply, let us know that, too!
Dear [Contact Name/Study Abroad Office],
I am [author’s name], an [alumnus/alumna] of [UNIVERSITY/COLLEGE, Class of XXXX], currently living in [CITY, COUNTRY]. From my own experience, I know how difficult it can be for U.S. citizens to vote while living or studying abroad, which is why I work with a group of trained volunteers who help U.S. citizens abroad register to vote and request and submit their absentee ballots.
As an [alumnus/alumna], I want to do all I can to support current students participating in our democracy wherever they may be in the world. Could you tell me what information, if any, students going abroad receive about voting while outside the country?
I’ve added a brief informative statement below, in case it is of any use! We are also happy to provide posters in a PDF format that can be printed out for distribution.
Thank you for your support of our democracy.
With kind regards,
Useful Information on Voting from Abroad
Voting while studying abroad can seem like a challenge, but there are several ways to ensure that students are able to exercise their democratic rights by being registered and able to vote in federal, state, and local elections!
Registering or updating your registration to vote from abroad differs from voting as an in-state absentee voter. Registering to vote from abroad guarantees the right to receive ballots 45 days before elections and via email rather than by post (a requirement in many states). This greatly eases the return process and any potential delays due to the international postal system.
Requesting an overseas ballot only takes a few minutes. Voters simply need to fill out the one page Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). We encourage voters to use our platform https://students.votefromabroad.org, a user-friendly English and Spanish language non-partisan service that offers FAQs as well as state-by-state registration guides. The site also offers a photo signature option that allows most voters to submit the form via their phone or computer without having to print it out. Alternatively, students can fill out the FPCA at www.fvap.gov and then print, sign and email or mail a copy of the form to their local election official.
Volunteers at https://students.votefromabroad.org are encouraged to train as Voting Assistance Officers through the Federal Voting Assistance Program, run by the U.S. government. This is the same training that military officers and members of the Foreign Service undergo, ensuring that our volunteers are well-equipped to assist students studying abroad with their questions or any problems that may arise.
For questions regarding voting from abroad or about the Vote From Abroad platform, please do not hesitate to contact us at: [email protected].
Candice Kerestan published We Can & We Must Fight Back in News 2022-06-24 12:30:53 -0400
We Can & We Must Fight Back
MUNICH–The Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade is an abhorrent and unprecedented assault on our fundamental human rights. Today is a dark day, a hard day in American history.
Stripped of protections and freedoms the past 50 years had granted us, we now confront a new, grim reality where our health, marriages, and basic bodily autonomy are on the chopping block. Make no mistake: the radical Republican Party has no intention of stopping with Roe.
We can and we must fight back. We must show up to the polls this November — and make sure that every single American we know has a plan to vote, too.
In this moment of despair, let us not forget that the power still resides with us – and that the overwhelming majority of Americans support the freedoms Roe upheld. A net gain of only two more U.S. Senators will allow for abortion rights to be codified at the federal level. The America we want, need, and deserve is within reach, and Democrats Abroad is committed to making it a reality.
We still have each other — and our resolve to fight for our basic rights. Let’s do this.
Candice Kerestan published Enough Is Enough in News 2022-05-25 15:07:36 -0400
Enough Is Enough
Democrats Abroad joins our nation as it grieves the latest round of senseless shootings with innocent lives taken. We extend our deepest sympathy to all those impacted by these tragic events and resolve to fight every day for a country where everyone feels safe. However, it is not enough to be horrified by these events. We must act.
In the past ten days, the United States has had 17 mass shootings with 43 killed and 79 injured. Two of them – in Buffalo, New York and Uvalde, Texas – made global headlines. In both cases, the 18-year-old suspects were able to acquire assault weapons – legally.
Democrats Abroad deplores Republican lawmakers’ failure to enact legislation that would protect the people of America. Why do we continue to allow opponents of gun control to stand in the way of legislation that would prevent innocent lives being taken during their daily routines? Americans need to break that cycle – and legislators who will prioritize our children’s lives over money from the gun lobby. It’s time we acknowledge that what we are doing isn’t working.
Americans around the globe can do more than offering heartache, thoughts and prayers. We owe families more than condolences. Globally, we are more than six million strong, and we must vote to change the laws that allow these attacks to happen. We must elect Democrats who will stand up for the American people, against the gun lobby, and for sensible gun legislation.
Stand together. Take action.
- Call your Congressional Representative and US Senators to demand they take action on guns and gun violence. Look up their contact details here.
- Commit to asking five Americans living abroad to request their ballot at VoteFromAbroad.org.
- Show your support on National Gun Violence Awareness Day and Wear Orange Weekend on June 3-5. Find out more at wearorange.org.
- Like and share our voting information on social media, including on our Democrats Abroad Facebook page and Vote from Abroad Facebook page.
- Be the margin of victory! Our record of bringing home the overseas vote has proven to make the difference in close races. Consider a donation to support our efforts at democratsabroad.org/donate.
Press inquiries can be directed to [email protected].
Candice Kerestan published The Path Forward in News 2022-05-03 11:16:35 -0400
The Path Forward
The Supreme Court’s draft opinion to overturn Roe v. Wade, leaked late last night by Politico, makes unmistakably clear what the Republican agenda is: an unprecedented assault on women and families in the United States.
For more than a generation, the right to reproductive freedom has been the law of the land. When a far-right administration took office in 2016, we knew that this right was in grave danger. Fast forward to 2022, and we now have three more ultra-conservative, anti-choice justices on the Supreme Court. The looming fate of Roe is the direct consequence of the 2016 election.
That many of us saw this coming does not make the blow less painful or severe. But we can fight back. 2022 is also a decisive election year. Together, we must put in place both federal and state legislatures that fairly represent the will of the majority. This cannot wait.
Let us not forget in this dark moment that we have the power to elect legislators who will respect the law of the land and the will of the people this November. We must wield it. 34 U.S. Senate seats, all 435 U.S. Representative seats, 46 state legislatures, and 36 state governorships are on the ballot. These are the offices that will determine access to abortion and reproductive health care in the absence of Roe.
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What you feel right now: do not forget it. Instead, resolve to turn this moment into collective action. Ways to fight back can be found in this statement from DA's Global Women's Caucus.
Raise your voice. Vote. And bring other people with you.
Ann Hesse, DA Global Women's Caucus Chair
Candice Kerestan, DA International Chair
Candice Kerestan published Global Women's Caucus Statement on the Right to an Abortion in News 2022-05-03 10:56:02 -0400
Global Women's Caucus Statement on the Right to an Abortion
Dear fellow DA members,
Today’s news concerning the Supreme Court’s expected decision to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade is absolutely chilling.
We’re devastated. But, as Democrats Abroad we need to recognize that this is not a threat exclusively against women. It is an attack on all of us.
This attack on reproductive rights rings a shrill warning bell. We need to be aware that all the hard won legal victories to preserve basic rights and freedoms and to protect marginalized populations from racism, homophobia, sexual harassment are at risk. The 14th Amendment, the right to privacy, in our doctor’s office, our marriages, our homes, is weakened by this decision.
What immediately springs to mind is the prescient warning by Martin Niemöller, World War II freedom fighter: “First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out- Because I was not a socialist. Then they came for the trade unionists...and then they came for me-and there was no one left to speak for me.”
We, in the GWC leadership, understand that this issue has always been about more than controlling women. It’s about authoritarian control of all aspects of society.
The admitted goal of these authoritarians is to roll back generations of progress in civil rights for the many and to consolidate power among the few.
If you are not a wealthy white cis male, they are coming for you next.
U.S. citizens living around the world have been eyewitnesses to authoritarian power-grabs like this over many decades. There are many horrific examples of what a “forced birth” society looks like, especially for poor and marginalized communities. If Roe falls, America will join these repressive regimes.
We have a six-month window to prevent the nightmare of an anti-democratic authoritarian takeover in November.
Republicans hold almost all the cards now, thanks to their skillful application of voter suppression, fear and disinformation tactics. However, we have the overwhelming number of Democratic votes abroad and at home. They know that the majority of Americans reject their patriarchal white supremacist doctrine and this Supreme Court opinion
We have a chance to save our democracy and our freedoms with an overwhelming turnout for the November midterms from Democrats Abroad.
They are betting that we won’t vote in large enough numbers to upset their plans and have done their best to prevent many from doing so which makes our job even more difficult. But we proved them wrong in 2020 and we can do it again.
We can do what we have had to do for far too long and out of absolute necessity to ensure a better future.
We can fight back. We can persist. We can:
- Make a GOTV video for the GWC Reproductive Justice team https://www.democratsabroad.org/american_women_need_your_help_now
- Share our Reproductive Justice videos on social media https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLci_3vugJA6jtxyBdQ8d5Pc0RyJSC0abr
- Go to votefromabroad.org and make sure you are registered to vote
- Volunteer for a DA phonebanking campaign.
- Call on your legislators to immediately pass legislation that codifies Roe v. Wade as the law of the land, even if it requires ending the filibuster to get the job done.
- Contact everyone you know back in the States - your family, your old college buddies, even your right-leaning friends and relatives and help them to understand what’s really at stake - for them too.
- Donate to help us get out the vote.
Let us keep up this fight together in solidarity.
Ann Hesse, Chair, GWC with Steering Committee members:
Candice Kerestan published Democrats Abroad Celebrates Confirmation of Ketanji Brown Jackson in News 2022-04-07 14:57:41 -0400
Democrats Abroad Celebrates Confirmation of Ketanji Brown Jackson
Today is a momentous day: For the first time in history, a Black woman was confirmed to sit on our nation’s highest court. Throughout her career as a public defender, and most recently during nearly 20 hours of grueling questioning by the Senate Judiciary Committee, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson repeatedly demonstrated her competence, level-headedness, and commitment to doing the right thing.
At her confirmation hearings, Judge Jackson thoughtfully and thoroughly answered questions, demonstrating the depth and breadth of her decades of experience across the legal system. She also masterfully explained the law in her answers – underscoring her commitment to transparency in her decision-making and demonstrating her true love of the law.
Democrats Abroad celebrates this moment and is excited by the lived experiences Judge Jackson will bring to the U.S. Supreme Court. She is a brilliant legal mind who will undoubtedly shape our nation’s future for the better for generations to come.
On this occasion, we would also like to express our gratitude to President Biden for his leadership and nomination of Justice Jackson. Additionally, we are grateful to all overseas voters who cast a ballot in 2020: Your vote helped make this moment possible!
By voting from abroad in 2022’s crucial midterm elections, you can help ensure that Democrats grow their majorities and can continue moving our country forward. Request your ballot today at www.votefromabroad.org.
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