*Tiny Action* Ask your Dem House Candidate where they stand on Americans Abroad Issues

We need your help this week! Contact your House Democratic candidate to fill in the Americans abroad questionnaire before overseas absentee ballots go out this Saturday.

This action will only take *20 minutes* and will greatly help us advance our advocacy goals!

3 Steps:

1. Click here to see if your candidate has already answered the Americans abroad questionnaire.

If they've already answered the questionnaire, then you're done! But if they're still missing, carry on to Step 2.

2. Find your Democratic House candidate's e-mail

  • Click here and use the ballot look-up tool to search for the last address you lived at in the U.S. (if you've never lived in the U.S., use the last address your American parent(s) lived).
  • Click through to view the ballot for the November 8 election and scroll down to view your Democratic candidate for "U.S. House". Click on their name, and it'll take you to the candidate's info page - on the right side you'll see the info box and at the bottom of it will be their contact section which will look like this:
  • Click through to the campaign website (NOT the official website, if they're an incumbent House rep) and search on the page for the email address (note, not all campaigns have an email address, many will have a contact form on their website, you will contact them using this if you can't find their email address). If their website doesn't have their email, check their social media about or contact pages - sometimes they list their contact details there.

3. Email your Democratic candidate

  • Note: you may not find an email address on the candidate's website so you may have to contact the candidate using their contact form on their website. If this happens, please email [email protected] to let us know which candidate you contacted so we keep track of who has contacted whom.
  • Copy and paste and customize the following email:

To: Candidate's email
Cc: [email protected] (this is very important, don't forget to cc us so that we know that you contacted your candidate! This helps us track who contacted whom.)

Dear [Candidate's first and last name],

My name is [your name], I am a proud [your state-district] voter living in [city and country you live in].

Would you please answer this Democrats Abroad questionnaire before the voter registration deadline on October 11? Here's the link: http://www.democratsabroad.org/housequestionnaire

Democrats Abroad will then publish your answers on democratsabroad.org/2022_midterms You can see a number of answers from incumbent and non-incumbent candidates already published on the website. Although voting for stateside Americans isn't until November, voting from abroad has already started. So the sooner your response is received, the sooner this will help you get more overseas absentee votes for your race.

Americans abroad issues are non-controversial and bi-partisan, so answering the questionnaire won't take any time at all and is an easy win-win!

Please let me know if you have any additional questions. I look forward to seeing your answers published on the Democrats Abroad website.

[Your name]

If you do not receive a reply in 24 hours, send a follow up email asking if they received your email or if there's another email address you should contact (which will only take 1-2 minutes of your time):

  • If the campaign or candidate requests additional information or wants to do a call with you about the questionnaire but you're not confident in doing this in cc in [email protected] and say that someone in Democrats Abroad will reply.
  • If you receive any reply, please forward it to [email protected] so Democrats Abroad knows how the candidate's campaign responded to your request.
  • Don't be afraid to message them on all their social media platforms to ask if they saw your email too - candidates are very busy and get hundreds of emails a day so this helps bump your email up to the top of their inbox.

If you'd like to participate in the campaign but you're struggling or not sure how to follow the steps, we'll be offering a drop-in webinar this Friday at 10am Paris time to help advise how to find contact details, send the email, respond to answers from campaigns, and anything else related to contacting candidates to answer the candidate questionnaire. Be sure to click here to RSVP and join us for this additional help.

That's it! Thank you so much for helping us with this very important work. If you have any questions on this tiny action, please email us at [email protected].

Feel free to share this website page with anyone you think is interested in helping elect more Democrats and wants to fix the tax problems for Americans abroad!