DAJ 2022 Special Election Ballot Announcement


Subject: The 2022 DAJ Special Election is Open for Voting!

The Nomination and Election Committee (NEC) of Democrats Abroad Japan (DAJ) would like to open voting for the 2022 Special Election from now (March 29th) until April 16th at 11:59pm!

[Note from DAJ National Secretary - My sincere apologies to the candidates, the NEC, and the membership. I am releasing this announcement on the morning of March 30th.]
Please download the following document for everything you need in order to vote, including instructions for casting your ballot, the statements from the candidates, and your empty ballot: BALLOT:

PLEASE NOTE: Only vote for the Member-at-Large for Hokkaido if you reside in Hokkaido.
Voting Instructions
Please fill out the attached ballot and vote your preference for each of the officer positions. Indicate your choice by marking the box before the name of your chosen candidate for office. Each candidate listed has confirmed their interest in each position. Voting for a write-in candidate is allowed, but that candidate must meet the eligibility requirements for that position and accept said position within 30 days of receiving a plurality of votes after the election. You must both print your name and sign the ballot. Unsigned ballots are considered to be invalid under the Democratic National Committee (DNC) bylaws.

You can submit your ballot in one of three ways in this election:
• Fill out the ballot electronically and attach it in an e-mail to [email protected].
• Print the ballot, fill it out, scan or take a photo, and attach it in an e-mail to [email protected].
• Send in your ballot via postal mail. To ask for the mailing address, please email [email protected].

Voting closes on Saturday April 16th, 2022 at 11:59pm JST. All ballots must be received by this time. If submitting by mail, it is recommended you submit your ballot one week beforehand in order to ensure it will be received and counted. As a reminder, in order to vote in this election, you must be an American citizen, 18 years of age or older, a member of Democrats Abroad Japan, and a resident of Japan.

Ballot Tallying
After being received, the NEC will count the ballots and make a full report to the DAJ membership on or before April 20th, 2022. The ballots will be tallied by the NEC on Sunday April 17th, 2022 at 2pm JST online via WebEx. Anyone in our membership may attend as a neutral observer to the process.
WebEx Link: HERE:
Password: [The password is the one commonly used for DA online events.  Please contact [email protected] 
for password, if needed]
If you have any questions concerning the ballot process or procedures, please contact the NEC at [email protected].

Anna Costello, Linda Gould, Larry Staples, and Martin Spang
DAJ 2022 Nomination and Election Committee