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Georgia US Senate Run-off Election 5 January 2021

 

Elections were held for both of Georgia’s US Senate seats on November 3, 2020. Both of these races are going to Runoff elections, to be held on January 5, 2021, as no candidate received at least 50% of the vote. Democrats need to win both of these seats to have a majority in the Senate so we can have progress in America and the world.

The two races are:

  • US Senate: Jon Ossoff (Democrat) versus David Perdue (Republican)

  • US Senate Special: Raphael Warnock (Democrat) versus Kelly Loeffler (Republican)

Both US Senate races in Georgia are going to a run-off election on January 5th, 2021. Ballots will not be available until Nov 21, GA has said they would send out ballot even if the recount isn't finished.
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Stimmen aus dem Ausland treffen in den Swing States noch ein / Votes from Abroad are Still Arriving in Swing States

Zwischenmeldung der US-Demokraten in Deutschland zur Präsidentschaftswahl

Stimmen aus dem Ausland treffen in den Swing States noch ein

5. November 2020, 18.30 Uhr Während die Stimmenauszählung noch läuft, blickt Democrats Abroad Germany, der offizielle Ableger der US-Demokratischen Partei in Deutschland, mit Zuversicht auf das Wahlergebnis, denn unsere Organisation weiß, wie viele der 6.5 Millionen im Ausland lebenden AmerikanerInnen in den letzten Monaten von ihrem Wahlrecht Gebrauch gemacht haben. Allein in Deutschland war die Anzahl von US-BürgerInnen, die einen Stimmzettel über VoteFromAbroad.org angefordert haben, dieses Jahr fünf mal höher als im Vergleich mit der Präsidentschaftswahl 2016. 

Mehr als die Hälfte der Mitglieder von Democrats Abroad sind WählerInnen, die aus Swing States stammen. Die Stimmen dieser im Ausland lebenden US-BürgerInnen könnten in den nächsten Tagen aufgrund des knappen Rennens ausschlaggebend für ein positives Wahlergebnis für Joe Biden werden. Die Gesetze einiger Bundesstaaten sehen vor, dass Stimmzettel aus dem Ausland, die bis zum Wahltag am 3. November abgeschickt wurden, rechtmäßig ausgezählt werden, sofern sie im Rahmen spezifischer Fristen eintreffen (Georgia: 6. Nov; Nevada: 10. Nov.; Pennsylvania: 10. Nov.; North Carolina: 12. Nov. / Quelle: VoteFromAbroad.org/states). Diese Fristen tragen dem Umstand Rechnung, dass Briefwahlzettel aus dem Ausland einen längeren Postweg haben, und sind daher vielfach länger als die Fristen für im Inland abgegebene Briefwahlstimmen.  

“Wir wussten, dass es auf ein knappes Rennen hinauslaufen könnte. Deswegen haben wir seit Monaten um jede Stimme in Deutschland gekämpft,” sagt Candice Kerestan, Vorsitzende von Democrats Abroad Germany, die von München aus ihren Stimmzettel nach Pennsylvania geschickt hat. “Jetzt müssen unsere Stimmen aber auch sorgfältig ausgewählt werden,” betont sie. Wenn dies geschieht, und damit der demokratische Wahlprozess weiterhin legitim durchgeführt wird, könnten die Stimmen aus dem Ausland zu einem wichtigen Faktor für einen Wahlsieg Joe Bidens werden.

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Election Night Watch Party and Party Packs (Order by Oct. 29!)

Dear DA Germany Member,

Even though we can’t meet in person this year, there’s certainly going to be a lot to discuss on Election Night and the days after. We’ve organized a series of events around the Election, so that we – Democrats across Germany – can come together, discuss the results as they come in, and share how we’re experiencing the election in real time. Please scroll down for a full list of our Election events. And if you haven't voted, or need voting help, please visit www.votefromabroad.org right now to make sure we'll be celebrating next week! More details on voter assistance are also listed below.

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October Newsletter

Just because we're away from "home" doesn't mean that we're not working hard to get Democrats elected! We had volunteers on the ground in over 20 cities today finding and helping Americans, including many dual citizens, vote from abroad. Many thanks to all who participated in our "Ready, Set, Vote" outreach day! A reminder that it's not too late for you to spread the word. Here's more on how you can help.

 

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Ready! Set! Vote! 10 October 2020

Democrats Abroad Germany is making sure each and every U.S. citizen in Germany participates in the presidential election. We'll be in 19 locations around Germany on 10 October helping Americans get ready to vote. Drop by to meet Democrats Abroad.

If you can't drop by in person, it is not too late to request a ballot from home. Register to vote and request your absentee ballot 📝 All details can be found at www.democratsabroad.org/vote_from_germany.

Step number one: Visit www.votefromabroad.org to fill out your FPCA absentee ballot request — it only takes 5-10 minutes! If you’re not registered to vote, the FPCA also serves as a voter registration form. Given the uncertainty surrounding the United States Postal Service (USPS), we strongly encourage you to request that your absentee ballot is sent to you via email.

If you need help or have a question about voting, get LIVE 1-on-1 voter assistance any Sunday (24hrs), Tuesday, Thursday & Friday (6 pm-10 pm), and Saturday (8 am-4 pm) through November CEST to talk to a volunteer LIVE on Zoom about questions you have about voting from abroad. Access live help here

You're also welcome to contact us via this Google form or by writing to [email protected]

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Statement on Tina Chittom's Racist Remarks on Markus Lanz (de/en)

Democrats Abroad Germany ist zutiefst empört über die hasserfüllten und rassistischen Kommentare, die Tina Chittom von Republicans Overseas Germany wiederholt im Rahmen der gestern ausgestrahlten Talkshow mit Markus Lanz getätigt hat. Denkweisen, die die Menschenwürde in irgendeiner Form missachten und fremdenfeindlichen Verschwörungstheorien dienen, lehnen wir strikt ab.

Leider sind solche Denkweisen innerhalb der Republicans Overseas Germany weit verbreitet. Schon eine kurze Onlinerecherche der Organisation macht deutlich, dass diese nicht nur als Fundraising Super-PAC für Donald Trump fungiert, sondern auch, dass verschiedene Mitglieder der Gruppe nicht davor zurückschrecken, Minderheiten bewusst zu erniedrigen und menschenfeindliche eugenische Theorien zu verbreiten, indem sie beispielsweise Afro-AmerikanerInnen wiederholt als Kriminelle sowie Drogenabhängige diffamieren. Diese Tatsache hätte den ZDF-Redakteuren bewusst sein müssen, bevor sie sich dazu entschieden haben, Frau Chittom als Gast einzuladen.

In diesem Zusammenhang müssen wir ebenfalls unsere Enttäuschung darüber ausdrücken, dass zahlreiche deutsche Medien den Republicans Overseas Germany trotz derartiger Ausfälle immer wieder eine Plattform bieten, um ihre abstoßenden Denkweisen zu verbreiten – und das häufig ohne VertreterInnen der Demokratischen Partei als argumentatives Gegenüber einzuladen. 

Wir betrachten es als höchst inakzeptabel, Diskussionsrunden über Themen wie Rassismus in den Vereinigten Staaten zusammenzustellen, ohne dabei auf eine ausgewogene Gästeliste zu achten, die vor allem den Perspektiven von betroffenen Personengruppen Rechnung trägt. Als offizielles Organ der U.S.-Demokratischen Partei im Ausland vertritt Democrats Abroad Germany mehr als 16.000 U.S.-BürgerInnen in der Bundesrepublik, darunter viele deutschsprachige People of Color, die gerne bereit wären, über die politische Lage in den USA vor der Wahl zu diskutieren.


Democrats Abroad Germany is disgusted by the hateful and racist comments that Tina Chittom of Republicans Overseas Germany repeatedly made during yesterday's talk show with Markus Lanz. We strictly reject ways of thinking that disregard human dignity in any form and advance xenophobic conspiracy theories.

Unfortunately, such ideologies are widespread within Republicans Overseas Germany. A quick online search of the organization reveals that it not only functions as a fundraising Super PAC for Donald Trump, but that many members of the group do not shy away from consciously humiliating minorities and spreading hostile eugenic theories, for example by repeatedly defaming African Americans as criminals and drug addicts. It is unlikely that ZDF researchers and producers missed this before they decided to invite Ms. Chittom as a guest.

In this context, we must also express our disappointment that, despite openly embracing such offensive views, numerous German news outlets continue to provide Republicans Overseas Germany with a platform to spread their repulsive ways of thinking – often without inviting representatives of the Democratic Party as an argumentative counterpart.

We consider it highly unacceptable to host discussion panels on topics such as racism in the United States without paying attention to a balanced guest list – one that includes the perspectives of the people affected. As the official organ of the U.S. Democratic Party for Americans living overseas, Democrats Abroad Germany represents more than 16,000 U.S. citizens in the Federal Republic, including many German-speaking People of Color who would be willing to discuss the political situation in the United States before the election.

 


"Don't Let Them Take Away Your Democracy!" August 2020 Newsletter

Fellow Democrats, 

With the Democratic National Convention (DNC) drawing to an end, Democrats around the world are reminded of how many talented, competent, and diverse candidates the Democratic Party has to offer — officials at all levels of government who are eager to repair the damage the current administration has done and to help create policies that work for all. We're reminded that things don't have to be the way they are. But we must show up on November 3 to get Democrats elected. As President Obama so bluntly stated last night, we cannot let them take away our democracyFor overseas voters especially, this means making a plan NOW to ensure that you're registered to vote and that your ballot will make it to the United States on time. Right here in Germany, we're gearing up for the biggest election of our lifetimes and doing everything we can to help Americans in Germany vote. But we need your help and engagement!

Read below for important updates on voting, how you can get involved, developments within DA Germany (like the founding of our 14th chapter, DA Saxony!), upcoming events (like a post-DNC conversation with DA's three delegates from Germany!), and how you can order Biden-Harris and DA merchandise (pictures below). 

 

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Democrats Abroad Germany sends three Delegates to the Democratic National Convention

Democrats Abroad Germany sends three Delegates to the Democratic National Convention

Drei Delegierten von Democrats Abroad Germany nehmen an der Democratic National Convention teil

Tyler Cofield, Anya Leonhard and Diego Rivas are responsible for representing Democrats Abroad, probably the most diverse “state party”  as well as the campaign of the candidate they are pledged to at this unconventional DNC Convention.

Meet the young sovereign delegates. 

Tyler Cofield, Anya Leonhard und Diego Rivas vertreten Democrats Abroad, der wohl vielfältigsten "Staatspartei", sowie den Wahlkampf des Kandidaten, dem sie bei diesem unkonventionellen DNC-Kongress verpflichtet sind.

Lernen Sie die jungen souveränen Delegierten kennen.

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Get Your Go Vote Supplies

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There are an estimated 120,000 U.S. citizens living in Germany, all of whom we want to remind to request their absentee ballots (request yours here). During these times of social distancing, this has become a more challenging task, but there is an easy way for you to help us reach voters: Get some Democrats Abroad and Vote From Abroad merchandise!

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Solidarity with International Students - Statement from DA Germany Student Outreach Team & Youth Caucus

As members of the DA Germany Student Outreach Team and Youth Caucus, we stand in solidarity with international students pursuing their education at U.S. institutions and call for the immediate retraction of the proposed Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) policies that unjustly target them.

On July 6, 2020, ICE released a statement that announced holders of certain student visas (F-1 and M-1) would be denied entry, extensions or targeted for deportation if they were not enrolled in in-person courses. The changes limit the amount of online credit hours students can take, at a time when more universities are switching to full-time online teaching in face of the CoVid-19 pandemic. This is a direct attack on the physical and mental well-being of students and local communities.

At a moment when the political and social demands of Black, Indigenous and people of color are being elevated and fought for in the streets, we understand that the proposed changes disproportionally affect international students from lower economic backgrounds or global spaces with limited technology, making online courses increasingly difficult. It similarly denies students who left the USA at the beginning of the pandemic an opportunity to return to the lives they have built. We find this unacceptable and in-line with other condemnable ICE policies that target migrant communities throughout the United States.

From our own experiences studying abroad in Germany (and various other places), we know that the denial of a visa does not only mean refused access to education but it also means the upheaval of personal lives and connections that are built every day, for some it may even mean a loss of livelihood. International students are a crucial part of the lives of universities and colleges not only in the US but worldwide, and they deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. We appreciate initiatives at the state-level aimed at protecting students and stopping the regulations from being implemented.

We therefore stand in solidarity with all international students in the United States and globally.

Links to support:

http://www.change.org/p/immigration-and-customs-enforcement-stop-sevp-from-blocking-international-students-from-their-colleges-and-universities

http://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/allow-international-students-finish-their-degrees