DA Switzerland / Global GOTV Co-Chair

Happy to help all overseas Americans vote in U.S. Elections.


  • is hosting Volunteer Training: Voter Registration 2018-02-03 12:48:38 -0500

    Volunteer Training: Voter Registration

    Join a Webex online training session for volunteers who want to help get out the overseas vote. To attend, sign up for a session using this link below, and indicate interest to be part of the Voter Help Desk. Connection details will be sent at a later date after signing up.

    Sign up for a session

    The training presentation is intended to familiarize anyone with the basics involved in assisting voters with ballot requests by reviewing the absentee ballot request and voting process and discussing the unique challenges for overseas citizens. Training includes a review of available online resources, a discussion of what's involved in setting up a Vote From Abroad assistance table at an event, or hosting your own Voter Registration Drive.

    Tuesday February 6 7am ET  |  1pm CET  |  8pm SGT
    Tuesday March 6 7am ET  |  1pm CET  |  8pm SGT
    Tuesday April 3 7am ET  |  1pm CET  |  8pm SGT
    Tuesday May 1 7am ET | 1pm CET | 8pm SGT

     

    Sign up for a session

    We welcome anyone to attend, even if you've been registering voters for years, or you are just curious to learn more.

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    May 01, 2018 at 7am
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  • is hosting Volunteer Training: Voter Registration 2018-01-31 14:28:29 -0500

    Volunteer Training: Voter Registration

    Join a Webex online training session for volunteers who want to help get out the overseas vote. To attend, sign up for a session using this link below, and indicate interest to be part of the Voter Help Desk. Connection details will be sent at a later date after signing up.

    Sign up for a session

    The training presentation is intended to familiarize anyone with the basics involved in assisting voters with ballot requests by reviewing the absentee ballot request and voting process and discussing the unique challenges for overseas citizens. Training includes a review of available online resources, a discussion of what's involved in setting up a Vote From Abroad assistance table at an event, or hosting your own Voter Registration Drive.

    Tuesday February 6 7am ET  |  1pm CET  |  8pm SGT
    Tuesday March 6 7am ET  |  1pm CET  |  8pm SGT
    Tuesday April 3 7am ET  |  1pm CET  |  8pm SGT
    Tuesday May 1 7am ET  |  1pm CET  |  8pm SGT

     

    Sign up for a session

    We welcome anyone to attend, even if you've been registering voters for years, or you are just curious to learn more.

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    March 06, 2018 at 7am
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    Volunteer Training: Voter Registration

    Join a Webex online training session for volunteers who want to help get out the overseas vote. To attend, sign up for a session using this link below, and indicate interest to be part of the Voter Help Desk. Connection details will be sent at a later date after signing up.

    Sign up for a session

    The training presentation is intended to familiarize anyone with the basics involved in assisting voters with ballot requests by reviewing the absentee ballot request and voting process and discussing the unique challenges for overseas citizens. Training includes a review of available online resources, a discussion of what's involved in setting up a Vote From Abroad assistance table at an event, or hosting your own Voter Registration Drive.

    Tuesday February 6 7am ET  |  1pm CET  |  8pm SGT
    Tuesday March 6 7am ET  |  1pm CET  |  8pm SGT
    Tuesday April 3 7am ET  |  1pm CET  |  8pm SGT
    Tuesday May 1 7am ET  |  1pm CET  |  8pm SGT

     

    Sign up for a session

    We welcome anyone to attend, even if you've been registering voters for years, or you are just curious to learn more.

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    April 03, 2018 at 7am
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  • is hosting Volunteer Training: Voter Registration 2018-01-31 14:05:31 -0500

    Volunteer Training: Voter Registration

    Join a Webex online training session for volunteers who want to help get out the overseas vote. To attend, sign up for a session using this link below, and indicate interest to be part of the Voter Help Desk. Connection details will be sent at a later date after signing up.

    Sign up for a session

    The training presentation is intended to familiarize anyone with the basics involved in assisting voters with ballot requests by reviewing the absentee ballot request and voting process and discussing the unique challenges for overseas citizens. Training includes a review of available online resources, a discussion of what's involved in setting up a Vote From Abroad assistance table at an event, or hosting your own Voter Registration Drive.

    Tuesday February 6 7am ET  |  1pm CET  |  8pm SGT
    Tuesday March 6 7am ET  |  1pm CET  |  8pm SGT
    Tuesday April 3 7am ET  |  1pm CET  |  8pm SGT

     

    Sign up for a session

    We welcome anyone to attend, even if you've been registering voters for years, or you are just curious to learn more.

    WHEN
    March 06, 2018 at 7am
    rsvp

  • signed up on GOTV signup 2017-10-24 13:28:23 -0400

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  • Thanks to Phonebanking Volunteers

    Every Vote Counts!

    We are back at work contacting DA members to help them vote in the New Jersey and Virginia state elections and the Florida State Senate Special Election. Soon we'll be adding phonebanking campaigns for the upcoming federal elections in Utah and Alabama as well as other state elections.

    Let's give a special shout-out to the three phonebanking volunteers who made more than 30 calls during the opening weekend of phonebanking. As promised, we'll be sending each of them a coveted DA “donkey bag”!

    • Dean Shuey (DA Philippines) – who made 140 calls over the opening weekend!
    • Wendy Abondolo (DA UK) – 40 calls
    • Michael Stevenson (DA CA) – 29 calls (ok, we're happy to round up this time)

    Thank you all for your dedication and commitment – and let's make sure those Democratic ballots are returned on time!

    Any comments or suggestions for making GOTV more effective? We'd love to get your feedback. Please contact us at gotv@democratsabroad.org.


  • Florida State Senate Special Election -- September 26, 2017

    If you vote in Florida's State Senate District 40. the Southwest Miami-Dade area, now is the time to register to vote and to request your ballot for the September 26 Special Election. This is a rare opportunity for Democrats in Florida to add to to their seats in the Florida State Senate. Republicans are counting on low voter turnout to continue their control of Florida’s government. Let’s turn out the vote to send Democrat Annette Taddeo to Tallahassee! Go to votefromabroad.org and follow the prompts to fill in the form, then print it and sign it. MAIL your form to your Local Election Official -- it must be RECEIVED by your Local Election Official in Florida by Monday, August 28. Already Registered But Need to Request a Ballot? Just go to votefromabroad.org and follow the prompts to fill in the form, then print it and sign it. You can send it in by EMAIL, FAX or MAIL, but it must be RECEIVED by your Local Election Official in Florida by Wednesday, September 20 at 5pm EDT. Send in you form NOW to avoid unexpected delays or voting problems.

  • Alabama Special Election -- December 12, 2017

    The State of Alabama will conduct a Special Primary Election on August 15, 2017 for the office of U.S. Senator to replace Jeff Sessions (R). The Special General Election will be held on December 12, 2017. This special election concerns all Alabama voters.

    If you are an Alabama voter, register and request an absentee ballot today at www.VoteFromAbroad.org or by clicking the VOTE link in the navigation above. Vote From Abroad helps you prepare the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), the registration and ballot request form accepted by all States and territories. Complete, sign and send the FPCA to your election office in order to receive a ballots to vote in all upcoming elections this year. You must mail your signed FPCA to your election official.

    REMEMBER: You must  1. COMPLETE, 2. SIGN, and 3. MAIL the FPCA to your local election office.

     

    Be sure you will receive a ballot to vote

    To vote in the August 15 primary election, if you are not currently registered, your FPCA needs to be received by July 31; if you are currently registered, your FPCA ballot request must be received by August 10. Ballots will be sent beginning June 30 for those who have requested them.

    Please do not assume you will receive the ballot to vote in this special election, even if you just voted in the November 2016 General Election. Detailed instructions and county contact information is available at www.fvap.gov/alabama.


  • posted about Utah Special Election -- November 7, 2017 on Facebook 2017-06-07 08:35:26 -0400
    Utah Special Election -- November 7, 2017

    Utah Special Election -- November 7, 2017

    The State of Utah will conduct a Special Election on Tuesday, November 7, 2017, for the 3rd Congressional District to replace Jason Chaffetz (R) , who will resign on June 30 — concerns voters in Carbon, Emery, Grand, San Juan, and Wasatch counties as well as portions of Salt Lake and Utah counties. A Special Primary Election will be held on August 15, 2017.

    If you are a Utah voter, register to vote and request an absentee ballot today at www.VoteFromAbroad.org or by clicking the VOTE link in the top menu above. Overseas citizens may use the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), the registration and ballot request form accepted by all States and territories to request a ballot for this special election.

    REMEMBER: You must 1. COMPLETE2. SIGN, and 3. SEND the FPCA to your local election office.

     

    Be sure you will receive a ballot to vote

    If you are not currently registered, your FPCA needs to be received by July 17 to vote in the Primary as well as the Special Election, or October 10 to vote in the Special Election. We recommend you complete and send the FPCA now; if you are currently registered, your FPCA ballot request also must be received by August 10 to receive a ballot for the Primary as well as the Special Election, or November 2 to receive a ballot for the Special Election.

    Please do not assume you will receive the ballot to vote in this special election, even if you just voted in the November 2016 General Election. Detailed instructions and county contact information is available at www.fvap.gov/utah.


  • posted about Geneva Chapter Elects First Chair on Facebook 2017-05-28 07:44:07 -0400
    DA Switzerland Geneva Elects First Chapter Chair

    Geneva Chapter Elects First Chair

    On Wednesday, May 24th, Laura Messenger became the first Chair, elected by acclamation at the inaugural meeting of the Democrats Abroad Switzerland Geneva Chapter held near Geneva's Old Town.

    Laura, a longtime member, is also on DA's Global Communications Committee.

    Current DACH Chair Kate Edson came from Basel to welcome Laura Messenger to the new office and seat on the Executive Committee. Also in attendance were Macha Levinson (DACH Chair 1987-1990), Warren Furth (DACH Chair 2001-2003) and Michael Parmly (former ExCom Member) among the quorum of 25 members.

    Thanks go to the Nominations Committee for the Geneva Chapter Elections, Anne-Shelton Aaron and Peter Butterfield, DACH Chair and Vice-Chair from 2013 to 2017, and who were instrumental in the launch of two new chapters this year and growing communities in other regions across Switzerland. Anne-Shelton proposed the creation of the new Geneva chapter, and together with former DACH Chair Maya Samara (2009-2013) carried it to its inauguration.

     

    Reflections from DA Switzerland's Past Leaders

    Watch our archive video interviews with Macha Levinson, Warren Furth, and other past leaders, discussing their experiences on the DA Switzerland YouTube channel


  • posted about Basel Chapter Elects First Committee on Facebook 2017-05-23 04:22:41 -0400
    Basel Chapter Elects First Committee

    Basel Chapter Elects First Committee

    The newly formed Basel Chapter elected chapter officers on Monday, May 22.

    The 2017-2019 Basel Chapter Committee

    • Chair - Kelli Brouillet
    • Vice-Chair - Kristen Jafflin
    • Secretary - Rosemary Pontarelli
    • Treasurer - Vivian Beetle

    The four Basel Committee officers are elected for a two-year term. Congratulations to the Basel Chapter leadership team!

    Thank you goes out to the members of the Nominations Committee for the Basel Chapter Elections: Sarah Thomforde (Nominations Committee Chair), Kate Edson and Mariabeth Silkey.


  • posted about Zurich Chapter Elects New Officers on Facebook 2017-05-22 15:36:02 -0400
    Zurich Chapter Elects New Officers

    Zurich Chapter Elects New Officers

    Members of the Zurich Chapter elected a new chapter committee on Saturday, May 20 at the Zurich Annual General Meeting.

    The 2017-2019 Zurich Chapter Committee

    • Chair - Yael Borofsky
    • Vice-Chair - Christopher Kelley
    • Secretary - Lena Dente
    • Treasurer - Jessica Mijnssen

    Congratulations to the new Zurich Chapter leadership team!

    Our thanks also go out to the members of the Nominations Committee for the Zurich Chapter Elections: Darcy Molnar (Committee Chair), Kate Edson, Judy Brown and Amanda Bluck.


  • published Welcome to Democrats Abroad Switzerland in News 2017-04-22 16:58:33 -0400

    Welcome to Democrats Abroad Switzerland

    Arosa, Graubünden, Switzerland
    Mountain in Arosa, Graubünden, Switzerland by W. Bulach licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0.

    Democrats Abroad Switzerland is the official country committee for U.S. Democrats living in Switzerland.

    We strive to help Americans connect with fellow citizens living across the 26 Cantons of the Swiss Federation and remain active in U.S. politics. Living in a unique nation of expats in which resident foreigners comprise 23% of the population, Democrats Abroad provides a vital social and political link for American citizens staying for a short period as well as those here for the long-term.

    Our mission is to deliver critical votes for Democrats in U.S. Federal elections, as well as serving as unofficial U.S. ambassadors, communicating global perspectives to Washington D.C. and our hometowns and Swiss communities.

    Watch this space for upcoming announcements of meetings and events – we have events planned throughout the year and encourage anyone interested in participating to get in touch.

    Follow us on FacebookTwitterGoogle+


  • Call for Candidates for Zurich Chapter Committee

    The Zurich Chapter of Democrats Abroad Switzerland (DACH) will elect a new Committee at the Zurich Annual Chapter Meeting on May 20th, 2017, 5:00 pm.

    The chair of the Zurich Chapter, 2016-2017, Renée Rousseau, filed the 2017 Zurich Chapter Annual Report by the date of the DACH AGM on March 25, 2017. Due to time conflicts, the Zurich Chapter Annual Meeting will be organized by newly elected DACH Chair and German Region Vice-Chair for Basel, Kate Edson, acting as Interim Zurich Chair.

    A Nominating Committee has been appointed to seek candidates to stand for office and to run the nominations/election process. The Committee seeks members motivated to help Democrats win races at all levels of our political process for the 2018 U.S. Midterm Congressional Elections, and who have ideas for how to get people out to vote.

    Please Consider Running for an Office

    Join the Zurich Chapter Committee to make it a vibrant and active chapter in Switzerland! Now is the time to heed the call for candidates and get involved! There will be plenty of opportunity and demand for activism to promote the Democratic message and to counter the policies being put in place by the new Republican administration.

    Zurich Committee Officers

    1.  Chair
    2.  Vice-Chair
    3.  Secretary
    4.  Treasurer

    NOMINATIONS TIMELINE

    All members of Democrats Abroad active in the Zurich region are eligible, and encouraged, to run for an office and to vote at the elections on May 20th.

    To run, send a Statement of Intent (up to 500 words) to the Nominating Committee by end of day April 14th, include nominee's name, address, telephone number and email address.

    In your statement, please elaborate on what you think qualifies you for the position. If you are running for Chair or Vice-Chair, in your statement list the top three priorities that you will focus your time and energies on during the next two years. The Chair and Vice-Chair do not have to be of the opposite gender (as in the DACH national election). If you are qualified and committed, we encourage you to run for office!

    By April 25th we will distribute information about the candidates, their statements, and voting procedures by email.

    JOB DESCRIPTIONS & DUTIES

    ☆ Chair ☆
    Chief executive officer of the Zurich Chapter

    • Is a member of the DACH Executive Committee (ExCom)
    • Is a dedicated team player who will work with the Zurich Chapter committee, volunteers and the DACH Chair
    • Organizes and conducts monthly meetings and other events of the Zurich Chapter
    • Establishes and supports all committees necessary for the proper functioning of the organization
    • Represents the Zurich Chapter in interviews with the press, working together with regional and national DACH Press officers
    • Shares responsibility with DACH and the Basel Chapter Chair for voter and member outreach in the Swiss German region, where no chapters are yet established

    The Chapter Chair is the only elected position required by the DACH bylaws, but other positions may be created or removed by the Chair from time to time as deemed appropriate (see bylaws for further information).

    ☆ Vice-Chair ☆

    • Assists the Chair in all Zurich Chapter activities
    • If the Chair is not available, organizes and conducts the monthly Chapter meetings
    • Attends DACH ExCom meetings if the Chair is not available
    • Substitutes for the Chair when needed
    • Takes on other responsibilities as agreed upon with the Chair

    ☆ Secretary ☆

    • Takes minutes of all meetings and after approval of the Chair distributes to the Chapter Committee and ExCom
    • Distributes meeting agendas to the Chapter Committee
    • Manages and maintains the Zurich Chapter membership list as well as the list of volunteers, which may involve work on the DA database and with the DACH Secretary.
    • Maintains files and administrative records of the Chapter (Google Docs)

    ☆ Treasurer ☆

    • Manages the finances of DA Zurich in agreement with the Chair and the DACH ExCom Treasurer
    • Maintains clear and accurate financial records and makes financial reports as required
    • Ensures all financial matters conform to local rules and regulations as well as those of the Federal Election Commission and campaign finance laws of the United States

    NOMINATIONS COMMITTEE

    For further information about elections or the officer roles, contact any committee member or email zurich-elections@democrats.ch:


  • posted about Help #DemocratsUnite to #FlipThe6th on Facebook 2017-03-28 07:45:30 -0400

    Help #DemocratsUnite to #FlipThe6th

    #FlipThe6th

    The 6th District Task Force has been formed to organize a grass-root effort to ensure that a Democrat wins the upcoming Special Election for the Georgia's 6th Congressional District seat.

    This is a combined effort of the Cobb, DeKalb and Fulton Counties in Georgia to work in a unified force to activate thousands of volunteers and party resources.

    Mission

    • Election Awareness – We will engage in direct voter contact to every possible voter that we feel will be voting democrat in this election and make sure they have all the correct information concerning the Special Election.
    • Voter Turnout – We will engage in Get Out The Vote (GOTV) efforts to ensure that we have the largest turnout possible of the Democratic electorate.

    Who is going to make this happen?

    • Volunteers – This is your election to win! Together we will use our Social media, our mailing list and social networks to activate thousands of volunteers across District, the State and the Country to ensure that voter turnout is as large as possible within the Democratic population of the district.
    • County Democratic Parties – The Cobb DeKalb and Fulton will contribute resources, volunteers and organization to increase election awareness.
    • Democratic Party of Georgia – We are partnering with the Democratic Party of Georgia (DPG) who will provide advanced Data analytics and a tool set necessary to the voter outreach and data collection.

    How?

    • Canvass – We are going to Canvass (Door Knock) across the 6th District to boost voter awareness of the Special Election and to increase the turnout at the polls during early voting and on Election Day.
    • Phone Bank – We are going to call anyone that we feel will be voting for a Democrat in this election and make sure that they know about the election and encourage them to go vote!
    • Social Media – Using our Facebook group page as a hub for information we will use all social media platforms available to us to get out the message. #DemsTakeThe6th  #DemocratsUnite  #FlipThe6th

    Your Action

    Sign-up! https://www.facebook.com/groups/1132459916863822/


  • posted about Montana Special Election -- May 25, 2017 on Facebook 2017-03-28 07:20:45 -0400
    Montana Special Election -- May 25, 2017

    Montana Special Election -- May 25, 2017

    The State of Montana will conduct a Special Election on Tuesday, May 25, 2017, for its at-large Congressional District to replace Ryan Zinke who became Director of the U.S. Secretary of the Interior. This district represents all counties in Montana.

    If you are a Montana voter, register to vote and request an absentee ballot today at www.VoteFromAbroad.org or by clicking the VOTE link in the top menu above. Overseas citizens may use the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), the registration and ballot request form accepted by all States and territories to request a ballot for this special election.

    REMEMBER: You must 1. COMPLETE2. SIGN, and 3. SEND the FPCA to your local election office.

     

    Be sure you will receive a ballot to vote

    If you are not currently registered, your FPCA needs to be received by May 25 for you to receive the ballot to vote, although we recommend you complete and send the FPCA now; if you are currently registered, your FPCA ballot request also must be received by May 25.

    Ballots will be sent beginning April 10 for those who have already requested them. If you do not receive your requested State ballot 30 days before the election, you can use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB), also available on Vote From Abroad.

    Please do not assume you will receive the ballot to vote in this special election, even if you just voted in the November 2016 General Election. Detailed instructions and county contact information is available at www.fvap.gov/montana.


  • posted about South Carolina Special Primary Election -- May 2, 2017 on Facebook 2017-03-28 07:12:57 -0400
    South Carolina Special Primary Election -- May 2, 2017

    South Carolina Special Primary Election -- May 2, 2017

    The State of South Carolina will conduct a Special Primary Election on Tuesday, May 2, 2017, for the 5th Congressional District to replace Mike Mulvaney who became Director of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget. This district consists of Cherokee, Chester, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lancaster, Lee, Union, and York counties, and portions of Newberry, Spartanburg, and Sumter counties.

    The Special General Election will be held on June 20.

    If you are a South Carolina voter from the 5th Congressional District, register to vote and request an absentee ballot today at www.VoteFromAbroad.org or by clicking the VOTE link in the top menu above. Overseas citizens may use the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), the registration and ballot request form accepted by all States and territories to request a ballot for this special election.

    REMEMBER: You must 1. COMPLETE2. SIGN, and 3. SEND the FPCA to your local election office.

     

    Be sure you will receive a ballot to vote

    If you are not currently registered, your FPCA needs to be received by April 3 for you to receive the ballot to vote in the primary; if you are currently registered, your FPCA ballot request must be received by May 2.

    Ballots will be sent beginning March 18 for those who have already requested them. If you do not receive your requested State ballot 30 days before the election, you can use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB), also available on Vote From Abroad

    Please do not assume you will receive the ballot to vote in this special election, even if you just voted in the November 2016 General Election. Detailed instructions and county contact information is available at www.fvap.gov/south-carolina.


  • published Switzerland's Executive Committee 2017–2019 in News 2017-03-27 08:29:15 -0400

    Switzerland's Executive Committee 2017–2019

    We had a great time on Saturday at our Annual General Meeting in Basel, during which we elected a new Democrats Abroad Switzerland Executive Committee! A big congratulations to our newly elected leadership!

    KATHRYN EDSON, Chair
    CRESTEN MANSFELDT, Vice-Chair
    ELIZABETH VOSS, Secretary
    CHRISTIAN JORDAN, Treasurer
    HILLARY MUERI, Legal Counsel
    ANNE-SHELTON AARON, Immediate Past Chair (2013-17)
    MORGAN GRAY, Member-at-Large Press & Media
    ROBIN BOGNUDA, Member-at-Large Events &Volunteers
    TAYLOR DEGRAFFENRIED, Member-at-Large Membership & Voter Outreach
    KELLI BROUILLET, Chair, Basel Chapter
    LAURA MESSENGER, Chair, Geneva Chapter
    YAEL BOROFSKY, Chair, Zurich Chapter

     

    DA Switzerland Executive Committee 2017 - 2019


  • posted about Participate in #theIdes Postcard Protest on Facebook 2017-03-03 16:47:10 -0500
    Participate in #theIdes Postcard Protest

    Participate in #theIdes Postcard Protest

    Postcards from Abroad

    On March 15th, each of us will mail a postcard that publicly expresses our opposition to the Republican Administration. And we, in vast numbers, from all corners of the world, will show the media and the politicians what #resistance looks like as we bury the White House post office in officially-verifiable postcards.

    Want to host a postcard writing party? Let us know. Find Postcards from Abroad events here→

    Hank Aaron currently holds the record for fan mail, having received 900,000 pieces in a year. We’re setting a new record: over a million pieces in a day.

    So sharpen your wit, unsheathe your writing implements, write from the heart, and all of us will put them in the mail on the same day, March 15, 2017. All of our issues — DAPL, women’s rights, racial discrimination, religious freedom, immigration, economic security, education, the environment, conflicts of interest, the existence of facts — can and should find common cause. That cause is to make it irrefutable that the president’s claim of wide support is a farce. The crowd of those that oppose the Republican agenda is exponentially larger.

    How to participate

    1. Write one postcard or a dozen! Create your own cards, buy them, share them, it doesn’t matter as long as you write #TheIdes on them somewhere.
    2. Take a picture of your cards and post them on social media (tagged with #TheIdes).
    3. Spread the word! Everyone on Earth can let Washington know their opinion of the President. They can’t build a wall high enough to stop the mail.
    4. Then, on March 15th, mail your cards to
      The President
      The White House
      1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
      Washington, DC 20500
      USA

    THE ONLY RULE IS NO VIOLENCE, THREATS OF VIOLENCE, OR INSINUATIONS OF VIOLENCE. THIS IS ABOUT BEING HEARD, VIA POSTCARDS. WE UNDERSTAND THAT THE IDES OF MARCH HAS A HISTORY, BUT THAT'S NOT WHAT WE ARE — IN ANY WAY — CALLING FOR HERE.

    https://www.theidesoftrump.com/#theidesoftrump
    Read about it: https://medium.com/@gerardmclean/postcards-to-my-government-caca4087b467#.hddyq497z

    Free downloadable postcards: http://resistforamerica.org/category/resources/print-materials


  • Elections for DA Switzerland Executive Committee

    Nominated Candidates

    Nominations for the nine elected positions on the 2017-2019 Executive Committee (ExCom) of Democrats Abroad Switzerland closed on Saturday February 18. Listed below are the nominated candidates. The nine offices will be elected on Saturday March 25 at the DA Switzerland Annual General Meeting. At that meeting, additional nominations will be allowed from the floor. All candidates will be given time for a brief statement to the members.

    VOTECandidates below are listed according to office, in the same order the offices will be elected at the AGM. Within each office, candidates appear alphabetically by last name, showing their city of residence and their statements. Because we have many nominations, in the interest of readability, we display here only the candidate's name linked to their full statement on the pages that follow.

    Office: Chair (2)

    Kate Edson (Basel)
    Max I. Zappe (Zurich)

    Office: Vice-Chair (2)

    Yael Borofsky (Zurich)
    Cresten B. Mansfeldt (Zurich)

    Office: Secretary (3)

    Kristen Jafflin (Basel area)
    Laura Solia Shellaby (Geneva)
    Elizabeth Voss (Basel)

    Office: Treasurer (1)

    Christian Jordan (Geneva)

    Office: Counsel (1)

    Hilary O’Connor Mueri (Brugg, Aargau)

    Office: Member-at-Large – Membership and Voter Outreach (1)

    Taylor de Graffenried (Bern)

    Office: Member-at-Large – Fundraising (1)

    Becky Leach-Seymour (Zurich)

    Office: Member-at-Large – Events and Volunteers (2)

    Robin Bognuda (Camorino, Ticino)
    Katelyn M. McClung (Vevey)

    Office: Member-at-Large – Press and Media (3)

    Morgan Gray (Geneva)
    Leedonal Moore (Zurich)
    Rosemary Pontarelli (Basel)

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    Voting Method

    Americans who are DA members as of Friday March 24th may vote. Please reply to elections@democrats.ch to indicate your attendance at the AGM. You may vote in one of the following ways:

    1. In-person voting: Printed ballots will be distributed at the meeting.
    2. On-line voting: Links to web-based ballots will be provided to members who sign up to attend by WebEx.

      If you cannot participate in either of these ways, a third possibility is available:

    3. Vote by proxy: Request a proxy form from elections@democrats.ch. Send a copy of your completed and signed proxy form to us by March 22nd, and give it to your chosen attending proxy member before the AGM. Any voter at the meeting may hold at most two proxies.

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    Election Process

    At the meeting, the nine offices will be elected one by one, in the order shown above. Nominations for office may be made from the floor or from WebEx, as write-in candidates. This includes listed candidates who did not win their announced race. All candidates will be given two minutes to address the members. Voting by advance ballot will not be available.

    This election process aligns with that used at DA international meetings, and was preferred by the Executive Committee in view of the many declared candidates. Voters will be able to meet and hear them in person, before choosing.

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