Spain

 

HOW TO VOTE FROM SPAIN

 

Democrats Abroad Spain is a part of the larger community of hundreds of thousands of Democrats living abroad. 

At Democrats Abroad Spain, our main goal is to find Americans who are resident and help them register to vote, or in most cases simply request an absentee ballot.  We are particularly engaged in even numbered years to elect Democratic candidates to Congress and the Presidency.  In odd numbered years if you live in a state or locality where there is special election, or where there are seats in state legislatures that we need to win, our Get Out The Vote team will reach out to you with a quick phone call, email or text with a reminder.

Absentee ballots from Americans living abroad can often swing close elections and we want to help you cast those votes!

Democrats Abroad Spain has played a part in the worldwide resistance to the insanity of the current administration.  Many of us have been moved to participate with the Women’s March, Climate Change, Immigrant Justice, Humans Rights, and Gun Control activists on the streets and squares of our cities. Our resistance also takes the form of calls, letters and emails back to our congressional representatives. 

Beyond getting out the vote every two years, we have a lot in common.  We try to have monthly events filled with debate, laughter and fun. Those of us in the Barcelona, Madrid and Valencia chapters bring our families and friends as we meet regularly to share insights and concerns about issues ranging from climate change to race relations. We are endeavoring to make similar opportunities available in other part of Spain.

 We gather to watch Democratic debates and then have some of our own. And we keep you up-to-date on matters of particular interest to Americans residing outside of the U.S., on various topics including taxes and citizenship issues.

All members receive email updates on events and issues of interest to Democrats around the world as well news of projects and activities in Spain. 

Democrats Abroad Spain is entirely a volunteer organization.  We rely on the enthusiasm and talents of our membership. As we move into the election cycle we need your energy to help us get out the vote.  Don’t be shy, we can help you turn your anger at what’s happening in the U.S. into something positive as you convince other Americans to take the steps to get their absentee ballot.

Thanks for being part of Democrats Abroad Spain in whatever form it takes.  In the end what we’re all about is helping you to exercise your right to vote.

To stay on top of all the news, follow Democrats Abroad Spain on social media.

    

If you have questions email us at [email protected].

Interested in volunteering? Simply complete the Volunteer Interest Form and let us know how you'd like help.

DA Spain Leadership:

Kathryn Tullos
| Chair, DA Spain, DPCA Voting Rep
Carlos Colao
| Vice-Chair, DA Spain, DPCA Voting Rep, Chair - Global Hispanic Caucus
Christina Ann oreta Samson
| Treasurer, DA Spain
Chris Reilly
| Chair, Barcelona Chapter, DPCA Voting Rep
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  • News

    Thinking about 2024

    The Congressional hearings on the failed insurrection at the Capitol two years ago wrapped up with a very professional set of television presentations by individual committee members, each highlighting a specific aspect of the event. Riveting reality TV, ending with a written report recommending prosecution of the participants and, above all, the Inciter-in-Chief. Now it is up to the Justice Department to do its duty and present indictments of all the perpetrators.

    But as William Faulkner so accurately wrote: "The past is never dead. It's not even past." He was writing about the aftermath of the Civil War, Reconstruction and Jim Crow, but his words have resonance today. Just when everyone thought that things could not get crazier...they did. Instead of fruitlessly trying to re-litigate the results of 2020, the Republican House of Representatives Class of 2022 staged their version of a third-rate carnival freak show, featuring a 15-round vote for the Speaker's gavel. A new face joined the familiar cast of fantasists (Marjorie Taylor Greene, Lauren Boebert, et al) — George Santos, a newcomer from Queens and Nassau County, New York, whose résumé seems to have been fabricated from whole cloth. Even the Republican leadership in his district has called for his resignation, although most of their counterparts on Capitol Hill and the GOP Washington leadership have remained silent.

    All of this pseudo-reality theater is entertaining, along the lines of the old saying: "If your opponents are digging themselves into a hole, don't stop them from digging." However, beyond the vaudeville, serious issues are looming on the horizon. Not least of these is the US federal debt ceiling, due to show up around the middle of this year. Based on previous performances by the Loony Toons wing of the GOP, we may be looking at another exercise in cliffhanger performance art, endangering Social Security, payments for military and civilian federal employees, and the full faith and credit of the US government in global financial markets.

    All of this may seem an abstraction for individual Democrats abroad. However, there is an important lesson to be re-learned from last November: We need to engage aggressively in every one of the 435 House district campaigns and every Senate race in 2024, as well as the obvious urgency of the upcoming Presidential election. Early post-election analysis of the 2022 Congressional fight suggests that if we had pushed harder in some districts that were believed to be out of reach, things might have been turned around — we might even have retained control of the House. Every vote counts, and Democrats Abroad can play a significant role in turning out those votes.

    The Democratic Party made significant progress on behalf of all Americans during 2021 and 2022. Now is the time to build on those achievements in infrastructure, the environment, technology, and abortion rights.

    Bottom line: Don't let the lunatics take over any part of the asylum, as they attempt to undo the results of these past two years.

     

    Daniel Solon, member, DA Barcelona

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    DA-Spain November 2022 Newsletter

    Message from DA Spain Chair

    It’s November, the month Americans dedicate to giving thanks. This year, among other things, I’m grateful that the midterms are over. 

    What a mixed bag we’re left with! There was no red wave, but there wasn’t a blue one, either. We held the Senate but narrowly lost the House. In some states, Democrats made gains; in others, like my home state of Texas, terrific Democratic candidates lost to corrupt and inept Republicans. 

    Scholars, strategists, and pundits are already busy dissecting the results. Everyone seems to have a different take on what happened and why. What startled me was how close so many of the races were. We may well be in for more cycles of narrow margins of victory — elections in which every vote will be decisive. 

    For Georgia voters, that urgency begins NOW. Your state will hold its Senatorial runoff election on December 6th. Incumbent Democrat Ralphael Warnock faces Republican Herschel Walker in this crucial race, and deadlines are tight this time around. Please rush to get your ballot in the mail! If you need help voting, please go to www.democratsabroad.org/georgia for information and assistance. 

    So the question for us is this: How can Democrats Abroad Spain use the next two years to help push those narrow wins fully and firmly into the blue column? One big part of our answer has to be to organize more Democratic voters here in Spain. We need to identify them before the election cycle heats up in 2024 and be ready to focus on helping these folks navigate the increasingly complex rules governing voting from abroad.

    Our path is clear and our resolve is strong. And in this month dedicated to gratitude, I’m grateful for all of us Democrats Abroad. We’re working together for democracy and decency, and that’s great work to do with great people.

     

    Kathy Tullos (Chair) 

     

        


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    Upcoming Events

    Friday, February 03, 2023 at 10:30 AM Madrid Time
    Salad Planet in Valencia, Spain

    First Friday Coffee February 2023

    Join other Americans as we share our thoughts on American issues.

    Find out how you can help us prepare for the 2024 election.

    Friday, February 03, 2023 at 06:00 PM Time · 10 rsvps
    Madness Coffee in Alicante, Spain

    Alicante In-person Event at Madness Coffee

    Coffees, Conversations, and Collaborations
    Friday, February 3, 6-9pm

    Please join Democrats Abroad Alicante for an in-person event at Madness Coffee in the centro of Alicante. We will meet up and talk about recent US events like the drawn out election for Speaker of the House, the discovery of classified documents in both Biden and Trump’s possession, and we’ll listen to your thoughts on how we can make our local chapter bigger and better in 2023! All are welcome! Hope to see you then! 

    • Date:  Friday, February 3rd
    • Time:  6-9pm
    • Location:  Madness Specialty Coffee, C. San Nicolás, nº4, Bajo, Alicante
    Please RSVP if you're able to join us, as it's a big help with our organizational efforts.