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Ballot Return Strategies Courier Services Update

Thanks to the footwork of a Democrats Abroad Belgium member in the European Capitol we now have access to a special offer from FedEx for US voters.

You will need to open an account with a credit card. 

 

 

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Ballot Return Envelopes for use in Correos or Diplomatic Pouch

Since 20 states still require ballots to be returned by mail, we are helping out by providing election mailing envelopes for use in Correos with postage, or the Diplomatic Pouch to U.S. Mail. 

Hundreds of postage-prepaid ballot return envelopes have been strategically placed around Barcelona and environs, so if you want to use one, swing by:

  • Benjamin Franklin International School, c/ Martorell i Peña, 9, Sant Gervasi (ask for Martha Correa)
  • American School of Barcelona, Carrer Jaume Balmes, 7, Esplugues de Llobregat (ask for Bronwyn)
  • Bakinge Bakery, c/ Ramis, 20 (Plaça John Lennon) Gràcia
  • Hibernian English Bookstore, c/ Montseny 17, Grácia
  • Taste of America, c/ Balmes, 322 or c/ Aragon, 231
  • Eroica Caffé, c/ Consell de Cent 350
  • Come In Book Store, c/ Balmes 129 bis (esquina Roselló)

 

Envelopes have been strategically placed around the Comunidad de Madrid:

The Roll Madrid Restaurant c/ Amaniel, 23.  28015

The Toast Café Malasaña c/ San Vicente Ferrer, 33.   28004

The Toast Café Chamberi  c/ de Fernando El Católico, 50.  28015

The Cookie Lab. c/ del Serrano, 23     28015

The Cookie Lab Malasaña  c/del Pez 16.    28004

Taste of America Serrano c/ del Serrano, 149      28015
Taste of America Chamberi Pso de San Francisco de Sales, 3     28003
Taste of America Rastro c/ del Casino, 26     28005
Taste of America Chueca c/ San Marcos, 20      28004

Taste of America Alcobendas Av. Olimpica, 22    28100
Taste of America Pozuelo Av. de Europa, 23      28224
Taste of America Majadahonda Av. de España, 20.   28220

 


2020 Ballot Return Strategies

The moment we've all been waiting for!  

Ballots are starting to arrive in our email mailboxes from counties across the America.  

Time Saver: After review of this section find your state in the boxes below and follow the instructions for ballot return. 

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Global Presidential Primary in Spain

Don’t miss your chance to vote in person this presidential year! Join Americans around the world and participate in this year’s Global Presidential Primary through Democrats Abroad. Voting in the Primary gives you the chance to help determine the presidential candidates our delegates will vote for in the Democratic National Convention. Details below.

Democrats Abroad has just a few requirements for voting in the primary:

  • Be abroad and be a U.S. citizen
  • Be a member of Democrats Abroad
  • Be 18 as of November 3, 2020
  • Not have voted, or plan to vote, in any other 2020 state presidential primary

Democrats Abroad Spain will host 8 in-person Voting Centers in Barcelona, Madrid and Valencia.  The kick off for all these events will be on March 3 which is Super Tuesday in the U.S.

If you don't live near any of our in-person Voting Centers we have you covered.  You will be able to vote by email or even snail mail.  Every member of Democrats Abroad Spain will receive an email on February 18th describing your voting options.  It will also have your member ID  shown in the email.  You'll need that to complete your ballot. 

The Global Presidential Primary is a key component in the process of selecting delegates for the Democratic National Convention in July, which will be hosted in Milwaukee WI this year.   Democrats Abroad sends 21 delegates to the national convention.  They will be pledged to candidates  that have won at least 15% of the vote across the globe. 

Here's where you can cast your ballot at voting centers in Spain:

BARCELONA 

Tuesday, March 3
ESERP Business School  Carrer de Girona, 24  08010 
4PM  to 9:30 PM

Saturday, March 7
Restaurante El Foro Carrer de la Princessa, 53 08003 
10:00 AM to 8:00 PM

MADRID

Tuesday, March 3
The Village Tap Room  calle Martin de los Heros, 28 28008
6:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Saturday, March 7
The Village Tap Room  calle Martin de los Heros, 28 28008
11:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Sunday, March 8
The Village Tap Room  calle Martin de los Heros, 28 28008
5:00 PM to 8:00 PM

VALENCIA

Tuesday, March 3
Les Roques Restaurant Bar c/ Vinatea, 22 46008
12:00 PM to 4:00 PM    5:00 PM -8:00PM

Wednesday, March 4
Universidad Politecnica Valencia Edificio 4P
Centro de Lenguas, 1st Floor
11:00 to 3:00 PM

Saturday, March 7
Les Roques Restaurant Bar c/ Vinatea, 22 46008
4:00 PM to 8:00 PM


Ballot Assistance Events

These events are to assist members of Democrats Abroad to participate in the Global Primary or to join Democrats Abroad.  A ballot is provided to the member who is then responsible for completing the ballot and returning it for tabulation.  We can assist in showing the member how it can be returned by email as an attachment, or returned by mail to the voting warden in Spain or the Tabulation Center in Prague. 

Ballot Assistance Centers will be able to provide assistance is requesting an absentee ballot using VoteFromAbroad.org

PALMA de MALLORCA

Saturday, March 7
Nidus 39   Calle Bisbe Maura, 37   07005

11:00 PM to 14:00PM

SEVILLA

Thursday, March 5
The Merchants Pub Calle Canalejas, 12   41001
7:00 PM to 10:00PM

SITGES

Thursday, March 5
Big Al's -Sitges   carrer de Francesc Gumà, 21  08870
8:00 PM to 10:00PM

Saturday, March 7
Big Al's -Sitges carrer de Francesc Gumà, 21  08870
1:30 PM to 4:00PM

ALICANTE

Tuesday, March 10
Sip and Wonder Coffee House   Carrer Poeta Campos Vasallo 8-10   03004 

2:00PM to 6:00PM





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American Resistance of Sevilla hosts a Democrats Abroad Voter Registration Training

It was a cool rainy Wednesday evening in Sevilla but about 25 folks turned up at a voter registration training program at The Merchant.  The American Resistance in Seville which like so many post-Trump groups around the world has continued the momentum for three plus years.  When we arrived they decorated the space with banners, posters and wall games. In this creative atmosphere over the course of 80 minutes we had the chance to review the principals of voter registration and answered a lot of questions along the way.  

This tuned in group of folks are ready to help others get their absentee ballots.  Many thanks to Elizabeth Bond, Kathy Sherretts, and Karen McCann.  It was great to meet someone who reached out to say it's time for a chapter in Sevilla.  The day before this event, Daniel Beck Rose reached out and we were able to meet the very next evening.

There is interest in a Voter Assistance Center the week of Super Tuesday.  Could be the beginning of getting something going in Andulucia.

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Sitges wants in!

Sitges is so much more than one of the a loveliest beach towns in Spain.  It is also home to many expats, including many Americans.  

Andrea Host-Barth and Karl Barth of Sitges don't want to sit on the sidelines in such an important election year.  These Sitges activists reached out to Chris Reilly chair of the Barcelona Chapter to see what they could get going.  

They are planning to do a Voter Assistance Center in late February or early March.  The idea is to assist folks with voter registration or obtaining their absentee ballot.  This time period coincides with the Global Presidential Primary so they can help anyone who wants to participate remotely.   If you are interested in learning more please contact Chris at info-es-barcelona@democratsabroad.org

Democrats Abroad Spain is interested in helping Americans in your town to get their Absentee Ballots.  The VotefromAbroad.org  online application is set up for overseas voters. 

 If you want further information please let us know at:   info-Spain@democratsabroad.org

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Alicante Gets Ready to Vote

The Mediterranean coast is seeing a steady growth in new Democrats Abroad Spain members.  

After forming a chapter in Valencia about three years ago, it has experienced a huge spike in growth as more expats in Valencia hear that it exists .  In the past year the dynamic Valencia Chapter was drawing up members from as far away as Altea routinely,  and participation at special events by  few others from the Alicante area.  Valencia Chapter chair Richard Meherer decided it was time to see what kind of interest could be developed.   With the help of Robin Kaplan (Altea) and Brett Specter (El Campello)  an invitation was sent out to people they thought might be interested.  15 Americans RSVP'd and turned up for a delicious lunch at Stixx in Playa San Juan in Alicante on Saturday January 18th.  

Richard introduced Democrats Abroad to the group and the upcoming activities planned in Valencia,  including the Global Presidential Primary.  Jim Mercereau chair of Democrats Abroad Spain reviewed the process of getting an absentee ballot through VoteFromAbroad.org  and previewed the Global Presidential Primary.  

It was clear that there was a hunger for good information and an interest in sharing time together as Democrats.  If your area is interested in getting active with Democrats Abroad please let us know at info-Spain@democratsabroad.org

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Meet Akilah Ensley

Akilah Ensley is a founder of the Invictus Stategy Group, a coalition of Black women political consultants. She served as the Finance Director of the Andrew Gillum campaign for governor of FL. She will be the guest of the Democrats Abroad Valencia chapter's webinar.  

Akilah has a long history in the Democratic Party serving as an at large member of the Democratic National Committee, and has served as co-chair of the DNC Youth Council and is an active member of the the DNC Womens's leadership forum. Over the last 12 years she has worked on numerous campaigns including most recently serving as the Finance Director of the Andrew Gillum for Governor race.

She will share her wisdom, insight and wit in an hour long on-line Zoom conversation with the Valencia chapter with the link available to all Democrats Abroad Spain members.

To participate in person in Valencia see Valencia Event Page.

To participate in person in Madrid join us at the Village Tap Room  c/Martin de los Heros,  28  at 7:30


To participate on-line from anywhere in Spain:

Democrats Abroad Valencia invites you to join us in a

Conversation with Akilah Ensley .

Topic: Akilah Ensley talks about the "Good Stuff" happening in the US

Time: Jan 14, 2020 08:00 PM Valencia

Join Zoom Meeting

Zoom Link:

https://zoom.us/j/531639850?pwd=UjVyZzd5Y1B1SzhiVXVwWUhHL2QrQT09

Meeting ID: 531 639 850

Password: 322366


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Update on Democrats Abroad Spain activities

There is so much going on at Democrats Abroad and DA Spain. Unfortunately most of it is not on the dashboard of our members. 

The past few months have been like a whirlwind at DAS. DA national and the chapters each conducted Annual General Meetings with biennial elections for leadership positions. Madrid and Barcelona have new chairs with Samuel Mattern and Chris Reilly heading up these chapters, both of which are celebrating 15 years of Democrats Abroad in their communities. Founding Valencia Chapter Chair Graham Tyner starts his second term with a new team powering our fastest growing chapter.

We welcome and thank all those who volunteer their skills and time to make the organization work. Volunteers are key to our efforts as we move into this critically important election year. I am happy to report that we have folks in positions for communications to get out our message and build awareness. Many folks have trained on sending out emails, creating events, updating news and managing our membership lists. Our presence on social media is successfully reaching new and existing members. Our national and chapter teams are all contributing with messages on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

The messaging in the end has the overarching goal of finding US citizens and helping them to register to vote, if they aren't already, and to be sure they request their absentee ballot in the year of a federal election.

After two debates it is safe to say we are well into the primary season. Over the years DA members in our chapters have come to expect an opportunity to view and discuss the primary debates. These events tend to grow as we move closer to the Global Presidential Primary (more below) which coincides with Super Tuesday in the US.

We are interested in starting small groups in areas where we don't have chapters, but where folks want to meet and network with other Democrats. If you are interested please drop me a line at chair-es@democratsabroad.org We are also looking for volunteers to help us with phone banking. This low-key call is almost always welcomed by our members and has proven to be the most effective way to remind members to request their absentee ballots. A recent review of data from the National Election Commission found that overseas voter participation has increased in numbers never seen before. We think that it has everything to do with our well organized phone banking efforts in 2016 and 2018. We grew participation by 300% in midterm 2014 to 2018.

2020 is right around the corner and with the electoral college kind of stacked against us, we have to get out the Democratic vote. Looking back on 2016 we lost the electoral college in three swing states by less than 70,000 votes among the millions of ballots cast in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. Nationwide the Democrats won the popular vote by over 2,800,000 votes. We will be making every effort to reach voters in those swing electoral college states and where we can flip a Republican senate seat. We can do this, but we need to get every vote out and make sure they are counted. Are you all in?

You will be asked in early January to request your absentee ballot for the 2020. It is important to do this early, so if your local election official has removed you from the voting rolls, you have time to get the problem rectified. In states where Republicans hold the reins of power, they sometimes hold on to them by purging folks who haven't voted in awhile. You might recall the problem that came to light in Georgia in the last election. You need to monitor your personal situation early and be sure you get to vote. If you're in doubt, reach out. We know how to help.

We recommend: www.votefromabroad.org to generate the Federal Post Card Application which every state is required to recognize and process under the federal Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act. (UOCAVA) Use this form rather than a state issued form because it assures your ability to vote in all federal elections (president, senators, and congresspersons) during the year the request is submitted. Often state issued absentee ballot requests are only for a single election. UOCAVA ballots must be sent out 45 days prior the election, by law when using a FPCA.

Democrats Abroad is getting to be known as the "margin of victory" around the DNC. Overseas votes are counted after those cast in person and make the difference between winning or losing a congressional or senate seat in close elections. I remind you we won back 40 seats in the House, many were by 1% or less. Our votes are the margin of victory.

Many thanks and lets do all we can to flip the Senate and take back the Presidency in 2020.

Jim Mercereau 

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Special Elections coming up!

Upcoming 2019 Special Elections

If you are from one of the states listed below please click the link to learn if you need to vote. If you are getting Democrats Abroad emails you probably already received this information directly from the Global Democrats Abroad Get Out The Vote team.

North Carolina is conducting 2 Special Elections: NC-3 and NC-9 the elections are Sept 10 If you are from NC please click the link below.

These states will have General Elections on Nov 5th: Kentucky, Mississippi, New Jersey and Virginia.

If you have not heard from your local election official, now is the time to request your absentee ballot at: www.votefromabroad.org These state and local races are very important. With the upcoming 2020 Census there will be a realignment of voting districts. The party that controls the state legislature and governorship also has the opportunity to gerrymander at will. When we vote for Democrats we can control the outcomes in states like Virginia and New Jersey. Kentucky and Mississippi are special situations but it is still imperative to vote.

Latest Voting Info: https://www.democratsabroad.org/voting_news on how to get your ballot.

WARNING As you are aware this administration has an aversion to international agreements. One such agreement is the Universal Postal Union which was founded in 1874 and is the framework of how mail moves around the world. After giving notice last year we're probably out of the UPU on October 17th this year. That means other postal services will not accept mail to or from the USA routed through the USPS.

It is not clear what effect this will have on mail sent through the embassy of the consular services as they also move mail through postal systems in special diplomatic pouches. If you are mailing back a ballot for elections this year take notice and act quickly, or plan on returning your ballot by a courier service. More to come as the situation is finalized. We should be thankful it is happening now and not last year or next year.

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