As per federal law, ballots must be sent to overseas voters 45 days prior to any federal election. That means that Americans abroad who requested their absentee ballots be sent to them by email should have received them by Saturday, September 19, 2020.
To win in November, we need to increase voter participation across the US and from abroad, which means making sure that overseas voters receive their ballots and that they are sent back to the United States on time. Given the Trump Administration's relentless attempts to weaken a fundamental pillar of our democracy — voting — we can't take any risks this year when it comes to our ballots.
The goal of Dialing for Democracy is thus to reach all Democrats Abroad members shortly after ballots have been sent, confirm that they've received theirs, help those who still need to request a ballot before looming deadlines or whose ballots haven't arrived, and inform voters on how to promptly return them to their respective voting jurisdictions.
WHAT IS IT?
Dialing for Democracy is a call-a-thon in which our outstanding phonebankers around the world will make as many calls as they can from Tuesday, September 22 to Thursday, September 24. Callers can join from any country at times that are convenient for them! They'll connect with DA members, letting them know that they should have received their ballots (by email) or will receive them soon (by postal mail), and provide information on how to promptly send them back. And we'll let them know how to get voting help if they need it.
Callers will also have the option of securing sponsors who will push us to reach our calling goals and generously provide the critical funds to keep our voter outreach projects going strong through November!
On Thursday, September 24, we will also be live on Facebook to track our progress and hear from our callers. It will be fun, it will be informative, and it will be an opportunity to connect with fellow DA members as we all encourage our callers in the final stretch.
Our top five callers will receive a Democrats Abroad item of their choice (including Biden-Harris shirts, sweatshirts, tote bags, and much more)!
HOW DO WE DO THIS?
It's easy! Sign up today via this form and let us know how many calls you will make during the call-a-thon. You'll then receive a confirmation email, which includes information to pass along to your friends and family to secure pledges. You may ask your sponsors for whatever amount feels comfortable — but please take this opportunity to stretch your goal! The more we raise, the more we have to get out the overseas vote and win in November!
Look at your friends and family members (even in the US!) and decide who you would like to ask to sponsor you. You can call them (always great!) or email them. You can post on social media, too. Let them know from the heart why you are spending your precious time "dialing for democracy". Then ask them to please support you — and democracy!
New to phonebanking or need a refresher? Not a problem! Learn more here: https://www.democratsabroad.org/phonebanking. A training video is also available here: https://democratsabroad.webex.com/webappng/sites/democratsabroad/recording/25c8dc0de3564d98a7419d63d6f9baef. Please ignore the video's initial error message and hit play.
HELP US REACH OUR GOAL
You can't call yourself, but you want to help us reach our goal? Consider sponsoring a caller. Any donation is greatly appreciated! Please donate here: https://www.democratsabroad.org/d4d_ballot_week_callathon_fundraiser.
By Saturday, September 19, all Democrats Abroad members worldwide who have already requested their ballots by email will have them, and can start voting! Emailed and requested paper ballots are already arriving, but the week of September 20 is our peak opportunity to get the most ballots heading back to the USA as soon as possible.
WHAT IS IT?
For 72 hours, Canada’s most committed callers will be calling around the clock (at the times they each choose, and that are most convenient for them) and around the world. Join or support DA phonebankers worldwide as we phone our members to urge them to vote NOW and offer them voter assistance on how to return those ballots to be sure that each one counts! Canada is combining forces with Germany, Austria, Sweden, Israel, Costa Rica, Ireland and callers throughout Democrats Abroad to maximize calls during this critical week.
HOW DO WE DO THIS?
We already phonebank, so that part’s easy. NO FUNDRAISING IS REQUIRED by our members who make these calls. They can feel very good about the hours they call and the voters they help; their effort is the most valuable contribution they can make!
Are you a trained call agent? RSVP that YOU will be calling during this period, and be a phonebanking hero!
However, lots of people who cannot phonebank tell us how supportive they are of this work, and now is a good time to help with a donation if calling isn’t for you. You can donate today to support our phonebanking work!
Are you one of our 474 trained CallHub agents? When you RSVP, you also get a template for telling friends and family that you will be doing this important work, and that although you will be volunteering your time, their $10 gift to Democrats Abroad will pay for you to speak with 40 voters, or their $25 will allow you to make 100 calls in their honor, and here’s the donation link!
Or, do you like a challenge? If you’ve sponsored their marathons and walk-athons and bike-athons, it’s payback time! Send them our sponsorship form with your calling goal for the 72 hours, and encourage them to pledge their support of you-- and of democracy, too!
CLICK HERE TO RSVP for your calls to count in Canada’s total for the Call-A-thon, and to receive your (optional) sponsors/donations kit. And join us in Dialing for Democracy!
WHERE On your computer or laptop through the Chrome browser on the CallHub platform
This is the biggest US election of our lifetimes and every vote counts! But Covid-19 and the lack of airmail isn't making it easy on us! Democrats Abroad Thailand is organizing a ballot party to make sure that voters get their ballots, or failing that can vote the emergency Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB) accepted in all states in the USA. Come join your fellow Americans to register to vote & apply for your absentee ballot, or voting the emergency FWAB ballot if your state hasn't sent your ballot.
Dinner & drinks with friends, political conversations and making sure your vote gets in and counts - all at the Roadhouse, with Chef Dana' great food and drinks.
Plus new DAT Biden/Harris t-shirts available!
Democrats Abroad Sweden is committed to getting out the 2020 vote!
We are hosting a Phonebanking Huddle on Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020 at 6:00 PM CEST for volunteers to join to make phonebanking calls to Democrats Abroad members to ensure they are registered to vote.
RSVP below to attend.
We will follow up with you with the information to join the phonebanking huddle.
Thank you for your continued dedication to Democrats Abroad and voter registration!
Please attend a Phonebanking Training Prior to attending a DA Sweden Phonebanking Huddle
Next Training Session: Monday, September 28th at 6:30 PM CEST
Next DA Sweden Phonebanking Huddle: Sunday, September 27th at 12:00 PM CEST
Need help requesting your absentee ballot or filling out your back-up ballot for the general election? We're here for you! We're holding office hours on Wednesday, Sep 23, 2020, 6 - 7PM.
The volunteer team in Berlin can answer your questions on how to fill out your ballot request form (FPCA) using VoteFromAbroad.org and your back-up ballot (Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot).
We can give you step-by-step instructions, and find answers to your state-specific questions.
If you have any American friends who haven't requested their ballot yet, send them our way. Our goal is to reach every American living in Berlin.
Please RSVP below so we can send you the link to join the online video call (Zoom).
Help out by sharing this event with your American friends and acquaintances!
Please join us for a very special evening with Connie Borde, Joe Smallhoover, Ada Shen, and hosted with many of current and previous leaders of Democrats Abroad France. Connie has recently completed her term representing Democrats Abroad at the Democratic National Committee, and helped Democrats Abroad advocate for some of the most important party reforms in recent memory. Join us to hear from her and others about how the Party, Democrats Abroad, and Democrats Abroad France have evolved over the years to meet today's crucial political moment -- and what to expect in the days ahead. This is a Feelgood Fundraising event to benefit Democrats Abroad France's critical Get Out the Vote efforts. A suggested donation of 25 EUR is kindly requested - every EURO is welcome. Host committee is also in formation. RSVP below for meeting details and to donate. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT.
The 2020 US Presidential Election: debating the issues
First Vice Chair, Democrats Abroad France
corporate communications specialist
President, Republicans Overseas France
American & French Attorney & Founding Partner of E.L.C. Group
Reporter: Anchor, France 24Date: Wednesday, September 23rd at 7pm CET
Format: Online via Zoom
The speakers will address three carefully selected issues particularly relevant to this years election to debate among each other.
There will be a moderated question and answer session at the end.
There is no cost to attend.
Special appreciation goes to Institut Montaigne for hosting the filming of the event in their Paris office as well as Sciences Po for their support.
Hosted by the Georgetown club of France
Join us for the next virtual meeting of our Northwest England Regional Group. Help us Get Out the Vote among Americans in our region, in the UK, and worldwide.
If you RSVP, we will contact you about future events and volunteer opportunities for the Northwest England Region. The Zoom link will be sent out the morning of the event. If you cannot attend but are interested in hearing about future meetings and volunteer opportunities, please email email@example.com and ask us to sign you up!