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Your Taxes Are Being Spent on Making It Harder for Americans to Vote

Documents obtained by AP show Newby's ties to Kobach, the architect of voter ID and other restrictive voter registration laws around the nation that he says are needed to prevent voter fraud. Critics say there is very little voter fraud and Kobach's measures hurt voter registration and deprive eligible voters of the right to vote. Kobach had appointed Newby to be a county elections commissioner in Kansas, and helped him get the federal job that he took in November. "I wanted you in the loop, in part because of other issues in the past with the EAC," Newby emailed Kobach. "I also don't want you thinking that you can't count on me in an upcoming period that will tax our resources."

Read the full Esquire article here.


Global Presidential Primary Results!

The results are in! In an unprecedented turnout, up 50% from 2008, 34,570 voters cast their ballots from over 170 countries all around the world, through in person voting, by fax, email, and post, and the results are as follows:

Bernie Sanders received 69% of the vote in the Democrats Abroad’s Global Presidential Primary, Hillary Clinton 31%.

View the full Democrats Abroad page with each country's tallies here.


Bernie is crushing Hillary in a (real) primary no one noticed.

It’s interesting to note the strength Obama and Sanders both show among Democrats Abroad. Perhaps Democrats living in other countries have gained perspective on political possibilities in other places? Or a keener sense of global social injustice? Or, more prosaically, could it be that more moderate and conservative Hillary voters are more motivated to obtain and send in absentee ballots?

Read the full Daily Kos article here.


Primaires US: les démocrates azuréens ont voté ce samedi

Une centaine d'Américains ont participé au scrutin permettant aux membres du parti démocrate vivant à l'étranger de désigner les délégués qui éliront leur candidat à la présidentielle.

Read the full Nice-Matin article (in French) here.


Democratic and Republican Voters Have Vastly Different Priorities

Early exit polls showed a wide difference between Democrats and Republicans on whether they wanted a candidate to "have experience" or to "be an outsider." And that trend bore out across states — across the first nine Democratic contests, 74 to 86 percent of voters wanted a candidate who had experience. On the GOP side, it was only 34 to 46 percent.

And though Sanders is by no means inexperienced in politics, Clinton is the clear choice of Democratic voters who prioritize experience. Trump, meanwhile, is the quintessential outsider.

Given this stat, it's not at all a surprise that Clinton and Trump had such strong nights.

Read the full 4 Takeaways From The Super Tuesday Exit Polls NPR article here.


'FiveThirtyEight' Statistician Nate Silver Reports On The 2016 Election

Oh no, I have to say that on balance, I'm worried about the state of polling right now.

So traditional telephone polls - and let's take the best polls, like Pew Research, for example, who do call cell phones. Their response rates - so how many people actually respond to the poll, the ones they would like to respond - has gone from about 35 percent 20 years ago to I think it is 9 percent now. So they're kind of hoping the 9 percent of people they do reach are representative of the 100 percent of people they would like to reach.

In some sense, it's worked remarkably well. I mean, the polls were pretty good in the past two presidential elections. But we've seen cases in other democracies, such as the United Kingdom, for example, Greece, Scotland, Israel, where the polls were pretty far off on election day. And I think that should worry people.

Eventually, I think, like everything else, we'll lead our lives online, and online polling will be the standard. But people haven't really figured out what the kind of gold-standard methodology is for online polling.

Listen to the full NPR - Fresh Air interview here.


Voter Registration at Monaco U.S.A. - New Hampshire Primary

Members of Democrats Abroad have been cordially invited to Monaco U.S.A.'s New Hampshire Primary Night event.

We will be welcoming all Americans in the region to register themselves to vote in the federal elections in November. DAF - Riviera will be promoting our non-partisan www.VoteFromAbroad.org web site that makes voter registration simple and easy for Americans living abroad.

09FEB @ 18h00
Stars n' Bars, quai Antoine 1er, 98000 MONACO

RSVP directly on their official Facebook page.


No, Coin Flips Did Not Win Iowa For Hillary Clinton

Gone unmentioned so far is that even if Clinton won that Miracle Six — and there were no other coin tosses — it would make little difference in the outcome. That is, in part, because of the complicated way Iowa Democrats allocate their delegates — and what was being reported on election night and what wasn't.

Read the full story here on NPR.

 


Narcissism - Good or Bad for Candidates?

As the election year of 2016 kicks off, it is a good time to reflect on how we will vote.  Not only are issues important but also the character of a candidate and how they approach decisions.  Here's an interesting article that highlights how to approach the polling box:

  • Do applaud careful reflection.
  • Don't applaud insults.
  • Do applaud feelings.
  • Don't applaud manipulation.
  • Do applaud collaborative behavior.
  • Don't applaud black-and-white thinking.
  • Do applaud apologies.
  • Don't applaud evasiveness.
  • Do applaud curiosity.

Read the full article here.


POLITICAL WINE: WHO IS HILLARY CLINTON?

We are months away from our Democrat Global Primary where YOU get to cast your vote for the person who will be our Democrat presidential candidate in 2016.  To support Americans living on the Riviera in making an informed vote in our local Democrat Global Primary, join the DAF - Riviera's Political Wines (first Wednesdays) to engage in an in-depth analysis of each candidate.  Through a random selection, each month will focus on a different candidate and their viewpoints on current political issues, particularly those directly impacting Americans living abroad.

Please join us at our new location!

Parking: Palais de la Méditerranée or Grimaldi
Public Transport: several bus stops in walking distance: Congrès/JoffreGrimaldi, or Gustave V

There is no formal entry fee to participate except to support our host, Bazar Café, by ordering 1 drink minimum.
To help DAF - Riviera coordinate this event, we ask that you RSVP - even if you are a 'maybe'!