Many thanks to all the country committees hosting March to the Ballot Box events over the weekend of January 20th. There’s a tremendous variety of events planned, all mixed with voter registration.

Please be sure to post your pics on Facebook and use #marchtotheballotbox and #votefromabroad so that we can find your posts. One event is even going global!

Larry Cohen from Our Revolution, one of our favorite folk and a great Democrats Abroad advocate, will be speaking in Toronto on January 20th at 4pm DC time. Larry has kindly agreed to be broadcast live online and DA Toronto is generously organizing the broadcast. Please tune in to DA’s Facebook page for the live event, and definitely share the show far and wide.

The GOTV team is rolling out primary and special election emails this week. Your Illinois, Iowa, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, and Wisconsin voters will shortly be hearing from us with details about what they need to do to vote in these elections. As mentioned last week, local reminder emails are highly effective. Please encourage all your members to get their ballot requests in now so that they can vote in state primaries. Every state except Louisiana will be holding a primary this year.

And if you haven’t yet, there’s no better way to brush up your votefromabroad.org skills than by testing it out yourself for this year. Why not send in your ballot request this week? Once you do, please share the news on Facebook - our VFA stats show a definite domino effect with social sharing. It’s country compliance season once again.

 Int’l Secretary Jeffrey Cheng has built a handy compliance table for you to use to review your to dos, deadlines and status. He’ll be sending out an email with more details shortly. Our next ExCom meeting is today at 8am DC time. As always we'd be delighted to have you join as a guest. If you're interested, just get in touch with Jeffrey at secretary@democratsabroad.org and he'll send you the link to the meeting.

Thank you for all that you do!

Best, Julia

Julia Bryan

International Chair, Democrats Abroad

Mark your calendars

Martin Luther King Jr Day – January 15th

March to the Ballot Box – January 20th - 21st

Membership Database Cleanup Deadline – January 31st

Membership Verification and Bylaws due – February 20th

Texas primary – March 6

Annual General Meeting – May 25 - 27th

2018 GOTV calendar: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1LAk6AEtd0EKY68R2vXiouTCcn29vZrax0YslB_l70rg/edit

Fun Facts

49 states will hold primaries this year (LA holds runoffs)

455 Democratic challengers have registered with the FEC for US House races (only 111 Republican challengers have registered)

33 states have Senate races this year

50 states have House races

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