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Cargo Expreso and Guatex Agenices for sending ballots to the US Embassy

SEND YOUR BALLOT TO THE US EMBASSY VIA CARGO EXPRESO OR GUATEX

  •    Agency locations are listed below by clicking on the link. The agency will have the address of the US Embassy in Guatemala City, or use this one: US Embassy, Guatemala City, drop off at the screening booth located at the corner of 7 Street “A” and 1 Avenue in Zone 10, between the hours of 07:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m. from Monday to Thursday.
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July 2020 Executive Committee Meeting Minutes

Minutes of Democrats Abroad Guatemala

Executive Committee meeting on Thursday, July16, 2020 at 11:00am via WebEx

Members in Attendance: John Chudy, Chair; Mary Lou Ridinger, Vice Chair; Juan Pablo Aris, Counsel; Vincent D’Agati, Treasurer; Kee Adams Evans, Events Coordinator; Scotney Young, Media Contact; Rachael Shenyo, Occidente MeetUp Chair; Anne Thornton, member; Phyllis MacCartney, member; Rita Joyce, member.

 

Per our bylaws (paragraph 19.3), all meetings are open to all members. 

Called to order at 11:10am

Approval of Agenda and Minutes: Minutes from June meeting and agenda for July meeting were approved unanimously.

Treasurer’s report: A new bank account has been opened at Banco Promerica. It is a checking account and Vincent and John both have signatory rights. Tee shirt sales since the last meeting leave us this month with a new balance on hand of Q7,399.00 Vincent said he will maintain petty cash of Q1000 for small transactions.

Dave Evans remembrance and memorial: An emotional Kee shared that she has received hundreds of calls, emails, and Facebook messages from Dave’s friends and colleagues from around the world. Dave’s activism with the other Viet Nam veterans, and his humanitarian work that spanned the globe, created a vast network of contacts that were as devastated and saddened by Dave’s death as are people in and around Antigua, Guatemala. She also mentioned that a West Virginia journalist well known to Dave, is writing an article on Dave’s life which Kee hopes to share with DAGT members and friends when it’s published. Kee said she will lead planning for a memorial event/party to celebrate Dave’s life to take place at Casa Convento Concepción once social distancing restrictions are lifted. It could be in September or later. Scotney captured the sense of all of us on the meeting sharing this statement in the WebEx chat box: “The comments were truly so beautiful! Amazing how much of an impact he had on so many people. So inspiring.”

Chair’s Report: This is Vincent D’Agati’s first excom meeting as DAGT’s official treasurer. He was welcomed warmly by the excom and members attending the meeting. Positions remaining vacant are Secretary, Member at Large, and Guatemala City MeetUp group chair. Scotney announced that she is currently working up graphics to post on Facebook and elsewhere about these vacancies and encouraging members to volunteer. Scotney then announced the really big news that they are expecting a baby in February. Congratulations Scotney! She and her husband will move to Washington DC in a couple of weeks, at which time she will end her duties as Media Contact. Congratulations and thank you for all of your creative contributions to Democrats Abroad!

John mentioned the Democrats Abroad global prize draw to raise $30,000 for the DPCA GOTV fall campaign.  The $20.20 Eye on the Prize Draw” will kick off around July 27th with drawing on August 20th. Proceeds will finance CallHub, Facebook, Zoom and other GOTV messaging. Several cash prizes to winners. Please participate and support this fund raiser.

John summarized some GOTV related activities that members can get involved in including the Global Voter Protection team, the Voter Protection Tiny Action campaign, CallHub, and the Zoom Voter Assistance team and Drop-in Sundays for ballot request help that needs volunteers to guide voters wanting help:  https://www.democratsabroad.org/154943/zoom_voter_assistance.

The well-attended Americas regional meeting, July 14th centered on GOTV activities including CallHub campaigns currently underway in most country committees. These will continue; next round will center on returning voted ballots. Overseas ballots will be sent out September 19th. Most country committees in the Americas region are facing voted ballot return challenges.

Two paid Facebook ad boosts on Democrats Abroad Guatemala completed in June reached 11,840 FB users in Guatemala, with 4,700 engagements (lingered long enough to read, share, click or comment on the post). The two ads cost $25. More will follow in the coming weeks.

Events for 2020: 2020 Voter Registration and GOTV activities. Kee mentioned that because we don’t have mail service, and cannot rely on the U.S. Embassy to receive and mail voted ballots, DAGT will try to encourage a cooperative effort by identifying regional DAGT handlers around Guatemala to receive and forward to Kee and/or John their ballots for onward delivery (either to the US Embassy or via DHL). Kee mentioned that 26 states require mail return of voted ballots. This is an evolving strategy, so watch your inbox for message(s) from Kee regarding ballot return information.

For states that allow fax return of voted ballots, e.g., Florida, Phyllis MacCartney, mentioned that Office Depot’s fax doesn’t work, which is a condition of fax service in lots of places. Scotney mentioned that fax apps exist where one can take a photo of their voted ballot and then send from their phone and it arrives at the other end as a fax. Two such services are: https://faxzero.com/ and https://www.efax.com/how-it-works.

CallHub and email outreach to members to use VoteFromAbroad.org will continue. The DAGT CallHub country campaign is still up and running and volunteers are welcome to make calls. Since 150 of DAGT’s 600 members have opted out of receiving emails, and we have no mail service, one way to reach them is by phone. So please volunteer if you want to contribute to making sure we get a change in 2020.

Biden Tee shirt sales have been good.  A third and final order of tees was delivered on July 13th. A new promotional email will go out July 19th. Get yours while supplies last. On hand: 6=L; 5=M; 4=S.

Movies and other public events are currently on hold, but will resume when social distancing restrictions are lifted.

Covid-19: Mary Lou led off with an update on what Club Rotario de Antigua is doing in preparing and distributing food packages to families in the area. She mentioned that a Rotary Club in France has donated $10,000 to the Antigua Rotary Club to help this effort. The need is great and people who want to help can donate to Rotary Club Antigua by making a direct deposit to the club’s Banco Industrial account.  Information on this was posted on the Democrats Abroad Guatemala Facebook group page. Mary Lou also mentioned some other groups around Antigua that are responding to the need of families affected by the loss of income and purchasing power. Contact Mary Lou for information.

Anne Thornton, who is currently in Sonoma, California, shared impressions about the recent spike in cases in California. California is a big state, and the situation varies by area. The state had been doing very well in controlling the virus early on, and began some reopening in May and June, but people were too exuberant, especially young people, in their yearning for a return to some normalcy and left their guard down on social distancing measures. The result has been a huge spike in cases leading to a reinstatement of some shut-down measures, with cases flooding hospitals to capacity limits reaching full or even being overrun. She said San Franciscans love their restaurants, but can’t go out as much now, people are running out of money, and the rebound in cases all contribute to a depressing pall hanging over the state. In Sonoma, some restaurant workers (where outdoor service only is allowed) don’t want to go back to work because they have the $600 a week unemployment stimulus benefit. (The $600 may be less of a deterrent to want to work than exposing oneself to getting sick). Overall it’s not a good situation. Her daughter’s wedding that was to have taken place in Antigua, was cancelled and now will be a small at-home event among family members. She said it would probably be better to be physically in Guatemala than in the US. Some of us agree with that sentiment since Guatemalans appear to be less divided on social distancing measures than is the case in the United States.

Following up on Anne’s reflection about the depressing environment in California, Mary Lou added that she watched Michael Moore’s Rumble podcast with Laurie Garrett, “This is the Plague.” She said she didn’t want to recommend the podcast because while it is very informative, it is very depressing. One of the points Garrett, a Pulitzer Prize-winning science writer, makes is that the destruction of our environment and climate change has led to closer human contact with animals because of loss of habitat leading to more spillover of disease. All viruses, even the common cold, originated with animals and then spilled over to humans. So did covid-19, and this will happen at an accelerated pace in coming years and decades, warns Garrett. Mary Lou emphasized that if you don’t want to become depressed with this new reality, don’t watch the podcast. https://podcasts.podinstall.com/michael-moore-rumble-michael-moore/202007060400-ep-98-ladies-and-gentlemen-plague-feat-laurie-garrett.html (also available on Youtube).

The DAGT Excom will meet next on Thursday, August 20th, at 11am Guatemala time, via WebEx.

Travel Notes: All plans are on hold.

Adjourned: 12:43pm


June 2020 DAGT Executive Committee Meeting

 

Minutes of Democrats Abroad Guatemala

Executive Committee meeting on Thursday, June 18, 2020 at 11:00am via WebEx

Members in Attendance: John Chudy, Chair; Mary Lou Ridinger, Vice Chair; Juan Pablo Aris, Counsel; Scotney Young, Media Contact; Vincent D’Agati, interim Treasurer; Alison Schwarz, interim Media Contact; Rachael Shenyo, Occidente MeetUp Chair.

 

Per our bylaws (paragraph 19.3), all meetings are open to all members. 

Called to order at 11:08am

Approval of Agenda and Minutes: Minutes from May meeting and agenda for June meeting were approved.

Treasurer’s report: Recent expenses of Q660 for the one dozen Biden tee shirt order was paid June 15th, and a cash donation of Q400 received during Direct Email Campaign and one tee shirt sale are reflected this month bringing the June balance to Q6,248.

Chair’s Report: Mary Lou moved and Rachael seconded a motion to approve Vincent D’Agati as interim Treasurer. Following discussion a vote of the Excom, including proxies of Kee and Dave Evans carried by John Chudy, passed unanimously. An online Google form ballot will now be sent to the full membership for a vote to make Vincent’s appointment formal for the balance of the 2019-2021 term as per articles XVII and XIX of our bylaws. The Google ballot will go out on June 19th and run till June 20th 5pm local time. Welcome Vincent!

The position of Secretary remains vacant. Also, Scotney vacates the position of Media Contact in August when she moves to Washington, DC. Alison Schwarz, has stepped forward to replace Scotney to act as interim Media Contact as she gains experience with our social media sites and DA’s website management tools. Welcome Aly!

John reported on the DAGT 2020 Direct Email Fundraiser that was restarted on June 8th following suspension due to Covid-19. Four donations followed, with two winning t-shirts for amounts over $35. The campaign was ended on June 19th.

Rachael offered a piece of jewelry with a value of Q300 for any future raffle. She could send it to Antigua via Guatex. We will make note of that offer for our next in-person fund raising pot-luck with a raffle.

Paid Facebook ads are running now on Democrats Abroad Guatemala. One completed on Democrats Abroad Latino in Spanish June 4 to 9, for $10. The one running now prepared by Scotney and boosted by the John June is also running 5 days to June 20th for $10. Funds from t-shirt sales and the Direct Email campaign will be used to boost paid ads on Facebook up to August at least.

Biden President tee-shirts are in and are on sale for Q100 each in sizes small, medium and large. An email promoting the tee shirts will go out June 19th and will include instructions for buying and shipping t-shirts beyond Antigua via Guatex.

John reported on the Democrats Abroad Global Convention and DPCA meeting that took place over the weekend of June 6 and 7, and the Americas region meeting,  that took place, June 16th, both via WebEx. One item of note from the regional meeting is the new DPCA initiative to raise $25,000 via an online raffle at $20.20 per ticket, with proceeds to be used to contract CallHub time to make at least 200,000 global phone calls to get the vote out since no country committee or their chapters can hold live in-person voter registration/ballot request events. Phone banking is the go-to tool this year.

Events 2020: Email messages and CallHub initiatives will continue to replace in-person voter registration events. We continue to monitor those voters who must return a hard copy of the FPCA. On the June 16th regional meeting call, it was reported that NY, CT and NJ have now suspended their FPCA hard copy requirement due to covid-19 and will accept FPCAs by email. DA will update votefromabroad.org to enable the photo signature direct email feature for those states. On June 17th, the US Embassy sent out a message that the DPO will accept ballot materials in postage paid envelopes for sending onto the USA and alerted citizens that the time frame is up to four weeks for delivery. We will monitor this option and alert members by email of DPO availability and support by DAGT.

Movies and other public events are currently on hold, but will resume when the emergency abates and Guatemala opens up again.

An Independence Day event will not happen this year.

Covid-19: This month’s discussion centered on the Government of Guatemala’s response, the rising daily case rate, and related statistics. Mary Lou reported that Prensa Libre had published numbers related to the number of active covid patients now at home because hospital space is being reserved for more the more severely ill and a significant number of young children being infected in Guatemala, and in the region. Rachael updated the group on her extended family members infected in Pennsylvania, and their tough road to recovery. John offered some more optimistic information citing data that Guatemala at 64 cases per 100,000 population puts it at number 12 out of 14 countries in Latin America.  Chile is number 1, with 996 cases per 100K, Nicaragua is number 14 with 24 per 100K (but their numbers are highly suspect), compared to the United States at 643 per 100K.

The DAGT Excom will meet next on Thursday, July 16th, at 11am Guatemala time, via WebEx.

Travel Notes: All plans are on hold.

Adjourned: 12:28pm

 


May 2020 DAGT Executive Committee Meeting Minutes

Minutes of Democrats Abroad Guatemala

Executive Committee meeting on Friday, May 22, 2020 at 11:00am via WebEx

Members in Attendance: John Chudy, Chair; Mary Lou Ridinger, Vice Chair; Juan Pablo Aris, Counsel; Kee Adams Evans, Events Coordinator; Dave Evans, Member-at-Large; Scotney Young, Media Contact; Traci Styner, Lake Atitlán Area Chair; Phyllis MacCartney, member; Anfong Chen, member.

 

Per our bylaws (paragraph 19.3), all meetings are open to all members. 

Called to order at 11:05am

Approval of Agenda and Minutes: Minutes from April meeting and agenda for May meeting were approved.

Treasurer’s report: Net worth remains unchanged from last month at Q6,408.

Chair’s Report: John reported on the DAGT 2020 Direct Email Fundraiser that runs to June 15 but currently on hold due to Covid-19. Donations over $35 win a 2020 candidate T shirt. This will restart now with notice of Biden and Bernie tees being available (see below).  (2) Juan Pablo, who served on the Credentials and Rules committee along with Danielle Stampley (DA Canada) and Gil Anav (DA Mexico), for the May 17th Americas Region Convention, reported on the convention in which two delegates, one Biden and one Sanders, were elected to the 2020 Democratic National Convention and one DNC member was elected. Congratulations to Ken Sherman (DA Canada), reelected as Americas Region DNC member for the 2020-2024 term, Tim Ellis (DA Canada), 2020 Sanders delegate, and Miguel Madrigal (DA Costa Rica), 2020 Biden delegate. (3) John mentioned that the CallHub phone banking campaign to DA Guatemala members is still live. The other CallHub campaigns have ended. You can still make some calls to the DAGT campaign. Over 500 calls to DAGT’s 590 members have been completed where 75% have either been answered, a voice message left, and/or a text sent. (4) Ordering tee shirts for Direct Email Fundraiser winners and for sale to members was introduced by John. Model options for both a Biden tee and a Bernie tee were displayed.  Kee moved that DAGT purchase one dozen of the “Biden President” and one dozen of the “Bern it Down” tees. Scotney seconded the motion. During discussion it was mentioned that a list of desired alternatives be kept so that if and when additional orders are placed, they can be considered. The motion passed unanimously. John will place the order with Korey Peterson ASAP. (Note: a day after the meeting Kee and John discussed indications of lukewarm interest in the Bernie tee and decided that the first order will be for the Biden tee only; subsequent orders to include the Bernie model and/or other alternatives).

Events 2020: Kee reported on get out the vote efforts. An email went out this week reminding members to go to votefromabroad.org to request their overseas absentee ballots. She has gotten a few calls for help, and remains available for continued requests. Kee is monitoring those voters who must also return a hard copy of the FPCA. We will rely on the DPO to the extent we can, but will use alternatives if need be, e.g., DHL.

Movies and other public events are currently on hold, but will resume when the emergency abates and Guatemala opens up again.

John mentioned that DAGT should run some paid Facebook ads to alert more American citizens residing in Guatemala to go to votefromabroad.org to request an overseas absentee ballot. He will explore some language and ideas and Scotney will develop them into some attractive ads that can be posted and boosted to a wider audience.  The same items should be placed on Instagram and our FB group page. Scotney will work with Kee to finalize the designs and content.

Covid-19: As we did last month, participants spent several minutes sharing coronavirus lockdown experiences. Kee updated us on her extended family’s experiences back in New Mexico. Recovery for them has been slow and difficult with the damage done to lungs and other organs. Mary Lou mentioned how hard the shut-down has been for her business and her 45 employees who are furloughed.  She’s waiting for the GOG’s small business financial assistance to arrive. Mary Lou also suggested people look up the work of Jacob Glanville, son of DAGT member David Glanville, whose work on broad-spectrum antivenom is supported by the National Institutes of Health, and more recently his work on anti-SARS-CoV-2 COVID-19 therapeutic antibodies in coordination with other researchers at San Carlos university in Guatemala that is supported by the Gates Foundation among others. Jacob is based in California. There’s a YouTube video on his work and Mary Lou can send the link for anyone interested in learning more about this innovative effort. Mary Lou was asked if Rachael had updated her family’s experience back in the states as well as her work in and around Xela.

Also joining the meeting today was Anfong Chen, a DAGT member who resides in Guatemala City. She introduced herself and said she’s been in Guatemala for nine years. Her mother is originally from Guatemala and after high school she was interested in learning more about her mother’s home country. An older sister had also lived a number of years here. Anfong spoke little Spanish when she got here, but now, nine years later, is in her last year of medical school at Landiver University. She joined DA in 2016 and voted for Bernie, and is voting again this year through DA. Anfong hopes to return to the states to practice medicine after graduation. Congratulations!!

As reported earlier, Scotney and her husband returned to Portland, Oregon in early May.  She reported on their experience flying out on United. The flight was full, she said, but everyone was wearing masks and trying hard to keep safe and clean at their seats. She noted how different states are approaching covid-19. In Houston, social distancing was not readily apparent with almost no one wearing a mask and restaurant areas crowded as though it were pre-covid-19. But once in Portland, everyone was wearing a mask and maintaining social distancing norms. Scotney will be in Portland until August when they will move to Washington, DC. She will continue to help us with posts and communications concerns up to the move.

The DAGT Excom will meet next on Thursday, June 18th, at 11am Guatemala time, via WebEx.

Travel Notes: All plans are on hold.

Adjourned: 12:16pm

 


April 2020 DAGT Executive Committee Meeting Minutes

 

Minutes of Democrats Abroad Guatemala

Executive Committee meeting on Thursday, April 16, 2020 at 1:00pm via WebEx

Members in Attendance: John Chudy, Chair; Mary Lou Ridinger, Vice Chair; Kee Adams Evans, Events Coordinator; Dave Evans, Member-at-Large; Hyungjoon Jin, Member-at-Lage Scotney Young, Media Contact; Traci Styner, Lake Atitlán Area Chair; Rachael Shenyo, Occidente Area Chair; Gloria Rowe, member; Rae Leeth, member.

 

Per our bylaws (paragraph 19.3), all meetings are open to all members. 

Called to order at 1:09pm

Approval of Agenda and Minutes: Minutes from February meeting and agenda for April were approved.

Treasurer’s report: Net worth as of April 16, 2020 is Q6,408.

 Chair’s Report: (1) DAGT 2020 Direct Email Fundraiser will run to June 15 but currently on hold due to Covid-19. Donations over $35 win a 2020 candidate T shirt. (2) RVC Rothschild gave a summary of GPP results; DPCA Global Convention moved online only to June 6-7, with Americas regional online convention to be held May17, when regional delegates and one DNC member will be elected, (3) New CallHub Ballot Request campaigns for regions and DAGT up and  running – John, Kee, Mary Lou and Scotney are signing up and we hope more volunteer – goal is to call all DAGT members to encourage them to use https://www.votefromabroad.org to request their overseas absentee ballot now, (4 )Secy. and Treas. Positions remain open – Scotney suggested we all pledge to talk to one person before the next meeting.

Events 2020: Movies and other public events are currently on hold. Kee said they will resume when the emergency abates and Guatemala opens up again. DAGT’s Independence Day celebration will take place as scheduled on July 4th, but should the lockdown continue it will be moved to U.S. Labor Day, September 7, 2020. Kee was disappointed to note that 1st quarter data from VFA reveal that only 70 DAGT members requested their ballots so far this year. We have a long way to go. The first in-person event of 2020 was held at Enlaces in Antigua on March 14th, with five voters requesting their ballots. Future in-person events are on hold. Kee will be sending out emails to encourage DAGT members to go to https://www.votefromabroad.org and request their ballot on their own, with phone and email support available from her and John. John mentioned the CallHub is a good way to support the email initiative since many have opted out of receiving emails, or don’t open them. Reaching them by phone may make the difference. Scotney mentioned that Democrats Abroad Guatemala now has an Instagram account. It was created as one way to attract young people who tend to be avid users of Instatram to Democrats Abroad. If you have an Instagram account, visit the site and offer graphic input to Scotney so she can keep the site up to date.

Covid-19: We spent several minutes sharing coronavirus lockdown experiences. Kee and Rachael expressed the challenges and anguish both have been through the past week with their extended family members who have been ill with covid-like symptoms and worse; Mary Lou and Scotney shared helpful logistical information; Rae, now in Washington, DC, gave us some insight into the emergency from that vantage point; Gloria shared her approach to calm oneself amidst the chaos through prayer and meditation. Dave asked if anyone knew when commercial flights might resume. Scotney offered that from the perspective of the Embassy, everything is on hold and no one knows when flights might resume. In addition to the work she’s doing to mitigate the effects of covid-19 in the Xela area, Rachael suggested that four key indicators to look for when flights will resume and the country reopens are:1) increased capacity for more testing and contact tracing of all new cases and people showing symptoms, 2.when treatments and medications are approved for use and can be widely distributed, 3) achieved ability to treat all who are sick individually, humanely and effectively, 4) achieve two full weeks where number of new cases has declined. All of the comments were touching, helpful and revealing, and optimistic.

The DAGT Excom will meet next on Thursday, May 21st, at 1pm Guatemala time, via WebEx.

Travel Notes: All plans are on hold.

Adjourned: 2:29 pm

 


Online Absentee Ballot Request

REQUEST YOUR ABSENTEE BALLOT NOW!

The Executive Committee of Democrats Abroad Guatemala hopes you and your families are well, safe and staying home, wherever home is right now.

 

We all saw the debacle in Wisconsin - don’t let that happen to you. 

 

Under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA), a federal law, the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) registers you to vote and requests absentee ballots for a minimum of all federal elections in the current year. Some states, counties and municipalities allow voting in local elections.

 

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will not hold in-person ballot request events. Kee Evans, 4170-5537, keeevans01@gmail.com and John Chudy, 5783-3633, mayadems@yahoo.com are ready, willing and able to help you with questions or problems.

 

Go to www.votefromabroad.org and request your ballot today. It’s easy! Try it on your own first and call one of us only if you have a problem.

 

The following states will accept your ballot request by email or fax, but still require that your request be mailed. Democrats Abroad Global and Democrats Abroad Guatemala are working to find a solution. Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, New York, and Rhode Island if your FPCA was sent by fax. 

 

www.votefromabroad.org



Be Well, Be Safe, Stay Home

 


DAGT Open Positions!

Democrats Abroad Guatemala needs YOU to help get out the vote for the 2020 Presidential Election!

 

We NEED individuals to fill these positions to help us maximize our efforts to get democrats living abroad registered in time to vote. With an average time commitment of less than 8 hours a month, you can contribute to the work Democrats Abroad is doing to make sure every vote counts.

Check out our open positions and let us know what YOU can do to help make Trump a one-time president!

Position description for Secretary: The Secretary shall maintain a current list of members of the organization (containing the name, mail and e-mail addresses, telephone and fax numbers and U.S. voting district/State and such other information as the DPCA may from time to time require), draft minutes of monthly meetings, and maintain all files and administrative records of the organization. The minutes books shall be open for inspection by members. The secretary shall consult with the International Secretary from time to time on membership related matters.

Position description for Treasurer: The Treasurer shall manage the finances of the organization, maintain its financial reports to members and make and maintain such financial reports as may be required by law (including without limitation the laws and regulations of the United States and the several States applicable to political parties and contributions to them). All such records shall be open for inspection by members. The Treasurer shall consult with the International Treasurer of Democrats Abroad from time to time on matters concerning the maintenance of financial records and financial reporting (notably to the United States Federal Election Commission).

Position description Guatemala City MeetUp Group Chair: This informal position fosters membership growth and outreach, and facilitates voter registration and ballot request activities in all election years. In addition to Guatemala City, MeetUp groups are active in the Lago Atitlán region and the Occidente region, and we would like to start one in Huehuetenango where many dual citizens reside.

Please email DAGT Chair John Chudy at mayadems@yahoo.com for more information.

Every voice matters, every vote counts. Help us make the difference this upcoming election.


What is Democrats Abroad Guatemala?

 

Democrats Abroad is the overseas branch of U.S. Democratic Party. We are Americans living in more than 160 countries and territories around the globe: informed of critical issues at home and abroad, inspired to build a better world through our own active participation, and involved at every level of the political process - from overseas voting to serving on the DNC.

Democrats Abroad reaches out to overseas Americans – estimated at 9 million by the US State department – who now have the right to vote in Federal elections. The right to vote, however, does not necessarily translate into an effective reality. Each state has different procedures and deadlines, information distribution is difficult, and mail delivery times can be problematic. Democrats Abroad helps overseas Americans wade through the difficulties so they can exercise their right to vote.

A brief history

Democrats Abroad began simultaneously in London and Paris in 1964, when U.S. citizens residing abroad did not even have the right to an absentee ballot in most states. In 1972, the DNC granted Democrats Abroad 9 non-voting delegates to the National Convention. Then, in 1976, Democrats Abroad cast their first federally mandated overseas absentee ballots and gained the status of a full Democratic state committee, with voting delegates to the National Convention and members on the DNC. Democrats Abroad now holds 8 seats on the DNC and sent a 22-strong voting delegation to the 2016 Convention.

Election 2020

In 2020, Democrats Abroad kicked off its delegate selection process with a Global Presidential Primary in each country committee, so that all Democrats around the world can easily participate. Final delegate selection will take place at Democrats Abroad’s Global Convention scheduled to take place in Toronto, Ontario, May 15-17, but now due to Covid-19 likely to take place online only.

Democrats Abroad today

Over the years, Democrats Abroad has grown from two small committees in London and Paris to include organized committees in 50 countries throughout Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas. As Americans overseas learn more about their right participate in the US political process and its potential impact, Democrats Abroad continues to grow.

Become a Democrats Abroad Member

When you become a Democrats Abroad member you are not only eligible to vote in the DA Global Presidential Primary, you will also get helpful information and support to help you vote from overseas. You'll also be invited to our activities including voter registration assistance and education, member Meet-Ups to discuss political issues and varying topics each month, lectures, debates and panel discussions, film screenings, parties and special events.! Click here to join!

VoteFromAbroad.org

Our voter registration website is the easiest and most comprehensive online solution to the complexities of overseas voting. It is provided as a public service, in English and Spanish, by Democrats Abroad. It is the only online tool that allows our party to build a voter file of Americans overseas.