Vote From Abroad Coordinator

  • Vote in the Ohio Special US House Elections - Nov 2, 2021

    OHIO HAS TWO SPECIAL ELECTIONS FOR SEATS IN THE US HOUSE--LET'S ADD ANOTHER DEMOCRAT TO CONGRESS!

    There's a special election in Ohio's 11th Congressional District to replace Democrat Marcia Fudge, who resigned her seat to serve as Secretary of Housing & Urban Development.

    And there's another special election in Ohio's 15th Congressional District to replace Republican Steve Stivers, who resigned his seat to become President of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce.

    All overseas voters with a voting address in either Ohio's 11th District or in Ohio's 15th District can vote in one of these elections. To find your Congressional District, enter your voting address here: www.house.gov/representatives/find-your-representative

    1) Register to Vote and Request Your Ballot TODAY

    It's Easy to Request Your Ballot, But Don't Delay--Deadlines are Coming

    Go to www.votefromabroad.org and follow the prompts to fill out the form to request your ballot, the Federal Post Card Application form (FPCA). The FPCA will also register you to vote if needed. To ensure you receive your ballot in time, please check the box on the FPCA to have your blank ballot sent to you by “Email/Online” or “Fax”.

    You can send in your FPCA to your local election office in Ohio by email (recommended), or fax, or mail.

    ALL VOTERS: If you are registered to vote, you MUST still send in an FPCA to request your ballot in 2021 to vote in this election. Your FPCA must be received by Oct 30, 2021, 12 Noon (Ohio time).

    IF you are NOT registered to vote, then your FPCA must be received by Oct 4, 2021.


    2) Fill Out Your Ballot and Mail It Back Right Away

    Ballot are available now, you should get yours a few days after you send in your FPCA. If you asked for your ballot by email, be sure to check your spam folder and any secondary inboxes.

    When you get your ballot, fill it out and return it right away. You must mail back your ballot, so you'll want to give yourself plenty of time.

    Your ballot must be postmarked by Nov 1 AND received by Nov 12, 2021.

    Special Rule: If you send in your ballot using a courier service, it must be received by Nov 2, 2021 at 7:30 pm (Ohio time).


    3) Confirm That Your Ballot Was Accepted

    Make sure your vote is counted. Please confirm that your ballot was received and accepted.

    Check your ballot status online using this website: http://usoav.ohiosos.gov/UOCAVA_vr__Login

    Or, email or call your local election office. You can find the contact information at: www.votefromabroad.org/states/oh; scroll down to "Find Your Election Office"

    Send in your ballot as early as possible so if there's any problem, you'll have time to fix it.


    NEED HELP? EMAIL US AT [email protected]


  • signed up on Global Disability Caucus - Signup 2021-09-24 19:11:29 -0400

    Global Disability Caucus Signup Page

    Join the team working on our newest caucus, the new Global Disability Caucus!

    We would like to build the broadest possible membership in this new and important team within Democrats Abroad. 

    The mission of the Democrats Abroad Global Disability Caucus is to provide a voice for individuals with disabilities across its global membership. In addition to participating in voter and electoral support work the team will collaborate with allies within the Democratic Party and disability rights groups to ensure that all activities and venues are accessible; advocate on proposed legislation addressing disability rights; and educate and empower Democrats Abroad members and leaders about the issues impacting individuals with disabilities.

    In addition to Democrats Abroad members with disabilities, we welcome and encourage the involvement of supporters of our members and our issues.  We hope to form an inclusive, diverse, active and effective community which provides fulfilling experiences for all.

    **Please note that if you sign up to volunteer with us, you may be contacted directly via email by Chair, Marnie Delaney.

     

    Sign up

  • VOTE EN LAS ELECCIONES ESTATALES DE VIRGINIA- 2 DE NOVIEMBRE 2021

    ¡MANTENGAMOS EL ESTADO DE VIRGINIA AZUL! ELIJA DEMÓCRATAS PARA GOBERNADOR, VICE GOBERNADOR, PROCURADOR GENERAL, Y CASA ESTATAL DE DELEGADOS

    Virginia tiene gobernador y legislatura Demócrata- ¡y ahora contamos con usted para mantener al estado de Virginia azul este otoño! Las elecciones del estado de Virginia para Gobernador, Vice Gobernador, Procurador General, y Casa de Delegados tomara lugar el 2 de Noviembre, 2021.

    1) Regístrese para Votar y Pida su Boleta HOY

    —Muchos Votantes en el extranjero son Elegibles para Votar

    • Si usted tiene “intend to return” (intenciones de volver), usted puede votar en las elecciones de Virginia 

    *Por favor tenga en cuenta: Seleccionar “intend to return” (intenciones de volver) puede contribuir a establecerlo como residente que paga impuestos en Virginia. Debido a que los requisitos legales para establecer “residence” (residencia) o “domicile” (domicilio) para propósitos de impuestos son determinados por ley estatal y detalles específicos de su vida, antes de marcar que tiene intenciones de volver en su formulario, usted debería pedir consejo a un profesional de impuestos.

    • Si su “return is uncertain (retorno es incierto), usted puede votar en las elecciones estatales de Virginia SI provee el nombre de su empleador o el de su pareja o de su padre (si usted es dependiente)
      Votefromabroad.org le va a indicar donde proveer esta información

    • Si usted “never resided” (nunca vivió) en Virginia, o si  su retorno es incierto Y no puede proveer el nombre de un empleador, usted no podrá votar en esta elección estatal.
      Pero si será elegible para votar en Noviembre de 2022 en las elecciones federales para U.S. House of Representatives (Casa de Representantes de los Estados Unidos).

    -- Es Fácil Pedir su BOLETA, Pero No Espere — La fecha Límite se Aproxima

    Visite www.votefromabroad.org/es y siga las indicaciones para llenar el formulario “Federal Post Card Application” (FPCA) y pedir su boleta. El FPCA también lo registrará para votar si es necesario. Para asegurar que su boleta llegue a tiempo, por favor marque la caja en el formulario FPCA “Email/Online” o “Fax” para recibir su boleta por correo electrónico o fax.

    Puede enviar su FPCA a su oficina local de elecciones en Virginia por correo electrónico (recomendado), fax o correo regular.

    A TODOS LOS VOTANTES: Si usted está registrado para votar AÚN tiene que enviar su FPCA para pedir su boleta en el 2021 y votar en esta elección.  Su FPCA debe ser recibido a más tardar el 22 de Octubre 2021 a las 5 P.M. hora del este de los Estados Unidos.

    • Si usted NO está registrado para votar y es militar o un familiar elegible su FPCA debe ser recibido a más tardar el 12 de Noviembre 2021 a las 7 P.M. hora del este de los Estados Unidos.

    2) Complete su boleta y devuélvala por correo de inmediato

    Las boletas serán enviadas comenzando el 18 de Septiembre (45 días antes de la elección). Marque su calendario y espérenlas; asegúrense que no hayan ido a su correo SPAM o cualquier otro correo que no sea su correo principal.

    Cuándo reciba su boleta completela y retórnela enseguida. Tiene que enviar su boleta por correo regular así que debe darse suficiente tiempo para hacerlo.

    Su boleta debe estar marcada por el correo el 2 de Noviembre 2021 a las 7 P.M. y tiene que ser recibida para el 5 de Noviembre 2021 a las 12 P.M. hora del este de los Estados Unidos.

    Le urgimos que entregue su boleta lo más pronto posible. Si hay problemas puede ser que los pueda corregir. Pero en orden para corregir sus problemas, por ejemplo la falta de la firma de un testigo, su boleta debe ser recibida en Virgina el 29 de Octubre.Su boleta debe estar marcada por el correo el 2 de Noviembre 2021 a las 7 P .M. y tiene que ser recibida para el 5 de Noviembre 2021 a las 12 P.M. hora del este de los Estados Unidos.

    **RECORDATORIO: Debe hacer que un testigo firme su boleta.**


    3) Si aún no tiene su boleta devuelva su Boleta de Respaldo por correo ahora.

    Si no ha recibido su boleta recomendamos que devuelva su Boleta de Respaldo (Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot o FWAB por sus siglas en ingles) por correo. Es solamente para votantes en el extranjero y protege su derecho de votar en caso de qué su boleta oficial no haya llegado a tiempo. Para información detallada de como usar la Boleta de Respaldo por favor visite www.votefromabroad.org/es/fwab/.

    Para usar la Boleta de Respaldo para las elecciones en el estado de Virginia por favor recuerde que:

    • Si usted indica que su retorno es incierto (“return is uncertain”) incluya el nombre de su empleador, el de su esposo/a, o si usted es un dependiente el de su padre. Esta información se encuentra en la sección “Additional Information” (Información adicional) y se ve así:


    • Usted indicará sus opciones en el la sección llamada “Write in Candidates” (Candidatos por escrito). Si usted no sabe el nombre de su candidato puede escribir “Democrat” (Demócrata). Hay cuatro oficinas en la boleta para esta elección: Gobernador, Vice Gobernador, Procurador General y su representante a la Casa de Delegados del estado de Virginia: 


    • Finalmente, cuando imprima su Boleta de Respaldo y los materiales adjuntos, recuerde que debe hacer que su testigo firme en la sección “Voter Information” (Información de votante)en el Bloque # 6. (Las instrucciones no dicen de este requisito.) Se debe ver así:


     


    4) Confirme que su boleta fue aceptada.

    Asegúrese que su voto sea contado. Por favor confirme que su boleta fue recibida y aceptada.

    Verifique el estado de su boleta en línea usando esta página: http://vote.elections.virginia.gov/VoterInformation/Lookup/status

    O, envíe un correo electrónico o llame a su oficina local de elecciones. Puede encontrar la información de contacto aquí: www.votefromabroad.org/es/states/VA; desplazase hasta "Funcionarios Electorales". 

    Devuelva su boleta lo más pronto posible, de esa manera si hay algún problema tiene suficiente tiempo para arreglarlo.

    ¿Necesita ayuda? Mándenos un correo electrónico a:  [email protected]


  • VOTE EN LAS ELECCIONES ESTATALES DE NEW JERSEY- 2 DE NOVIEMBRE 2021

    ¡MANTENGAMOS EL ESTADO DE NEW JERSEY AZUL! ELIJA DEMÓCRATAS PARA GOBERNADOR, VICE GOBERNADOR, SENADO ESTATAL, Y ASAMBLEA ESTATAL

    Contamos con usted para mantener al estada de New Jersey azul ¡este otoño! Las elecciones del estado de New Jersey para Gobernador, Vice Gobernador, Senado Estatal y Asamblea Estatal tomarán lugar el 2 de Noviembre, 2021.

    1) Regístrese para votar y pida su boleta HOY

    • Si usted tiene intenciones de volver (“intend to return”), usted puede votar en las elecciones de New Jersey

      *Por favor tenga en cuenta: Seleccionar “intend to return” (intenciones de volver) puede contribuir a establecerlo como residente que paga impuestos en New Jersey. Debido a que los requisitos legales para establecer “residence” (residencia) o “domicile” (domicilio) para propósitos de impuestos son determinados por ley estatal y detalles específicos de su vida, antes de marcar que tiene intenciones de volver en su formulario, usted debería pedir consejo a un profesional de impuestos.

    • Si su retorno es incierto (“return is uncertain”) o si usted nunca vivió (“never resided”) en New Jersey, usted no podrá votar en esta elección estatal. Pero si será elegible para votar en Noviembre de 2022 el las elecciones federales para U.S. House of Representatives (Casa de Representantes de los Estados Unidos).

      Por favor visite:
      demsabroad.org/NJsen para averiguar cómo puede ayudar a cambiar la ley en New Jersey para que le permita a los votantes en el exterior votar en las elecciones aunque su retorno sea incierto (“return is uncertain”)

    -- Es Fácil Pedir su BOLETA, Pero No Espere — La fecha Límite se Aproxima

    Visite www.votefromabroad.org/es y siga las indicaciones para llenar el formulario Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) y pedir su boleta. El FPCA también lo registrará para votar si es necesario. Para asegurar que su boleta llegue a tiempo, por favor marque la caja en el formulario FPCA “Email/Online” o “Fax” para recibir su boleta por correo electrónico o fax.

    Puede enviar su FPCA a su oficina local de elecciones en New Jersey por correo electrónico (opción recomendada), fax o correo regular. 

    • Si usted está registrado para votar AÚN tiene que enviar su FPCA para pedir su boleta en el 2021 y votar en esta elección.  Su FPCA debe ser recibido a más tardar el 29 de Octubre 2021

    • Si usted NO está registrado para votar su FPCA debe ser recibido a más tardar el 12 de Octubre 2021.

    • Fecha límite especial: Si usted quiere recibir su boleta por correo su FPCA Debe ser recibido a más tardar el 3 de Octubre  2021.

    ¿ Usted no puede votar en las elecciones estatales de New Jersey debido a su categoría de voto? ¡Usted puede ayudar a cambiar eso!

    Muchos votantes del estado que viven en el extranjero han perdido su derecho a votar después de qué Chris Christie propuso una ley que le quito el derecho al voto en el 2017 a las votantes que decían que su retorno era incierto. 

    Un grupo de miembros de Democrats Abroad que votan en New Jersey han trabajado con líderes del estado en la legislatura de New Jersey para cambiar la ley. En el 2021 los Asambleístas Downey y Mukherji y el Senador Vin Gopal introdujeron un proyecto de ley - NJ A5306/S3761 - para revertir la ley y devolverle el derecho al voto a los votantes en el extranjero.

    Gracias a los esfuerzos de los miembros de Democrats Abroad, cómo usted, ¡el proyecto de ley pasó la Asamblea este verano! Ahora necesitamos su ayuda para que pase en el Senado del Estado. Por favor contacte a su senador estatal y pídale que sea co-patrocinador de este proyecto de ley. Visite demsabroad.org/NJsen para conseguir información de contacto y puntos de conversación. ¡Gracias por hacer que su voz se escuche!


    2) Llene su boleta y mándela por correo electrónico (opción recomendada) o FAX de inmediato (y después por correo regular)

    Las boletas serán enviadas comenzando el 18 de Septiembre (45 días antes de la elección). Marque su calendario y espérenlas; asegúrense que no hayan ido a su correo no deseado (SPAM) o cualquier otro correo que no sea su correo principal.

    Si no ha recibido su boleta para el 18 de Septiembre puede verificar  el estado de su boleta online en: nj.gov/state/elections/vote-track-my-ballot

    O, envíe un correo electrónico o llame a su oficina local de elecciones. Puede encontrar la información de contacto aquí: www.votefromabroad.org/es/states/NJ; desplazase hasta "Funcionarios Electorales". 

    Cuándo reciba su boleta complétela y devuélvala de inmediato. Su boleta debe ser recibida en New Jersey a más tardar el 2 de noviembre 8 P.M. hora de este.

    Usted puede devolver su boleta por correo electrónico (opción recomendada) o fax para que llegue para la fecha límite, pero también debe enviar la boleta original firmada por correo.


    3) Confirme que su boleta fue aceptada

    Asegúrese que su voto sea contado. Por favor confirme que su boleta fue recibida y aceptada.

    Verifique el estado de su boleta online usando esta página: nj.gov/state/elections/vote-track-my-ballot

    O, envíe un correo electrónico o llame a su oficina local de elecciones. Puede encontrar la información de contacto aquí: www.votefromabroad.org/es/states/NJ; desplazase hasta "Funcionarios Electorales". 

    Devuelva su boleta lo más pronto posible, de esa manera si hay algún problema tiene suficiente tiempo para arreglarlo.


    ¿Necesita ayuda? Mándenos un correo electrónico a: [email protected]


  • Vote in the NJ State Elections - Nov 2, 2021

    Keep New Jersey Blue! Turn Out to Elect Democrats for Governor, Lt. Governor, State Senate, and State Assembly

    We’re counting on you to help keep New Jersey blue this fall! New Jersey state elections for Governor, Lt. Governor, State Senate, and State Assembly take place on November 2, 2021.

    1) Register to Vote and Request Your Ballot TODAY

    • If you “intend to return”, you are eligible to vote in New Jersey state elections.

      *Please note: Selecting “intend to return” may contribute towards establishing yourself as a tax resident in New Jersey . Because the legal requirements to establish “residence” or “domicile” for tax purposes are determined by state law and the specific facts of your life, before you note that you intend to return on your form, you may consider seeking advice on these matters from a tax professional.  

    • If your “return is uncertain" or if you’ve “never resided” in New Jersey, you will not be able to vote in this state election. But you will be eligible to vote in the November 2022 federal elections for U.S. House of Representatives.

      And please go to demsabroad.org/NJsen to find out how you can help change New Jersey law back to allow "return uncertain" overseas voters to vote in New Jersey state elections.

    -- It's Easy to Request Your Ballot, But Don't Delay--Deadlines are Coming

    Go to www.votefromabroad.org and follow the prompts to fill out the form to request your ballot, the Federal Post Card Application form (FPCA). The FPCA will also register you to vote if needed. To ensure you receive your ballot in time, please check the box on the FPCA to have your blank ballot sent to you by “Email/Online” or “Fax”.

    You can send in your FPCA to your local election office in New Jersey by email (recommended), or fax, or mail.

    • If you are registered to vote, you MUST still send in an FPCA to request your ballot in 2021 to vote in this election. Your FPCA must be received by Oct 29, 2021.
    • If you are NOT registered to vote, your FPCA must be received by Oct 12, 2021.

    • Special Deadline: If you want to receive your ballot by mail, your FPCA must be received by Oct 3, 2021.

    Can't Vote in New Jersey State Elections Because of Your Voting Category? You Can Help Change That!

    Many overseas voters in New Jersey lost their right to vote in New Jersey state elections after Chris Christie pushed through a change in the law in 2017 disenfranchising voters who indicate their "return is uncertain."

    A group of dedicated Democrats Abroad members who vote in New Jersey have been working with leaders in the New Jersey state legislature to fix the law. And in 2021, Assemblywoman Downey, Assemblyman Mukherji, and State Senator Vin Gopal introduced a bill, NJ A5306/S3761, to change the law back and enfranchise voters once again.

    Thanks to the efforts of DA members like you, this bill passed the Assembly this summer! Now we need your help to get it passed in the State Senate. Please contact your State Senator and ask them to cosponsor this bill. Go to demsabroad.org/NJsen for contact information and talking points. Make your voice heard!


    2) Fill Out Your Ballot and Email (Recommended) or Fax It Back Right Away (and then Mail It)

    Ballot will go out starting Sept 18, 2021 (45 days before the election). Mark your calendar to look for it--and be sure to check your spam folder and any secondary inboxes.

    If you don't get your ballot around Sept 18, you can check your ballot status online at: nj.gov/state/elections/vote-track-my-ballot

    Or, email or call your local election office. You can find the contact information at: www.votefromabroad.org/states/nj; scroll down to "Find Your Election Office"

    When you get your ballot, fill it out and return it right away. Your ballot must be received in New Jersey by Nov 2, 2021, 8pm Eastern

    You can return your ballot by email (recommended) or fax to meet the deadline, but you must also mail the original signed ballot at the same time.


    3) Confirm That Your Ballot Was Accepted

    Make sure your vote is counted. Please confirm that your ballot was received and accepted.

    Check your ballot status online using this website: nj.gov/state/elections/vote-track-my-ballot

    Or, email or call your local election office. You can find the contact information at: www.votefromabroad.org/states/nj; scroll down to "Find Your Election Office"

    Send in your ballot as early as possible so if there's any problem, you'll have time to fix it.


    NEED HELP? EMAIL US AT [email protected]


  • Votantes de California - VOTEN "NO" en las elecciones de desafuero del 14 de septiembre

    Los Demócratas necesitan salir a votar “NO”  -- No permitan que los Republicanos tomen el cargo del Gobernador de California.

    Los Demócratas necesitan salir a votar CONTRA la elección de desafuero del Gobernador actual de California, Gavin Newson (D)!  Si esta elección tiene éxito, los Republicanos echarán a Newson, quien ganó en 2018 con casi 62% del voto, y lo reemplazarían con un Republicano.

    Los Demócratas no pueden darse el lujo de ser complaciente en esta elección.  Los Republicanos están muy motivados y aún en un estado tan “azul” como California, las encuestas recientes indican que los votantes probables están divididos equitativamente.  Piense en el daño que un Gobernador Republicano pueda causar en California y más allá.  No podemos permitir que los Republicanos tomen el cargo del Gobernador.

    1) ¡RELLENE SU BOLETA HOY!

    Se enviaron las boletas a todos los votantes de California el 31 de julio—O por correo electrónico o por servicio postal, dependiendo de la preferencia que usted indicó.  Si no ha recibido su boleta, revise su “spam folder” y sus “inbox” secundarias.

    Así es como se ve la boleta—Vote NO!

    Traducción de la boleta:

    Cargos Nominados por los Votantes

    Todos los votantes, independientemente de la preferencia de partido que revelaron al registrarse, o negarse a revelar la preferencia de un partido, pueden votar por cualquier candidato para un cargo nominado por los votantes.

    ESTADO

    Gavin Newsom debería ser desaforado (quitado) del cargo de gobernador?

     
      NO


    IMPORTANTE:  Si no recibió su boleta, podría votar de todos modos, pero le queda muy poco tiempo.  ¡No se demore!

    Primero confirme que está en las listas de votantes y que se le envió la boleta.  Usted lo puede confirmar en linea en la página de web http://california.ballottrax.net/voter    O póngase en contacto por correo electrónico o por teléfono con su oficina electoral local.  Si no sabe cómo ponerse en contacto, haga “click” en: www.votefromabroad.org/es/states/CA     y desplácese hacia abajo para “Funcionarios Electorales"

    Luego, pida a su oficina electoral que le envíe una boleta nueva por correo electrónico.  Alternativamente, muchos condados tienen boletas disponible para descargar, conocida como Remote Accessible Ballot by Mail (“RAVBM”).  Antes los RAVBMs eran para votantes discapacitados, pero en el 2021 están disponibles para todos los votantes.

    • El “link” para descargar los RAVBM para el Condado de Los Angeles es  http://ravbm.lavote.net   

    • El “link” para descargar los RAVBM para el Condado de San Francisco es  http://sfelections.org/tools/ravbm

    • Si vota en otro condado, usted puede averiguar si hay boletas RAVBM para descargar buscando “[nombre de su condado] RAVBM"

    Finalmente, si le hace difícil ponerse en contacto con su oficina electoral local, o no puede descargar su boleta, usted puede usar la boleta de respaldo (the Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot, conocido como FWAB).  Solamente votantes en el extranjero pueden usar esto, y protege su derecho al voto.  Para información detallada de cómo usar esta boleta de respaldo, vaya al www.votefromabroad.org/es/fwab

    La boleta de respaldo no está configurado para una elección extraordinaria como la desafuero de un gobernador, pero en la sección de “Write in candidates” usted puede indicar “Governor Recall Election “ y “NO” Aquí tiene un ejemplo:

    Luego envíe su boleta de respaldo por Fax o correo postal como la boleta oficial.


    2) DEVUELVA SU BOLETA A SU OFICINA LOCAL DE ELECCIONES EN CALIFORNIA- NO ESPERE HÁGALO ¡YA!

    Le recomendamos que devuelva su boleta por FAX. Si devuelve su boleta por fax tiene que ser recibida el 14 de SEPTIEMBRE a las 8:00 PM hora de California.

    La mayoría de la gente no tiene máquinas de fax, pero usted puede devolver su boleta por fax usando uno de los siguientes métodos:

    1. Use una máquina de fax pública (busque una máquina de fax cerca de usted)

    2. Use un servicio de e-mail-a- fax (busque servicios en línea o aplicaciones de fax para su celular)

    3. Use el servicio de e-mail-a-fax usando el Programa Federal de Asistencia al Votante: www.fvap.gov (FVAP por sus siglas en ingles)

    Para más ideas de cómo devolver su boleta por fax favor de visitar:  www.votefromabroad.org/Cómo Entregar Su Boleta Electoral (busque bajo "CÓMO ENTREGAR SU BOLETA ELECTORAL DE FORMA ELECTRÓNICA:").

    También puede devolver su boleta por correo postal pero tenga en cuenta la fecha límite . Si devuelve su boleta por correo tiene que ser marcada por el correo el 14 de SEPTIEMBRE y recibida el 21 de SEPTIEMBRE en California.


    3) CONFIRME QUE SU BOLETA HAYA SIDO ACEPTADA Y QUE VA A SER CONTADA

    Asegúrese que su voto cuente. Por favor asegúrese que su boleta sea recibida y aceptada. 

    Puede usar el método de rastreo en esta página: http://california.ballottrax.net/voter

    O, puede mandar un correo electrónico o llamar a su oficina local de elecciones. Puede encontrar la información de contacto aquí: www.votefromabroad.org/es/states/ca; desplazase hacia abaja hasta:  “Funcionarios Electorales

     ¿NECESITA MÁS AYUDA? MÁNDENOS UN CORREO ELECTRÓNICO A: [email protected]


  • Vote in the Virginia State Elections - Nov 2, 2021

    Keep Virginia Blue! Turn Out to Elect Democrats for Governor, Lt. Governor, Attorney General, and State House of Delegates

    Virginia has made remarkable progress under a Democratic governor and legislature -- and now we’re counting on you to help keep Virginia blue this fall! Virginia state elections for Governor, Lt. Governor, Attorney General, and House of Delegates take place on November 2, 2021.

    1) Register to Vote and Request Your Ballot TODAY

    -- Many Overseas Voter Are Eligible to Vote

    • If you “intend to return”, you may vote in Virginia state elections.
      *Please note: Selecting “intend to return” may contribute towards establishing yourself as a tax resident in Virginia. Because the legal requirements to establish “residence” or “domicile” for tax purposes are determined by state law and the specific facts of your life, before you note that you intend to return on your form, you may consider seeking advice on these matters from a tax professional.  

    • If your “return is uncertain”, you may vote in Virginia state elections IF you provide the name of an employer for yourself or your spouse or your parent (if you are a dependent).
      Votefromabroad.org will prompt you where to provide this information.

    • If you’ve “never resided” in Virginia, or if your return is uncertain and you cannot provide an employer's name, you will not be able to vote in this state election.
      But you will be eligible to vote in the November 2022 federal elections for U.S. House of Representatives.

    -- It's Easy to Request Your Ballot, But Don't Delay--Deadlines are Coming

    Go to www.votefromabroad.org and follow the prompts to fill out the form to request your ballot, the Federal Post Card Application form (FPCA). The FPCA will also register you to vote if needed. To ensure you receive your ballot in time, please check the box on the FPCA to have your blank ballot sent to you by “Email/Online” or “Fax”.

    You can send in your FPCA to your local election office in Virginia by email (recommended), or fax, or mail.

    ALL VOTERS: If you are registered to vote, you MUST still send in an FPCA to request your ballot in 2021 to vote in this election. Your FPCA must be received by Oct 22, 2021, 5pm Eastern.

    • IF you are NOT registered to vote and are a military voter or eligible family member, your FPCA must be received by Nov 2, 2021, 7pm Eastern.

    2) Fill Out Your Ballot and Mail It Back Right Away

    When you get your ballot, fill it out and return it right away. You must mail back your ballot, so you'll want to give yourself plenty of time.

    Your ballot must be postmarked by Nov 2, 2021, 7pm AND received by Nov 5, 2021, 12pm Eastern

    But we urge you to get your ballot in as early as possible. If there are any problems, you may be able to fix them. But in order to fix a mistake on your ballot, such as lack of witness signature, your ballot must be received in Virginia by Friday, October 29!

     


    **REMEMBER: You Must Have a Witness Sign Your Ballot! **


    3) If You Don't Have Your Ballot Yet, Mail In a Backup Ballot Now

    If you haven't received your ballot yet, we recommend you mail in a Backup Ballot (the Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot, or FWAB). It’s only for overseas voters and protects your right to vote in case your official ballot doesn't arrive in time. For detailed information how to use the Backup Ballot, please go to www.votefromabroad.org/fwab

    To use the Backup Ballot for the Virginia State elections, please remember:

    • If you indicate your "return is uncertain," include the employer's name for yourself, your spouse, or (if you're a dependent) your parent. It will be on the "Additional Information" screen and look like this:

    • You will indicate your choices on the "Write in Candidates" block. If you don't know a candidate's name, you can just write in "Democrat." There are 4 offices on the ballot for this election--Governor, Lt. Governor, Attorney General, and your representative to the VA House of Delegates:

     

    • Finally, when you print out your Backup Ballot materials, remember you MUST have your witness sign on the "Voter Information"page--in Block 6! (The instructions fail to include this requirement). It should look like this:


    4) Confirm That Your Ballot Was Accepted

    Make sure your vote is counted. Please confirm that your ballot was received and accepted.

    Check your ballot status online using this website: https://vote.elections.virginia.gov/VoterInformation/Lookup/status

    Or, email or call your local election office. You can find the contact information at: www.votefromabroad.org/states/va; scroll down to "Find Your Election Office"

    Send in your ballot as early as possible to allow time to fix any problems!


    NEED HELP? EMAIL US AT [email protected]

     

    US Overseas Registered Voter Engagement Program

    As the official overseas arm of the Democratic Party of the United States, Democrats Abroad sends occasional communications to US voters who live or work outside the territorial US. This is part of our mission to maintain political engagement with US voters. To enable us to contact US voters who are not members of Democrats Abroad, we receive personal data from the constituent committee of the Democratic Party in, or the local election officials of, the US state, district or territory where the voter is registered. Data we receive for this purpose consists of information previously disclosed by the US voter to US local election officials. The data we receive this way is normally limited to the voter’s name, overseas address, and registered voting address in the US. We supply some of this data to our constituent Country Committees so they can facilitate making contact with voters resident in that country. Democrats Abroad uses this data only for purposes of political engagement and we delete this data at intervals of not more than four (4) years. You can find our contact details and details of our privacy policies here: https://www.democratsabroad.org/privacy  [v.1.2.VA15092021]




  • California Voters - VOTE "NO" in the Sept 14th Recall Election

    Democrats Need to Turn Out & VOTE "NO" -- Don't Let Republicans Take the California Governor's Office

    Democrats must turn out to vote AGAINST the recall of current California Governor Gavin Newsom (D)! If this recall succeeds, Republicans will remove Newsom, who won in 2018 with nearly 62% of the vote, and replace him with a Republican.

    Democrats can't afford to be complacent in this election. Republicans are highly motivated and even in a deep blue state like California, recent polls indicate that likely voters are now evenly split. Think of the damage a Republican Governor could do in California and beyond. We cannot sit on our hands and allow Republicans to take the Governor's office.

      1)  FILL OUT YOUR RECALL BALLOT TODAY!

    Ballots went out to all California voters on July 31--either via email or postal mail depending on the preference you indicated. If you haven't seen your ballot yet, check your spam folder and secondary inboxes.

    Here's what the ballot looks like--Stop the Recall by Voting NO!


    **Special Note to Voters in Counties That Require a California Driver's License to Access Your Ballot**

    We're hearing that the ballot access link for some counties, such as Alameda, require voters to provide a California Driver's License.
    Don't worry--you can get your ballot even without a Calif Driver's License! According to Calif election officials:

    IF YOU DON'T HAVE A CALIFORNIA DRIVER'S LICENSE, ENTER THIS NUMBER INSTEAD: A1234567.


    IMPORTANT: If you didn't get your ballot, you may be able to vote, but time is running short, so don't delay!

    First, confirm that you're on the voter rolls and your ballot was sent out to you. You can check online using this website: https://california.ballottrax.net/voter  Or, email or call your local election office. You can find the contact information at: www.votefromabroad.org/states/ca; scroll down to "Find Your Election Office"

    Then, ask your local election office to email you a new one. It's the same contact information--just go www.votefromabroad.org/states/ca; scroll down to "Find Your Election Office"

    Alternatively, many counties have ballots available for download, known as the Remote Accessible Ballot By Mail ("RAVBM"). RAVBMs were originally set up for voters with disabilities, but are available for all voters in 2021.

    • The link for Los Angeles County's downloadable RAVBM is: https://ravbm.lavote.net

    • The link for San Francisco County's downloadable RAVBM is: https://sfelections.org/tools/ravbm

    • If you vote in another county, you can find out if it has RAVBM ballots available for download by searching for "[name of your county] RAVBM"

    Finally, if you have trouble getting in touch with your local election office or cannot download a ballot, you can also vote using a Backup Ballot (the Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot, or FWAB). It’s only for overseas voters and protects your right to vote. For detailed information how to use the Backup Ballot, please go to www.votefromabroad.org/fwab

    The Backup Ballot isn't set up for an unusual election like the Governor Recall election, but in the "Write in Candidates" section, you can indicate "Governor Recall Election" and "NO"  Here's an example:

    Then send in your Backup Ballot by fax or mail, just like the official ballot.


      2)  RETURN YOUR BALLOT TO YOUR LOCAL ELECTION OFFICE IN CALIFORNIA--DON'T WAIT, DO IT NOW!

    We recommend returning your ballot by FAX. If you return it by fax, it must be received by September 14, 8:00 PM (California time).

    Most people don't have a fax machine these days, but you can fax back your ballot using one of these methods:

    1. Use a public fax machine (search for "fax machine near me");

    2. Use an email-to-fax service (search for online services or a fax app for your phone);

    3. Use the email-to-fax service through the Federal Voting Assistance Program (www.FVAP.gov).

    For more ideas on how to return your ballot by fax, go to www.votefromabroad.org/how-to-return-your-ballot (under "How to Return Your Ballot Electronically").

    You can also return your ballot by postal mail, but be careful of the deadlines. If you return your ballot by postal mail, it must be Postmarked by September 14 AND Received in California September 21.


      3) CONFIRM THAT YOUR BALLOT WAS ACCEPTED AND WILL BE COUNTED

    Make sure your vote is counted. Please make sure your ballot was received and accepted.

    Track your ballot online using this website: https://california.ballottrax.net/voter

    Or, email or call your local election office. You can find the contact information at: www.votefromabroad.org/states/ca; scroll down to "Find Your Election Office"

     

    NEED HELP? EMAIL US AT [email protected]

     



  • NEW JERSEY VOTERS-PROTECT OVERSEAS VOTING RIGHTS BY ASKING YOUR STATE SENATORS TO COSPONSOR S3761

    Support the Bill for All New Jersey Overseas Voters to Vote in State Elections

    Democrats Abroad has gotten out the vote for every state in the nation, but this year most of our major battles are for state-level voting rights, particularly in New Jersey! Depending on what they fill out on their absentee ballot request, many overseas voters in New Jersey don't have the right to vote in state elections! They used to have it, before Chris Christie pushed through a change in the law in 2017.

    This needs to change. Overseas voters are stakeholders in New Jersey government. State government is responsible for voter eligibility and voting procedures. State policies regarding climate change, education, health insurance, net neutrality, and more affect us everywhere. New Jerseyan overseas voters deserve a voice at all levels of government, and Assemblywoman Downey, Assemblyman Mukherji, and State Senator Vin Gopal have introduced a bill, NJ A5306/S3761, to change the law back and enfranchise voters once again.

    Thanks to DA members this bill has passed the Assembly! Now please help us get this bill passed in the Senate.

    Please call your NJ State Senator and ask them to cosponsor NJ S3761! Tell them your story. Make your voice heard!

    Find Them Here:

    senator Legislative Role Contact Emailing
    Your State Senator! Ask them to Co-Sponsor S3761! LOOK UP LOOK UP

     

    I'll do it!

    Talking Points/Script:

    • Hi my name is --------    

    • I am a New Jersey voter, voting in ---------- County, and I currently live in [Current Country]   

    • I regularly vote by absentee ballot.    

    • (If asked for an address) Would you like my voting address?    
    • I'm calling because overseas voters have lost their voting rights, and I need to speak to the Senator or an aide about it.

    Once you get an aide on the phone repeat why you are calling and then say:

    • Overseas voters fill out a different ballot request than other NJ voters. On the Overseas ballot request, which is called an FPCA, there is a question that asks if your return is uncertain. Many overseas voters check the “return uncertain” box because they do not know when they will return to the state. NJ voters have no idea they will lose their right to vote in state elections when they check that box. Life is full of uncertainty; we should not lose our voting rights because of it.
    • New Jersey Overseas voters are stakeholders in state government no matter when or if they return to New Jersey on many issues such as climate change, education, health insurance, net neutrality, and of course, our voting rights and procedures.

    • There is a bill in the Senate, S3761, that will rectify this problem.

    • Would the Senator please cosponsor the bill?

    WAIT FOR AN ANSWER!

    • Just so you know, we formerly had the right to vote in all levels of government before 2017, and we are just looking to restore this voting right.

    • I would like to add that the majority of states in our country allow us to vote on all levels of government. NJ is one of the small handful of states that denies us the right to vote.

    • [If applicable: I cannot vote in my host country.] I am a New Jersey American citizen, as such I should have a voice in my own government.

    • Thank you so much for your time.

     

    Thank you for supporting voting rights for ALL New Jersey voters! If you have any questions, please email us at: [email protected]

    And don't forget to request your ballot for 2021--just to go www.votefromabroad.org, click Start and follow the prompts to fill out and submit your Ballot Request form.

    If you would like to make a donation, please click here!


  • 2021 Special and State-wide Elections

    2021 is considered an "off-year" for elections, but there are still major elections happening in:

    California, New Jersey, Virginia, Ohio, and Florida

    To register to vote and/or request your ballot for 2021, go to www.votefromabroad.org


    1. CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR RECALL ELECTION - SEPTEMBER 14, 2021

    Special election to determine if Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom should be recalled. And, if he is recalled, who should be his successor.

    Who can vote: All overseas California voters who are registered to vote by the deadline

    Voters will be able to vote on two questions:

    (1) Should Governor Newsom be recalled? Yes or No  -- we urge you to vote NO

    2) In the event Gov Newsom is recalled, whom do you choose to succeed him as governor?
    You must choose from the list of candidates on the ballot and Governor Newsom is not an option.

    Important reminder to voters: Even if you vote NO on the recall, you should also vote for a Democrat to succeed Gov Newsom in the event the recall is successful.


    Deadline to Register to Vote: May be sent in by Mail or Fax (Online submission available only with valid California state identification)

    • Postmarked by: Aug 30, 2021 - If sent by Mail

    • Received by: Aug 30, 2021 - If sent by Fax or submitted online (to use online registration you must have a Calif driver's license or ID)

    • Conditional Registration: Available from Aug 31 to Sep 14 for voters who appear in person in California


    Deadline to Request a Ballot: May be submitted by Email, Fax, or Mail (Online submission available only with valid California state identification)

    • Not Required: Every California voter who is registered by the deadline will receive a ballot

    *If you haven't voted in the last 4 general elections (that is, haven't voted since 2012), then you may not be considered a registered voter any more and you'll need to register to vote by the Aug 30 deadline.


    Deadline to Return Ballot: May be returned by Mail or Fax

    • Postmarked by Sept 14, 2021 AND Received by Sept 21, 2021 - if sent by Mail

    • Received by Sept 14, 2021, 8pm - if sent by Fax

     

    2. NEW JERSEY STATE ELECTIONS: GENERAL ELECTION - NOV 2, 2021
    Offices on the ballot: Governor, Lt Governor, State Senate, and State Assembly

    Who can vote: Overseas NJ voters who indicate that they "intend to return" to NJ

    *Overseas NJ voters who indicate their "intention to return is uncertain" or that they have "never resided" in the US are eligible to vote in federal elections only and will not receive a ballot for NJ state elections


    Deadline to Register to Vote: May be sent in by Email, Fax, or Mail

    • Received by Oct 3, 2021 - If you request on your form that your ballot be sent to you by Mail

    • Received by Oct 12, 2021 - If you request on your form that your ballot be sent to you by Email or Fax


    Deadline to Request a Ballot: May be sent in by Email, Fax, or Mail or Fax
     *Even if you are registered to vote, you MUST send in a form to request your ballot in 2021 to vote in this election

    • Received by Oct 3, 2021 - If you request on your form that your ballot be sent to you by Mail

    • Received by Oct 29, 2021 - If you request on your form that your ballot be sent to you by Email or Fax


    Deadline to Return Ballot: May be returned by Email, Fax, or Mail
     *If returned by Email or Fax, voter must also put original ballot in the mail at that time

    • Received by Nov 2, 2021, 8pm

     

    3. VIRGINIA STATE ELECTIONS: GENERAL ELECTION - NOV 2, 2021
    Offices on the ballot: Governor, Lt. Governor, Attorney General, and State House of Delegates

    Who can vote: Overseas VA voters who indicate that they "intend to return." Also, overseas VA voters who indicate their "intention to return is uncertain" if they provide the name of an employer for themselves, their spouse, or their parent (if a dependent).

    *Overseas VA voters who indicate their "intention to return is uncertain" and do not have an employer, or that they have "never resided" in the US are eligible to vote in federal elections only and will not receive a ballot for VA state elections


    Deadline to Register to Vote: May be sent in by Email, Fax, or Mail

    • Received by Oct 12, 2021, 5pm - For civilian (non-military) overseas voters

    • Received by Nov 2, 2021, 7pm - For military voters and their eligible family members


    Deadline to Request a Ballot: May be sent in by Email, Fax, or Mail
     *Even if you are registered to vote, you MUST send in a form to request your ballot in 2021 to vote in this election

    • Received by Oct 22, 2021, 5pm


    Deadline to Return Ballot: Must be returned by Mail

    • Postmarked by Nov 2, 2021, 7pm AND Received by Nov 5, 2021, 12 Noon

     

    4. SPECIAL CONGRESSIONAL ELECTIONS: OHIO CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS 11 and 15
    GENERAL ELECTIONS - NOV 2, 2021

    OH-11 Special election to replace Democrat Marcia Fudge, who resigned her seat to serve as Secretary of Housing & Urban Development

    OH-15 Special election to replace Republican Steve Stivers, who resigned his seat to become President of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce

    Who can vote: All overseas voters with a voting address in either Ohio's 11th or 15th Congressional Districts
    *To find your Congressional District, enter your voting address here: www.house.gov/representatives/find-your-representative


    Deadline to Register to Vote: May be sent in by Email, Fax, or Mail

    • Received by Oct 4, 2021


    Deadline to Request a Ballot: May be sent in by Email, Fax, or Mail
    *Even if you are registered to vote, you MUST send in a form to request your ballot in 2021 to vote in this election

    • Received by Oct 30, 2021, 12 Noon

    Deadline to Return Ballot: Must be returned by Mail
     *It's ok to use a private courier services, such as DHL or FedEx, but a different deadline applies:

    • Postmarked by Nov 1, 2021 AND Received by Nov 12, 2021 - If returned by regular mail;

    • Or, Received by Nov 2, 2021, 7:30pm - If returned by courier service

     

    5. SPECIAL CONGRESSIONAL ELECTION: FLORIDA CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 20
    PRIMARY ELECTION - NOV 2, 2021  [GENERAL ELECTION - JANUARY 11, 2022]

    Special election to replace Democrat Alcee Hastings, who died on April 6, 2021

    Who can vote: All overseas voters with a voting address in Florida's 20th Congressional District
    *To find your Congressional District, enter your voting address here: www.house.gov/representatives/find-your-representative


    Deadline to Register to Vote: Must be sent in by Mail (Online submission available only with valid Florida state identification)

    • Postmarked by Oct 4, 2021 - If sent in by Mail

    • Received by Oct 4, 2021 - If submitted online (to use online registration you must have a FL driver's license or ID) 


    Deadline to Request a Ballot: May be sent in by Email, Fax, or Mail
    *Even if you are registered to vote, you MUST send in a form to request your ballot in 2021 to vote in this election

    • Received by Oct 23, 2021

    Deadline to Return Ballot: May be returned by Fax or Mail

    • Received by Nov 2, 2021, 7pm - If returned by Fax

    • Postmarked by Nov 2, 2021 AND Received by Nov 12, 2021 - If returned by Mail

  • New Jersey Voters - Contact Senate President Sweeney About Voting Rights for Overseas Voters

    Support the Bill for All New Jersey Overseas Voters to Vote in State Elections

    Democrats Abroad has gotten out the vote for every state in the nation, but this year most of our major battles are for state-level voting rights, particularly in New Jersey! Depending on what they fill out on their absentee ballot request, many overseas voters in New Jersey don't have the right to vote in state elections! They used to have it, before Chris Christie pushed through a change in the law in 2017.

    This needs to change. Overseas voters are stakeholders in New Jersey government. State government is responsible for voter eligibility and voting procedures. State policies regarding climate change, education, net neutrality, and more affect us everywhere. New Jerseyan overseas voters deserve a voice at all levels of government, and State Senator Vin Gopal has introduced a bill, NJ S3761, to change that law back and enfranchise voters once again.

    Thanks to DA members this bill has passed the Assembly! Now please help us to get this bill passed in the Senate.

    Please call your NJ State Senator and ask them to cosponsor NJ S3761!

    Find Them Here:

    senator Legislative Role Contact Emailing
    Your State Senator! Ask them to Co-Sponsor S3761! LOOK UP LOOK UP

     

    I'll do it!

    Talking Points/Script:

    • Hi my name is --------    

    • I am a New Jersey voter, voting in ---------- County, and I currently live in [Current Country]   

    • I live overseas but I regularly vote by absentee ballot.    

    • (If asked for an address) Would you like my voting address?    
    • I'm calling to ask Senator -------- to support and co-sponsor Senate Bill S3761.

    • The bill allows overseas voters to vote in state elections even if there is uncertainty regarding their return. Many overseas voters check the box on their absentee ballot request, “return uncertain,” without knowing that they will lose their voting rights in New Jersey state and local elections by doing that. Whether US citizens have plans to return to New Jersey or not we are stakeholders in state government on many issues such as Climate Change, Net Neutrality, and of course, our voting rights.

    • We do have some protection under federal law, but, like most things, much is left up to the state. We formerly had the right to do so in 2017 and are looking to restore this voting right.     

    • The majority of states in our country believe that our voting rights should be taken with us when we move abroad. NJ is one of the small handful of states that denies us the right to vote, even though we are US citizens and have a stake in state government.      

    • I care about my state and my right to vote.

    • Thank you so much for your time.

     

    Thank you for supporting voting rights for ALL New Jersey voters! If you have any questions, please email us at: [email protected]

    And don't forget to request your ballot for 2021--just to go www.votefromabroad.org, click Start and follow the prompts to fill out and submit your Ballot Request form.

    If you would like to make a donation, please click here!


  • NJ -- Voting Rights for Overseas Voters

    Thanks for taking action! And there's more you can do!

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    If you'd like to hear about more actions that you can take to advocate for voting rights for New Jerseyens abroad, please add your name and email address and we'll be in touch. (You'll be sent to the previous page when done.)

    If you'd rather not sign up for more information about voting rights advocacy, please click on the blue box above to return to the previous page.

     

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  • Now is the Time--Equal Rights for Women is a Human Right

    An a woman who was born in 1965, it is incredible to me that the Equal Right Amendment is still not in the Constitution! I've had the luxury of standing on the shoulders of the women in the generations before me to have access to the same educational opportunities as my brothers, to go to university and law school, and to have a career as an attorney. And as a married woman with children, I have the peace of mind of knowing that I am in control of my own destiny and those of my children, and not dependent, either legally or financially, solely on my partner. All women in the US must be assured of these same rights! It is a travesty that it has taken so long for this basic right to be recognized and for there to be any further delay in adding the ERA to the Constitution. I live in Canada and vote in California.


  • New Jersey Voters - Contact Speaker Coughlin About Voting Rights for Overseas Voters

    Support the Bill for All New Jersey Overseas Voters to Vote in State Elections

    Democrats Abroad has gotten out the vote for every state in the nation, but this year most of our major battles are for state-level voting rights, particularly in New Jersey! Depending on what they fill out on their absentee ballot request, many overseas voters in New Jersey don't have the right to vote in state elections! They used to have it, before Chris Christie pushed through a change in the law in 2017.

    This needs to change. Overseas voters are stakeholders in New Jersey government. Issues like climate change and net neutrality affect us everywhere. New Jerseyan overseas voters deserve a voice at all levels of government, and Assemblywoman Joann Downey has introduced a bill, NJ A5306, to change that law back and enfranchise voters once again.

    Please help us to get this bill passed! If the New Jersey Legislature approves the bill, overseas voters will be able to vote in the New Jersey state and local elections on November 2nd, 2021.

    **Update May 6: Your calls and emails are working--we have added more cosponsors to the bill this week!**


    Please call Speaker Coughlin's Office and ask him to put NJ A5306 on the voting schedule for the Assembly!

    Also call Assemblyman Mazzeo, State & Local Gov't Committee Chair, and your 2 NJ Assembly Reps! Ask them to co-sponsor the bill!

    Find Them Here:

    Representative Legislative Role Contact Emailing
    Assemblyman Coughlin Assembly Speaker 732-855-7441 [email protected]
    Assemblyman Mazzeo State & Local Gov't Committee Chair 732-855-7558 [email protected]
    Your 1st NJ Assembly Rep! Ask them to Co-Sponsor A5306! NJ Legislature NJ Legislature
    Your 2nd NJ Assembly Rep! Ask them to Co-Sponsor A5306! NJ Legislature NJ Legislature

     

    I'll do it!

    Talking Points/Script:

    • Hi my name is --------    

    • I am a New Jersey voter, voting in ---------- County, and I currently live in [Current Country]   

    • I live overseas but I regularly vote by absentee ballot.    

    • (If asked for an address) Would you like my voting address?    

    • IF CALLING SPEAKER COUGHLIN: I am calling to ask Speaker Coughlin to support Assembly bill A5306 and put it on the Assembly schedule.

    • IF CALLING YOUR ASSEMBLY REP: I am calling to ask Assemblyperson ---------- to support and co-sponsor Assembly bill A5306.
    • The bill allows overseas voters to vote in state elections even if there is uncertainty regarding their return. Many overseas voters check the box on their absentee ballot request, “return uncertain,” without knowing that they will lose their voting rights in New Jersey state and local elections by doing that. Whether US citizens have plans to return to New Jersey or not we are stake holders in state government on many issues such as Climate Change, Net Neutrality, and of course, our voting rights.

    • We do have some protection under federal law, but, like most things, much is left up to the state. We formerly had the right to do so in 2017 and are looking to restore this voting right.     

    • The majority of states in our country believe that our voting rights should be taken with us when we move abroad. NJ is one of the small handful of states that denies us the right to vote, even though we are US citizens and have a stake in state government.      

    • Thank you so much for your time.

     

    Thank you for supporting voting rights for ALL New Jersey voters! If you have any questions, please email us at: [email protected]

    And don't forget to request your ballot for 2021--just to go www.votefromabroad.org, click Start and follow the prompts to fill out and submit your Ballot Request form.

    If you would like to make a donation, please click here!


  • Volunteer Opportunities - How to Support the Senate Runoff in Georgia

    Interested in helping Democrats Jon Ossoff and Rev Raphael Warnock win election to the US Senate--and help Democrats gain control of the Senate?

    Click on this link for Volunteer Opportunities


  • Geo-Blocked Voter Information Pages: Why It’s Happening and How You Can Fix It


    Have you tried to access your state’s voter information pages, only to be met with a “Page Not Found” error message? You’re not alone! Some states are “geo-blocking” web traffic from outside the USA, which means access to voter registration, ballot status and other critical information will be denied if you’re using a foreign IP address. 

    The solution: Use a VPN

    These “firewalls”, intended to improve website security, are keeping U.S. citizens living abroad from accessing critical voter information. You can safely (and legally!) get around this by using a VPN (Virtual Private Network). A VPN works by routing your device's internet connection through a private server rather than your internet service provider (ISP), so that when your data is transmitted to the internet, it comes from the “location” of the VPN rather than your computer. In this case, you’ll want to use a VPN located in the U.S. to access these blocked pages.

    Read more

  • HOW TO VOTE USING THE EMERGENCY BACK-UP BALLOT (FWAB)

    Is there a possibility your Official ballot won’t get to you in time to meet the ballot return deadlines?

    VOTE NOW using the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB). This emergency Backup Ballot is specifically for overseas voters!

    _____________

    STEP I. Send in Your Ballot Request form (the Federal Post Card Application or FPCA):

    Overseas voters need to submit a Ballot Request form every calendar year.

    To fill out and submit your Ballot Request form, click here.

    After you send it in, please be sure to verify with your Local Election Official (LEO) that they received your Ballot Request form and will send out your official ballot. You can find the contact information on the State Voting Guide: www.votefromabroad.org/states


    STEP II. Fill out and Send in Your Emergency Back-up Ballot (the FWAB):

    1. Go to this website and follow the prompts to Fill in the FWAB

    2. The website may fill in the candidates for you to choose from. But if it does not, you can type in the candidate’s name.
    Or, you can just type in "Democrat" for any office where you don't know the candidate's name. (This doesn't work for Primary elections since all of the candidates will be Democrats!)

    3. Follow the instructions to download the PDF Package containing your completed FWAB and Instructions. You can also download templates to paste onto your envelopes if you return your ballot by postal mail.

    4. Print out the completed FWAB and the other documents you downloaded. Then read and carefully follow the instructions to SUBMIT the required materials to your LEO.

    To Return by Fax or Email: The Instructions will indicate if your state will accept the FWAB by Email or Fax. We recommend you do so to ensure it will be received by the deadline.

    • If your state only allows return by Fax (not Email) and you don’t have access to a fax machine, there are apps that will convert an email attachment to a fax. Scan in your FWAB and any required materials as an email attachment, then search for “fax app for Android/iPhone.” Follow the instructions to convert your email attachment to a fax transmission.

    • Or you can use the Fax service through the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP.gov). You will need to email your FWAB and any required supporting materials (see your state’s instructions) to [email protected] using the FVAP "Fax Transmission Coversheet," which you can find here (Scroll down to "Send in your forms...Email or Fax"). FVAP will then fax your election materials to your Local Election Office.

    Return by Mail: If you choose–or if your state requires you–to return your FWAB by postal mail, please follow the instructions carefully.

    Two envelopes are required:

    • a “Ballot Security Envelope”–to hold your completed FWAB ballot, and

    • a “Mailing Envelope”–to send in your sealed Ballot Security Envelope as well as the supporting materials with your identifying information.

    When the Mailing Envelope reaches the Election Office, they will separate the Ballot Security Envelope from the supporting materials to maintain ballot secrecy.

    If you wish, you can follow the instructions to download envelope templates to affix to blank envelopes. If you have your original signed Ballot Request form, include it in the outer “Mailing Envelope”.

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    *IMPORTANT: If you receive your official ballot after submitting your FWAB, you should complete and return your official ballot as well.

    It’s okay–only one ballot per person will be counted! If both your FWAB and your official ballot arrive before the deadline, your FWAB will be discarded and only your official ballot will be counted.


  • published 2020 DAVI AGM - Minutes in News 2020-04-21 20:15:24 -0400

    2020 DAVI AGM - Minutes

    The minutes from the 2020 DAVI AGM, held on March 31, 2020 (online only) are posted below. Thanks to all who attended!

    MINUTES
    ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
    March 31, 2020

    1. Call Meeting to Order: 1505 [3:05pm]

    Present: Heidi Burch - Chair
    James Ham - Vice-Chair
    Jon Scheer - Treasurer
    Jena Magnus - Secretary
    Penelope Hocking - Member-at-large
    Patricia Kostek - Member-at-large
    Jonathan Holiff
    Kevin Brown
    Mat Small
    Orion Carrier
    Whitney Laughlin

    The Chair welcomed the attendees & thanked everyone for the attendance.
    Chair provided a walk through on the use of the webex program.


    2. Approval of the AGM Agenda: Jena moved to approve agenda, seconded by Pat Kostek.


    3. Report from the chapter chair on 2019 activities:

    • DAVI hosted 8 well attended primary debate watch nights.

    • DAVI hosted a July 4th celebration on July 4.

    • The US Thanksgiving Pot Luck was very successful & enjoyed by all.

    • The chapter again hosted the US tax seminar. Well attended & successful fund raising event.

    • The Chair hosted a phone banking tutorial attended by 3.

    • The DAVI chapter sponsored & presented a Global Presidential Primary Polling station Mar. 7 at the Knox Presbyterian Church.

      • DAVI had 125 ballots cast: 62 for Sanders, 57 for Biden, 2 for Warren & 5 spoiled ballots.

      • Final overall DA results: 57.9% Sanders, 22% Biden.

      • 13 elected DA Delegates: 9 for Sanders, 4 for Biden.

    • The DA convention & delegate selection will be online this year in May due to the pandemic.

    • University of Victoria outreach: We’ve been approached by a UVic student group who want to do GOTV for the Nov General Election. They originally got together to support Bernie Sanders’s candidacy, but now wish to become a DA Club and do GOTV for the Nov election. Heidi is working with the organizer, Calvin Simpson, to take the necessary steps.

      • DAVI can only host events & GOTV activities on campus if a club is certified by UVIC. To be certified the club requires 10 members.

      • Covid 19 has curtailed any campus activities until further notice.

    • Main GOTV activity will be phonebanking our membership & other key races.

      • New people need training.

      • Current volunteers will need updates regarding changes to the CallHub system

      • We encourage all overseas voters to use www.votefromabroad.org to register to vote and request their ballots

      • Chair encourages all DA members to go to www.democratsabroad.org/phonebanking for sign up instructions and phonebanking training

      • We will do a big push in Sept & Oct, and hope to do more, depending on funding. Also DA is setting up phonebanking campaigns in April as everyone is home due to coronavirus.

    • Fundraising: all DAVI funds go only to GOTV activities, chapter events & community outreach.

    • Social media outreach: additional assistance with the Chapter’s social media accounts needed especially during this pandemic response. Chair requested members volunteer or help recruit new volunteers for DAVI’s social media.

    • Chair called for questions from the floor.

      • How will we obtain training for April phonebanking?

        • The DA website has online training modules & videos at: www.democratsabroad.org/phonebanking The training is available 24/7.

        • Heidi will arrange another live training session when able.


    4. Approval of minutes from previous AGM [March 17, 2019]

    • Chair asked for questions or corrections for the minutes of our last AGM.

      • None received, but J. Holiff sent a chat message requesting a copy of the 2019 AGM Minutes be sent to him after the meeting.

      • Chair moved to adopt minutes, Vice Chair seconded. Motion passed.


    5. Approval of treasurer report:

    • Account balance: Mar. 1, 2019. $ 706.59

    • Account balance: Feb. 29, 2020. $ 1,791.27

    • Expenditures: $ 663.25

    • Deposits: $ 1,747.93

    • Two tax seminars within 12 months boosted the final balance.

    • GOTV activities will be the major expenditure expected in 2020.


    6. Membership Report:

    • Chair presented report for the membership secretary.

    • Membership is up from Feb. 2019 despite losing members in the verification process.

    • Over 135 new members joined DAVI in Feb. & Mar. 2020.

      • People joined to vote in the GPP

    • There is a Nanaimo DAVI sub-group of 5 formed in June 2019.

      • Focus on GOTV.

      • The group met in person until the pandemic response. Now keeping in touch via email.

      • Nation Builder able to create lists, groups & tasks which can help tailor our activities to specific areas of interest & location. Work is ongoing to utilize the tools available.


    7. AGM adjourned: Orion moved to adjourn, Jonathan seconded. Meeting adjourned 1550 [3:50pm]


  • published 2020 DAVI Notice of AGM - March 31, 2020 in News 2020-02-29 22:29:19 -0500

    2020 DAVI Notice of AGM - March 31, 2020

    To All DAVI Members:

    DUE TO CORONAVIRUS RESTRICTIONS, THIS IS AN ONLINE MEETING ONLY--VIA WEBEX!
    After you RSVP, we will send an email with the link and instructions!

    The Victoria and the Islands Chapter of Democrats Abroad (DAVI) will be holding its 2020 Annual General Meeting:

    DATE: March 31, 2020

    TIME: 3:00 PM

    PLACE: THIS IS AN ONLINE MEETING VIA WEBEX ONLY! Please RSVP (below) and we'll send an email with the link and instructions

    RSVP: Online at: www.democratsabroad.org/ca-victoria_events or Email us at: [email protected]

    Let’s Get Out the Vote for a Democratic President, win back the US Senate, increase the majority in the US House AND increase Democratic Governors and State Legislatures all over the US!


  • Democrats Abroad Global Presidential Primary -- Ballots are Available NOW!

    Ballots are available now for the Democrats Abroad Global Presidential Primary(GPP)! Democrats Abroad will send  delegates to the Democratic National Convention in July to vote for the Democratic presidential nominee. As with your state’s primary, the GPP will determine how the Democrats Abroad delegates will vote at the Convention.

    Voting in the DA Primary can give your vote more weight, up to 4 times the impact, as there are far fewer DA members than state voters. While tens of thousands of people will participate in the GPP this year, millions will vote in their home state. That means a vote in the GPP may be more powerful than a vote in your state’s presidential primary.

    On Feb 18th, Democrats Abroad sent out an email with a link to your GPP ballot, including instructions for sending it back in, either by email, fax, or postal mail. If you don’t see it, please check your Spam folder. Or go to www.democratsabroad.org/primary and follow the instructions to download and submit a ballot.

    Here's how to send in your DA Primary ballot:

    1.  If returning by Email: send to: [email protected]
      Your ballot must be received by midnight, Pacific Time, on March 10th, 2020

    2.  If returning by Fax, send to: +1 202 217-4277
      Your ballot must be received by March 10th, 2020

    3.  If returning by Mail, use this link to find the postal mail address for your country committee
      Your ballot must be received by March 11th, 2020.

    All DA members may participate in Democrats Abroad’s Global Presidential Primary and also in your state’s primary election. BUT there’s one major rule: you can only vote in one Presidential Primary, either Democrats Abroad’s Global Presidential Primary or your home state’s presidential primary.

    1. If you choose to vote in DA’s primary (for the Democratic presidential nominee), then you can still vote in your state’s primary--but you can’t vote for the presidential nominee again! Instead, you may vote only for the remaining offices on your state’s primary ballot (such as, US Senate, US House and any state and local offices on your ballot).

    2. If you decide not to vote in DA’s primary, then you may still vote in your state’s primary election and vote for your choice for the presidential nominee at that time.

      *But please note: If you’re interested in running for a Democrats Abroad delegate position to the Democratic National Convention in July, you don’t have to vote in the GPP, but you must attest that you did not vote in any other state primary for the Democratic nominee for President.