DA Mexico Vice Chair of Global & Regional Affairs / DPCA Voting Representative / DA San Miguel de Allende Chapter Chair

Hope Bradberry currently serves as the Chapter Chair of San Miguel de Allende, and DA Mexico Vice Chair of Global & Regional Affairs for Democrats Abroad Mexico. She and her husband, John, have had a home in Mexico since 2012.  Prior to retiring, she served as the Executive Director of the Fayetteville Public Library Foundation, in Fayetteville, Arkansas. She has extensive experience in the non-profit sector, not only professionally, but also as a volunteer.  She is a life-long Democrat and previously was a member of the Washington County Democratic Party.


  • published Vote From Mexico! in News/Noticias 2022-12-03 22:17:52 -0500

    Vote From Mexico!

    U.S. citizen or dual-citizen living in Mexico?

     You have the right to vote!

    Ready now to request your ballot? Go to votefromabroad.org

    Get ready for the November 8, 2022 midterm elections. If you are or will be 18 on Election Day, you can vote.

    As a U.S. citizen, you can request your ballot register to vote from Mexico -  while living, working, or traveling in the country - by submitting one form. It's easy! It doesn't matter if you were registered to vote before you left the U.S. or how long you have lived outside the U.S. (including if you've never resided there).

    Here are frequently asked questions about voting from abroad:

    1. Register AND Request your ballot on time.
    2. How to confirm your request has been accepted.
    3. How and when should you receive your ballot.
    4. Complete your ballot.
    5. How to return your ballot on time.
    6. Confirm your ballot's arrival.
    7. Having trouble? Need help?

    1. Request your Ballot and/or Register to Vote!

    It only takes a few minutes to register or request your ballot at votefromabroad.org. Watch these videos to see how easy it really is! 

    All voters need to request their overseas ballot every election year.
    Learn how to do so here!

    Voter Registration Instructional Video
    Ballot Request Instructional Video

    IMPORTANT! Choose the option for your ballot be delivered by email

    Once you've filled out the form on www.votefromabroad.org. Most states allow you to submit your form online - directly from votefromabroad.org without printing it.

    But some states require that you print out your completed form and sign it prior to submitting by email attachment,  fax, mail or secure upload. If your state requires that you submit your form by postal mail, please use expedited delivery with a courier (express service) or the U.S. Embassy/Consulate diplomatic pouch if time allows. State deadlines and submission methods can be found here.

    Questions?

    • Check out Vote from Abroad's FAQ section,
    • Type your question in the website's chatbox (red circle in the bottom right-hand corner), or
    • Send an email to [email protected].

    2. Confirm your request has been accepted - and that you will receive a ballot 

      • Always verify by calling or emailing your local election official (LEO) that you will be receiving a ballot.
      • Your LEO's contact information is listed on the final page after submitting your form via the website.
      • Contact info can be found here.

    • Most states provide a website where you can verify your voter status, although these sites can sometimes be outdated. You can find it by searching for "[state] verify voter registration."

    3. Receive your ballot by email. 

    • Ballots will arrive 45 days before a federal election - September 24, 2022.
    • Check your spam folder -- ballots can hide in there!
    • If you still don't see it, please contact your LEO and confirm they sent your ballot out by email. You can look up their contact info here. You may need to send in a new ballot request form - just go to www.votefromabroad.org.

    If you don't have your ballot by October 1 and you must mail it back, we recommend you send in a Backup Ballot to make sure your vote gets to your state in time. All details about the Backup Ballot can be found here.


    4. Complete your ballot.

    Plus: Information about candidates, ballot initiatives, and judicial candidates 

    It’s very important to vote your ballot completely. The simplest way is to vote for Democrats straight down the ballot. Some elected positions do not list a party affiliation, like school boards, judges, and others. To determine who to vote for in those cases, you can do the following: 

      • Google your local Democratic Party
      • Go to the League of Women Voters personalized ballot service at https://www.vote411.org/ballot. You can learn where candidates on your ballot running stand on the issues. 
      • Go to: Ballotpedia and search for [your state] elections 2022 - Example: Florida elections 2022

    • Google the candidate's name to find their campaign website.

    5. Return your ballot 

    • Once you've received your ballot, fill it out and return it immediately.
    • Ballot return methods vary by state (online, email, postal mail, fax). 
    • If your state only allows postal mail return — which is the case in many swing states like Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Wisconsin — you must return your ballot as quickly as possible. We strongly recommend returning it no later than September 30th.

    Check your state's exact ballot return requirements here.

    Check your Democrats Abroad Chapter's specific ballot return options here. 

    Postal mail ballot return states - courier (express mail) services:

    • Utilize a local courier service to the U.S. if available.
    • Ballots still take several days to get to the U.S. 
    • Consider using Priority Mail Service if offered. 
    • You must send it as soon as possible! We recommend by September 30th. Do not wait. Too much is on the line!

    Postal mail ballot return states - U.S. Embassy or U.S. Consular offices.

    • Voters in Mexico can drop their ballots off at the U.S. Embassy, or local U.S. Consulates (locations).
    • Please be aware that using the diplomatic pouch does not mean your ballot will arrive quickly. It can take four to six weeks for the mail to reach its final destination.
    • Wdo not recommend using the diplomatic pouch after October 2nd
    • DHL your ballot to the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City:
      • U.S. Embassy Mexico City 
        American Citizen Services
        Room 101 Voting Assistance Officer
        Av. Paseo de la Reforma 305
        Col. Cuauhtémoc, 06500
        Ciudad de Mexico

    Regardless of how you send in your ballot, remember that you (the voter) must be the one who places it in the mail. In some states, it is unlawful for any other person to handle your voted ballot, even if it is sealed.

    If your state allows email or fax ballot returns, please use these options as they’re not subject to delay. Here is more information on fax submission.

    Need help scanningWatch this video on how to scan using your smartphone.

    If you don't have a scanning app on your phone, you can use Adobe Scan mobile app for iPhone & Android

    And when filling out your ballot and packaging your ballot, don't forget to review the instructions carefully. Don't let human error spoil your ballot! 


    6. Confirm your ballot arrival (at your local election office in the U.S.)

      • Follow up with your local election official to make sure that it arrived and will be counted.
      • Please do not just assume that your ballot has made it!
      • Nearly all states have online tracking services. To find your state's website, click here and scroll down to "Track Your Ballot". 
    • You can also look up your local election office's contact details here and try contacting them directly. They may be experiencing an influx of calls, so you may need to be persistent to get through. 

    7. Having trouble? Need help? 😕

    We understand that the voting process from Mexico can be confusing — that's why we're here to help.

    Send an email to [email protected]

    Or to: [email protected]


    * You don't need to wait for ballots to come out on September 24. If you must mail back your ballot, we recommend you send in a Backup Ballot NOW. The Backup Ballot (the Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot or FWAB) is specifically for overseas voters who are concerned they won't receive their official ballot in time to return it by the deadline. All details about the Backup Ballot can be found here.

     


  • is hosting Let's Have Coffee! 2022-12-03 10:49:35 -0500

    Let's Have Coffee!

    YOU’RE INVITED....

    ...to join us for our regular Democrats Abroad SMA’s outdoor, chat and coffee mixer. 

    We will be meeting at Geek & Coffee on December 15th at 10:00 a.m.

    Come hang out with like-minded folks and discuss the midterms!

    Geek & Coffee is located at the far end of Fabrica Aurora - free parking, great coffee and delicious nibbles, a huge outdoor space with their largest table reserved for us.

    Find out what Democrats Abroad SMA is all about while enjoying Geek & Coffee’s beautiful park-like setting. Bring a friend! 

     
    WHEN
    December 15, 2022 at 10:00am
    WHERE
    Geek & Coffee
    Calzada de la Aurora 16
    San Miguel de Allende, GTO 37710
    Mexico
    Google map and directions
    4 rsvps rsvp

  • is hosting Happy Hour at Trina Cantina! 2022-10-18 23:58:17 -0400

    Happy Hour at Trina Cantina!

    YOU'RE INVITED ....

    ... to join us for Happy Hour at Trina Cantina's.  Hang out with fellow Dems & enjoy some munchies with great drinks.

    December 13th @ 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 pm.

    Trina Cantina is located at Stirling Dickinson #28 - free parking is available along both sides of the restaurant, and on Stirling Dickinson. 

    Come enjoy the company of wonderful, like-minded people!

    See you there!

    WHEN
    December 13, 2022 at 4:00pm
    WHERE
    Trina Cantina
    Calle Sterling Dickinson 28
    San Miguel de Allende, GTO 37700
    Mexico
    Google map and directions
    17 rsvps rsvp

  • donated 2022-10-17 14:42:34 -0400

  • published Vota desde Mexico in News/Noticias 2022-08-19 19:53:47 -0400

    Vota desde Mexico

    ¿Ciudadano estadounidense o con doble nacionalidad que vive en México? ¡Tienes derecho a votar!

    Prepárate para las elecciones intermedias de 2022. Si tienes o tendrás 18 años el 8 de noviembre de 2022, puedes votar en las próximas elecciones.

    Como ciudadano estadounidense, puedes registrarte para votar desde México mientras vives, trabajas o viajas en el país, presentando un formulario, la Solicitud de Tarjeta Postal Federal (FPCA). No importa si estabas registrado para votar antes de salir de los Estados Unidos o cuánto tiempo ha vivido fuera de los Estados Unidos (incluso si nunca ha residido allá).

    A continuación encontrarás un resumen de todo el proceso para votar desde el extranjero, incluyendo:

      1. Que debes asegurarte de que estás registrado/de que solicitas tu papeleta para votar.
      2. Cómo confirmar que tu solicitud ha sido aceptada.
      3. Cómo y cuándo debes recibir tu papeleta.
      4. Cómo votar en tu papeleta.
      5. Cómo devolver tu papeleta.

    1. Confirmar la llegada de tu papeleta.
    2. Qué hacer si tienes dificultades.

     

    1. Regístrate Para Votar y Solicita Tu Papeleta Para Votar

    Sólo te llevará unos minutos registrarte o solicitar tu papeleta en votefromabroad.org. Mira estos videos para comprobar lo fácil que es. 

    Todos los votantes deben solicitar su papeleta de voto en el extranjero cada año electoral. Aprend a hacerlo aquí.

    Video de instrucciones para el registro de votantes y sobre la solicitud

    Solicita la entrega de tu papeleta por correo electrónico. 

    Una vez que hayas rellenado el formulario en www.votefromabroad.org, debes enviarlo a tu oficina electoral local en los Estados Unidos (de la locación donde está la dirección en los Estados Unidos que registraste). La mayoría de los estados te permiten enviar tu formulario directamente desde VoteFromAbroad.org sin necesidad de imprimirlo. Pero algunos estados requieren que imprimas tu formulario completo para enviarlo por correo electrónico, por fax o por correo. Si tu estado requiere que envíes tu formulario por correo postal, lo mejor es utilizar la opción de entrega acelerada con un servicio de mensajería. Los plazos y métodos de presentación de los estados se pueden encontrar aquí.

    ¿Tienes preguntas?

      • Consulta la sección de preguntas frecuentes de Vote from Abroad,
      • Escribe tu pregunta en el chatbox del sitio web (busca el círculo rojo en la esquina inferior derecha de la página web), o


    2. Confirma Que Tu Solicitud Ha Sido Aceptada y Que Recibirás Una Papeleta 

      • Verifica siempre llamando o enviando un correo electrónico al funcionario electoral local (LEO) que va a recibir tu solicitud.
      • La información de contacto de tu LEO aparece en la última página después de enviar tu formulario a través del sitio web.
      • La información de contacto se puede encontrar aquí.

    • La mayoría de los estados ofrecen un sitio web en el que puede verificar su condición de votante, aunque estos sitios a veces pueden estar desactualizados. Puedes encontrar el tuyo buscando "[estado] verificar el registro de votantes".

    3. Recibir Tu Papeleta 

    • Las papeletas llegarán 45 días antes de las elecciones federales: el 24 de septiembre de 2022.
    • Comprueba tu carpeta de correo no deseado: ¡las papeletas pueden esconderse ahí!
    • Si todavía no la ves, ponte en contacto con tu LEO y confirma que han enviado tu papeleta. Puedes buscar su información de contacto aquí. Es posible que tengas que enviar un nuevo formulario de solicitud de boleta, simplemente hazlo de nuevo desde www.votefromabroad.org.

    Si no tienes tu papeleta antes del 1 de octubre y debes enviarla por correo, te recomendamos que envíes una papeleta de reserva para asegurarte de que tu voto llegue a tu estado a tiempo. Todos los detalles sobre la papeleta de respaldo se pueden encontrar aquí.


    4. Información Sobre Candidatos, Iniciativas Electorales y Candidatos Judiciales 

    Es muy importante votar tu papeleta en su totalidad. La forma más sencilla es votar por los Demócratas directamente en la papeleta. Algunos cargos electos no tienen una afiliación partidista directamente asociada al partido, como las juntas escolares, los jueces y otros. Para determinar a quién votar en esos casos, puedes hacer lo siguiente: 

      • Busca en Google el Partido Demócrata local de tu condado
      • La Liga de Mujeres Votantes ofrece un servicio de boletas personalizadas en https://www.vote411.org/es/ballot. Puedes saber cuál es la posición de los candidatos que se presentan a las elecciones en tu comunidad. Puedes imprimir o enviar por correo electrónico la información para utilizarla como referencia a la hora de votar. 
      • Busca en Google: Ballotpedia [tu estado] elecciones 2022 - Ejemplo: Ballotpedia Florida elections 2022

    • Puedes buscar en Google el nombre del candidato para encontrar el sitio web de su campaña e información sobre cada persona.

    5. Devuelve Tu Papeleta 

    • Una vez que hayas recibido tu papeleta, rellénala y devuélvela inmediatamente.
    • Los métodos de devolución de la papeleta varían según el estado (en línea, correo electrónico, correo postal, fax). 
    • Si tu estado sólo permite la devolución por correo postal - como es el caso de muchos estados como Michigan, Ohio, Pensilvania, Texas y Wisconsin - debes devolver tu papeleta lo antes posible.

    Comprueba los métodos exactos de devolución de la papeleta de su estado aquí.

    Comprueba las opciones específicas de devolución de papeletas de su sección de Democrats Abroad aquí. 

    Estados de correo postal - servicios de mensajería:

    • Utiliza un servicio de mensajería local a los Estados Unidos si te resulta factible.
    • Las papeletas de voto tardan bastante tiempo en llegar a los Estados Unidos. 
    • Debes enviarlas lo antes posible. No esperes. ¡Hay mucho en juego!

    Estados de correo postal - embajada u oficinas consulares.

    • Los votantes en México pueden dejar sus boletas en la Embajada de los Estados Unidos, o en los Consulados locales (localidades).
    • Por favor, ten en cuenta que el uso de la valija diplomática no significa que tu boleta llegará más rápido. El correo puede tardar de cuatro a seis semanas en llegar a su destino final.
    • No recomendamos utilizar la valija diplomática después del 2 de octubre. 
    • Envía tu boleta por DHL a la Embajada de los Estados Unidos en la Ciudad de México:
      • Embajada de Estados Unidos en la Ciudad de México 
        Servicios al Ciudadano Americano
        Sala 101 Oficial de Asistencia al Votante
        Av. Paseo de la Reforma 305
        Col. Cuauhtémoc, 06500
        Ciudad de México

    Independientemente de cómo envíes tu boleta, recuerda que tú (el votante) debe ser quien la deposite en el correo. En algunos estados, es ilegal que cualquier otra persona manipule tu boleta votada, incluso si está sellada.

    Si tu estado permite la devolución de la papeleta por correo electrónico o por fax, utiliza estas opciones, ya que no están sujetas a retrasos. Aquí encontrarás más información sobre la presentación por fax.

    ¿Necesitas ayuda para escanear? Mira este video sobre cómo escanear utilizando tu teléfono.

    Si no tienes una aplicación de escaneo en tu teléfono, puedes utilizar la aplicación móvil Adobe Scan para iPhone y Android

    Y cuando rellenes tu papeleta y la empaquetes, no olvides revisar las instrucciones cuidadosamente. ¡No dejes que un error estropee tu papeleta! 


    6. Confirma La Llegada de Tu Papeleta a Tu Oficina Electoral Local en Estados Unidos

      • Haz el seguimiento con tu funcionario electoral local para asegurarte de que ha llegado y de que será contada.
      • No des por sentado que tu papeleta ha llegado.
      • Casi todos los estados tienen servicios de seguimiento en línea. Para encontrar el sitio web de tu estado, haz clic aquí y desplázate hasta "Dónde está mi boleta?". 

    • También puedes buscar los datos de contacto de tu oficina electoral local aquí e intentar ponerte en contacto con ellos directamente. Están experimentando una gran afluencia de llamadas, por lo que es probable que tengas que ser persistente para conseguir hablar con alguien. 

    7. ¿Tienes Problemas? ¿Necesitas Ayuda? 

    Entendemos que el proceso de votación desde México puede ser confuso - por eso estamos aquí para ayudar.

    Envía un correo electrónico a [email protected].


    * No necesitas esperar a que salgan las boletas el 24 de septiembre. Si tienes que devolver tu boleta por correo, te recomendamos que envíes una boleta de respaldo AHORA. La papeleta de respaldo (la papeleta federal de voto en ausencia o FWAB) es específicamente para los votantes en el extranjero que están preocupados de no recibir su papeleta oficial a tiempo para devolverla antes de la fecha límite. Todos los detalles sobre la papeleta de respaldo se pueden encontrar aquí.





  • Vote from San Miguel de Allende, Mexico!

    If you're a U.S. citizen or dual-national abroad, you have the right to vote from abroad in the 2022 midterm elections and every election. If you are or will be 18 on November 8, 2022, you can vote in the upcoming elections.

    As a U.S. citizen, you can register to vote from abroad while living, working, or traveling overseas by submitting one form, the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). It doesn't matter if you were registered to vote before you left the U.S. or how long you have lived outside the U.S. (including if you've never resided there).

    Below you'll find an overview of the entire process of voting from abroad, including:

    1. how to register to vote and request your ballot
    2. how to confirm your request has been accepted
    3. how and when should you receive your ballot
    4. vote your ballot
    5. how to return your ballot
    6. confirm your ballot's arrival
    7. what to do if you encounter difficulties
    8. get your "I Voted from Germany" stickers

     

    Please note that there is NO IN-PERSON VOTING in Mexico for the November election!

     

    1.) Register to vote and request your ballot 📝

    Visit www.votefromabroad.org to fill out your FPCA absentee ballot request — it only takes 5-10 minutes! If you're not registered to vote, the FPCA also serves as a voter registration form. Given the uncertainty surrounding the United States Postal Service (USPS), we strongly encourage you to request that your absentee ballot be sent via email.

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    Once you've filled out the form on www.votefromabroad.org, you must submit it to your local election office in the United States. Most states allow you to submit your FPCA directly from VoteFromAbroad.org without the need to print out the form. But some states do require that you print out your completed form to submit by email attachment, by fax, or by mail. If your state requires that you submit your FPCA by postal mail, please use expedited delivery with a courier. State deadlines and submission methods can be found here.

    If you have any questions while filling out the form, you can also always refer to Vote from Abroad's FAQ section, type your question in the website's chatbox (red circle in the bottom right-hand corner), or send an email to [email protected].

    2.) Confirm your request has been accepted and that you will receive a ballot ☑️

    You should always verify with your local election official (LEO) that you will be receiving a ballot. After you send in your FPCA request form, call or email your LEO to verify they received it and will be sending a blank ballot to you. Your LEO's contact information is listed in the instructions generated when you complete the FPCA on Vote from Abroad. You can also look up their contact info here. Alternatively, most states provide a website where you can verify your voter status, although these sites can sometimes be outdated. You can find it by searching for "[state] verify voter registration."

    3.) Receive your ballot 📧

    Under the MOVE Act, all states must send absentee ballots to overseas voters no later than 45 days before a federal election (this year: September 24, 2022).

    But you don't need to wait for ballots to come out on September 24. If you must mail back your ballot, we recommend you send in a Backup Ballot NOW. The Backup Ballot (the Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot or FWAB) is specifically for overseas voters who are concerned they won't receive their official ballot in time to return it by the deadline. All details about the Backup Ballot can be found here.

    When it's time for ballots to come and you don't see yours, check your spam folder -- ballots can hide in there! If you still don't see it, please contact your LEO and confirm they sent your ballot out. You can look up their contact info here. You may need to send in a new ballot request form, just go to www.votefromabroad.org.

    If you don't have your ballot by October 1 and you must mail it back, we recommend you send in a Backup Ballot to make sure your vote gets to your state in time. All details about the Backup Ballot can be found here.

    4.) Information about candidates, ballot initiatives, and judicial candidates 🗳️

    It’s very important to vote your ballot completely. The simplest way is to vote for Democrats straight down the ballot. Some elected positions do not have a party affiliation directly associated with the party, like school boards, judges, and others. To determine who to vote for in those cases, you can do the following: 

    • Google your county's local Democratic Party
    • League of Women Voters offers a personalized ballot service at https://www.vote411.org/ballot. You can learn where candidates running for office in your community stand on the issues. You can print or email the information to use as a reference when you vote. 
    • Google: Ballotpedia "your state" elections 2022 - Example: Ballotpedia Florida elections 2022
    • You can Google the candidate's name to find their campaign website and information about each person.

     

    5.) Return your ballot 🗳️

    Once you've received your ballot, fill it out and return it immediately. Ballot return methods vary by state (online, email, postal mail, fax). Especially if your state only allows postal mail return — which is the case in many swing states like Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Wisconsin — you must return your ballot as quickly as possible.

    Check your state's exact ballot return methods here.

    If your state allows email or fax ballot returns, please use these options as they’re not subject to delay. Here is more information on fax submission.

    New Jersey Voters: Please note that New Jersey allows for email or fax returns, but also requires that the ballot be sent by postal mail, too.

    New York Voters: Here are instructions on How to fold the New York State General Election ballot.

    Need help scanning? Watch this video on how to scan using your smartphone.

    If you don't have a scanning app on your phone, you can use Adobe Scan mobile app for iPhone & Android

    If your state requires postal mail ballot return, the best option at this point is to book DHL Express

    We do not recommend booking or paying online with any courier service. You will not receive a postmark if you book or pay online.

    Even with expedited courier services, ballots still take several days to get to the United States. You must send it as soon as possible! Do not wait. Too much is on the line!

    Returning your ballot via diplomatic pouch: Voters in Mexico can drop their ballots off at the U.S. Embassy, or local Consulate. Please be aware that using the diplomatic pouch does not mean your ballot will arrive faster. It can take up to four weeks for the mail to reach its final destination. Therefore, we do not recommend using the diplomatic pouch after October 2nd. More information on drop-off locations and times is available here. (link Mexican consulate page)

    Regardless of how you send in your ballot, remember that you (the voter) must be the one who places it in the mail. In some states, it is unlawful for any other person to handle your voted ballot, even if it is sealed.

    And when filling out your ballot and packaging your ballot, don't forget to review the instructions carefully. Don't let human error spoil your ballot! 

     

     

    6.) Confirm your ballot arrival at your local election office in the United States

    Once you've mailed your ballot, follow up with your local election official to make sure that it arrived and will be counted. Please do not just assume that your ballot has made it! Nearly all states have online tracking services. To find your state's website, click here and scroll down to "Track Your Ballot". You can also look up your local election office's contact details here and try contacting them directly. They are experiencing an influx of calls, so you will likely need to remain persistent to get through to someone. 

     

    7.) Having trouble? Need help? 😕

    We understand that the voting process from abroad can be confusing — that's why we're here to help.

    Send an email to [email protected].

     


  • published Donate MX 2022-03-09 09:37:54 -0500

  • Auction! Great Vacation Homes to Bid On!

    Auction Closed!

    What a great way to support Getting Out the Vote & experience an amazing vacation!

    To make a bid on an auction item email Glenda Bland at [email protected].            
    Please include your name & phone number.
    Current bids are posted.
    Payment for items can be made by bank transfer or PayPal. We cannot accept credit cards. * Please see below.
    Auction will close, March 13, 2022 at 11:00 a.m.

    Auction Item #1: San Miguel de Allende Luxury Home
    5 Nights in modern 2 bedroom home.
    Value: $50,000 MXN; Starting Bid: $37,000 MXN; Minimum Raise: $2,500 MXN;  Winning bid: $60,000

    Indulge yourself with 5 night in San Miguel de Allende, colorful colonial-style city full of charm. This luxurious private home is located on one of the most picturesque streets in San Miguel de Allende, between the central jardín where the famous La Parroquia is located, and Parque Juarez. Visit markets, shops, museums, and impressive gastronomic restaurants that San Miguel Allende offers. This charming home has a master suite with king-size bed and a guest room with a queen-size bed. Sweeping western views allows you take in the beautiful sunsets poolside or from around a fire pit located on an upper terrace. And as a bonus, enjoy a couple of games of pool on the 9’ regulation pool table! Amenities: purified water, air conditioning units in the bedrooms, full kitchen with dishwasher, maid 3 days per week. Available: Flexible – contact the owners to determine availability.

    Auction Item #2: Puerto Vallarta Grand Venetian Condo
    3-nights in a 2 bedroom condo that sleeps six.
    Value: $8,000 MXN; Starting Bid: $3,000 MXN; Minimum Raise; $100 MXN; Winning Bid: $5,100

    Escape with your family or friends for adventure filled days of water sports, marine life and fabulous restaurants. Amenities: 2 bedrooms (Master – king size bed, 2nd bedroom - 2 double beds), 3 baths, garden view with beach close by, air conditioning, WIFI, full kitchen and access to Olympic size pool, gym and fitness center, and the beach. Sleeps six. Available May – October 2022

    Search Airbnb: Condo Accesible Para Familias | Albercas, Playa

     

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    Unwind while admiring Banderas Bay from your gorgeous condo in Puerto Vallarta - a fabulous resort town located on Mexico's Pacific coast. You’ll be just steps from the spectacular beach, Olympic size infinity pool and in-house spa. Amenities: 1 bedroom (king size bed), one bath, private jacuzzi on patio, full kitchen, air conditioning, WIFI, and access to pool, gym and the beach. Sofa bed in living room. Sleeps four. Available May – October 2022.

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  • published We are The Democracy Party! in News/Noticias 2022-02-03 23:39:54 -0500

    We are The Democracy Party!

    By Larry Barber, DA SMA Executive Board Member

    We’re Democrats, yes, but in this unprecedented time for our country, we are also, nearly alone, the party of democracy. That’s why it’s important to vote and help other overseas Democrats vote. We’re activists. We’re Democrats Abroad.

    Make no mistake: this mid-term is the first of two elections that will determine whether the United States of America is a country in which each citizen gets a vote or a country which has fallen into fascism and minority rule. Those are the stakes this November and in 2024. “A dagger at the throat of democracy,” said President Biden on the anniversary of the January 6 attempted coup. 

    Look at facts on the ground. Republicans in the US Senate just voted down the John Lewis Voting Rights bill. According to a Washington Post analysis, the GOP’s national push to enact hundreds of new election restrictions could constrain every available method of voting for tens of millions of Americans. This is potentially the most sweeping contraction of ballot access in the United States since the end of Reconstruction, when Southern states curtailed the voting rights of formerly enslaved Black men. In 43 states across the country, Republican lawmakers have proposed at least 250 laws that would limit mail, early in-person, and Election Day voting. The plan involves stricter ID requirements, limited voting hours, eliminating ballot drop-boxes, closing polling places in Democratic areas, or narrower eligibility to vote absentee. Republican state legislators, echoing Trump’s false claims that the election was stolen from him, are pushing hard to cheat their way to victory. Aside from the “former guy” not admitting his electoral defeat by President Biden, a number of GOP candidates around the country are also refusing to concede defeat in races where a winner has been declared or they’ll clearly lose. Again, as President Biden said on January 6, “You cannot love your country only when you win.”

    There is more: Republican limits to early or absentee voting are the most common measures among this year’s batch of proposed restrictions, with such bills on the table in 33 states. Nearly 85 million voters used one of those methods to cast their ballots in those states last year — more than half of all Americans who voted in the Nov. 3 election. 

    Hyper-gerrymandered district maps are more distorted in 2022, more disjointed, and more gerrymandered than any since the Voting Rights Act was passed in 1965. Both Florida and Georgia have proposed a special police agency to monitor elections (to protect against non-existent voter fraud). These troops will be used to intimidate and challenge Democratic voters.  

    The Republican party—at national, state, and local levels—is refusing to accept the fundamental agreements of representative government. There are fake electors—Republicans—who tried to bluff their way into a victory in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, and Wisconsin. In this crisis for voting rights, Republican-led state legislatures have rewritten their laws since the 2020 election to suppress Democratic votes and hand election counting over to partisan Republicans.

    And in a direct threat to Democrats Abroad, states like Texas are flagging mail-in ballots for rejection. Understand this: overseas votes can be the margin of victory in a close election. From 2016 to 2020 there was a 15% increase among all domestic US voters. For US citizens abroad, this increase was 40%. And overseas voters were the margin of victory for Biden in Arizona and Georgia.  

    As responsible citizens, we Dems Abroad must vote in every election. Remember that we each have to reregister every year. If you haven’t re-registered yet, do it right away. If you need help registering or voting, email us or stop by our office on the Ancha de San Antonio #10 on Saturdays between 11:00 am & 3:00 pm.  

    We are also looking members who want to do Phone Banking. You can help other DAs re-register to receive their ballots and you can help them fill out the ballots when they arrive. You can help them return their ballots so their vote is counted. This year, and in 2024, it is absolutely crucial that each US citizen abroad make their voice heard. Our voices have to be extra loud because the Republican party is trying to smother us, and our democracy with us.

    “One of two major political parties in America has said that it is their policy to win elections by keeping American citizens from voting,” said Sen. Elizabeth Warren. I say one party is fascist and one party is for representative government. This is the future for the United States unless every Democrat, at home or abroad, votes their conscience, and gets that vote counted.  


  • published Midterm Mojo @ el Midtown! in News/Noticias 2021-11-30 16:46:12 -0500

    Midterm Mojo @ el Midtown!

    ¡Es hora de crear un mojo democrático en este 2022! Celebraremos en Guadalajara la primera conferencia en persona que hemos tenido desde 2019, del 11 al 13 de marzo, y todos los miembros de Democrats Abroad (Demócratas en el Extranjero) están invitados a asistir. Los eventos públicos y las ponencias serán conducidas en inglés, pero todos los ciudadanos estadounidenses cuya lengua principal es el español son muy bienvenidos; muchos de nuestros miembros hablan también el español!

    Es imperativo que en las elecciones intermedias de 2022 hagamos un esfuerzo conjunto para mantener una mayoría demócrata dentro del Congreso de los Estados Unidos. Lograrlo va a requerir que trabajemos juntos en todo el país como nunca antes, sin desviar la vista de nuestro  objetivo principal: lograr que todos y cada uno de los ciudadanos  estadounidenses residentes en México voten en las elecciones intermedias.

    Estamos encantados de tener como invitada especial a la presidenta de Democrats Abroad International, Candice Kerestan, quien reside en Alemania

    ¡Tenemos para ti una lista completa de ofertas y esperamos verte en Guadalajara!

    Regístrate para la Junta General Anual (Annual General Meeting)  AQUÍ! 

     

    Programa

    El viernes 11 de marzo daremos inicio al fin de semana en la Ciudad de las Rosas con un cóctel de bienvenida a partir de las 6:00 pm, en la terraza de la piscina. Conoce y conéctate con otros demócratas provenientes de todo México.

    El sábado 12 de marzo comenzará  con la Ceremonia de Apertura a las 9:30 am. Continuaremos con sesiones organizativas ofrecidas a lo largo del día y diversas oportunidades para conectarse con tus compañeros demócratas.

    El domingo 13 de marzo comenzará con la reunión de negocios de Democrats Abroad México a las 9:30 am, la cual cerrará con un orador de clausura.

     

    Costo*

    Precio regular $ 1,800 pesos -- al 10 de marzo.
    Precio el mismo día: $ 1,900 pesos.
    * La inscripción incluye una bebida de bienvenida y entremeses , y servicio de café y almuerzo el sábado.

    Como lo establecen las reglas de Democrats Abroad, la sesión de negocios que se llevará a cabo el domingo 13 de marzo a las 9:30 será gratis para todos los miembros, pero exhortamos a  los asistentes a hacer una donación para ayudar a cubrir los costos del lugar.

    Alojamiento



    Disfruta de la conferencia en la comodidad del fabuloso Hilton Guadalajara Midtown, un hotel de 5 estrellas situado en el corazón de la zona de restaurantes y tiendas de la Colonia Providencia. Reserva una habitación  con cama king size a partir de $ 2,390.85 por noche,incluyendo desayuno. Puedes cancelar hasta 48 horas antes de la conferencia sin cargo alguno. Las habitaciones son limitadas, por lo que te recomendamos que reserves tus habitaciones cuanto antes. La oferta es válida hasta el 4 de marzo de 2022.

    Este es un alojamiento de lujo con vistas fabulosas, servicio de botones y de limpieza, Wi-Fi estándar gratis con membresía de Hilton Honors (inscripción gratuita), gimnasio completo y acceso a la piscina al aire libre, servicio a la habitación las 24 horas y servicios de conserjería. Check-in es a las 3:00 pm, y el  Check-out es a las 12:00 pm.

    El hotel garantizará  este  mismo precio de promoción por hasta DOS noches antes y después de las fechas de la conferencia. ¡Ven y quédate más tiempo, y disfruta de todo lo que Guadalajara tiene para ofrecer! También acomodarán a una tercera o cuarta persona en una habitación doble por $40 dólares estadounidenses más 16% de IVA y 3% de impuesto de hospedaje por noche / por persona. Este precio incluye desayuno.

    Reserva tu hotel aquí ahora!

    Condición de asistencia a la conferencia es que, por ley,  el comprador de cualquier entrada a ella debe ser aun/una CIUDADANO/A de los Estados Unidos. Los miembros de Democrats Abroad y cualquier otro ciudadano/a de los Estados Unidos  interesado/a en conocer y unirse a Democrats Abroad México son bienvenidos a asistir.

     


  • Midterm Mojo @ the Midtown

    It’s time to create some Democratic Mojo in 2022!  We will be holding our first in-person conference since 2019 in Guadalajara from March 11th - 13th, and all members of Democrats Abroad are invited to attend. 

    It’s imperative that we provide a combined effort in order to maintain a Democrat majority in the midterms. It’s going to require us to work together nationwide like never before, keeping our eyes set on one main goal: getting each and every US voter in Mexico to vote.

    We are thrilled to have a special guest, Democrats Abroad International Chair, Candice Kerestan from Germany speaking. We have a full slate of offerings and look forward to seeing you in Guadalajara!

    Register For the AGM HERE! 

     

    Check entire schedule here!

    On Friday, March 11th, we will kick off the weekend with a Welcome Cocktail reception starting at 6:00 pm in the City of Roses on the pool terrace. Connect with fellow Dems from all over Mexico. 

    On Saturday, March 12th, the day will begin at 9:30 am with the Opening Ceremony, followed by organizational sessions offered throughout the day and opportunities to connect with your peers.

    On Sunday, March 13th, the day will begin with the DA Mexico business meeting at 9:30 am, followed by a closing speaker. 

     

    Cost*
    Regular Price $1,800 pesos to March 10th
    Day of Price: $1,900 pesos

    *Registration includes a welcome reception drink and hors d'oeuvres; coffee service and lunch on Saturday.

    Under the rules of Democrats Abroad, the business meeting being held on Sunday, March 13th at 9:30 is free to all members, but we hope attendees will make a donation to help cover the costs of the venue.

    Accommodation 

    Enjoy the conference in the comfort of the fabulous Hilton Guadalajara Midtown, a 5-star hotel in the heart of restaurants and shopping in Colonia Providencia. Starting at $2,390.85 for a king per night, this price includes breakfast. You can cancel up to 48 hours before the conference at no charge. Rooms are limited, so we encourage you to reserve your rooms now or early on. The offer is good until March 4, 2022

    A luxury accommodation with fabulous views, bellhop and maid service tips, free standard Wi-Fi with Hilton Honors membership - free to join, full fitness center and open-air pool access, 24-hour room service, and concierge services. Check-in 3:00 pm, Check-0ut 12:00 noon.

    The hotel will honor the same price for up to TWO nights both before and after the conference dates. Come and stay longer and enjoy all that Guadalajara has to offer! They will also accommodate a third or fourth person in a double room at $40 USD plus 16% VAT & 3% lodging tax per night/per person. This price includes breakfast. 

    Book your hotel here now!

    Conference Price rules:  The purchaser of any conference tickets must by law be a U.S. CITIZEN. Democrats Abroad members and anyone interested in learning more about and joining Democrats Abroad Mexico are welcome to attend.




  • published Oaxaca in Chapters/Sección 2021-11-21 14:32:50 -0500

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  • published Replaceable as a Light Bulb in News/Noticias 2021-11-06 14:53:39 -0400

    Replaceable as a Light Bulb

    By Larry Barber, DA SMA Executive Board Member

    Picture in your mind 22,000 striking workers. Remember strikes and picket lines, food kitchens and fund raisers? Around the United States there is now bubbling and boiling what used to be called “labor unrest.” Low pay and pauper raises, backbreaking work schedules, stolen overtime wages, pensions in jeopardy (if they exist at all), health care cuts, no time for a private life with friends and family. Some companies are now trying to loosen child labor laws; agriculture is still exempt from these laws and kids currently work in the fields, exposed to toxic chemicals. So, yeah—labor unrest.

    “They don’t care about our home life,” said a striking worker on the John Deere picket line. “They care about our work life. We’re as replaceable as a light bulb.”

    Twenty-two thousand U.S. union members are currently out on strike. Ten thousand at John Deere in Iowa, three thousand at Columbia University, two thousand at Buffalo’s Mercy Hospital, 1.4 thousand at Kellogg’s, 1.1 thousand Alabama miners for 8 months now, 1 thousand West Virginia hospital workers, 800 Pennsylvania educators, 700 Massachusetts nurses, 700 Kaiser engineers (with the strike threat of 37,000 Kaiser health care workers in Oregon, California, and Hawaii), 500 Ohio steelworkers, 450 West Virginia steelworkers, 300 New York machinists. 

    The list grows: Amazon workers battling Bezos for a union, New York cab drivers on a hunger strike, a one-day walk-off of two thousand telecommunications workers in California, 200 bus drivers strike in Nevada, 400 whiskey makers in Kentucky, two thousand carpenters in Washington, 600 Frito-Lay workers in Kansas, one thousand Nabisco workers at five plants around the country (they often work 30 days in a row on 12-hour shifts). In my own (former) industry, because more than 60,000 film and television workers voted to strike, their threatened work stoppage helped them negotiate a favorable contract. 

    Younger folks are quitting their jobs at an unprecedented rate. In April the number of workers who left in a single month broke an all-time U.S. record. In May, even more people quit. In June, even more. In August, again even more. 

    Many front line workers who risked their lives during the pandemic feel they deserve fair raises. “Essential workers” deserve essential pay. 

    Workers are taking back their power as agents of change by bringing the fight to employers. For Democrats Abroad, this is an encouraging time. The Democratic Party is once again the Party of the working woman and man. It lost its way in the late-20th century, but under President Biden the Democrats have once again taken up the banner of Labor. Biden has put unions at the center of his policy. He sees them as a way to rebuild middle-class jobs and families and to combat climate change, and racial and gender inequity. 

    “It’s not labor—it’s union,” Biden said last month during an event at a Ford factory in Michigan. “Because what you allow people to do is hold their heads up, make a decent living, and have pride in what they do — pride in what you build, pride in what you give this nation.” 

    For Democrats Abroad in Mexico, we can take pride in this pro-labor, pro-family stance from our President. That’s why it’s increasingly important for us to do whatever we can to help elect Democrats in the states where we vote and around the country. The Get-Out-The-Vote drive for the 2022 elections will be coming up and we all can contribute in one form or another. Please consider becoming a phone banker, joining one of our caucuses, or contacting your local chapter chair to become a Get Out the Vote volunteer. There is always work to do!

     

     

     

     


  • Phoning for Democrats Abroad is like Talking to Friends

    by Larry Barber, DA SMA Executive Committee Member

    I’ve worked phone banks for fifty years: calling on behalf of elected representatives on state and federal levels, and for Cesar Chavez and the UFW, lots of efforts in support of democracy in Central and South America, for voting and immigrant rights, against the San Onofre nuclear plant in Southern California, against the George Bush-Dick Cheney-Donald Rumsfeld war in Iraq, for a woman’s right to choose, and most recently for the Biden-Harris presidential election. That was my first time phoning for Democrats Abroad in Mexico.

    I’ve phoned registered Democrats and also the dreaded “general voter” lists, sometimes speaking with Republicans who were not interested and sometimes not polite. I’ve phoned Democrats who were not interested or polite, too. I was a television writer/producer and can sit for long periods of time, focused on a project. But I admit, there have been times—looking at the phone list printout, names and numbers swimming before my eyes—when I had to psych myself up to dial the next seven digits and wait to hear what kind of reception I’d get when someone answered. The way you do it is just plow ahead. 

    But never, not ever, have I found such an easy and happy task as calling my fellow Democrats Abroad. It is, to coin a phrase, a piece of cake. I like cake, especially chocolate cake.

    The distinguishing feature of making phone calls for Dems Abroad is that we are unique. We live outside the United States, which links us by an attitude that is, it seems to me, more open to meeting new people, more available to new ideas. We share the experience of being ex-pats. So when I call a member of Dems Abroad it is most often like talking to a friendly person at a party. We already have a lot in common. And we’re a self-selected group of Democrats who want to be engaged.

    So here’s how I do it, understanding that I’ll always (well… almost always) get a friendly response. When someone answers, I say, “Hi, I’m Larry Barber with Democrats Abroad. How are you?” I know supplied texts often then dictate: “Is this so-and-so?” I don’t do that. I just wait for the person to pause a beat, then say, “Democrats Abroad? Well, hi!” Remember, as Dems Abroad, we’re in this together, this out-of-the-country thing. So I don’t bother asking right off the bat if the person who answers is the name on my list. I just identify myself, say Dems Abroad, and wait for a friendly response. It always (well.. almost always) comes. Then I ask, “Is this ___?” 

    That, for me, has been the simplest and most effective way to engage people. Everyone you call is a member of Democrats Abroad so we’re all in the same club. And it works like a charm. Instant rapport. Immediate eye-to-eye (phone-wise) agreement. It is easy, it has led to wonderful conversations, and I’ve helped lots and lots of motivated Democrats request their absentee ballots, fill them out, and return them to their county and state registrar. Also, these days for Dems Abroad there are no printed phone lists. You don’t have to travel to a campaign office; you phone from home. This isn’t the Dark Ages! Phone bankers for Dems Abroad use a simple computer program that dials for you, and lets you record the response. I would phone for an hour a day, but you can set your own schedule. Easy-peasy.

    Absentee ballots remain an important part of efforts to win state and federal elections. In the all-important 2020 election, absentee ballots made the difference in several states. In Georgia: we estimate 20,000 ballots from overseas were counted—Biden won Georgia by 11,779 votes. In Arizona: we estimate between 17,200 to 19,500 voters abroad cast ballots—Biden won Arizona by 10,457 votes. In Wisconsin: we don’t have solid numbers yet but Democrats Abroad make up roughly 1% of vote totals—Biden won Wisconsin by less than 1% (20,682). Partly as a result of our group’s work, civilian overseas votes in 2020 increased by 62% from 2016. 

    Voting from outside the United States can be tricky and I’ve found many folks want and need our help. We can be a welcome source of information and a relief from nagging, perplexing, and frustrating issues for folks who want to vote but can’t figure out how to do it. 

    So sign up for Democrats Abroad phone banking—you’ll enjoy it and you will make a difference in the all-important mid-term election coming up in 2022.  

     

     

     

     

     

     

     


  • Learn how to take the stress out of getting your vote in on time...

     

    In the recent presidential elections, so important to Democrats worldwide, many voters were surprised and dismayed to find that ballots that they had requested from their local US election officials sometimes months beforehand did not arrive in time for them to post them back to the US for the election.

    Under UOCAVA (Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act) you the voter are PROTECTED!  According to this act, your ballot MUST be sent out to you (and this is often by e-mail) at least FORTY-FIVE days before the election date, giving you ample time to cast your vote and return it in time, even if your state is one that allows submission only by mail. 

        

    If for some reason your ballot DOESN’T arrive, you have an added protection:  you may use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot, sometimes available only to those who have signed up previously under the special protections of UOCAVA. Local Election Officials are trained to sort out FWABs…If both the FWAB and the regular ballot are received, they count the regular ballot and throw away the FWAB.  

    With the new postal cutbacks and restrictions, many voters from abroad learned that the FWAB was an excellent back-up plan, and sent in their write-in ballots MONTHS before the election, just in case….

     

    Here at Democrats Abroad Yucatan many of us have undergone a training course and are certified as Voting Assistance Officers with the Federal Voter Assistance Program…we have materials that explain the rights and obligations in each state, your local election official information, envelopes….everything you need to get your vote in on time.


  • published Protecting the Right to Vote! in News/Noticias 2021-07-02 19:58:09 -0400

    Protecting the Right to Vote!

    by Larry Barber

    News media will not use the word proto-fascist to describe the current Republican Party but the label fits like a fist in a glove. Did any of us imagine in our lifetimes we would see bold and successful efforts to deny voting rights to people in the United States? Did we anticipate actions to subvert the legitimacy of the entire U.S. election system? Did we envision hundreds of members of Congress categorically refusing to participate in our democracy? 

    And yet… January 6, 2021. Trump’s Big Lie convinced a large majority of Republicans that President Biden stole the election from The Former Guy. Voter suppression laws of variety and cunning are already in place, with more coming. Republican state legislatures are planning to delegitimize any election that doesn’t give them the win. In Florida, Republicans now require a survey of political views of students and faculty in state colleges and universities. One-quarter of Republicans are reported to believe “the government, media, and financial institutions are controlled by a group of Satan-worshipping pedophiles who run a global child sex-trafficking operation.” And Trump himself said it: Republicans cannot win a fair election. 

    They are willing to destroy our democracy in order to take power. In Spanish we call them Fachos. In English it’s Fascist. 

    The life of our republic is at stake and we have only a few tools with which to defend it. When the Senate returns on July 20th, we must continue to put pressure on passage of some form of the For the People Act. We must let them know we still care deeply about this issue and expect action. Call them! And if you are in the United States, consider joining the “March On for Voting Rights” set for August 28th.

    Historically the party in power loses seats in Congress in mid-term elections. Our margins in both  chambers are equally thin and we cannot afford to lose that small edge. Votes from overseas voters were the margin of victory in many tight races in 2020, including in Georgia; they can be again in 2022. United States democracy depends on our efforts to fairly elect men and women who represent our ideals and desires for a better country. The most successful rebuke of the current Republican Party will be for us to double down on our efforts to Get Out the Vote, and increase voter turnout to elect those men and women. We hope you will join our effort to do so by joining Democrats Abroad to continue this good work and protect our country from afar. 

     

     

     


  • published DAMX Meeting Schedule for 2021 in News/Noticias 2021-04-17 18:46:39 -0400

    DAMX Meeting Schedule for 2021

    Here is the schedule for Board of Directors Meetings for 2021. Please contact the Secretary for Administrative Records at [email protected] if you would like to attend. All meetings are held on Cisco WebEx.

    April 21, 2021 - 6:00 pm Mexico City Time - Board of Directors Meeting

    July 21, 2021 - 6:00 pm Mexico City Time - Board of Directors Meeting

    October 20, 2021 - 6:00 pm Mexico City Time - Board of Directors Meeting

    Date to be determined - December 2021 - 6:00 pm Mexico City Time - Executive Committee Meeting

    January 19, 2021 - 6:00 pm Mexico City Time - Board of Directors Meeting

    March 11-13, 2021 - Annual General Meeting - Guadalajara

     

     


  • published Meeting Schedule in News/Noticias 2020-09-14 22:12:19 -0400

    Meeting Schedule

    In order to comply with Articles 14.1 and 14.4 of the Democrats Abroad Mexico Bylaws, the following schedule is shared in order to ensure that members are given notice of and an opportunity to participate in meetings of the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors.

     

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  • published Be Prepared For Your Ballot! in News/Noticias 2020-09-02 13:33:53 -0400

    Be Prepared For Your Ballot!

    Time to make a plan! Do not delay!

    Hundreds of U.S. Citizens in San Miguel should be receiving their ballots for the general election in their email in-boxes. If you haven’t yet requested your ballot, please go to https://www.votefromabroad.org to do so. 

    Every Sunday, Democrats Abroad volunteers are available for personalized help on Zoom. CLICK HERE for more information.

    VERIFY! VERIFY! VERIFY! Contact your local election official today to be sure they have processed your FPCA form and are planning to email you your ballot. Look up the contact info. at this website: https://www.votefromabroad.org/states

    Voters need to have a plan this year to return their ballots.

    When you receive your ballot by email, you will need to download it, print it, vote it and follow the instructions carefully to return it. For all states, you will need to have a plan to print your ballot. If you do not have a printer, reach out to your friends and/or neighbors to see if they can print your ballot for you or use a nearby papelaria where they can print it for you from your device or a flash drive. 

    States that require ballots to be mailed - most urgent:

    As of Aug. 29th, these states require ballots to be returned by postal mail:AR, CT, GA, ID, IL*, KY, MD, MI, MN, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, SD, TN, TX, VA, VT, and WI.  

    It is now time to send your ballot back by private courier! DA Mexico has a special 30% coupon to use with DHL. Please email [email protected] to get your coupon certificate.

    * Please check your instructions and local election official to see if you can return by fax or electronically!

    States that allow electronic submission of ballots:

    All voters that can return their ballot electronically should do so. These states have electronic options:  AL, AZ, CO, DE, DC, HI, IA, IN, KS, ME, MA, MO, MS, MT, NE (requires permission from local election official), NV, NJ (also send by mail), NM, NC, ND, OR (with special forms) RI, SC, UT, WA, WV, and WY.Please reach out to [email protected] for support and further explanation. 

    States that allow faxing of ballots:

    The above states and the following allow ballot return by fax: AK (if requested ballot to be emailed), CA, FL, LA, NM, and OK. We have partnered with Smart Space Hub, Salida a Celaya #34. All faxing and scanning of your ballot will be underwritten by SmartSpace. If this is an option for your state, you are strongly advised to utilize it. There is also a website, https://faxzero.com where you can fax these documents for free, or for a small fee on larger ballots.

    Our headquarters at Ancha de San Antonio #19 is now only open by appointment for ballot assistance. We will be available on October 14th & 15th by appointment.  Please email [email protected]. We have a printer available, and Federal Post Card Application forms for states that require they be mailed. All safety protocols are followed.

    Voters should act with the utmost urgency when they receive their ballots. Do not delay. If you do not receive your ballot contact your local election official and be prepared to utilize the Federal Emergency Write-in Ballot, contact [email protected] for assistance.  Be alert to news features from our local sites, Civil List, SMA FAQ, Discover SMA and Facebook for other options. 

    Please, please reach out to us if you need any assistance! We are here to help you!