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HOW TO VOTE FROM ISRAEL

 

Welcome to Democrats Abroad Israel!

Overseas voters often make the difference in close races!

Votes from Democrats Abroad have been the margin of victory in state elections.  In 2019, Democrats Abroad was responsible for turning the Florida Agriculture Commissioner blue. Representing the strongest democracy in the Middle East, Democrats Abroad Israel is a vital community of citizens protecting core democratic values such as equality, freedom, and compassion. With over 100,000 Americans living in Israel (the 7th largest expat community), we have a crucial role in ensuring the Democratic candidates get elected to office in order to serve us all.

We are a 100% volunteer organization and we rely on Americans all around Israel and Palestine to carry out our critical mission.

Here are ways you can be a part:

Contact us at [email protected]

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 And don’t forget to vote!

  

DA Israel Leadership:

Ethan Kushner
| DA Israel, Chair
Heather Stone
| DA Israel, Vice Chair/ DA Deputy International Counsel (Global)/ DA Medicare Portability Task Force, Chair/ DA Israel NPO, President
Yariv Moravnik Shavitt
| VC - Treasurer
Paula Mills
| VC - Membership, DPCA alternate voting rep
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  • News

    GREAT NEWS FOR MAIL-IN BALLOT VOTERS: DHL is offering a special discount to voters in Israel!

    If you are from one of the 20 states that requires that you mail your ballot back - Democrats Abroad Israel has a swift and economic solution. This is especially important in light of the slowness of the post and diplomatic pouch, and the limits of the Coronavirus lockdown.

    DHL-Israel is offering us 17% discount through November 30th, for returning your ballot for the GA runoff.

    To benefit from this deal, go to: https://mydhl.express.dhl/il/en/shipment.html#/#address-details (Use a computer or tablet, not a smartphone), and follow the instructions below.

    (1) Fill out the airway bill.

    • Fill in all the mandatory boxes.Skip the optional boxes.
    • Company name is your name on the sender side and the the local election official on the recipient side.
    • Look up your local election official’s information on www.votefromabroad.org/statesIf the address is a Post Office Box, call or email them and get a street address.  Tell them you are a UOCAVA Voter sending your ballot by courier and need a street address.
    • Choose the date and time window when you want your package picked up.
      If you do not have access to a printer, schedule the pick-up a day later to allow for finding a printing solution.
    • Choose your means of payment — credit card or PayPal.
      Before entering your payment details check the box to use the Promo Code USA17 for a 17% discount.

    (2) Print out your airway bill and receipt. 
    If you do not have a printer, try to access a printer elsewhere (via neighbors, friends, relatives, colleagues, or print shops). If those options are not available to you, you can contact us at [email protected] and we will help find a solution. However, if you have printing challenges, make sure that you schedule your pick-up for at least one day later in order to allow for the printing solution.

    (3) Wait for DHL to come fetch your ballot.

    If you need help, Democrats Abroad Israel volunteers will be happy to answer your questions.  Contact us at [email protected]

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    Tishrei - It's Time to Vote

    (As published in the Times of Israel)  - By Heather Stone, Vice Chair DA-IL

     

    I bet you thought the US Midterm Elections are on November 8, 2022! Well, for Americans Overseas, the elections are NOW. You probably think I’m crazy, but it’s true. Americans Overseas have to request their ballot every year, and the election starts for them early — it starts when the ballots are sent out, which this year almost coincides with the start of the Hebrew month of Tishrei. From that time, Americans overseas can start voting — and we should. The overseas vote has been the margin of victory in many close elections in the past and can be again. In 2016 and 2018 and 2020 the overseas vote was the margin of victory in many battleground states, including Arizona, Georgia and Pennsylvania. Your vote is your voice and you should exercise your vote.

    Every American living overseas is entitled to vote in every federal election and many state and local elections (depending on the state and local laws). The federal law protecting the rights of Americans overseas to participate in federal elections is The Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) which was enacted by Congress in 1986. UOCAVA requires every state to provide ballots to overseas voters at least forty-five (45) days before the election. This year, that means the ballots will come out no later than September 24, 2022 (Ballot Day) – Just before Rosh Hashanah. UOCAVA also requires the states to make the ballots available to all overseas voters by email if the voter asks to receive it by email. Therefore, if the voter asks to get their ballot by email, the ballot will arrive by September 24, 2022.

    In order to ensure that Americans overseas, particularly Americans in Israel increase their participation in the midterm elections, the registration platform https://www.votefromabroad.org makes it super easy to fill out the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) required by the UOCAVA and submitting it directly with your Local Election Official. Many states allow for electronic filing of the FPCA and some allow for parallel electronic filing of a hard copy to be sent by mail. Voters who check the box to get their ballots by email will get their ballots sent to them quickly (as soon as September 24, 2022, if the FPCA is filed this week. If you asked for your ballot to be sent by email and you did not get it – check your spam folder and if necessary, contact your Local Election Official. You can find contact details for your Local Election Official on www.votefromabroad.org If you need assistance with your ballot – anything from downloading, envelope folding, return instructions, you can go to the Global Voter Assistance Zoom Room by following this link: https://qrco.de/bbh0zg

    When you request your ballot, you will have the chance to vote for Congress. All members of the House of Representatives stand for election every two (2) years. In addition, many of you will have the chance to vote for Senate. One-third (1/3) of the Senate stands for election every two (2) years. Furthermore, there are thirty-six (36) state governors up for election. These elections are very important, especially for Americans overseas. Americans living overseas are required to report our worldwide income to the IRS and many are entitled to receive Social Security if you have worked in the United States or for a U.S. employer for at least forty (40) quarters. For these reasons alone Americans overseas have an interest in the federal government tax policy, budget, appropriations, and social security & Medicare. In addition, American policy in many fields such as women’s rights, voting rights, civil rights, LGBTQ rights, and environmental policy affect such rights around the world.

    Once you receive your ballot – follow the instructions from your Local Election Official about how to vote your ballot and how to return it. Some states allow ballots to be returned by fax, email, or to be uploaded to an online voting portal. Other states require the ballot to be mailed back. If you are required to mail your ballot back to your Local Election Office, you should mail your ballot back AS SOON AS POSSIBLE after you receive your ballot. Again, if you need help, go to the Global Voter Assistance Zoom Room and ask your questions: https://qrco.de/bbh0zg

    Remember – the Israeli Post is not the most reliable. Therefore, consider dropping your ballot in the Ballot Drop Box at the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem, or the U.S. Embassy Branch in Tel Aviv. According to the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem – the Ballot Drop Box in Jerusalem is available at the Embassy Arnona Campus 07:30 am to 15:00 pm, Monday to Friday (other than holidays). It is cleared at 15:00 pm each day, and ballots are sent to America within a day. No information is yet available on the days and times when the Ballot Box is available at the Embassy Branch in Tel Aviv. Of course, we are approaching Ballot Day (September 24) which is just before Rosh Hashannah and then we are in for several weeks of Tishrei holidays when the Embassy will be closed just like the rest of the country, so plan accordingly.

    If you are concerned about getting your ballot back to the U.S. in time and vote in a state that requires your ballot be mailed back – there is a discount available through DHL. https://mydhl.express.dhl/il/en/home.html#/createNewShipmentTab ; Enter the discount code: USA17

    So, now that you have no excuse, make your Rosh Hashanah resolution – to vote – fill out your FPCA form NOW and get your ballot on Ballot Day and VOTE Erev Rosh Hashanah. Let’s get the voter participation rate up and make a difference.

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    Upcoming Events

    Thursday, February 02, 2023 at 05:00 PM Jerusalem Time · 19 rsvps

    A Town Hall Meeting with Halie Soifer, CEO of the Jewish Democratic Council of America

    Democrats Abroad-IL is pleased to invite you to a special evening with Halie Soifer, CEO of the Jewish Democratic Council of America (JDCA).

    Prior to joining the JDCA, Halie served as a national security advisor to four members of Congress in both the House and Senate (including then Senator Kamela Harris from CA).  She also served as a senior policy advisor in the Obama administration, as a campaign official and civil servant.  

    Halie received her master's degree from the John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Middle East Studies and international economics, and her BA degree form the University of Michigan (with Honors).  She is a native of East Lansing, Michigan.

    Halie will be introducing us to the new Democratic leadership, the current state of affairs in Congress regarding the State of Israel and much more.

    Please click the RSVP button below to receive a link to the Zoom event.

    We look forward to seeing you at the meeting.

     

    Sunday, March 19, 2023 at 07:30 PM Jerusalem Time · 3 rsvps

    Democrats Abroad Israel Annual General Meeting

    Democrats Abroad Israel is cordially inviting you to attend our 2023 Annual General Meeting.  The meeting will take place in Tel Aviv and will also be available via a zoom link (will be provided with the RSVP) for those unable to attend the meeting in person.  At the meeting we will be announcing the election results for our 2023 Board of Directors and enjoy a keynote speaker (TBA).  

    We look forward to seeing you at the meeting.