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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 a 40% discount for sending in our ballots.

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 USA40 for a 40% 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 info-israel@democratsabroad.org 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 info-israel@democratsabroad.org


What are your state requirements for sending in your ballot? Find out here

States have different requirements for sending in your ballot -- FAX, EMAIL, or MAIL.

Check out the chart below to find out what your state requires.

FAXED Ballots

EMAILED Ballots

MAILED-IN Ballots

AK

CA

FL

LA

OK
WY* (OR EMAIL)
AL 
AZ
CO
DC
DE
HI
IA
IN
KS
MA
ME
MO
MS    MT
NC
NE
NJ*
NM
NV
OR
RI
SC
UT
WA
WV
WY* (OR FAX)
AR
CT
GA
IL
KY
MD
MI
MN
NH
NJ*    NY
OH
PA
SD
TN
TX
VA
VT*
WI

NJ* - email and follow up with hard copy by mail; VT* - you can email if there is no postal service in your country; WY* - check with your county whether they accept email or fax.

To find out how to MAIL IN your ballot, click here

To find out how to FAX your ballot, click here


How to send in your ballot by MAIL

If your state requires you to mail in your ballot and you want to avoid the USPS, you have three choices for how to send in your ballot from Israel:

Plan A: Hand-deliver your ballot to either the American Embassy in Jerusalem or Tel Aviv by October 2 from where it will be delivered to your LEO via diplomatic pouch (assuming you are able to get there subject to lockdown rules).

Plan B: Send your ballot via local delivery service to the American Embassy in Jerusalem or Tel Aviv by October 2where it will then be delivered to your LEO via diplomatic pouch.

* RECOMMENDED Plan C: Send your ballot directly to your Local Election Office (LEO) via international document delivery by October 2.

Important announcement from the American Embassy for mail-in ballots

“Where mail-in ballots are the only option, please consider using a courier service to send your ballot directly to your home state to be counted.  If you live far from Jerusalem or Tel Aviv, you may also mail ballots via Israel Post or private courier to the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem or the Embassy Branch Office in Tel Aviv.  Please consider this only as a last resort, as it will add steps to the process and slow it down.  We will then mail your ballots for you to the United States to be delivered to your district office via Diplomatic Pouch.  ​Please note that if you chose to mail your ballots via the U.S. Embassy or the Embassy Branch Office, we cannot guarantee that your ballot will reach your home state in time to be counted.

Whichever plan you choose, we highly recommend sending in your ballot as soon as possible

To send in your ballot by mail, follow the steps below.

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How to fax in your ballot

The states that require faxed-in ballots are: AK, CA, FL, LA, and OK, and WY (as one option)

If you vote in one of the states that requires faxed-in ballots, here is what you have to do:

FAX your ballot back to your Local Election Official (LEO).

Not sure how to Fax? There’s an app for that. Fill out the attached fax transmission cover sheet: https://www.fvap.gov/uploads/FVAP/Forms/coversheet.pdf ; sign it, and scan it with the ballot materials to fax@fvap.gov and FVAP.gov will fax it in for you.  Do this at least 10 days before Election Day to allow time for FVAP.gov to fax your ballot to your LEO.


Please donate to Dems Abroad Israel! We cannot do this without your help!

The 2020 election is a critical moment in American history, as the fate of democracy hangs in the balance. Democrats Abroad-Israel stands on the front-lines protecting Democracy in America and around the world.

But we need your help!

 

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Get Involved! Help Get Out the Vote in 2020 !

Here are some ways you can help Get Out The Vote (GOTV) before November 3, 2020!


Message from our Chair, Heather Stone

 

There’s no time to waste.  We are 33 days from Ballot Day, September 19, and seventy-eight days from Election Day, November 3.  Here’s what you can and should do:

  • Check that you are registered to vote: votefromabroad.org/states
    • If you’re not registered 👉🏼 votefromabroad.org and complete the registration form right away. It’s not too late. ☑️the box to get the ballot sent to you by email.  The ballot will be sent to you Ballot Day, September 19.
  • Register to Vote: votefromabroad.org It’s not too late. ☑️the box to get the ballot sent to you by email. The ballot will be sent to you Ballot Day, September 19.
  • If you are from one of these states: AK CT GA ID IL IA KY MD MI MN MO NH NY OH PA SD TN TX VT VA WI WY 👉🏼 votefromabroad.org/FWAB and fill in a Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot immediately and send it back to your local election official ASAP. This will secure your vote in case your official state ballot does not make it back to your local election official in time.  If it does make it back in time, your FWAB will be cancelled. 
  • Ask all your friends and family to register to vote (see above) and to join Democrats Abroad democratsabroad.org
  • Sign up to volunteer – we need all hands on deck to phone-bank and register voters. Contact info-israel@org and indicate what kind of volunteer work you will do.
  • Help us reach the tens of thousands of Americans in Israel – make a 100, 200, 300 NIS donation to Democrats Abroad – Israel Bank Hapoalim (12) Branch 558 Account number 387497 Or via Bit to Democrats Abroad Israel +972544510754

 


Getting out the Vote (GOTV) in Tel Aviv, Haifa, Modi'in, and Zichron

Volunteer Paula Mills, Photo by Barbara FrondelVolunteers are busy getting out the vote every weekend in cities around the country. Read on for more details about where and when to find them.

Would you like to set up a team in your city? Contact GOTV chair Bob Golub at ravreuven@aol.com.

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FAQs for the 2020 Global Presidential Primary

Don’t miss your chance to vote in person this presidential year! Join Americans around the world and participate in this year’s Global Presidential Primary through Democrats Abroad. Voting in the Primary gives you the chance to help determine the presidential candidates our delegates will vote for in the Democratic National Convention. Details below.


Who is eligible to participate?
Democrats Abroad has just a few requirements for voting in the primary:
  • Be abroad and be a U.S. citizen
  • Be a member of Democrats Abroad
  • Be 18 as of November 3, 2020
  • Not have voted, or plan to vote, in any other 2020 state presidential primary
When can I vote?
Starting February 18th, you can download your ballot from the Democrats Abroad website and vote from over 197 countries! If you'd like to vote in person, our in-person events kick off on Super Tuesday - March 3rd - and run til March 10th.


What if I’m not a member of Democrats Abroad?
You can sign up today, or anytime up until you’re about to vote.


How can I vote in the Democrats Abroad primary?
You can vote in person or online. If you’d like to vote in person, head here to check out the list of official events. We’re holding more than 220 events in 45 countries around the world starting March 3rd.
If you can’t join us in person, as long as you’re a member of Democrats Abroad, you can also vote remotely. Look for your primary ballot in your inbox on February 18, and you can also download the ballot from Democratsabroad.org starting on that date.


I vote in California. Can I vote in the Global Presidential Primary and the California primary?
You can only vote in a presidential primary one time. If you vote in the GPP, but also want to vote in California for the down-ballot primary races (such as for your congressperson), you can! Just don't vote for a presidential candidate on your California ballot.


I've already received my overseas absentee ballots for this year from California. Why should I participate in the GPP instead of voting in the California presidential primary?
While tens of thousands of people will participate in the GPP this year, millions will vote in your home state. That means that your vote in the Global Presidential Primary is more powerful than if you were to vote in California - in fact, it’s 4 times more powerful!


Who will win the Global Presidential Primary?
That’s up to you to decide! We’ll be announcing the results of our primary on March 23, so stay tuned.


I have questions about voting abroad.
Please email gotv@democratsabroad.org so we can help!
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Invitation to Democrats Abroad Global Presidential Primary

Invitation to Democrats Abroad Global Presidential Primary

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