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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 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]


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.


Voting From Israel


 

This is a midterm election year — all 435 seats in the House of Representatives, 35 of the 100 Senate seats, and 39 gubernatorial seats are up for grabs in November. U.S. citizens have the right to vote in primary and general elections, no matter where in the world they live! If you're a U.S. citizen, dual-national, or will be 18 on November 8, 2022, you have the right to vote from abroad in US elections — including in the November 2022 midterms!

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., how long you’ve lived outside the U.S., or if you've never resided in the U.S. at all. You have the right to vote!

The U.S. State Department recommends, “all U.S. citizens living abroad complete and submit a new Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) annually, to ensure you remain on your state’s voter rolls and to ensure your local election office has your up-to-date contact information.” Vote From Abroad provides all the information, forms, and support help in one place to make voting easy!

 

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

 

✭ ✭ In 2022, these States must mail in the ballot. Vote as soon as you get your ballot! Don't wait to return your ballot! ✭  ✭

 Arkansas, Connecticut, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

Go to www.votefromabroad.org/states for specific  details


KEY POINTS FOR VOTING

  • Request your overseas ballot now!  www.votefromabroad.org 
  • Ask on the request form (FPCA) that your ballot be sent to you by email
  • Submit your request form by email, if your state allows  
  • Return your voted ballot electronically (email, upload or fax), if your state allows 
  • If your state requires you to mail back your ballot:
    • Request your ballot NOW, so you’ll receive it on Sept 24 when counties start sending overseas ballots out (45 days before the election)
    • Download and vote your ballot as soon as you receive it
    • Use the diplomatic pouch (by Oct 2nd) or use a courier service to sent it back
  • Track your request form and your ballot
  • Questions?  [email protected]

 

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What's covered on this page: 

1. Registering to vote and requesting your ballot

2. Confirming your request has been accepted

3. Receiving your ballot

4. Oct 1 and the ballot hasn’t arrived? 

5. Voting your ballot

6. Returning your ballot

7. Checking twice to prevent mistakes

8. Confirming your ballot's arrival

9. What to do if you encounter difficulties

10. Getting your "I Voted from Israel" Stickers 

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1. Registering to vote and requesting your ballot for the 2022 midterm elections

The first step is to request your ballot, and if need be, register to vote from abroad. You should do this every election year to ensure you remain on your state’s overseas voter rolls and to ensure your local election office has your up-to-date contact information. It’s important to register as an absentee voter from abroad because the ballots of US citizens voting from abroad have special protections and are different from the standard absentee ballot. 

Go to votefromabroad.org to fill out your Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) absentee ballot request — it takes 5-10 minutes! If you're not registered to vote, the FPCA also serves as a voter registration form. Choose the option to receive ballots by email.

The second step is to submit the FPCA absentee ballot request form 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 it out. But some states require that you submit your completed form by email attachment, fax, or postal mail. State deadlines and submission methods can be found here.

If you have any questions while filling out your request form, go to the Vote from Abroad FAQ section or type your question in the website's chatbox (red circle in the bottom right-hand corner of each screen). Or you can email us at [email protected] 

 


Watch a video on how to use www.votefromabroad.org in English.




2. Confirming your request has been accepted  ✅

After submitting your FPCA absentee ballot request form, call or email your Local Election Official (LEO) to confirm they have received it and will be sending your ballot. Your LEO's contact information is listed in the instructions generated when you fill out your FPCA form at Vote from Abroad. You can also look up their contact info here

Most states provide a website where you can verify your voter status. To find your state's website, click here and scroll down to “Where Is My Ballot?"

 

3. Receiving your ballot 📬

Your overseas absentee ballot is not your standard absentee ballot back home! Thanks to the MOVE Act, all states must send FPCA-requested  absentee ballots to overseas voters no later than 45 days before a federal election — this year that’s September 24, 2022

And, if requested, all states must send overseas voters their ballot by email.

You don't need to wait for ballots to arrive on September 24. If you're worried your ballot won't arrive on time, send in a Backup Ballot NOW. The Backup Ballot (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.

 

4. Your ballot hasn’t arrived? 📭

Check your spam folder. Still no ballot? Contact your local election official here and confirm they’ve sent your ballot to you. Go to votefromabroad.org if you need to send in a new FPCA absentee ballot request form.

If you haven’t received your ballot by October 1 and your state requires postal mail return, 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.

 

5. Voting your ballot 🗳️

It’s easy to get informed about candidates, ballot initiatives, and judicial candidates and important to vote your ballot completely. State and local races are critical in 2022! 

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 county's local Democratic Party
  • Go to the League of Women Voters personalized ballot service 
  • Go to Ballotpedia - Example: google “Ballotpedia Arizona elections 2022”
  • Google the candidate's name to find their campaign website

 

6. There are lots of ways to return your ballot! 

📌 Remember! Only use a mail service if you cannot return your ballot electronically 📌

Ballot return methods – by email, online, postal mail, fax – vary by state. Always return your ballot as quickly as possible, but especially if your state only allows postal mail return. Find your state's exact ballot return methods here.

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

If your state requires postal mail return, see info below on options from Israel.

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

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


Need help scanning your ballot?

 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


International Postal Service:  

If your state requires postal mail ballot return, one option is to use express international mail from the Israel Postal Service. Please remember mail service can be slow and send your ballot as soon as possible!

You should – and some states require you – to deliver your ballot on or before Election Day.   Find out your state’s requirements here

 

 The U.S. Embassy/Consulate diplomatic pouch: The U.S. Embassy in Israel requests that ballots sent by the diplomatic post be dropped off no later than four weeks before the ballot due date. You will need to place your ballots in a U.S. postage paid return envelopes (usually provided with your ballot) or in envelopes bearing sufficient U.S. postage. You can download a free U.S. postage-paid return envelope template at FVAP.gov.

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. Use a Back-up Ballot to make the diplomatic pouch deadline if your regular ballot hasn’t arrived. Find out more here.

 

The U.S. Embassy address in Jerusalem is:  14 Flusser Street, Jerusalem

The U.S. Embassy Branch Office address in Tel Aviv is: 71 Hayarkon Street, Tel Aviv



Important Note regarding drop-off ballots:


Ballot Drop Boxes should be used only until October 7 (allowing for a full month to arrive in the U.S. at the Local Election Official for the election), and are available - In Jerusalem, Monday through Friday 7:30 am - 15:00 pm and are cleared daily at 15:00 and sent the next day.

In Tel Aviv, Tuesday and Thursday, 8:00 am - 11:00 am by appointment - [email protected]

More information is on the website  

 

 Courier Service:

If your state requires postal mail ballot return, the quickest option is to use a courier service.

DA Israel has arranged with DHL a discount for ballots to be returned to the U.S. To send your ballot via DHL please use the following link: https://mydhl.express.dhl/il/en/home.html#/createNewShipmentTab.

 Use USA17 for a 17% discount. 

The DHL offer is only available between September 11, 2022  through November 15, 2022.  So please act quickly to ensure that your ballot gets to your county registrar as soon as possible. 

Even with expedited courier services though, ballots still take several days to get to the United States. Please send your ballot as soon as possible! Do not wait! You should – and some states require you – to deliver your ballot on or before Election Day.   Find out your state’s requirements here We do not recommend booking or paying online with any courier service. You will not receive a postmark if you book or pay online.

DHL cannot send to a P.O. Box! Be sure to confirm a street address with your local election official if a P.O. Box is the return address on your ballot. 

(1) Fill out the DHL airway bill.

  • Fill in all the mandatory boxes. Skip the optional boxes. Do not add extra insurance and DO request end of day delivery to keep cost at a minimum.
  • Company name is your name on the sender side and the local election official on the recipient side.
  • Look up your local election official’s information on www.votefromabroad.org/states If 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. YOU MUST have a street address for this.
  • 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.

REMINDER: Keep a digital and hard copy of your request and completed affidavit/declaration with your important papers. Always sign your future voter papers with the exact same signature for EVERY election cycle to prevent voter suppression.

NOTE: For the 2024 primary and General elections, request your Absentee Ballot in March 2024.

 

 

📌 Remember! Only use a mail service if you cannot return your ballot electronically 📌

7. Checking twice to prevent mistakes 👀

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

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. Unsure? Find out your state’s requirements here

 

8. Confirming your ballot's arrival at your local election office in the United States ✓✓

Once you've sent 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! 

The easiest way to ensure your ballot has arrived is to go to "Track Your Ballot" on your state’s website. You can also look up your local election office's contact details here and contact them directly. They may be experiencing a high volume of calls, so you may need to be persistent to get through to someone.

 

9. Having trouble? Need help? 😕

We understand that the voting process to some states can be confusing — that's why we're here to help! Send us an email at  [email protected] or contact

 

10. Get your "I Voted from Israel" sticker

Thank you for voting!  If you would like to print an “I Voted from Israel” sticker go to: https://www.fvap.gov/IVotedSticker?id=109


Annual General Meeting DA Israel 2022

On Tuesday evening, March 15th at 19:30 we will hold the Annual General Meeting of Democrats Abroad Israel and the Palestinian Territories, via Zoom.  We are delighted to have 2 prominent journalists as our special guest speakers - Alison Kaplan Sommer and Bradley Burston. 

 
Allison Kaplan Sommer is a senior writer and columnist for Haaretz.  She co-hosts the Promised Podcast and the Haaretz Weekend Podcast.  She made aliyah from Rhode Island, the bluest state in the U.S. 
 
Bradley Burston, Haaretz columnist has lived in Israel since 1976, and helped to found Kibbutz Gezer.  He has worked as a correspondent for the Jerusalem Post, Reuters and Haaretz, covering Gaza, the 1991 Gulf War,  the Israel-Arab peace talks in the mid 1990s, and more.  In 2006, he received the Eliav-Sartawi Award for Mideast Journalism at the UN.

We will also report on the work of DA Israel this past year, and the work ahead of us in the 2022 midterm elections. 
Please join us at this annual event. It is also an opportunity to be informed and meet up with fellow DA members.

Enter via this Zoom link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/85123646699

Democratically Yours,

Roy Kohavi  

VC Social Media  DA Israel


November 2021 Newsletter: GOTV 2022 effort BEGINS!

November Brings Change in Political Climate?

2021 Newsletter from our Chair, Ethan Kushner 


This is the first newsletter we’ve sent out in a while, and we hope that we find you all well and geared up (believe it or not) for yet another election season. 

We are still recovering from the victory celebrations of 2020 & the election of Joe Biden as the 46th President of our United States.  Democrats Abroad voters globally played a pivotal role in delivering the win, especially in the battleground states of Pennsylvania, Arizona and Georgia.   For the first time in a long time, the Democratic Party realized the untapped voter potential that exists with Americans overseas across the globe. We here in Israel were also able to play a pivotal role; and for this we thank each of you who took the time to complete a ballot and send it back to your home districts.

Energized by an incredible desire to end the Trump presidency, Democrats Abroad Israel doubled its’ membership in the period leading up to the November 2020 elections, and that effort was evident in the number of absentee ballots sent by American/Israeli voters to their home districts. Though we know that the energy around the last elections brought many of you out of the woodwork, we know there are many more Americans living in Israel who support the Democratic Party but have yet to “be counted.”  Registering voters is something that we need to continue to do, and this remains a primary focus for us in 2022.

If we thought that the road was now going to be easy, after regaining control of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., the House of Representatives and the Senate , if we thought that these victories signaled the ability to bring about major legislative changes “For the People,” a far call from the confused and chaotic former administration, and that America was reclaiming its rightful place as a global leader -- well, reality has set in, sooner than we expected.         

A taste of what the future may bring was delivered this month in the off-year Gubernatorial races in New Jersey and Virginia.  Though Democrats kept control of the Governor mansion in New Jersey, the final tally does not bode well for an incumbent Governor, and in Virginia the Democratic candidate lost a race in a State which Joe Biden won by ten points in 2020.

While these two races ought to concern Democrats, they do not necessarily signal a trend.  Nonetheless, we must remain vigilant.  For us in Israel, this means that we need to gear up our voter registration efforts, we need to help all voters get their ballots and ensure that they are sent back in time to the US to be counted in the Primary and General elections.

All is not doom and gloom. In less than a year in office, the Biden-Harris Administration has accomplished a lot “For the People”.  Corona stimulus checks, Child Tax Credits, 4.6% unemployment, Bipartisan Infrastructure Package, 80+% corona vaccination rates in adults, roll-out of corona vaccination for 5-11 year olds (turning the tide on the pandemic) and the list goes on.

In the coming months, you will be hearing a lot from us.  We will be contacting you through phone drives, asking you to join us in various “Get Out the Vote” events, mailers and other activities.  We hope to see most if not all of you, and hope that you will join us in our efforts to keep control of the House and Senate.

Democratically yours,
Ethan Kushner      Heather Stone
Chair                      Vice Chair

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Message from our new Chair, Dr. Elana Sztokman

Dear Friend,

It is a great privilege to be writing to you from this new position, leading our important organization during this crucial time in history. Thank you for entrusting me as your Chair. 

As Americans and Israelis, we have a distinct role in preserving democratic institutions in our world, during a period in which our cherished democracy is facing threats on multiple fronts. We have vital work ahead of us.

Our vision must be clear and steadfast: We want to see a world in which democracy and humanity thrive. We believe in a civic society based on the unequivocal values of compassion, inclusion, diversity, protection of equality and human rights. These are the ideals that our work is built on.

Our mission is equally pressing: To grow a community of Americans in Israel who are committed to these values and beliefs. 

Our work is urgent: To encourage Americans in Israel to participate in the democratic process in America in order to protect democracy today and for future generations.

As we emerge from the shadows of the pandemic, as well as from the cultural and political darkness that fell upon us all in 2016, it is time to rebuild our communities and bring back the light to our shared humanity.

There are many ways for you to do this, by taking part in growing the Dems Abroad community.

* Attend an in-person event – such as the July 4 picnic or Tel Aviv Pride this coming Friday.

* Bring a friend and invite them to join our community – especially one who may not be a member of Dems Abroad yet.

* Volunteer for one of our committees, like Social Media or Get out the Vote, both of which need your help.

Feel free to be in touch with me any time at [email protected]. I’m eager to hear from you.

To new beginnings, together,

Elana


Dems Abroad Israel unequivocally condemns the rise in anti-Semitism in America

Jerusalem, May 28 – Democrats Abroad-Israel unequivocally condemns the increasing wave of antisemitism – an increase of 60% over the past few weeks, according to the ADL – and calls on community leaders and legislators to take all necessary steps to stem the worrying tide. The condemnation follows the statements of President Joseph R. Biden, Jr., Vice President Kamala Harris, and the Democratic Party leadership including, Senate Majority Leader Schumer, House Speaker Pelosi, Majority Leader Hoyer, and others who have admirably taken firm stands on the issue.

“The disturbing increase in physical, verbal and online antisemitic attacks in the United States and around the world must be addressed through a combination of enforcement, awareness, and education campaigns and interventions,” says DA-Israel Chair Dr. Elana Sztokman. “In addition, we call on the Republican party to take responsibility for stoking hatred and enabling radical and violent extremists in their midst, as we saw on January 6 and as we hear from people like Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene whose vile conspiracy theories and Holocaust denial have been supported by 199 House Republicans. The failure to act in the face of antisemitism poses a threat not only to Jews but to all endangered minorities and to democracy itself.”

DA Israel applauds the Democratic leadership for taking a stand on this issue.

 

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You're invited to a Special Election for DA Chair

When we held the DA Israel elections last month we did not elect a chair.  Therefore, we need to hold a special election now to elect a chair. 
 
There is one candidate running - Dr. Elana Sztokman.  You can see her candidate statement here
 
We’re holding a Special Election to Elect our Chair on May 11, 2021 at 20:00.  The meeting will be on zoom. 
 
 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
 
We need a quorum of at least 20 members at the special election meeting in order to hold the election.  Please make the effort to attend. 
 
Thanks for making our organization outstanding!
 
Democratically yours,
 
LeeAnn Sandler & Shari Eshet
NEC - Special Election 2021

DA Israel
http://www.democratsabroad.org/


Meet the International Legal Counsel Candidates

Meet the International Legal Counsel Candidates

The Democratic Party Committee Abroad (DPCA) will soon be electing new leadership. The Global Executive Committee (ExCom) will lead Democrats Abroad for the next two years, giving guidance and support to the leaders and volunteers around the world. DPCA voting representatives elected from each country committee -- including four representatives from Israel -- will be electing the Global Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, and Legal Counsel.

The 2021 Global Meeting, at which the elections will be held, will take place the weekend of May 14-16 online. 

In advance of this meeting, it is important for us to become familiar with the legal counsel candidates in order to make informed votes. We want our members to have the opportunity to hear from these candidates, and we also welcome DPCA voting representatives from other country committees to attend and ask questions.

As such, you are invited to an online event to meet the candidates.

April 27, 2021 at 12pm - 1pm Jerusalem Time 

OR

April 27, 2021 at 9pm - 10pm Jerusalem Time

READ MORE ABOUT THE CANDIDATES HERE.

REGISTER FOR THE GLOBAL MEETING HERE.

Here are the recordings of the events:

April 27, 2021 at 12pm - 1pm Jerusalem Time (Access Passcode: p4EY+^5Z)

April 27, 2021 at 9pm - 10pm Jerusalem Time (Access Passcode: jVY9gv1!)

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IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT FROM THE CHAIR: AGM and election of a new Board

Dear friends,

I’m writing to you from Tel Aviv after several days of not sleeping at all or not sleeping well. The Events of Jan 6, 2021 are still playing on an endless loop in my mind. I hope that you are comforted that the Congress returned after the Capitol was cleared and resumed its business of declaring Joe Biden and Kamala Harris the next President and Vice President of the United States.

These last four years in general and the last seven weeks specifically – culminating in the horrid events of Jan 6 – have taught us that democracy is not a spectator sport. Rather, we each must be engaged and take our part to nurture and tend to our democracy and its bodies.

To this end, Democrats Abroad-Israel will be holding its Annual General Meeting in March in order to select a new board. 

All the positions are up for re-election, including my position as Chair, which is term-limited.

The AGM will take place on March 16 at 19:30 via zoom.

Below is important information from the Nomination and Elections Committee about the process. Please read it carefully and consider running for office. We need an active and vibrant party to protect our democracy.

Democratically yours,

Heather Stone, Chair, Democrats Abroad-Israel

Information about the AGM and DA-Israel Elections

On March 16th we will be holding our Democrats Abroad Israel and the Palestinian Territories Annual General Meeting at 19:30 via Zoom. 

During the AGM, we will discuss the efforts made by DA in the last election and the effect of DA votes in the November 2020 election.

  1. Annual Report. We will hear the report from the Chair for the preceding year, as well as the report of the Chair for the Amuta that was established in 2020 in order to enable DAI to fundraise.
  2. Fundraising and volunteering. We will discuss fundraising and volunteer opportunities;
  3. Bylaws. We will hold a vote for amending the bylaws. The proposed changes include:
    • Including a permanent position for the Chair of the Amuta;
    • Establishing regional chapters which will be subject to the discretion Executive Committee;
    • Adding two positions to the Executive Committee, Fundraising Representative and At-Large members;
  4. DCPA reps. Method of electing and choosing the Democratic Party Committee Abroad Voting Representatives,  Alternative DPCA Representatives and Non-Voting DPCA Representatives.
  5. Board elections. We will hold general elections for the Executive Committee including the new positions subject to the bylaws being amended as proposed.
    1. Chair 
    2. Executive Vice Chair
    3. Vice Chair for GOTV
    4. Vice Chair for Membership
    5. Vice Chair for Social media
    6. Vice Chair Media and Public Policy
    7. Vice Chair for finance (Treasurer)
    8. Vice Chair for Legal counsel
    9. Vice Chair for Fundraising;
    10. At large Members.
    11. DPCA Representatives (if elected to an executive position on the board , you may also stand for election as a DPCA Voting Representative or Alternate DPCA Voting Representative, subject to Gender Balance as deemed necessary by DA - International bylaws).
  6.  Audit committee. We will also hold elections for the Audit Committee of the newly established Amuta.


Any member of DA-Israel is eligible to submit their candidacy for any of the open positions of the Executive Committee and the Audit Committee. For a description of the position’s responsibilities please refer to the attached bylaws.

To submit your candidacy, please fill out the attached nomination form and return by email  to [email protected] by February 14th,  2021. If you choose to nominate someone else for candidacy, please notify the nominating committee by email to [email protected] no later than Feb.1,2021 so that we can contact that person directly for approval.

Attachments:
BY-LAWS
NOMINATION FORM