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Check out our TaxTalks 2021

In 2021, DA Italy hosted a first series of free talks, entitled Money Monday and Tax Tuesday. The topics are still fully relevant! You will find the links to each discussion here.

We will be announcing a new series of talks for 2022.


Questions? Contact: Nancy Fina, DA Italy Chair: [email protected]

 

May 3, 2021 Tax Talk 1  May 4, 2021  Tax Talk 2
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May 10, 2021 Tax Talk 3
May 11, 2021 Tax Talk 4
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May 24, 2021 Tax Talk 5
May 25, 2021 Tax Talk 6
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The first issue of our Newsletter ...

Dear friend, 

Welcome to The Democracy Dispatch, a new monthly newsletter from Democrats Abroad Italy! Our goal is to keep you informed and energized, making it simple and satisfying to participate in American democracy. 

Here you will find not just the latest political news and events, but also useful information about voting from abroad and getting involved in the issues you care about. Our Community Spotlights will shine a light on Americans doing interesting and original things in Italy. And since we’re lucky enough to live in one of the world’s culinary capitals, our monthly “Recipe for Democracy” series will feature cherished recipes from throughout the bel paese.   

This month, we look at the importance of the 2022 midterm elections for holding accountable the architects of the January 6 attack on the Capitol; meet an American who has done the seemingly impossible — made Italians fall in love with American food; and learn the secret to making authentic traditional pesto using modern appliances.   

If you have story ideas, questions or just want to drop us a message to say hi, our virtual doors are always open. We’re also looking for contributors to help write future editions of the newsletter. Email [email protected] to get involved — and we hope you enjoy your first Democracy Dispatch!  

All the best,
Janna
Editor 
The Democracy Dispatch

Table of Contents:

  • Why the 2022 midterms matter: five political stories highlight five reasons every vote will count 
  • Texas voters! Request your ballot TODAY 
  • Fantastic events in February 
  • Spotlight on Laurel Evans 
  • Recipe for Democracy: Traditional pesto sauce 
  • Save the Date: DAI Annual General Meeting 2022 
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Exercise Your Rights: a full-body workout for Democracy!

Join us twice a week online (via Zoom)
Mondays at 10am and Thursdays at 1pm CET (Italy time)
For info and to sign up: [email protected]

Let’s all get together for a low-impact exercise class with our fantastic trainer Gaia! The classes will be in easy Italian, and there will be someone available to help in English.
We'll have fun, learn a few thing about voting, and get ready for spring.

It's a great way to shake off the Covid blues!!

Starting Feb 14 and running through April 14!
💙A great Valentine’s Day gift to yourself or a friend💙

Twice a week: Mondays at 10 am, Thursdays at 1 pm

The classes are free, but there is a suggested donation of €50 for 2 months of classes. The money we raise will help fund our GOTV efforts for the 2022 Midterms.
Click here to donate to DA Italy


Primary Elections for 2022

Election Day 2022 is November 8, but before we get there, there are primary elections as well! Check the chart below for your state's primary date as well as the registration deadline. Make sure you visit VoteFromAbroad.org as soon as possible to register to vote and/or request your ballots.

(Requesting your ballot now, before the primary deadline, will also ensure that you are sent ballots for the general election as well as any runoff or special elections this year.)

State Primary Date Registration Deadline Ballot Request Deadline Ballot Return Deadline
Texas* March 1, 2022 Rec'd by February 9, 2022 Rec'd by February 18, 2022 Rec'd by March 7, 2022
North Carolina* March 8, 2022 Rec'd by March 7, 2022 at 5 PM Rec'd by March 7, 2022 at 5 PM

Email/Online/Fax:
Rec'd by March 8, 2022 at 7:30 PM

Mail:
Rec'd by March 17, 2022 at 5 PM

California's 22nd Congressional District, special election April 5, 2022 March 21, 2022  

Postmarked by April 5, 2022 and rec'd within 7 days

Indiana May 3, 2022 Mail:
Rec'd by April 25, 2022

Email or Fax:
Rec'd by April 25, 2022 at 11:59 PM
Mail:
Rec'd by April 21, 2022 at 11:59 PM

Email/Online/Fax:
Rec'd by May 2, 2022 at Noon

Mail:
Postmarked by May 3, 2022 and rec'd within 10 days

Email or Fax:
Rec'd by May 3, 2022 at 6 PM

Ohio May 3, 2022 Rec'd by April 4, 2022 Rec'd by April 30, 2022 at Noon

Sent by May 3, 2022 at 12:01 AM

Rec'd within 10 days

Nebraska May 10, 2022

Mail:
Postmarked by April 22, 2022

Email or Fax:
Rec'd by April 22, 2022

Rec'd by May 2, 2022 at 6 PM Rec'd by May 10, 2022 at 6 PM
West Virginia May 10, 2022 Rec'd by April 19, 2022 Rec'd by May 4, 2022

Email or Fax:
Rec'd by May 10, 2022

Mail:
Rec'd by May 16, 2022

Idaho May 17, 2022 Rec'd by April 22, 2022 Rec'd by May 6, 2022 Rec'd by May 17, 2022
Kentucky May 17, 2022

Mail:
Postmarked by April 18, 2022

Email or Fax:
Rec'd by April 18, 2022 at 4 PM

Rec'd by May 10, 2022 Rec'd by May 17, 2022 at 6 PM
Oregon May 17, 2022

Mail:
Postmarked by April 26, 2022

Email or Fax:
Rec'd by April 26, 2022

Online:
Rec'd by April 26, 2022 at 11:59 PM

Mail:
Rec'd by May 12, 2022

Email/Online/Fax:
May 17, 2022

Postmarked by May 17, 2022

Rec'd within 7 days

Pennsylvania May 17, 2022

Mail:
Rec'd by May 2, 2022

Email or Fax:
Rec'd by May 2, 2022 at 11:59 PM

Rec'd by May 16, 2022

Signed by May 16, 2022 at 11:59 PM

Rec'd by May 24, 2022 at 5 PM

Alabama* May 24, 2022 Postmarked by May 9, 2022 Rec'd by May 17, 2022

Postmarked by May 24, 2022

Rec'd within 7 days

Arkansas* May 24, 2022 Postmarked by April 25, 2022 Rec'd by May 17, 2022

Postmarked by May 24, 2022

Rec'd within 10 days

Georgia* May 24, 2022 Rec'd by April 25, 2022 Rec'd by May 13, 2022

Postmarked by May 24, 2022

Rec'd within 3 days

California June 7, 2022

Mail:
Postmarked by May 23, 2022

Online or Fax:
Rec'd by May 23, 2022

Rec'd by May 31, 2022

Mail:
Postmarked by June 7, 2022 and rec'd within 7 days

Fax:
Rec'd by June 7, 2022 at 8 PM

Iowa June 7, 2022 Not required Rec'd by June 6, 2022

Mail:
Postmarked by June 6, 2022 and rec'd within 6 days

Online or Fax:
Rec'd by June 7, 2022 at 8 PM

Mississippi* June 7, 2022 Rec'd by May 28, 2022 Varies; check with your local election official (LEO)

Mail:
Postmarked by June 7, 2022 and rec'd within 5 days

Email or Fax:
Rec'd by June 7, 2022 at 7 PM

Montana June 7, 2022 Rec'd by June 7, 2022 at 8 PM Rec'd by June 7, 2022 at 8 PM

Mail:
Rec'd by June 7, 2022 at 8 PM

Email/Online/Fax:
Sent by June 7, 2022 at 8 PM

New Jersey June 7, 2022 Rec'd by May 17, 2022

Mail:
Rec'd by May 31, 2022

Email or Fax:
Rec'd by June 3, 2022

Postmarked by June 7, 2022

Rec'd within 6 days

New Mexico June 7, 2022

Mail:
Postmarked by May 10, 2022

Email or Fax:
Rec'd by May 10, 2022

Rec'd by June 2, 2022 Rec'd by June 7, 2022 at 7 PM
South Dakota June 7, 2022 Rec'd by May 23, 2022 at 5 PM Rec'd by June 6, 2022 at 5 PM Rec'd by June 7, 2022 at 7 PM
Maine June 14, 2022 Rec'd by June 13, 2022 at 5 PM Rec'd by June 13, 2022 at 5 PM Rec'd by June 14, 2022 at 8 PM
Nevada June 14, 2022

Mail/Email/Fax:
Rec'd by June 14, 2022

Online:
Rec'd by June 14, 2022 at 7 PM

Mail/Email/Fax:
Rec'd by June 14, 2022

Online:
Rec'd by June 14, 2022 at 7 PM

Mail:
Postmarked by June 14, 2022 and rec'd within 4 days

Email/Online/Fax:
Rec'd by June 14, 2022 at 7 PM

North Dakota June 14, 2022 Not required Rec'd by June 13, 2022

Mail:
Postmarked by June 13, 2022 and rec'd within 13 days

Email/Online/Fax:
Rec'd by June 13, 2022 at 11:59 PM

South Carolina* June 14, 2022

Email/Online/Fax:
Rec'd by May 15, 2022

Mail:
Postmarked by May 16, 2022

Rec'd by June 14, 2022 at 7 PM

Email or Fax:
Rec'd by June 14, 2022 at 7 PM

Mail:
Sent by June 14, 2022 and rec'd by June 15, 2022 at 5 PM

Washington, DC June 21, 2022 Rec'd by May 31, 2022 Rec'd by June 18, 2022

Email or Fax:
Rec'd by June 21, 2022

Mail:
Rec'd by June 28, 2022

Virginia June 21, 2022 Rec'd by May 30, 2022 Rec'd by June 10, 2022 at 5 PM Postmarked on June 21, 2022 and rec'd within 3 days by Noon
Colorado June 28, 2022

Postmarked by June 28, 2022

Rec'd within 8 days

Varies; check with your LEO

Postmarked by June 28, 2022 at 7 PM

Rec'd within 8 days

Illinois June 28, 2022 Rec'd by May 29, 2022 Rec'd by June 18, 2022

Postmarked by June 28, 2022

Rec'd within 14 days

Maryland June 28, 2022

Mail:
Postmarked by June 7, 2022

Online:
Rec'd by June 7, 2022 at 11:59 PM

Mail:
Rec'd by June 21, 2022 at 8 PM

Fax:
Rec'd by June 21, 2022 at 11:59 PM

Email/Online:
Rec'd by June 24, 2022 at 11:59 PM

Postmarked by June 28, 2022

Rec'd within 10 days

New York June 28, 2022

Postmarked by June 3, 2022

Rec'd by June 8, 2022

Rec'd by June 21, 2022

Postmarked by June 27, 2022

Rec'd within 7 days

Oklahoma* June 28, 2022

Mail:
Postmarked by June 3, 2022

Email or Fax:
Rec'd by June 3, 2022

Rec'd by June 13, 2022 at 5 PM Rec'd by June 28, 2022 at 7 PM
Utah June 28, 2022

Mail:
Rec'd by June 17, 2022

Online:
Rec'd by June 17, 2022 at 5 PM

Rec'd by June 23, 2022 at 5 PM

Mail:
Postmarked by June 27, 2022 and rec'd within 13 days

Email or Fax:
Rec'd by June 28, 2022 at 12:01 AM

Arizona August 2, 2022 Rec'd by August 2, 2022 at 7 PM Rec'd by August 2, 2022 at 6:59 PM Rec'd by August 2, 2022 at 7 PM
Kansas August 2, 2022

Mail:
Postmarked by August 2, 2022

Email or Fax:
Rec'd by August 2, 2022

Sent by August 2, 2022 Rec'd by August 2, 2022
Michigan August 2, 2022 Varies; check with your LEO Rec'd by July 30, 2022 at 2 PM Rec'd by August 2, 2022 at 8 PM
Missouri August 2, 2022 Rec'd by July 29, 2022 Rec'd by July 29, 2022

Mail:
Postmarked by August 2, 2022 and rec'd within 3 days

Email or Fax:
Rec'd by August 2, 2022

Washington August 2, 2022 Rec'd by August 2, 2022 Not required

Mail:
Postmarked by August 2, 2022

Email/Online/Fax:
Rec'd by August 2, 2022 at 8 PM

Tennessee August 4, 2022 Rec'd by June 28, 2022 Rec'd by June 28, 2022 Rec'd by August 4, 2022 at 8 PM
Connecticut August 9, 2022 Rec'd by August 4, 2022 Rec'd by August 8, 2022 Rec'd by August 9, 2022 at 8 PM
Minnesota August 9, 2022 Rec'd by August 9, 2022 Rec'd by August 9, 2022 Rec'd by August 9, 2022 at 8 PM
Vermont August 9, 2022 Rec'd by August 9, 2022 Sent by August 8, 2022 at 5 PM Rec'd by August 9, 2022
Wisconsin August 9, 2022 Postmarked by July 20, 2022 Rec'd by August 4, 2022 at 5 PM Rec'd by August 9, 2022 at 8 PM
Hawaii August 13, 2022 Postmarked by August 3, 2022 Rec'd by August 6, 2022 at 4:30 PM Rec'd by August 13, 2022 at 7 PM
Alaska August 16, 2022

Mail:
Postmarked by July 17, 2022

Email or Fax:
Rec'd by July 17, 2022

Mail:
Rec'd by August 6, 2022

Email/Online/Fax:
Rec'd by August 15, 2022

Mail:
Postmarked by August 16, 2022 and rec'd within 10 days

Fax:
Rec'd by August 16, 2022

Wyoming August 16, 2022 Rec'd by August 1, 2022 Rec'd by August 15, 2022 Rec'd by August 16, 2022 at 7 PM
Florida August 23, 2022 Postmarked by July 25, 2022

Mail:
Rec'd by August 13, 2022

Email/Online/Fax:
Rec'd by August 23, 2022

Mail:
Postmarked by August 23, 2022

Fax:
Rec'd by August 23, 2022

Delaware September 13, 2022

Mail:
Postmarked by August 29, 2022

Email or Fax:
Rec'd by August 29, 2022

Mail:
Rec'd by September 9, 2022 at 4:30 PM

Email/Online/Fax:
Rec'd by September 12, 2022 at Noon

Rec'd by September 13, 2022 at 8 PM
New Hampshire September 13, 2022 Rec'd by September 13, 2022 Rec'd by September 12, 2022 at 5 PM Rec'd by September 13, 2022 at 5 PM
Rhode Island September 13, 2022 Rec'd by August 14, 2022 Rec'd by August 23, 2022 Rec'd by September 16, 2022
Massachusetts September 20, 2022 Not required Rec'd by September 14, 2022 Rec'd by September 20, 2022 at 8 PM
Louisiana None      

* State has a Primary Runoff. See the next chart for this information.


2022 Midterm elections

The 2022 midterm elections aren't until November but the primaries start in March with Texas. We highlighted some key races to watch that could turn State Capitols blue or change the balance in Congress.

Here are our races to watch. Which races are you watching in your state?

Texas: March 1st will be a rematch between incumbent House Democrat Henry Cuellar and progressive Jessica Cisneros who gave the incumbent a run for the money and held him to 51.8% in 2020. Will redistricting make this district ripe for Republican picking?

North Carolina: The state Supreme Court postponed the primaries from March to May because of two pending lawsuits that challenged legislative district maps. The U.S. Senate race has candidates on both sides vying for November since incumbent Richard Burr will not seek reelection. Will North Carolina turn blue?

Maryland: Republican Governor Larry Hogan is term-limited and the June 28th primary will be crowded including former DNC Chair, Tom Perez and state Comptroller, Peter Franchot. Will Democrats be able to keep this deep blue state blue?

New York: Andrew Cuomo is out of the picture but his replacement, Kathy Hochul, faces primary challenges from Representative Tom Suozzi and former NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio. Will New Yorkers disenchanted with the Biden administration turn the Empire State red?

Florida: Governor Ron DeSantis will face Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, one of only a few Democrats in the Republican run state, or former Governor and current House Democrat Charlie Crist. Can Republican Marco Rubio win a third term against House Democrat Val Demings?

Georgia: Stacy Abrams is back in the Governor race. Georgians are hoping for a Rocky-style knockout against Governor Kemp in November. Can Senator Raphael Warnock stave off a challenge from former NFL player Hershel Walker?

 

(Many thanks to DA Switzerland for sharing this page with us!)


Laurel Evans kicks off our monthly series: Recipe for Democracy

We hope you'll join us online
February 1 at 7pm (Italy time)


Texas voter and Food Expert Laurel Evans will explain how to file a ballot request (FPCA), and then will talk about her move to Italy, and might even share a recipe or two!

See you there! You can RSVP <-- click here!

 


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WELCOME TO DEMOCRATS ABROAD ITALY!

DA Italy is the official country committee for US Democrats living in Italy.

Our goal is to serve you, to keep you connected, and to support the Biden-Harris administration 
in every way possible  as we prepare for the 2022 mid-term elections.

If you have questions or would like to help with Democrats Abroad in Italy please contact us:
Nancy Fina, Chair: [email protected]
Helenka Kinnan, Secretary: [email protected]


Are you an American living in Italy? Click below to:

JOIN DA

 

VOLUNTEER WITH US

 

DONATE FOR OUR WORK IN ITALY

 

We will be announcing a new series of Tax Talks beginning in June for 2022
Click here to consult our 2021 Tax Talk Seminars!

Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DAItaly


Dante – 700 Years of Literary Influence

Dante: 700 Years of Literary Influence 
October 12, 2021 
7- 8pm (Florence time)

We hope you'll join us for Fundraising Extravaganza Event 5, a lecture by Jason Houston on the influence of Dante 700 years after his death. The event is "hybrid": online via Zoom, or in-person in Florence (near piazza Santa Croce).

You can make a donation here: https://www.democratsabroad.org/gaf_daitaly/help_us_help_you
Season ticket holders are welcome to attend each event either online or in-person.  If you have not yet made a donation for a season ticket, we have a special offer: €30  for the next four events instead of €75

Donations for individual events are still €25 for each in-person event (this includes a drink & snacks) or €15 for each online event.

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EMEA Regional Meeting 2021 a Great Success!

Congratulations to Jen Rakow-Stepper and all the teams, techs, mods, and participants on a good job well done!

We got so much done this weekend at the EMEA Regional Meeting. Brav* tutt*!

 


NEWS FLASH - TAX DAY EXTENDED TO MAY 17💙🇺🇸 

 

Yes, all Americans, even when you live/work abroad must file tax returns.

Consult the Irs web site for the latest info for Americans Abroad.

 

STAY TUNED - WE WILL BE ORGANIZING A TAX EVENT TO HELP EDUCATE ALL AMERICANS IN ITALY BEGINNING OF MAY

IRS reminder: June 15 tax deadline postponed to July 15 for taxpayers who live and work abroad to file their 2020 federal income tax return and pay any tax due.

📌📌If you are a U.S. citizen or resident alien residing overseas, or are in the military on duty outside the U.S., on the regular due date of your return, you are allowed an automatic 2-month extension to file your return and pay any amount due without requesting an extension. Check IRS.gov website for more info and extension to Oct 15‼️

But this year there's a motivator! If you didn't receive one of the three stimulus checks ($3200+) despite being eligible, you can receive them in the form of your tax refund! 💰🤑

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