Regional Vice Chair–EMEA, Member-at-Large–DA Austria

  • is hosting Punsching for Democracy 2022-11-24 08:54:42 -0500

    Punsching for Democracy

    Join your fellow Democrats Abroad members and friends for our annual holiday get together!

    This year we'll be at the Altes AKH Christmas Market in the 9th district to enjoy some holiday cheer and democratic discussion. Look for us eating Buchteln and drinking Punsch at Vollpension's stand at the market! 

    We look forward to seeing you there! Please call if you can't find us.

    Public transport to the Altes AKH: Subway: U2 Schottentor and tram 43 or 44 to Lange Gasse stop; Tram: 5, 33, 43 und 44 to Lange Gasse stop; Bus: 13A to Skodagasse

    WHEN
    December 06, 2022 at 6:00pm
    WHERE
    Christmas Market at the Altes AKH
    Altes AKH Wien Alser Straße 4 Hof 1
    Vienna 1090
    Austria
    Google map and directions
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  • URGENT Ballot Curing Resources for AZ, CA, CO, NV, OR, and WA Voters

    We urge all voters who voted in the November 8 midterm elections in AZ, CA, CO, NV, OR, or WA to confirm that your ballot arrived and was counted without issue. Control of the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate will be decided by just a handful of votes in these states. Please act now and double check!

    If there are issues preventing your ballot from being counted, these states allow you to "cure" you ballot. This essentially means fixing issues such as mismatched or missing signatures or dates on the ballot materials you returned (note that the issues that can be "cured" do vary by state). Deadlines and processes to remedy issues vary by state. Details are listed below alphabetically by state. 

    If there are issues with your ballot, please immediately get in touch with your local election office!

    If you have any questions or require help, please write to [email protected].

    We have teams standing by to make sure that your vote gets counted!

     

    Arizona 

    Deadline to fix ballot issue: November 16, 5:00pm US Mountain Time

    Link to look up ballot status online:* https://my.arizona.vote/AbsenteeTracker.aspx 

    Look up contact information for local election office: www.votefromabroad.org/states/az 


    California

    Deadline to fix ballot issue: December 6, 5:00pm US Pacific Time

    Link to look up ballot status online:* https://california.ballottrax.net/voter/ 

    Look up contact information for local election office: www.votefromabroad.org/states/ca  


    Colorado

    Deadline to fix ballot issue: November 16

    Link to look up ballot status online:* https://colorado.ballottrax.net/voter/

    Look up contact information for local election office: www.votefromabroad.org/states/co 

    New! You can also fix ballot issues by text: Txt2Cure FAQs (will likely only work cell phones that have US number)


    Nevada

    Deadline to fix ballot issue: November 14, 5:00pm US Pacific Time

    Link to look up ballot status online:* https://www.nvsos.gov/votersearch/

    Look up contact information for local election office: www.votefromabroad.org/states/nv

    Some Nevada counties have online signature curing resources, see www.nvsos.gov/sos/elections/voters/cure

     

    Oregon

    Deadline to fix ballot issue: November 22

    Link to look up ballot status online:* https://secure.sos.state.or.us/orestar/vr/showVoterSearch.do

    Look up contact information for local election office: www.votefromabroad.org/states/or


    Washington

    Deadline to fix ballot issue: November 28

    Link to look up ballot status online:* https://voter.votewa.gov/WhereToVote.aspx

    Look up contact information for local election office: www.votefromabroad.org/states/wa

     

    *If accessing this page outside of the United States, you may need to use a Virtual Private Network (VPN). More on using a VPN here: https://www.votefromabroad.org/faqs/TI1 


  • published In November in News 2022-11-03 09:37:02 -0400

    In November

     

    In This Issue —

    Events:

    • Election Night Party on November 8
    • Experienced Dems Meet-up
    • Thanksgiving: A Feast with all the Fixings
    • Punsching for Democracy – TBA

    Issues & Actions:

    • It’s All on the Line
    • $15,000/day – You read that right

    Midterm Election News:

    • Vote from Austria! – Voter Information Guide
    • Information for Ballot Access & Return
    • DHL 20% Discount

     

    Our Executive Committee meetings are held on the second Wednesday of the month. Our next meeting will be held in person and online on: Thursday, November 10, 2022, at 7:00 p.m. Members are welcome to join us at the meetings. Please contact Richard at [email protected] to join.

    DA Austria is making a strong effort to include in our monthly newsletter all the information you need to stay up to date. By sending you fewer emails, we hope you will read those you receive. Thanks for reading!

     

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    Message from the Chair

    Less than a week to go until election day! Volunteers are making thousands of calls in a final push to get voters to request and send back their ballot. If you are among those who still need to mail in your ballot, please consider sending it by DHL, where Democrats Abroad has negotiated a 20% discount for Americans - just use the code USA20. More information is on our Vote from Austria page. So much is riding on this election! If you have voted, please click here. The more members who self-report, the less money and volunteer time we have to spend! Come join us for a drink and conversation at our Election Night Party on Tuesday, Nov. 8. I know we won’t have results yet, but we will celebrate our efforts with the hope that we have even more to celebrate the following day!

    — Richard Miller, Chair Democrats Abroad Austria

    Still haven't voted? There may still be time!

    www.votefromabroad.org/states

     


    Events:

    Election Night Party

    When: Election Day, Tuesday, November 8

    Time: 8:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m. (November 9)

    Where: The Long Hall Bar Vienna. RSVP for details

    What: Join DA Austria as we celebrate our efforts in getting out the vote and watch as the first results come in.

     

    Experienced Dems Meet-up

    When: Tuesday, November, 22

    Time: 6:00-8:00 p.m.

    Where: Café Museum, Operngasse 7, Vienna 1010

     

    Giving Thanks: A Feast with all the Fixings

    When: Thursday, November 24

    Time: 6:30-10:30 p.m.

    Where: Melker Stiftskeller, Schottengasse 3, Vienna 1010.

    What: The restaurant will prepare turkey with all the fixings, including a famous aunt's stuffing recipe. Please bring a pie or other dessert to share. Let us know if you can contribute a family favorite!

    Drinks are not included and you pay those separately with the restaurant.

    The price is $30 for adults, $26 for vegetarians, and $12 for children 12 and under. Please purchase your tickets on the link after you've RSVP'd. Euro/US Dollar ticket price is the same.

    Tickets: RSVP for details

     


    Issues & Actions:

    It’s All on the Line

    It’s hard to believe that races in solidly blue states like California, New York, and Rhode Island may elect Republican candidates this cycle. You may normally feel that your vote doesn’t count, but this year it’s all on the line. Don’t have regrets on November 9 — Vote NOW. Really, what are you waiting for? Go to VoteFromAbroad.org to see if you can still request and return your ballot – there’s still time to do so in many states!

     

    $15,000/day – You Read that Right

    Democrats Abroad has run a massive global outreach effort this year to ensure that more overseas voters than ever know they have the right to vote and return their ballots. DA has spent upwards to $15,000 per day since September on phonebanking, texting, postal mailing, and digital ad campaigns – all targeted at voters abroad from must-win states like Arizona, Georgia, Pennsylvania and even Orange County, California.

    With your help, we can reach more voters abroad in these final days. Thank you to those of you who have already generously donated recently to help fund these efforts. If you’ve been unable to volunteer, but would still like to support our phonebanking programs, please consider making a donation at www.democratsabroad.org/donate.

     


    Midterm Election News:

    Vote from Austria! – Voter Information Guide

    Democrats Abroad has created a one stop spot for answering your voting questions. Please share this guide with friends and colleagues who may have questions. Check it out here!

     

    Information for Ballot Access & Return

    General information by state at www.votefromabroad.org/states

    And state-specific guides for states that often have more barriers to accessing and/or returning ballots:

    GA ballot return guide

    MI ballot return guide

    PA ballot download guide

    TX ballot return guide

    Ballot Tracking Info

    By state at www.votefromabroad.org/states



    DHL Discount to the U.S.A.

    If your state requires postal mail ballot return, most likely, the BEST option you still have to get your ballot back by your state’s deadline is to use a courier service. Please confirm your State’s “ballot received by” deadline here.

    DA Austria has arranged with DHL a discount to send mail (including your ballot) from Austria to the US. The discount is available from Sept. 15 to Nov. 30, 2022. Packages can be sent from DHL Express Flagship Stores and Service Points.

    Use USA20 for a 20% discount. More information and details are here: https://www.simplydhl.com/at/usa2022

    A few tips:

    → Please do not use an online booking service if your state requires a postmark to be on the outside envelope AND your ballot might arrive close to or after Nov 8. Remember, it can take 4-5 days for courier service to arrive.

    → 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.

    → Do NOT require a signature for receipt.

    → Some states allow ballots to be postmarked by Nov 8 and received AFTER Nov 8. Find out your state’s requirements here.

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

     


    Thank you for reading the November Newsletter! Thank you for being a voter!

     


  • published Voting from Abroad 101 in News 2022-10-18 16:56:07 -0400

    Voting from Abroad 101

    Voting in the November 8 midterms elections is the best tool you have to make your voice heard on important issues, from climate change to bodily autonomy to election administration. If you haven’t requested your ballot, or you’re unsure if you’ve requested one, follow the three easy steps below.

    Also, spread the word about voting to your family, friends, and co-workers. Let them know that you voted and that if they’re a U.S. or dual citizen, they should, too!

    Step 1: Request your ballot

    Head to www.votefromabroad.org, your one-stop-shop for registering to vote and requesting your overseas absentee ballot. There, you’ll complete and submit your Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), the form overseas voters like you use to request ballots. The website will help you fill out the FPCA and tell you exactly where to send it. In most cases, you can submit it right then and there electronically!

    If you’re not registered to vote or need to change where you’re registered, don’t worry: The FPCA doubles as a voter registration form. You’ll register at the address where you most recently lived in the United States.

    Pro tip: On the FPCA form, mark that you want to receive your ballot by email. That way, you'll get your ballot quickly and avoid snail-mail delays.

    Step 2: Receive and vote your ballot

    Once you’ve got your ballot, carefully read the instructions and fill it out as soon as possible. You’ll probably want to vote for all the offices listed on the ballot, especially at the state and local levels— where tons of decisions that impact our future are being made. A Google search of the candidates or ballotopedia.org are great ways to find out where they stand on issues important to you, as is reading news coverage of the races in which you’ll be voting.

    Pro tip: Make sure you’ve signed everywhere required, used the right color pen, and put the right envelope inside of the other (if returning voted ballot by postal mail). Each state, and sometimes even county, has different requirements. Human error is a top reason overseas absentee ballots get rejected, so it’s worth taking some extra time to read the instructions and do it right. If you have questions, we're here to help!

    Step 3: Return your completed ballot

    • It is now too late to use the US Embassy pouch service!
    • Check return times for regular mail services before using.
    • If possible, please use a private courier service. See country discounts below. 

    After you’ve completed your ballot, return it right away. Some states allow overseas voters to return their voted ballots through secure electronic means — like an upload portal, email, or even fax (yes, fax!) — but many require it to be sent by postal mail. You can check your state’s rules and deadlines at www.votefromabroad.org.

    If you have to return your ballot by postal mail, you’ll want to make sure you’ve put the correct postage and recipient address on the envelope (the latter will be included with your ballot instructions). If time’s running short, you can also use a courier such as DHL, UPS, or FedEx, many countries have arranged for a discount – see the list below. 

    If you vote in one of the following states, we also have ballot return guides to help you get your ballot back: Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Texas.

    Pro tip: Return your voted ballot within 48 hours of receiving it, especially if you have to return it by postal mail. Voting early will not only save you stress and money, it will give you enough time to confirm that your ballot made it and will be counted. Late arrival is another top reason absentee ballots are rejected. Don’t let it happen to you.

    And just like that, you’ll have voted from abroad in the November midterm elections!  

    Votes from abroad may have proved decisive in the 2020 election outcome — now, with your help, we’re ready to make an even bigger difference in 2022!


    Here are some resources to help

    Need one-on-one help? A live voter assistant is just a Zoom away! Click in to ZoomTheVote, hosted and staffed by experienced VoteFromAbroad voter helpers, from anywhere in the world. Tuesdays and Wednesdays from noon-4pm EDT, Saturdays from 4am-6am EDT, and Sundays from 11am-3pm EDT. Link to join is here: https://qrco.de/bbh0zg

    Voting questions? Check out our FAQs or write to us at [email protected] 

    What to know about voting in your state. Go to www.votefromabroad.org/states for detailed information on your state's deadlines, how to send in your registration/ballot request/ballot return, contact information for local election officials, and links to state websites to confirm registration and see sample ballots. You can also find the link to track your ballot at www.votefromabroad.org/states.

    In which states can the ballot only be returned by mail? You must return your voted ballot by postal mail if you vote in the following states: 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. Please don't wait to return your ballot — international mail takes time! 

     

    Haven’t received your ballot?

    If you requested to receive your ballot by postal mail, you should have likely received it by now (they started being sent to voters on Sept 24).

    If you requested to receive your ballot electronically, please double check your spam and junk folders.

    If you still can’t find your ballot, please do the following immediately:

    1. Submit a new ballot request form via www.votefromabroad.org. Please submit the request electronically, if possible, and on the form, mark that you would like to receive your ballot by email. Doing this will expedite the process.
    2. AND, if you vote in a postal mail return state (see above), vote and return a Federal Absentee Write-in Ballot, also known as a FWAB or “Backup Ballot.” Details on the Backup Ballot can be found here: https://www.votefromabroad.org/faqs/BB1.

    Please note that even if you vote and return a Backup Ballot, you should still vote and return your official ballot once you receive it. If both your official voted ballot and Backup Ballot reach your local election office in time, the official ballot will be counted and the Backup Ballot will be voided. If only the Backup Ballot arrives, that will be counted as your vote.

    Need to use a courier service? Call or email your local election office in the United States to check out the best address to use, and then check out courier solutions. Some couriers have provided discounts for some countries for mail return to the U.S. 

    Special deals for Courier services:

    Austria-All voters get 20% off ballot return with DHL with code USA20
    Canada-Democrats Abroad members get 50% off ballot return with UPS
    Czech Republic-All voters get 20% off mail return with DHL with code US20
    Estonia-All voters get 28% off ballot return with DHL with promo code USA22
    Germany- All voters get 10% off ballot return with DHL with code USA10
    Hungary-All voters get 30% off ballot return with DHL with code USA30 until October 31st
    Ireland-All voters get 20% off ballot return when using code USA20 at a physical DHL location
    Israel-All voters get a 17% DHL discount when following instructions in this link
    Italy-All voters get 20% off ballot return with DHL when using code USA20 at a physical DHL location
    Poland-All voters get 10% off ballot return with DHL with code USA10
    Lithuania-All voters get 20% off ballot return with DHL with code USA20
    Spain-All voters get 20% off ballot return with DHL with code USA2022
    Turkey-All voters get 20% off ballot return with DHL with code USATURKEY20
    UK-All voters get 10% off ballot return with DHL when using code USA10

    From Argentina to Vietnam, we’ve got you covered. Take a look at information specific to your country of residence including courier service discounts and more. 

    Americas: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Caribbean Islands, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Haiti, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Not Listed?  

    Asia Pacific: Australia , China , Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, Not Listed?

    Europe, Middle East & Africa: Africa Committee, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland , Israel, Italy, Kenya , Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Romania, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Not Listed?

     

    Have a technical question? Take a look at these videos and PDF’s to find out how-to scan a ballot, fold a New York ballot, use VPN to access blocked U.S. websites, photograph your signature, send your ballot by post, get the fax transmission cover sheet, and fax your ballot using your phone with fax.plusefax.com or other "email to fax solutions" option.

    Do you vote in one of the following states? We also have ballot return guides to help you get your ballot back to: Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Texas.

    Thank you for voting!


  • published Voting from Abroad 101 in News 2022-10-16 10:17:32 -0400

    Voting from Abroad 101

    Click to join us on Zoom for free, live voter help

     

    Voting in the November 8 midterms elections is the best tool you have to make your voice heard on important issues, from climate change to bodily autonomy to election administration. If you haven’t requested your ballot, or you’re unsure if you’ve requested one, follow the three easy steps below.

    Also, spread the word about voting to your family, friends, and co-workers. Let them know that you voted and that if they’re a U.S. or dual citizen, they should, too!

    Step 1: Request your ballot

    Head to www.votefromabroad.org, your one-stop-shop for registering to vote and requesting your overseas absentee ballot. There, you’ll complete and submit your Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), the form overseas voters like you use to request ballots. The website will help you fill out the FPCA and tell you exactly where to send it. In most cases, you can submit it right then and there electronically!

    If you’re not registered to vote or need to change where you’re registered, don’t worry: The FPCA doubles as a voter registration form. You’ll register at the address where you most recently lived in the United States.

    Pro tip: On the FPCA form, mark that you want to receive your ballot by email. That way, you'll get your ballot quickly and avoid snail-mail delays.

    Step 2: Receive and vote your ballot

    Once you’ve got your ballot, carefully read the instructions and fill it out as soon as possible. You’ll probably want to vote for all the offices listed on the ballot, especially at the state and local levels— where tons of decisions that impact our future are being made. A Google search of the candidates or ballotopedia.org are great ways to find out where they stand on issues important to you, as is reading news coverage of the races in which you’ll be voting.

    Pro tip: Make sure you’ve signed everywhere required, used the right color pen, and put the right envelope inside of the other (if returning voted ballot by postal mail). Each state, and sometimes even county, has different requirements. Human error is a top reason overseas absentee ballots get rejected, so it’s worth taking some extra time to read the instructions and do it right. If you have questions, we're here to help!

    Step 3: Return your completed ballot

    • It is now too late to use the US Embassy pouch service!
    • Check return times for regular mail services before using.
    • If possible, please use a private courier service. See country discounts below. 

    After you’ve completed your ballot, return it right away. Some states allow overseas voters to return their voted ballots through secure electronic means — like an upload portal, email, or even fax (yes, fax!) — but many require it to be sent by postal mail. You can check your state’s rules and deadlines at www.votefromabroad.org.

    If you have to return your ballot by postal mail, you’ll want to make sure you’ve put the correct postage and recipient address on the envelope (the latter will be included with your ballot instructions). If time’s running short, you can also use a courier such as DHL, UPS, or FedEx, many countries have arranged for a discount – see the list below. 

    If you vote in one of the following states, we also have ballot return guides to help you get your ballot back: Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Texas.

    Pro tip: Return your voted ballot within 48 hours of receiving it, especially if you have to return it by postal mail. Voting early will not only save you stress and money, it will give you enough time to confirm that your ballot made it and will be counted. Late arrival is another top reason absentee ballots are rejected. Don’t let it happen to you.

    And just like that, you’ll have voted from abroad in the November midterm elections!  

    Votes from abroad may have proved decisive in the 2020 election outcome — now, with your help, we’re ready to make an even bigger difference in 2022!


    Here are some resources to help

    Need one-on-one help? A live voter assistant is just a Zoom away! Click in to ZoomTheVote, hosted and staffed by experienced VoteFromAbroad voter helpers, from anywhere in the world. Tuesdays and Wednesdays from noon-4pm EDT, Saturdays from 4am-6am EDT, and Sundays from 11am-3pm EDT. Link to join is here: https://qrco.de/bbh0zg

    Voting questions? Check out our FAQs or write to us at [email protected] 

    What to know about voting in your state. Go to www.votefromabroad.org/states for detailed information on your state's deadlines, how to send in your registration/ballot request/ballot return, contact information for local election officials, and links to state websites to confirm registration and see sample ballots. You can also find the link to track your ballot at www.votefromabroad.org/states.

    In which states can the ballot only be returned by mail? You must return your voted ballot by postal mail if you vote in the following states: 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. Please don't wait to return your ballot — international mail takes time! 

     

    Haven’t received your ballot?

    If you requested to receive your ballot by postal mail, you should have likely received it by now (they started being sent to voters on Sept 24).

    If you requested to receive your ballot electronically, please double check your spam and junk folders.

    If you still can’t find your ballot, please do the following immediately:

    1. Submit a new ballot request form via www.votefromabroad.org. Please submit the request electronically, if possible, and on the form, mark that you would like to receive your ballot by email. Doing this will expedite the process.
    2. AND, if you vote in a postal mail return state (see above), vote and return a Federal Absentee Write-in Ballot, also known as a FWAB or “Backup Ballot.” Details on the Backup Ballot can be found here: https://www.votefromabroad.org/faqs/BB1.

    Please note that even if you vote and return a Backup Ballot, you should still vote and return your official ballot once you receive it. If both your official voted ballot and Backup Ballot reach your local election office in time, the official ballot will be counted and the Backup Ballot will be voided. If only the Backup Ballot arrives, that will be counted as your vote.

    Need to use a courier service? Call or email your local election office in the United States to check out the best address to use, and then check out courier solutions. Some couriers have provided discounts for some countries for mail return to the U.S. 

    Special deals for Courier services:

    Austria-All voters get 20% off ballot return with DHL with code USA20
    Canada-Democrats Abroad members get 50% off ballot return with UPS
    Czech Republic-All voters get 20% off mail return with DHL with code US20
    Estonia-All voters get 28% off ballot return with DHL with promo code USA22
    Germany- All voters get 10% off ballot return with DHL with code USA10
    Hungary-All voters get 30% off ballot return with DHL with code USA30 until October 31st
    Ireland-All voters get 20% off ballot return when using code USA20 at a physical DHL location
    Israel-All voters get a 17% DHL discount when following instructions in this link
    Italy-All voters get 20% off ballot return with DHL when using code USA20 at a physical DHL location
    Poland-All voters get 10% off ballot return with DHL with code USA10
    Lithuania-All voters get 20% off ballot return with DHL with code USA20
    Spain-All voters get 20% off ballot return with DHL with code USA2022
    Turkey-All voters get 20% off ballot return with DHL with code USATURKEY20
    UK-All voters get 10% off ballot return with DHL when using code USA10

    From Argentina to Vietnam, we’ve got you covered. Take a look at information specific to your country of residence including courier service discounts and more. 

    Americas: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Caribbean Islands, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Haiti, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Not Listed?  

    Asia Pacific: Australia , China , Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, Not Listed?

    Europe, Middle East & Africa: Africa Committee, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland , Israel, Italy, Kenya , Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Romania, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Not Listed?

     

    Have a technical question? Take a look at these videos and PDF’s to find out how-to scan a ballot, fold a New York ballot, use VPN to access blocked U.S. websites, photograph your signature, send your ballot by post, get the fax transmission cover sheet, and fax your ballot using your phone with fax.plusefax.com or other "email to fax solutions" option.

    Do you vote in one of the following states? We also have ballot return guides to help you get your ballot back to: Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Texas.

    Thank you for voting!


  • published In October in News 2022-10-10 09:33:29 -0400

    In October

     

    In This Issue —

    Events:

    • Progressive Happy Hour Calling Party!
    • Voter Help Tables in Vienna
    • Experienced Dems Meet-up
    • Young Dems Pub Night 
    • Election Night Party on November 8
    • Thanksgiving: A Feast with all the Fixings on November 24
    • Punsching for Democracy – TBA

    Issues & Actions:

    • Key Senate and Congressional Races 
    • Help Make November a Roe Wave

    Midterm Election News:

    • Thanks to our great phone-bankers!
    • Vote from Austria! – Voter Information Guide
    • Information for Ballot Access & Return 
    • DHL 20% Discount 

    Review:

    • DAATalks about the Georgia Midterm Elections

    Democrats Abroad In the News: 

    • DA in Teen Vogue and Other Publications

    Members Corner

    • Campaign Support from a Distance

     

    Our Executive Committee meetings are held on the second Wednesday of the month. Our next meeting will be held in person and online on: Wednesday, October 12, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. Members are welcome to join us at the meetings. Please contact Richard at [email protected] to join. 

    DAA is making a strong effort to include in our monthly newsletter all the information you need to stay up to date. By sending you fewer emails, we hope you will read those you receive. Thanks for reading!

     

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    Message from the Chair

    It’s almost a rap! Less than 30 days to go until the midterm election - and we are doing everything we can to rally the overseas vote. We even produced the first-ever VoteFromAbroad.org Rap! If you have not seen it, you can find it here on Facebook and here on YouTube! A big thanks to our vice chair, Faith Herbold, for rapping with me, all those who sent in contributions for the chorus, and to my musical collaborator, Gregor Loetsch, an Austrian ally of ours, for composing the music and producing the video. Please watch it, share it, and spread the word. Request your ballot at VoteFromAbroad.org, and send it in ASAP!

    A big shout out to all of our volunteers who are doing all they can in their free time and in between full-time jobs to get out the vote in these final weeks. A special thanks to all of our amazingly dedicated phonebankers in Austria, who are among the top callers in the DA world. You are truly making a difference!

    Keep motivated and keep positive.

    — Richard Miller, Chair, DA Austria 

    ps –

    Let us know if you've already voted! The more members who self-report, the less money and volunteer time we have to spend!

     

     


    Events:

     

    Progressive Happy Hour Calling Party!

    When: Friday, October 14

    Time: 4:30-6:00 p.m.

    Where: Online. RSVP for details

     

    Voter Registration Help Tables in Vienna

    When: Saturday, October 15 and 22

    Time: 12:00-2:00 p.m.

    Where: Café Museum, Operngasse 7, Vienna 1010. RSVP for details

     


    Experienced Dems Meet-up

    When: Tuesday, October 18

    Time: 6:00-8:00 p.m.

    Where: Café Museum, Operngasse 7, Vienna 1010. RSVP for details

     

    Election Night Party on November 8

    When: Election Day, Tuesday, November 8

    Time: 8:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m. (November 9)

    Where: The Long Hall Bar Vienna. RSVP for details

    What: Join DA Austria as we celebrate our efforts in getting out the vote and watch as the first results come in. 

     

    Giving Thanks: A Feast with all the Fixings

    When: November 24

    Time: 6:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.

    Where: Melker Stiftskeller, Schottengasse 3, Vienna 1010. RSVP for details

    What: The restaurant will prepare turkey with all the fixings, including a famous aunt's stuffing recipe. Please bring a pie or other dessert to share. Let us know if you can contribute a family favorite!  

    Drinks are not included and you pay those separately with the restaurant. 

    The price is $30 for adults, $26 for vegetarians, and $12 for children 12 and under. Please purchase your tickets on the link after you've RSVP'd. Euro/US Dollar ticket price is the same. 



    Click "Read More" below to find out everything that's happening in DA Austria in October


     

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  • published Vote from Africa in the 2022 Midterms in News 2022-10-04 17:51:31 -0400

    Vote from Africa in the 2022 Midterms

    Living in Africa? Find out all you need to know about how to vote in the 2022 Midterm Elections at our Voter Help Guide. You can also find country specific Consulate information compiled by the DA Africa Committee here

    Get involved and help to grow DA's Africa Committee. Get in touch with us


  • Vote from Asia Pacific in the 2022 Midterms!

     

    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 for the November midterm elections! 📌

     

    ✭ ✭ 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]

     

    ✭ ✭ ✭  ✭  ✭  ✭  ✭  ✭  ✭

    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 EMEA" Stickers 

    ✭ ✭ ✭  ✭  ✭  ✭  ✭  ✭  ✭

     

    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 Austria.

    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 your country's 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 ask for a postmark or date stamp to be placed on the outer envelope. Find out your state’s requirements here

     

     The U.S. Embassy/Consulate diplomatic pouch: The U.S. Consulate 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.

     

    Find the U.S. Consulate address near you on the on the usembassy.gov website  

     

     Courier Service:

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

    Democrats Abroad is working to arrange with DHL a discount for ballots to be returned to the U.S. We'll share the specific details here as soon as they've been set. Stay tuned!

    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 – ask for a postmark or date stamp to be placed on the outer envelope. 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.

    Do you reside in Estonia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, or Turkey? Discounts are also available for Austria, France, Great Britain, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Romania and Spain. please check the country committee page for specific information democratsabroad.org/emea

    DHL is offering a discount to send mail (including your ballot) from these countries to the US. The discount availability varies by country. Please check bit.ly/USA2022DHL for the offer dates and booking code. Please confirm with your local DHL provider whether or not packages can be sent from DHL Express Flagship Stores and Service Points or must be booked 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. 

    Please do not use an online booking service if your state requires a postmark to be on the outside envelope AND your ballot might arrive close to or after Nov 8! Find out your state’s requirements here.

    📌 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] 

     

    10. Get your "I Voted from XX" sticker

    Thank you for voting!  If you would like to print an “I Voted from XX” sticker with your country's name go here.

     



  • published 2022 Midterms – Vote from EMEA! in News 2022-09-21 05:48:27 -0400

    2022 Midterms – Vote from EMEA!


     

    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 for the November midterm elections! 📌

     

    ✭ ✭ 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]

     

    ✭ ✭ ✭  ✭  ✭  ✭  ✭  ✭  ✭

    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 EMEA" Stickers 

    ✭ ✭ ✭  ✭  ✭  ✭  ✭  ✭  ✭

     

    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 Austria.

    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 your country's 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 ask for a postmark or date stamp to be placed on the outer envelope. Find out your state’s requirements here

     

     The U.S. Embassy/Consulate diplomatic pouch: The U.S. Consulate 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.

    In Africa? Find country specific Consulate information compiled by the DA Africa Committee here

    Find the U.S. Consulate address near you on the on the usembassy.gov website  

     

     Courier Service:

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

    Democrats Abroad is working to arrange with DHL a discount for ballots to be returned to the U.S. We'll share the specific details here as soon as they've been set. Stay tuned!

    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 – ask for a postmark or date stamp to be placed on the outer envelope. 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.

    Do you reside in Estonia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, or Turkey? Discounts are also available for Austria, France, Great Britain, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Romania and Spain. please check the country committee page for specific information democratsabroad.org/emea

    DHL is offering a discount to send mail (including your ballot) from these countries to the US. The discount availability varies by country. Please check bit.ly/USA2022DHL for the offer dates and booking code. Please confirm with your local DHL provider whether or not packages can be sent from DHL Express Flagship Stores and Service Points or must be booked 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. 

    Please do not use an online booking service if your state requires a postmark to be on the outside envelope AND your ballot might arrive close to or after Nov 8! Find out your state’s requirements here.

    📌 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] 

     

    10. Get your "I Voted from XX" sticker

    Thank you for voting!  If you would like to print an “I Voted from XX” sticker with your country's name go here.

     



  • published In September in News 2022-09-06 04:59:34 -0400

    In September

     

    In September's Newsletter —

    Message from the DA Austria Chair

    Events:

    • Postcard Writing Party
    • Voter Registration Tables in Graz, Salzburg, and Vienna
    • Register Together – Voter Registration Day of Action
    • Experienced Dems Meet-up
    • Lady Day Theater FunRaiser
    • Young Dems Pub Night
    • September 24 Ballot Day Rally “Delivering Democracy”
    • Election Night – TBA
    • DAATalks about the Midterm Message – TBA
    • Thanksgiving Celebration on November 24

    10 Actions to Take Now!

    Issues & Actions:

    • Progress to Repeal the Windfall Elimination Provision
    • Dems Deliver
    • Help Make November a Roe Wave
    • Alma Mater Writing Campaign


    Midterm Election News:

    • Upcoming Primary Dates
    • Vote from Austria! – Voter Information Guide
    • We Need Your Help!
    • Be the Margin of Victory

    Democrats Abroad In the News:

    • Thanks for the Tweet Nancy!

     

    Our Executive Committee meetings are held on the second Wednesday of the month. Our next meeting will be held in person and online on: Wednesday, September 14, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. Members are welcome to join us at the meetings. Please contact Richard at [email protected] to join.

    DAA is making a strong effort to include in our monthly newsletter all the information you need to stay up to date. By sending you fewer emails, we hope you will read those you receive. Thanks for reading!

     

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    Message from the Chair

    Dems Deliver! The recent passage of the landmark Inflation Reduction Act shows that (after long delays) we can make progress to curb inflation, lower prescription drug prices, and promote clean energy (see Ted France’s column below). We can only continue to make progress on these issues if we control Congress! We are nearly two months away from the midterm elections. We at Democrats Abroad Austria—and other Democrats Abroad country committees—are working hard to mobilize the overseas vote. Phonebankers are calling tens of thousands of DA members who vote in battleground states and social media campaigns have been launched. Meanwhile, postcards are being sent out to many of you in Austria as a final reminder: please go to votefromabroad.org and request your ballot and urge others in your circle to do the same. If you want to get involved in our final push to get out the vote, please contact me at [email protected].

    -Richard

    Chair, Democrats Abroad Austria

     


    Events:

     

    Postcard Writing Party!

    When: Thursday, September 8

    Time: 6:00-8:00 pm

    Where: Private home. RSVP for details

    What: We will be sending postcards to members living in Austria, and we’re gathering for pizza and drinks to customize the cards. If you can spare a few hours, please join us. Go to our signup genius link to RSVP. We’ll be in touch with more details.

    Link: RSVP for details

     

    Voter Registration Table in Graz

    When: Friday, September 9

    Time: 4:00 -11:00 pm

    Where: Herzl Weinstube, Prokopigasse 12, 8010 Graz

    Link: RSVP here


    Register Together in Salzburg – Voter Registration Day of Action

    When: September 17

    Time: 5:00 - 7:00pm

    Where: TBD, Müllner Hauptstraße, 5020 Salzburg

    Link: RSVP here

     

    Register Together in Vienna – Voter Registration Day of Action

    When: September 17

    Time: 10:00am - 3:00pm

    Where: Mark's Bagels, Führichgasse 1, 1010 Vienna

    Link: RSVP here

     


    Experienced Dems Meet-up

    When: September 20

    Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm

    Where: Café Museum, Operngasse 1, 1010 Vienna

    Link: RSVP here

     


    Lady Day Theater FunRaiser

    When: September 21 (new date!)

    Time: 8:00pm - 10:00pm

    Where: Theater Drachengasse,Fleischmarkt 22, 1010 Vienna

    Link: RSVP here

     

    Young Dems Pub Night

    When: September 22

    Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm

    Where: Trattoria Officina, Neumanngasse 4, 1040 Vienna

    Lunk: RSVP here



    Coming Up – details to be updated at democratsabroad.org/at_events

    September 24 Ballot Day Rally “Delivering Democracy” — Join DA members and activists around the world for top-name speakers and candidates from critical swing states. Details to be announced! #DeliverDemocracy

    Election Night – TBA

    DAATalks about the Midterm Message – TBA

    Thanksgiving Celebration on November 24

     

     




    10 Actions to Take NOW to elect Dems on Nov 8th!

    #1 - request your ballot at Vote From Abroad (VFA)

    #2 - add VFA to your email signature

    #3 - share VFA & voting info on social media

    #4 - send an alma mater letter

    #5 - phonebank with Dems Abroad

    #6 - get trained to help voters (on Intercom)

    #7 - join a State Team, as a voter or ally

    #8 - adopt a campaign (see list) & push on social media

    #9 - help 3 people get ballots & get them to help 3 more

    #10 – donate to get out the overseas vote

     


    Issues & Actions:

    Progress to Repeal the Windfall Elimination Provision

    Democrats Abroad is encouraged by the advancement of the Social Security Fairness Act which would repeal the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP). WEP has unfairly and disproportionately impacted Americans abroad, particularly seniors who paid into Social Security and deserve to receive a fair amount in retirement. Some beneficiaries only learn of WEP after they have retired, and the reduced benefits substantially affect their financial standing in later years.

    Read Democrats Abroad full statement on WEP repeal news here.

    You can find out more information about what Democrats Abroad is doing and how you can help repeal WEP from these resources:

     


    Dems Deliver!

    The proverbial race most often goes to the swift. But sometimes, as Aesop reminds us, the race goes to the slow but steady. Thus, we Democrats and Americans abroad can finally heave a sigh of relief after months of slow and painstaking negotiations, which have resulted in the passage and accomplishment of major legislative goals. Persistence pays.

    READ MORE

     



    Help Make November a Roe Wave!

    The Supreme Court’s erosion of abortion protections with the Dobbs ruling has caused a backlash and turned what looked like would be a red wave in November into a possible Roe wave.

    Woman from Kansas to New York to Louisiana are registering to vote in record-breaking numbers* (NYT Tom Bonier, 9.3.2022). Mr Bonier writes, “As for many Americans, confronting the loss of abortion rights was different from anticipating it. …Women are engaged politically in a way that lacks any known precedent.”

    Be a part of it! Make sure every woman you know—whether they’re in Austria or in the States, your daughter or your grandmother—casts their ballot in November’s election. Send them to votefromabroad.org or, if they’re in the U.S., to votesaveamerica.com.

    Bonier continues, “Whether the coming elections will be viewed as a red wave, a Roe wave or something in between will be decided by the actions of millions of Americans — especially, it seems, American women.”

    At Democrats Abroad we know our votes are critical in swinging elections — ladies, let’s show how it’s done.

    Join the online webinar The Fall of Roe on September 13.

    Photograph courtesy of Christine Benally Peranteau

     

    Alma Mater Writing Campaign

    Democrats Abroad invites YOU to participate in an alumni outreach campaign to help encourage democratic participation by students studying abroad during the Fall 2022 semester. Our goal is to have members reach out to their alma mater(s) and make sure they’re providing accurate and current information about registering to vote to students while they're abroad.

    All details and templates can be found at https://www.democratsabroad.org/almamater.

     


    Midterm Election News:

    Upcoming Primary Dates

    Massachusetts primary - September 6

    Delaware | New Hampshire | Rhode Island primaries - September 13

     

    Vote from Austria! – Voter Information Guide

    Democrats Abroad has created a one stop spot for answering your voting questions. Please share this guide with friends and colleagues who may have questions.

    Check it out here!

     

     

    Key Senate and Congressional Races

    There are nine races deemed “highly competitive” by the Cook Report and others. With a net gain of two Senators (= victory in six of these nine contests), Dems take real control of the Senate.

    Share these candidates’ websites on social media! Far and wide! Several of them will be joining us on September 24, Ballot Day!

    Find out more about about key races here: Battleground State Voting Information Pages and State Team Pages.

    READ MORE



    We Need Your Help!

    Thanks to your help phonebanking, registering people to vote, and writing postcards in 2020, we not only elected Democratic majorities to the U.S. Senate and U.S. House, but we took back the White House.

    The next 70 days will have a lasting impact on our country. Do your part to get out the vote in 2022! Come help out at an upcoming voter registration table, study abroad event, or postcard writing party. Or call members to remind them to request their ballot.

    If you can’t give us your time this election cycle, please consider making a donation instead at www.democratsabroad.org/donate. Every dime helps us reach more overseas voters. $20.22 will help keep Congress blue!



    Be the Margin of Victory

    In 2020, Democrats Abroad volunteers like you came together to defend American democracy. The truth is that if U.S. voters abroad hadn’t shown up in 2020, we would be looking at a very different political landscape in the United States: one guided solely by authoritarianism, hate, and one’s own personal benefit. But overseas votes were the margin of victory in many close elections and secured Biden and Harris’s wins in Arizona AND Georgia!

    2022 is just as important. November’s midterm elections will determine the fate of countless issues that cannot wait, from our climate to reproductive rights to racial justice. And with more and more races being won by the slimmest of margins, the ballots coming in from U.S. voters abroad are certain to be decisive again this November.

    All 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives are up for election this November. That means every overseas voter has at least one important race to vote in! Get your absentee ballot today at www.votefromabroad.org.

    The time to request your ballot is now! Don’t wait.




    Democrats Abroad In the News:

    Thanks for the Tweet Nancy!

    Congrats to the Global Twitter team for getting Nancy Pelosi to shout us out! Continue to share!





    Thank you for reading the September Newsletter! Please share with your networks. Don't forget as an overseas voter you need to request your ballot in every election year!

    Go to VoteFromAbroad now!


  • published Dems Deliver! in News 2022-09-05 17:43:10 -0400

    Dems Deliver!

    The proverbial race most often goes to the swift. But sometimes, as Aesop reminds us, the race goes to the slow but steady. Thus, we Democrats and Americans abroad can finally heave a sigh of relief after months of slow and painstaking negotiations, which have resulted in the passage and accomplishment of major legislative goals. Persistence pays.

    Read more

  • Vote from the Americas in the 2022 Midterms!


     

    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 for the November midterm elections! 📌

     

    ✭ ✭ 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]

     

    ✭ ✭ ✭  ✭  ✭  ✭  ✭  ✭  ✭

    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 Abroad" Stickers 

    ✭ ✭ ✭  ✭  ✭  ✭  ✭  ✭  ✭

     

    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.

    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 your country's 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 ask for a postmark or date stamp to be placed on the outer envelope. Find out your state’s requirements here

     

     The U.S. Embassy/Consulate diplomatic pouch: The U.S. Consulate 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.

    Find the U.S. Embassy or Consulate nearest you, plus specific drop off details, on your country's DA website: From the Americas Homepage, click at the top on Countries - Americas - Country Name in the drop down menu. "How to Vote from (YOUR COUNTRY)" will be directly on your country's landing page or click the button at the top to take you there.

    If your country does not have an established DA Country Committee and is therefore not listed, email the Americas Non-Country Committee GOTV Coordinator for Embassy and Consulate info for your country at: [email protected].

    Note that Belize, El Salvador, and Uruguay, while not official country committees, each have a facebook page where you can find your "How to Vote from XX"  information: Go to Democrats Abroad Belize, Democrats Abroad El Salvador, or Democrats Abroad Uruguay on Facebook.

     

     Courier Service:

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

    Democrats Abroad is working to arrange with DHL a discount for ballots to be returned to the U.S. We'll share the specific details here as soon as they've been set. Stay tuned!

    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 – ask for a postmark or date stamp to be placed on the outer envelope. 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.

    For courier information for your country, go to your countries DA website (as above), or to your country's Facebook page (Belize, El Salvador, and Uruguay); or email the Americas Non-Country Committee GOTV Coordinator for courier information for your country at: [email protected].

    📌 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] 

     

    10. Get your "I Voted from XX" sticker

    Thank you for voting!  If you would like to print an “I Voted from XX” sticker with your country's name go here.

     



  • published Vote from EMEA in the 2022 Midterms! in News 2022-08-31 10:19:03 -0400

    Vote from EMEA in the 2022 Midterms!


     

    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 for the November midterm elections! 📌

     

    ✭ ✭ 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]

     

    ✭ ✭ ✭  ✭  ✭  ✭  ✭  ✭  ✭

    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 EMEA" Stickers 

    ✭ ✭ ✭  ✭  ✭  ✭  ✭  ✭  ✭

     

    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 Austria.

    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 your country's 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 ask for a postmark or date stamp to be placed on the outer envelope. Find out your state’s requirements here

     

     The U.S. Embassy/Consulate diplomatic pouch: The U.S. Consulate 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.

    In Africa? Find country specific Consulate information compiled by the DA Africa Committee here

    Find the U.S. Consulate address near you on the on the usembassy.gov website  

     

     Courier Service:

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

    Democrats Abroad is working to arrange with DHL a discount for ballots to be returned to the U.S. We'll share the specific details here as soon as they've been set. Stay tuned!

    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 – ask for a postmark or date stamp to be placed on the outer envelope. 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.

    Do you reside in Estonia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, or Turkey? Discounts are also available for Austria, France, Great Britain, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Romania and Spain. please check the country committee page for specific information democratsabroad.org/emea

    DHL is offering a discount to send mail (including your ballot) from these countries to the US. The discount availability varies by country. Please check bit.ly/USA2022DHL for the offer dates and booking code. Please confirm with your local DHL provider whether or not packages can be sent from DHL Express Flagship Stores and Service Points or must be booked 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. 

    Please do not use an online booking service if your state requires a postmark to be on the outside envelope AND your ballot might arrive close to or after Nov 8! Find out your state’s requirements here.

    📌 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] 

     

    10. Get your "I Voted from XX" sticker

    Thank you for voting!  If you would like to print an “I Voted from XX” sticker with your country's name go here.

     



  • published Vote in the 2022 Midterms from Austria in News 2022-08-23 18:11:05 -0400

    Vote in the 2022 Midterms from Austria


     

    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 Austria 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 Austria" 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 or auf Deutsch.




    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 Austria.

    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 Austrian 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 ask for a postmark or date stamp (Zeitstempel) to be placed on the outer envelope. Find out your state’s requirements here

     

     The U.S. Embassy/Consulate diplomatic pouch:

    As of October 8, it is now too late to use the US Embassy pouch service! Use the DHL code USA20 for a 20% discount.

    The U.S. Consulate in Austria 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. Consulate address in Austria is: 

    U.S. Consulate Vienna
    Parkring 12a (Marriott hotel building)
    1010 Vienna, Austria
    Hours: Weekdays between 8am and 4pm. (Closed U.S. and Austrian holidays)
    Nearest metro stops: Weihburgasse (Tram 2), Stadtpark (U4), Stubentor (U3)

    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 Austria is working to arrange with DHL a discount for ballots to be returned to the U.S. We'll share the specific details here as soon as they've been set. Stay tuned!

    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 – ask for a postmark or date stamp (Zeitstempel) to be placed on the outer envelope. 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 is offering a discount to send mail (including your ballot) from Austria to the US. The discount is available from Sept. 15 to Nov. 30, 2022. Packages can be sent from DHL Express Flagship Stores and Service Points. 

    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. 

    Use USA20 for a 20% discount with DHL. More information and details are here:  https://www.simplydhl.com/at/usa2022

    Please do not use an online booking service if your state requires a postmark to be on the outside envelope AND your ballot might arrive close to or after Nov 8! Find out your state’s requirements here.

     

    📌 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 [email protected] 

    Or, a one-on-one live voter help is just a Zoom away! Click in to ZoomTheVote, hosted and staffed by experienced VoteFromAbroad voter helpers, from anywhere in the world. Tuesdays and Wednesdays from noon-4pm EDT and Sundays from 11am-3pm EDT. Link to join is here: https://qrco.de/bbh0zg Please share widely!

     

     

    10. Get your "I Voted from Austria" sticker

    Thank you for voting!  If you would like to print an “I Voted from Austria” sticker go here.

     

     

     

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    Live voter help is just a Zoom away! Click in to ZoomTheVote, hosted and staffed by experienced VoteFromAbroad voter helpers, from anywhere in the world. Tuesdays and Wednesdays from noon-4pm EDT and Sundays from 11am-3pm EDT. Link to join is here: https://qrco.de/bbh0zg Please share widely!

     


  • published In July – in News 2022-07-13 11:58:36 -0400

    In July –

     

    In This Issue —

    Events:

    • Experienced Dems Meet-Up – Summer pause
    • Global Pride Fundraiser in Amsterdam
    • Lady Day Theater FunRaiser
    • Oktoberfest in Munich

    Issues & Actions:

    • We Can & Must Fight Back
    • DA Austria In the News
    • Innsbruck Consular Services
    • Follow us on TikTok

    Midterm Election News:

    • The Missing 83%
    • State Teams
    • Dialing for Democracy Results

    Reviews:

    • Pride Parade
    • Fourth of July Party

     

    Our Executive Committee meetings are held on the second Wednesday of the month. Our next meeting will be held online on: Wednesday, July 13, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. Members are welcome to join us at the meetings. Please contact Richard at [email protected] to join.

    DAA is making a strong effort to include in our monthly newsletter all the information you need to stay up to date. By sending you fewer emails, we hope you will read those you receive. Thanks for reading!

     

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    Message from the Chair

    Leading up to our Independence Day Celebration in Vienna, I heard from a number of people who wanted to sit this July 4th out. They told me they thought there was nothing to celebrate about America. The Supreme Court decisions overturning Roe v Wade, the ruling limiting the EPA’s power to combat climate change, the seemingly weekly news of mass shootings - now even at a July 4th Parade - are tragedies that leave us little to celebrate.

    However, it is my hope that we can channel our emotions - our sadness, anger, frustation - to take action. For Democrats Abroad, that means ensuring every one of our 200,000 plus members requests their ballot and votes in the mid-term elections. We have a ways to go. As of today, only 18% of our members have requested their ballot at our VFA website, and only 17% of our members in Austria.

    What can you do? If you have not done so already, please request your ballot at VoteFromAbroad.org. Also, please volunteer with Democrats Abroad Austria, including perhaps joining our phone banking team. DA Global is launching important calling campaigns in August to call overseas Americans who vote in battleground states. Please consider joining us! It is both fun and rewarding work helping voters to request their ballot. The overseas vote was the margin of victory in key races in 2020 and 2021.

    Let’s do it in 2022!

    -Richard Miller, chair, Democrats Abroad Austria

     


    Events:

    Training Tuesdays

    When: Ongoing

    Time: See schedule

    Where: Online

    Hosted by DA Germany

     

    State Teams Events and Planning Sessions

    When: Ongoing

    Time: See schedule

    Where: Online

    Hosted by: DA State Teams

     

    Amsterdam Canal Pride

    When: August 5–8

    Time: Varies

    Where: Amsterdam

    RSVP to attend

    Hosted by DA Global LGBTQ+ Caucus & DA Netherlands

     

    Theater Fun-Raiser – Lady Day

    When: September 20

    Time: 8:00pm

    Where: Drachengasse Theater

    Minimum Donation: $38

    RSVP to attend

    Hosted by DA Austria

     


    Oktoberfest Extravaganza

    When: Oct 2, 2022

    Time: 11:00 am

    Where: Munich

    RSVP to attend

    Hosted by DA Global & DA Germany




    Issues & Actions:

    We Can & Must Fight Back

    The Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade is an abhorrent and unprecedented assault on our fundamental human rights. Today is a dark day, a hard day in American history.

    Stripped of protections and freedoms the past 50 years had granted us, we now confront a new, grim reality where our health, marriages, and basic bodily autonomy are on the chopping block. Make no mistake: the radical Republican Party has no intention of stopping with Roe.

    We can and we must fight back. We must show up to the polls this November — and make sure that every single American we know has a plan to vote, too.

    In this moment of despair, let us not forget that the power still resides with us – and that the overwhelming majority of Americans support the freedoms Roe upheld. A net gain of only two more U.S. Senators will allow for abortion rights to be codified at the federal level. The America we want, need, and deserve is within reach, and Democrats Abroad is committed to making it a reality.

    We still have each other — and our resolve to fight for our basic rights. Let’s do this.

    – Candice Kerestan, DA International Chair



    DA Austria In the News

    Sophie Spiegelberger, DA Austria Communications Director, was invited to appear on Puls 24 on July 1 to discuss the US Supreme Court’s decision to curtail the EPA’s ability to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.

    Interested in more news regarding the decision? Be sure to join the Global Progressive Caucus and the Global Environment and Climate Crisis Council to stay informed.

    Puls 24 clip

     

    Innsbruck Consular Services – July 18-19

    Attention U.S. citizens in western Austria! A Consular Team from U.S. Embassy Vienna will be visiting Innsbruck, Monday July 18 - Tuesday, July 19, 2022. We are offering LIMITED appointments for applicants who must appear in-person for services such as Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA), passport renewals for children under 16, and replacement of a lost or stolen passport (DS-11 applications), and emergency notary services. The turnaround time for passports and CRBAs is about 2 weeks.

    If you are interested in Innsbruck services, please send a detailed email to [email protected] and include the names and Dates of Birth of all applicants and attendees, contact information, and what service(s) you require.

    Due to the high demand and limited appointment slots, we will not be able to accept all requests. If your case is selected, we will send you a follow-up email with the exact time, date and location for your Innsbruck appointment.

    Innsbruck applicants must arrive fully prepared with all required application forms, supporting documentation, photocopies and self-addressed stamped envelope. We are only able to accept payment in Euros (exact change only).

    See the consulate’s website for detailed instructions on all consular services: https://at.usembassy.gov

    – U.S. Embassy Vienna

     


    Follow us on TikTok

    Vote from Abroad is on TikTok and it’s pretty awesome. Have your kids show you how to use it if you don’t know 😉. DA-UKs summer interns from Syracuse have outdone themselves! Take a look at the VoteFromAbroad TikTok https://www.tiktok.com/@votefromabroad.org and the Democrats Abroad TikTok https://www.tiktok.com/@demsabroad/video/7105060440622845189

    – Linda Adeson, DA United Kingdom

     


     

    Midterm Election News:

    The Missing 83%

    Are you one of the 83% of DA Austria members who has not yet gone to VoterFromAbroad and requested your ballot for the 2022 midterms? What are you waiting for?

    The GOP is and will do everything in their power to prevent our votes from being counted. Do not let that happen! Go to votefromabroad.org today and register/request your ballot. The FVAP form on the site provides special protections for overseas voters that a regular absentee ballot does not. Plus, the up-to-date Frequently Asked Questions section and voter assistance volunteers are there to answer your questions.

    Be counted — and make sure your family, friends and colleagues are too!

     

    State Teams

    Do you vote in California, Ohio, North Carolina or Florida? The State Teams group is hosting Candidate meet & greets and organizing meetings in July. Go to the State Teams event page to find out more about these events and others from many States across the Union.

     

    Dialing for Democracy Results

    The D4D 48 hour around-the-world fundraiser Call-a-thon which took place over the weekend of June 25-26 was a great success!

    Thanks to the time and amazing effort spent by DA volunteers during Dialing for Democracy, together 72 callers from 21 countries on four continents and in all three regions made 5771 calls!

    And 24 donors raised more than $2400 to help Democrats Abroad to get out the overseas vote.

    Working together on actions like D4D shows DA volunteers are a force to be reckoned with when we set our minds to it. The surge of calls over the weekend was 4-5 times our recent daily call averages and it is truly important to get to these battleground state voters now, as our callers know from hearing members eagerness to vote and their need to be reminded!

    DA Austria led the way in the number of contributions given from any one country with nine unique donations raising $670 dollars — thank you donors for your generosity!

    Four DA-AT callers (the sixth from 21 CCs participating ) made 323 calls, the fourth highest – only behind Germany, United Kingdom, Canada, and Mexico – once again swinging above our weight! Thank you callers!

    Please donate a little or a lot to congratulate DA Austria’s callers’ success and support the thousands of calls that we’ll be making in the fall! https://www.democratsabroad.org/d4d_donate

    Are you interested in helping us call members in the fall? There are regular training sessions to learn to be a phonebanker or to help answer voter questions. Find out more here https://www.democratsabroad.org/live_training Trainings are updated regularly.

    – Jen Rakow-Stepper, DA-AT Member-at-Large, RVC-EMEA

     


     

    Review:

    Pride Parade

    Thanks to everyone who joined Democrats Abroad Austria as we again walked with pride in Vienna’s annual Regenbogenparade on June 26. While our group was small, we had lots of spirit and Faith’s soundtrack had the crowd around us dancing!



    Fourth of July Party

    Thanks to everyone who attended our Fourth of July event in the Prater! We had live music from the band “Rage Against the Voting Machines” and your chair and vice chair, Richard and Faith, performed the VoteFromAbroad.org Rap (stay tuned for the music video). Congratulations to our raffle winners. The event was a fundraiser for DA Global’s get-out-of-the-vote efforts, including funding upcoming calling campaigns. We raised a bit over 200 euros for the cause. If you care to contribute, here is the link.

     

    Thank you for reading July’s newsletter and we’ll see you in September!

    Our fearless Chair & Vice Chair at Vienna Pride

     


  • published In June – in News 2022-06-07 07:07:21 -0400

    In June –

     

     

    In This Issue —

    Events:

    • Young Dems Meet-Up – Tuesday!
    • Experienced Dems Meet-Up 
    • Pride Parade in Vienna 
    • Fourth of July Party  
    • Global Pride Fundraiser in Amsterdam 
    • Oktoberfest in Munich 

    Issues & Actions:

    • Why We Can’t Stop Mass Shootings
    • Meet DA Austria’s Youth Caucus Coordinator

    Midterm Election News:

    • Austria calling campaign concludes
    • Battleground States Call Campaigns – Phonebank!
    • Your Vote is Your Voice
    • Voter Registration Tables

    Reviews:

    • DA’s Annual Global Meeting

     

    Our Executive Committee meetings are held on the second Wednesday of the month. However, our next meeting will be held online on: Thursday, June 23, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. Members are welcome to join us at the meetings. Please contact Richard at [email protected] to join.

    DAA is making a strong effort to include in our monthly newsletter all the information you need to stay up to date. By sending you fewer emails, we hope you will read those you receive. Thanks for reading!

     

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    Message from the Chair 

    Everything is on the line: that’s the slogan we came up with for our June newletter. During 2020, we knew Trump was a threat to our democracy. But the threat is as real as ever.

    At our DA Global Annual General meeting last month, guest speaker Senator Cory Booker of NJ spoke of a “real crisis in our country.”

    “We are seeing the rolling back of rights, from voting rights to the sanctity of the dominion over your own body. We see threats to our democracy in ways we have not seen,” Sen. Booker said.

    He told the story of driving out into Hurricane Sandy in 2012 when he was mayor of Newark. An elderly man in a rain slicker was standing out in the storm with a flood light alterting traffic to avoid downed powerlines. Booker rolled down his window and asked the man what he was doing out in the storm, and he replied, “I’m standing out here to make sure no one gets hurt.” 

    Booker said he has spoken both to the president and governor that night, “but the greatness I saw best exhibited that night was the man on a hill, in dark of night, in a savage storm, looking out for other people.” Then, addressing members of DA, he said, “And in many way I see you all out there in that same spirit, and what you are doing here, standing on hill in a storm, standing together to defend and protect, and it means a lot and it makes a difference.”

    Let us all do our part in these next months to not only retain Congress, but increase our majority. Let’s believe it is possible. You can do so by making sure you and every overseas American you know requests their ballot to vote. Indeed, everything is on the line. 

    –Richard Miller, Chair, DA Austria 

     


    Events:

    Austria Youth Caucus Pizza and Drinks

    When: TuesdayJune 7 

    Time: 6:00pm CEST

    Where: Pizza Bussi Ciao, Piaristengasse 15, Vienna 1080, Austria

    RSVP to attend in person

     


    Experienced Dems Meet-Up

    When: Thursday, June 9, 2022 

    Time: 6:00pm CEST

    Where: Café Museum, Operngasse 7, Vienna 1010, Austria

    RSVP to attend in person

     

    Pride Parade in Vienna

    When: Saturday, June 11, 2022 

    Meet: 12:30pm CEST

    Meeting Point: Steps of the University of Vienna, Universitätsring 1, Vienna 1010 , Austria

    RSVP to attend in person

     

    Celebrate Independence Day with Democrats Abroad

    When: Saturday, July 2, 2022 

    Time: 12:00 – 4:00 pm CEST

    Where: Meierei im Prater Hauptallee 3, Vienna 1020 , Austria

    RSVP to attend in person

     

    Pride Parade in Amsterdam with the DA Global LGBTQ+ Caucus

    When: Friday, August 05, 2022 at 06:00 PM through August 08, 2022 at 6:00pm

    What: Canal Parade on a Parade Boat, Cocktail Party with Special Guests, Walking Tour, Mimosa Brunch, and more!

    Where: Various locations in Amsterdam, Netherlands

    RSVP to attend in person

     

    Get in Shape for the Midterms — Get Training!

    When: Multiple dates through 2022 

    Where: Online RSVP for Zoom link 

     

    Oktoberfest in Munich with Democrats Abroad Global

    When: Sunday, October 2, 2022 from 11:00am – 2:15pm

    What: A fun weekend with othe DA members in Munich!

    Where: Festhalle Schottenhammel, Munich, Germany

    RSVP to attend in person

     

     


     

    Issues & Actions:

    Why We Haven’t Stopped Mass Shootings

    Frustrated that legislation to stem America’s gun epidemic is going nowhere? How could Democrats fail so miserably despite the momentum gathered after school shootings in the 2010s?

    Solidarity Sundays probed this Gordian knot in the wake of January 6, 2021. Frank Smyth, award-winning investigative journalist and author of “The NRA:  The Unauthorized History,” explained a year ago that gun control advocates misunderstand their opponents and what motivates America’s gun rights movement. What’s stopping reform at this point “is neither the gun lobby’s nor the gun industry’s money. It’s the ideology, stupid” – and it’s high time for progressives to challenge it.

    Frank advocates for a new approach with former NY Times opinion writer Nicholas Kristof on the NYT podcast Sway with host Kara Swisher – here’s the link to the article and podcast episode. https://www.nytimes.com/2022/05/26/opinion/sway-kara-swisher-nicholas-kristof-frank-smyth.html

     

    Meet DA Austria’s Youth Caucus Coordinator

    Hi Austrian Democrats Abroad,

    Some of you may know me from our last annual meeting - I wanted to take a second to introduce myself! My name is Sarah and I was raised in Vienna as a dual citizen. I’m 30 years old and have been involved with Young Dems Abroad for close to ten years. This year it’s my turn to make an impact as Youth Caucus leader.

    So we’re reinstating regular in-person Young Dems meetups after a two-year hiatus, and our first meetup is this Tuesday at Pizza Bussi Ciao, where the vibes are good and the pizza is better. My goal is to build a network of young Americans living in Vienna, and all are welcome to join. 

    So if you’d like to connect with like-minded expats, come join us on June 7th at 6pm. A table is reserved under the name “Sarah” :)

    See you on Tuesday!

    — Sarah Knaus, DA Austria Youth Caucus Coordinator

     


     

    Midterm Election News:

    Austria Calling Campaign Concludes

    A big ‘thank you’ to all our phone bankers who made our May calling campaign a success. We called nearly 1,000 of our members in Austria, speaking to 359 (34%) of you, leaving 319 (30%) messages, and sending nearly all of you a text message. Our question: did you request your ballot yet? Many did, but those who had not thanked us for the reminder to go to VoteFromAbroad.org. Thanks to everyone who picked up or called back! If any of you need further support or have a question, please call or text 0676 447 3418 or send an email to [email protected].     

     

    Battleground States Call Campaigns

    Austria has finished calling our members living is Austria, but there are still thousands of DA members who vote in critical battleground states to be called. We need your help to reach them! 

    You can only vote once, but calling multiplies your vote and amplifies your voice and helps and empowers others to cast their one vote. In 2020, DA callers made over 600,000 calls! And we needed every one to win the House, the Senate and Georgia Runoffs, and the Presidency.

    Be part of the team and get started with a phonebank training. Learn more about training dates in June and July at phonebank training or get in touch with us at [email protected]

     

    Your Vote is Your Voice

    One of the DA’s core activities is to help Americans to register and return their ballots. The non-partisan Vote from Abroad website has up-to-date information so voters are best informed about their state’s regulations and deadlines. There is also a voter protection team that works with local election officers and state secretarys to solve issues that disenfranchise overseas voters. 

    Every election cycle we hear from overseas Americans and dual citizens who say they didn’t know they had the right to vote in federal and even state elections. Help us spread the word among your family, friends, and colleagues. And if there are Americans on your sport’s team, club, school, or place of worship, we’re happy to come by and help get them registered – regardless of their party affiliation. Contact the Vote from Abroad Coordinator at [email protected] 

     

    Voter Registration Tables

    Are you part of a group — a baseball team, church group, book club, company  — or network with American members? Many US citizens and dual citizens don’t realize they are able to vote in federal elections and many down ballot state races. Help us spread the word! VFA’s trained nonpartisan voter registration volunteers are happy to come to your event and help people register and request their ballots. Contact us at [email protected]

     


    Reviews: 

    Democrats Abroad Holds 2022 Global Annual General Meeting

    DA leaders from around the world gathered virtually on the weekend of May 21–22 for our Annual General Meeting, getting inspired and sharing best practices to get out of the vote for the upcoming midterm elections.

    As DNC Chairman Jaime Harrison told us, “Eighty-one million of us, domestically and abroad, stood up in the face of hate and bigotry in 2020–now let’s step it up again for the midterms.”

    DA Austria has three voting representatives who participated in the meeting: Richard Miller, chair, Faith Herbold, vice-chair, and Marcy Fowler, secretary and DPCA voting representative.

    Besides Harrison, we heard from DNC Deputy Executive Director Roger Lau and Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey. We also gained ideas and inspiration from DA leaders about how they are mobilizing overseas voters. We got a tour of our soon-to-be-launched new DA website (thanks to many generous donations we're just shy of our target) and learned how battleground state teams are working to rally and support Americans abroad. We also welcomed DA Caribbean Islands, as DA’s newest country committee and the first-ever transnational committee!

    We passed the following six resolutions:
    ·         Memorial Resolution Honoring Jim Christiansen of DA France
    ·         Resolution to Catalogue Our “Standing Resolutions”
    ·         Resolution on the Climate Emergency
    ·         Resolution to Establish a Special Committee on Legal Compliance and Implementation

    Issues
    ·         Resolution to Establish a Standing Voter Protection Committee
    ·         Resolution in Support of Statehood for Washington, D.C.

    All in all, it was outstanding to see the commitment and dedication of so many people – all volunteers – making this organization function. At some points, there were about 190 people on the call, some of them waking up in the middle of the night or staying up to the early hours of morning to attend. Next year, the meeting is expected to be in person in Washington, DC.  

    –Richard Miller, Chair, DA Austria 

     

    Thank you for reading the June Newsletter!

     


  • published 2022 Annual General Meeting – Online in News 2022-06-01 18:41:08 -0400

    2022 Annual General Meeting – Online

    Come join us online on June 30 for our Democrats Abroad Russia Annual General Meeting, and help us fulfill our obligation to hold an annual general meeting every calendar year. 

    Your participation helps sustain Democrats Abroad Russia. In 2022, we’ll continue working to strengthen the voice and vote of all our members – where ever you are currently. 

    Please RSVP via email for the meeting to [email protected] The meeting link will be personally sent to members who've responded.

    WHEN
    June 30, 2022. 12:30 EST
    WHERE
    Online. Link to be distributed with RSVP

  • published In May –  in News 2022-05-31 04:49:04 -0400

    In May – 

     

     

    In This Issue —

    Events:

    • Experienced Dems Meet-Up – TOMORROW!
    • Annual Global Meeting
    • Youth Caucus Pizza & Drinks
    • Get Trained!

    Issues & Actions:

    • Austria Calling Campaign
    • Anyone Seen My Constitutional Right to Privacy?

    Midterm Election News:

    • Battleground State Calling Campaign
    • Your Vote is Your Voice

    Reviews:

    • Immigration Law with Dr. Alexander Raidl

     

     

    Our Executive Committee meetings are held on the second Wednesday of the month. Our next meeting will be held online on: Thursday, May 19, 2021, at 7:30 p.m. Members are welcome to join us at the meetings. Please contact Richard at [email protected] to join.

    DAA is making a strong effort to include in our monthly newsletter all the information you need to stay up to date. By sending you fewer emails, we hope you will read those you receive. Thanks for reading!

     

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    Message from the International Chair and Global Women's Caucus Chair –

    The Supreme Court’s draft opinion to overturn Roe v. Wade, leaked by Politico, makes unmistakably clear what the Republican agenda is: an unprecedented assault on women and families in the United States.

    For more than a generation, the right to reproductive freedom has been the law of the land. When a far-right administration took office in 2016, we knew that this right was in grave danger. Fast forward to 2022, and we now have three more ultra-conservative, anti-choice justices on the Supreme Court. The looming fate of Roe is the direct consequence of the 2016 election.

    That many of us saw this coming does not make the blow less painful or severe. But we can fight back. 2022 is also a decisive election year. Together we must put in place both federal and state legislatures that fairly represent the will of the majority. This cannot wait.

    Let us not forget in this dark moment that we have the power to elect legislators who will respect the law of the land and the will of the people this November. We must wield it. 34 US Senate seats, all 435 U.S. Representative seats, 46 state legislatures, and 36 state governorships are on the ballot. These are the offices that will determine access to abortion and reproductive health care in the absence of Roe.

     

    REQUEST YOUR BALLOT FOR 2022

    What you feel right now—do not forget it. Instead, resolve to turn this moment into collective action. Ways to fight back can be found in this statement from DA's Global Women's Caucus.

    Raise your voice. Vote. And bring other people with you.

    In Solidarity,

    Ann Hesse, DA Global Women's Caucus Chair

    Candice Kerestan, DA International Chair

     


    Events:

     


    Experienced Dems Meet-Up

    When: May 19, 2022

    Time: 6:00pm CEST

    Where: Café Museum, Operngasse 7, Vienna 1010, Austria

    RSVP to attend in person

     

    Democrats Abroad Annual Global Meeting

    When: May 21–22, 2022

    Time: 10:00am CEST

    Where: Online

    Austria Youth Caucus Pizza and Drinks

    When: June 7

    Time: 6:00pm CEST

    Where: Pizza Bussi Ciao, Piaristengasse 15, Vienna 1080, Austria

    RSVP to attend in person

     

    Get in Shape for the Midterms — Get Training!

    When: Multiple dates through 2022

    Where: Online RSVP for Zoom link

     


     

    Issues & Actions:

    Austria Calling Campaign

    Be prepared for a short phone call from us to check if you have requested your 2022 ballot and if you need any support! Our top-notch phone banking team is starting our Austria-focused calling campaign now with the hope that many of you will happily tell us that you have already gone to VoteFromAbroad.org and requested your ballot! Thanks for either taking our call, listening to our voice message, and/or responding to our text message! Our goal is that at least 90% of our nearly 1,900 members in Austria vote in the midterms. Take a few minutes and request your ballot today!

     

    Anyone Seen My Constitutional Right to Privacy?

    We're all well versed in the leaked US Supreme Court opinion gutting Roe vs. Wade and the imminent threat to reproductive and other civil rights. The Court has wiped out "super precedent" before — but it was to add civil rights, not to take them back.

    There are no easy answers, no quick fixes. Some expect the decision to galvanize voters ahead of the midterm elections. They hope that traditional midterm dynamics — swing voters moving away from the party in power and higher enthusiasm of the out-party's base — will be upended. That Republicans are focusing on the ruling's leak and not its substance suggests they are worried about this.

    It's too early to say how the politics will play out. So let's cut to the chase: the politics are up to us. Where can we be most effective in the next six months?

    The Senate: Majority Leader Schumer wants to codify abortion protections into law. Unfortunately, the legislation will be subject to filibuster, and there are only 49 Democratic co-sponsors of the bill — Senator Manchin is a holdout. So what can we do? Double down on expanding our majority in November — reelect our incumbents, and for those voting in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and elsewhere — you need to elect Democratic senators.

    The States: since we can no longer count on the federal government or courts to protect abortion, this fall's most meaningful races will be down-ballot races. Reproductive and voting rights will be decided state-by-state, along the lines of state legislative control. And it takes only a few hundred votes to flip a state chamber.

    Think about that. A few hundred votes. We can do that.

    The day the actual decision is released, abortion will be illegal across 22 states where Republicans hold governing majorities.

    But in Arizona, the GOP holds a single vote majority; in Michigan, they have only three-seat majorities in both state Senate and House. These, and several other state legislatures, are flippable. Without Manchin, without changing the filibuster, we can protect access to abortion for millions of people.

    Ways to make an impact in down-ballot campaigns:

    -Tanya Lolonis, DA Austria Member-at-Large

     

    Thank you for reading the June Newsletter!

     


     

    Midterm Election News:

    Battleground State Calling Campaigns

    The overseas vote was the margin of victory in Georgia and Arizona in 2020 and we’re going to make sure to do it again in the upcoming midterms. Democrats Abroad phone bank volunteers are continuing to call members in battleground states.

    We need your help to reach our members! It’s easy and satisfying. We call DA members who are happy to get the reminder and DA covers the call costs. Also, you can make as many or as few as you like and when it fits your schedule. There are regular trainings to get you started and our DA Austria’s Phonebank Coordinator, Yvonne Richard, will answer your questions. Be part of the effort to fight for our democracy! Find out more here.

     

    Your Vote is Your Voice

    One of the DA’s core activities is to help Americans to register and return their ballots. The non-partisan Vote from Abroad website has up to date information so voters are best informed about their State’s regulations and deadlines. There is also a voter protection team that works with Local Election Officers and State Secretarys to solve issues that disenfranchise overseas voters.

    Every election cycle we hear from overseas Americans and dual citizens who say they didn’t know they had the right to vote in Federal and even State elections. Help us to spread the word amongst your family, friends, and colleagues. And if there are Americans in your sport’s team, club, school, or place of worship, we’re happy to come by and help get them registered – regardless of their party affiliation. Contact the Vote from Abroad Coordinator at [email protected]

     


    Reviews:

    Everything You Need to Know about Immigration Law with Dr. Alexander Raidl

    Members gathered at Amerlinghaus and online to give and seek the advice and information provided by Dr. Alexander Raidl. Dr. Raidl has extensive experience helping third-party nationals address legal issues related to living and working in Vienna. Using the example of a fictional couple moving to Austria, Dr. Raidl took the audience through the entire process of Austrian immigration, job, and language requirements. Attendees shared their experiences and asked a wide variety of questions that were fully and expertly answered by Dr. Raidl. If you have any new or additional questions, please feel free to contact Dr. Raidl at [email protected] and check out his website and blog at: https://www.rechtsanwalt-raidl.at/

    Please let us know if you would like another event with experts from other related areas/topics!

     

    Thank you for reading the May Newsletter!

     

     


  • published In April — in News 2022-04-05 06:24:38 -0400

    In April —

     

    In This Issue —

    Events:

    • Training Tuesdays – TONIGHT!
    • Salzburg Meet-Up
    • Books Abroad
    • Global Climate Rally
    • Everything You Need to Know about Immigration Law

    Issues & Actions:

    • Taxation Task Force
    • DA Global Tax Survey

    Midterm Election News:

    • Are you an Battleground State Voter?
    • Battleground States Call Campaigns
    • Your Vote is Your Voice

    Reviews:

    • DA Austria Annual General Meeting
    • DA Austria Survey

    Members Corner:

    • 2022 Midterm Election Overview

     

    Our Executive Committee meetings are held on the second Wednesday of the month. Our next meeting will be held online on: Wednesday, April 13, 2021, at 7 p.m. Members are welcome to join us at the meetings. Please contact Richard at [email protected] to join.

    DAA is making a strong effort to include in our monthly newsletter all the information you need to stay up to date. By sending you fewer emails, we hope you will read those you receive. Thanks for reading!

     

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    Message from the Chair –

    A big thank you to everyone who helped make our Annual General Meeting run so smoothly. It was so exciting to meet many members for the first time in person.

    I think a benchmark of success for the meeting was that several people signed up to be phone bankers and others are interested in becoming sustaining donors. A goal of the AGM was to motivate everyone to get out of the vote and ensure that 2022 is not a sleeper year. We know that if Republicans do well in November, they will do everything they can to make it harder for people to vote—and that could include overseas voters.

    Please consider joining our dynamic volunteer team by contacting me at [email protected] and be sure to request your ballot today at VotefromAbroad.org.

    — Richard Miller, Chair Democrats Abroad Austria

     


    Events:

    Training Tuesdays

    When: April 5, 2022

    Time: 7:30pm CEST

    Where: Online RSVP for Zoom link

    Hosted by DA Germany

     


    Salzburg Meet-Up

    When: April 8, 2022

    Time: 5:30pm CEST

    Where: Krimpelstätter Braugasthof, Müllner Hauptstraße 31, Salzburg 1010, Austria

    RSVP to attend in person

    Hosted by DA Austria – Salzburg

     

    Books Abroad

    When: April 24, 2022

    Time: 2:00pm CEST

    Where: Online RSVP for Zoom link

    Hosted by DA Global Women’s Caucus

     

    Global Climate Rally

    When: April 25, 2022

    Time: 6:00pm CEST

    Where: Online RSVP for Zoom link

    Co-Hosted by DA Global Progressive Caucus & DA Global Environmental and Climate Crisis Council

     

    Everything You Need to Know about Immigration Law

    When: April 28, 2022

    Time: 7:00pm CEST

    Where: Amerlinghaus, Stiftgasse 8, Vienna 1070 Austria

    RSVP to attend in person

    Hosted by DA Austria

     


     

    Issues & Actions:

    Help make DA’s website engaging, accessible, and user-friendly!

    Having a strong digital presence will be more important than ever for finding and mobilizing voters abroad for critical races in 2022. That’s why Democrats Abroad has prioritized redesigning its website (www.democratsabroad.org) in Spring 2022.

    At the top of the to-do list is making our website more engaging, accessible, and user-friendly—something we know needs to be done, but which comes with a price tag of $30,000. Please help us in this longer-term investment so that we can better attract and support our online visitors—and in turn convert site visits into activism and votes.

    Thank you for your support!

    https://www.democratsabroad.org/website

    Taxation Task Force

    The Democrats Abroad Global Taxation Task Force is working to provide tax relief for Americans living abroad. As a member of DA in Austria, I am working with them because of my frustration every spring for the past 40+ years when I am required to file US taxes. The US is the only country other than Eritrea that has citizen-based taxation rather than residence-based taxation. My frustration has grown due to the FBAR (Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts) and FATCA (Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act) laws which put restrictions on investments allowed to US citizens overseas. The issue is not the reporting, which WE have to do, but what the banks are required to do. Many banks in Austria will not even accept a US citizen as a client at all, particularly with an investment portfolio. We are also not allowed to invest in mutual funds/ETFs outside the US without filing a complicated form each year on each one. The Tax Force is working with legislators to try to get changes in the laws to make our lives easier. It does not provide individual tax advice. Major issues the tax force are working on are:

    • A switch to Residency-Based Taxation
    • Elimination of FATCA reporting for the financial accounts in the country of residence of Americans abroad
    • Exemption from the transition taxes for Americans abroad who own small- to medium- sized businesses
    • Reforms to FBAR reporting and implementation
    • An accessible and affordable renunciation solution for Accidental Americans
    • Supporting the newly formed Seniors Caucus on repealing the Social Security Windfall Elimination Provision and Medicare portability

    You can support the work of the taxation task force by keeping an eye out for the DA tax survey that will be coming your way later this month. Please participate in the survey (see below) and make your voice heard.

    -Brenda Speck Müllner, DA Austria member

     

    The Democrats Abroad 2022 Tax Survey Has Launched!

    The Democrats Abroad 2022 tax survey has officially launched! Click here to take the survey now. Please share with your American friends and family living abroad, and ask them to share it with people they know too. We need as many people as possible to participate to gain a better understanding of the tax and financial access issues Americans abroad are currently experiencing so the more the merrier. You do not have to be a Democrats Abroad member to participate. Survey closes April 30th.

    Click here to take the survey: https://demsabroad.typeform.com/taxsurvey

     


     

    Midterm Election News:

    Are you a Georgia, North Carolina, Ohio, or Pennsylvania Voter?

    You’ve got a primary coming up! Go to Democrats Abroad 2022 state voting information page to find information on deadlines and to request and return your ballot. Help ensure strong Democratic candidates win in important down-ballot races. Get more information here and request your ballot for all 2022 elections at votefromabroad.org.

     

    Battleground State Calling Campaigns

    The overseas vote was the margin of victory in Georgia and Arizona in 2020 and we’re going to make sure to do it again in the upcoming midterms. Starting March 7 Democrats Abroad phone bank volunteers will be calling our members in Ohip, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and Georgia — all battleground states.

    We need your help to reach our members! It’s easy and satisfying. We call DA members who are happy to get the reminder and DA covers the call costs. Also, you can make as many or as few as you like and when it fits your schedule. There are regular trainings to get you started and our DA Austria’s Phonebank Coordinator, Yvonne Richard, will answer your questions. Be part of the effort to fight for our democracy! Find out more here.

     

    Your Vote is Your Voice

    One of the DA’s core activities is to help Americans to register and return their ballots. The non-partisan Vote from Abroad website has up to date information so voters are best informed about their State’s regulations and deadlines. There is also a voter protection team that works with Local Election Officers and State Secretarys to solve issues that disenfranchise overseas voters.

    Every election cycle we hear from overseas Americans and dual citizens who say they didn’t know they had the right to vote in Federal and even State elections. Help us to spread the word amongst your family, friends, and colleagues. And if there are Americans in your sport’s team, club, school, or place of worship, we’re happy to come by and help get them registered – regardless of their party affiliation. Contact the Vote from Abroad Coordinator at [email protected]

     


    Reviews:

    DA Austria 2022 Annual General Meeting

    Many thanks to everyone who attended the 2022 AGM! Around 40 people joined the meeting, either in-person or via Zoom. Special thanks to our International Chair, Candice Kerestan, for coming to Vienna to offer a broader view of the work of Democrats Abroad and rally us ahead of the midterm elections. Congratulations to Marcy Fowler, our DA Austria secretary, who was elected as our third DPCA voting representative, and to Harold Otto and Bruce Murray who were elected as our auditors. Harold and Bruce signed off on our financial statements and commended our treasurer, Diego Heatherman, and Marcy (our former treasurer) for the financial bookkeeping.

    The AGM included a recap of our 2022 goals: ramp up our GOTV efforts, boost membership, recruit active volunteers and caucus leaders, and fundraise to support DA Austria and DA Global to get out the vote. Some ways you can help include becoming a sustaining donor for DA Global or DA Austria, joining our phone banking team, helping at our upcoming voter registration tables, or organizing an event! For more information, or questions about the AGM, send an email to [email protected].

    Finally, the meeting wrapped up with a phone banking demonstration by Yvonne Richard and Tanja Lolonis and a rap performance by DA Austria Chair, aka, ‘Rap Meister Rich’ of the new VoteFromAbroad Rap. Stay tuned for more opportunities to participate.

     

    DA Austria Member Survey 2022

    Sixty of you filled out our DA Austria membership survey, which will help us with some strategic decisions going forward. Here are some of the key findings:

    The top three issues for DA Austria members are climate change and environmental protection (91%), voting rights and election integrity (81%), and foreign policy and diplomacy (79%).

    The top five sources of information are Der Standard – New York Times (30%), FM4 Radio (24%), Metropole (20%), The Local (18%) and Vienna Würstelstand (15%).

    Asked what challenges members face voting abroad, fortunately, most said no challenges (46%), but many reported difficulties with mailing/postal issues (42%) and others reported state legislative changes affecting their ability to vote (15%). Asked what DA activities people appreciated most, members said the monthly DA newsletter (57%), social events (45%), and GOTV efforts (40%).

    Thanks to all who participated! We will hold a drawing soon for some prizes.

     


    Members Corner

    2022 Midterm Election Overview

    There is an abundance of information on the internet and in the press about the upcoming November 8 midterm elections, which fall two years before the 2024 presidential election. It behooves us Democrats living abroad to stay on top of the primaries and get out the vote for the elections.

    The following is a summary of some of the crucial gubernatorial, US Senate and US House of Representative races. The nearest internet source for information on election candidates and dates can be found at votefromabroad.org. Click on the State Guide and then choose your state to find the information of most interest to you. Not incidentally, you can also register to vote at the votefromabroad.org link.

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    Thank you for reading the April Newsletter!

     

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    2022 Midterm Election Overview

    There is an abundance of information on the internet and in the press about the upcoming November 8 midterm elections, which fall two years before the 2024 presidential election. It behooves us Democrats living abroad to stay on top of the primaries and get out the vote for the elections.  

    The following is a summary of some of the crucial gubernatorial, US Senate and US House of Representative races. The nearest internet source for information on election candidates and dates can be found at votefromabroad.org. Click on the State Guide and then choose your state to find the information of most interest to you. Not incidentally, you can also register to vote and request your ballots at the votefromabroad.org link.                                                                                      

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