DPCA Representative, Democrats Abroad Japan

  • published Farewell Address - The Tools of Democracy in News 2021-06-12 08:13:22 -0400

    Farewell Address - The Tools of Democracy

    Fellow citizens and friends of democracy,

    Thank you so much for your hard work in maintaining American democracy these last two years. As we know in Asia Pacific, this is not something to be taken for granted.

    Moving forward, I ask you to do something I feel very passionately about, but did not spend nearly enough time articulating during my term - and that is to support the tools of democracy. I encourage you to explore decentralized solutions for communication. I encourage you to embrace encryption and your civil liberties wherever possible. The success of democracy is not a particular platform or data point, the success of democracy is when we can have conversations and listen to each other in ways that have not been manipulated by other actors seeking money or power.

    In our increasingly digital world, we must always be conscious of where and how we choose to organize. Is the platform we're organizing on harvesting data? Is it sorting our conversations? Is it open source? Where is its funding coming from? How does it manipulate our messaging? These are all important questions we must always consider and our Executive Committee considered often. I encourage all future political volunteers of any sort to do the same. Words are strong, but where, how, and when you say them will all have a great impact on their meaning.

    Most importantly, never forget to cultivate the most important tool you have - your political imagination. Without the ability to dream and imagine a future we want to live in, we will never be able to articulate the societal goals and what good government can be to our constituents, fellow citizens, family, and friends. Without the ability to colorfully present that future, we will always fail to draw the interest of any particular person or group. Few will be motivated to save the world from Climate Change. Almost everyone will be motivated to breathe cleaner air every morning.  

    For our lives to improve, we must keep our minds open to what is possible. Today, the words of any single person can be more influential than a news network, and money is being minted and valued by people. Let us look towards expanding the power we have as people. Let us let go of pragmatic assumptions, and cultivate groups around messages of change that we want to see.

    I truly thank you all for your support and friendship. Please continue to support democracy, support democratic movements, and the tools of democracy that make those happen. I look forward to seeing what we, the people, can all create together.

    Democracy Lives in Transparency,
    John Andrew Baumlin Jr.
    National Chair & Asia Pacific 2020 Delegate for Bernie Sanders
    Democrats Abroad Japan


  • signed NJ -- Voting Rights for Overseas Voters 2021-04-07 21:54:23 -0400

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  • published Thank you.. in News 2020-11-02 23:56:35 -0500

    Thank you..

    Thank you.

    Thank you for volunteering.
    Thank you for passing good resolutions.
    Thank you for donating.
    Thank you for keeping us accountable.
    Thank you for voting.
    Thank you for letting us serve you.

    Thank you for doing your best.

    Thank you, and we hope all of you aspire to run for office and bring us closer to a better future. None of this works without you.

    Kindest,
    John, Kiyoko, Anna, Dave
    Democrats Abroad Japan Executive Committee


  • published The Primaries Aren’t Over Yet! in News 2020-05-27 06:04:03 -0400

    The Primaries Aren’t Over Yet!

    Keep our DNC Members accountable to their members! Even now, every vote matters!

    UPCOMING 2020 PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY ELECTIONS

    See the full list of upcoming primary elections, including for federal and state-level positions.

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  • John Baumlin - Asia Pacific Delegate Candidate for Bernie Sanders

    🔥 Hi everyone!🔥 I believe the Asia Pacific Delegate title is truly meant to represent a unique position to the convention. Democrats Abroad in AP, and as a whole, have direct experience in the effects of climate change, mass surveillance, and authoritarianism. If you select me as your youth candidate to go to the convention, I am going to bring those experiences directly to the forefront. I'm going to get in touch with the Sunrise Movement, and exchange strategy, tools, and ideas for organizing the next Climate Strike. I'm going to work hard, as this may be an online convention, to advocate for encryption so we have more adept and secure protests. But most importantly, I plan on using every procedural power in the book to keep the DNC accountable and protect the Unity Reform Commission. If you agree with those priorities, please consider me for this position!


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  • published Remote Voting & Corona Virus Advisory in News 2020-03-01 02:59:54 -0500

    Remote Voting & Corona Virus Advisory

    Corona Virus Advisory for Voting Centers

    The safety of all our members is very important to us at Democrats Abroad Japan. In order to combat the threat of rising infection of COVID-19, effective immediately, we are implementing the following safety precautions for all of our upcoming in-person voting events in coordination with local ordinance for the month of March, 2020.

    • Each volunteer at our Ballot Assistance Events and Voting Centers is to wear proper preventative supplies (such as masks, gloves, etc) to reduce direct contact with others. Please coordinate with your voting center manager about reimbursements for these supplies.
    • All volunteers and venue assistants are asked to be vigilant about spreading out lines and keeping people within a reasonable distance of one another if any centers reach a high volume.
    • We ask all members in the Hokkaido region to suspend all in-person activities for the next 3 weeks in accordance with the State of Emergency for that region.
    • All members, if you are sick with cold or flu-like symptoms, have children, are elderly, or otherwise at high risk, we recommend that you please follow the instructions below regarding remote voting.

    Remote Voting

    Remote voting for the 2020 Global Presidential Primary is now open. You can follow the steps here to download your ballot and submit it via e-mail. If you'll be spending some extra time at home this week, it's the perfect time to cast your ballot right at home from your PC! You can find a full guide about all the ways you can vote in the primary and voting center information here.

    We are working closely with our global leadership throughout this period. Please contact [email protected] for any further information.

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  • PRIMARY VOTING IS OPEN! EASY JAPAN VOTER GUIDE HERE!

    "Get your ballot!"

     

    Primary Voting is finally here!

    That means we can all choose a presidential candidate to vote for in the Global Presidential Primary for Democrats Abroad!

    First make sure you are a member of Democrats Abroad and have an account, and here’s all the ways you can do it!

    Cast a Primary Ballot Online!

    The fastest method!

    The fastest way to cast your ballot is to do it remotely from your PC and e-mail it in! It’s quick and easy to get a ballot filled out and sent over to Democrats Abroad Global, and you don’t even need to be a resident of Japan - any member of Democrats Abroad can cast their ballot this way! Voting is open until March 10th, but don’t wait!

    Follow the steps here to download your ballot and submit it via e-mail!

    Cast a Primary Ballot at a Voting Center on Sunday, March 8th, 2020!

    The easiest method!

    If you live near a population center, you can come to a voting center! A voting center can help you with all your options for the 2020 election!

    When you go to a voting center you can get help with the following options!
    - Voting in the Global Presidential Primary!
    - Requesting a Ballot from your State for the 2020 General Election!
    - Verifying your Democrats Abroad Membership!
    - & Joining Democrats Abroad if you’re a new voter and it’s your first time reading anything like this! We will be there to help!

    We will have three voting centers open on Sunday, March 8th, 2020! Here’s the location with a Google Maps pin to each!

    Kanto Voting Center (Tokyo)
    Tokyo GS Heim Satō Bldg
    GS Heim Satō Bldg #302, Yoyogi, 2-7-6, Shibuya-Ward, Tokyo
    (JP): 東京都渋谷区代々木2-7-6 GSハイム佐藤ビル302
    Voting Center Google Maps Pin: http://goo.gl/maps/ttkpwrWxCdZgCwaw7
    Time: 12:00PM to 7:00PM

    Kansai Voting Center (Osaka)
    Sauce Boss Osaka
    1-chōme-5-13 Kitahorie, Nishi-ku, Osaka, 550-0014
    (JP): 大阪府 大阪市西区 北堀江 1-5-13 550-0014
    Voting Center Google Maps Pin: http://g.page/saucebossosaka
    Time: 12:00PM to 9:00PM

    Tokai Voting Center (Nagoya)
    Shooters Sports Bar & Grill
    Nagoya-shi, Naka-ku, Sakae 2-9-26 Pola Building 2F 460-0008
    (JP): 〒460-0008 Aichi, Nagoya, Naka Ward, Sakae, 2 Chome−9−26
    ポーラ名古屋ビル
    Voting Center Google Maps Pin: http://goo.gl/maps/ByxvJrffXZMM8tNRA
    Time: 12:00PM to 7:00PM

    Send a Primary Ballot via Snail Mail!

    The Traditional Method!

    If you don’t have reliable computer access or just want to mail it out, our Remote Ballot Warden, Dave, is here to help out! You can mail a remote ballot directly to him and as long as it’s received by 9:00PM JST on Wednesday, March 11th, 2019. That means you should mail it right away!

    Mail your filled out ballot to:
    Dave Brauer
    6-40-4 Todoroki
    Setagaya-ku, Tokyo, Japan 158-0082

    or, Fax it to:
    +1 (202) 217-4277 by 11:59PM Tuesday, March 10th, 2019

    That’s everything!

    Remember that casting a primary ballot is internal to the party, and you can still request you 2020 General Election Ballot by visiting VoteFromAbroad.org! Do that first if you’ve never voted overseas before!

    Happy voting!

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  • published NJ, VA, MS, LA, and KY - Time to Vote! in News 2019-09-19 05:06:24 -0400

    NJ, VA, MS, LA, and KY - Time to Vote!

    Important 2019 Voting Abroad Information for KY, LA, MS, NJ, VA Voters

    Five states — Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Jersey and Virginia — will hold General Elections in November 2019 for state executive offices, state legislative offices or both.

    Because of the Trump administration’s plan to withdraw from the Universal Postal Union (UPU) treaty mid-October 2019, postal mail from abroad back to the US may experience delays and price increases. To make sure you can successfully cast your ballot in your state's elections this year, the Get Out the Vote Committee at DAJ is recommending voters from these states register to vote and request their ballot IMMEDIATELY.

    For more information on how withdrawal from the Universal Postal Union will affect your overseas vote, see http://www.democratsabroad.org/upu.

    Urgent information for Louisiana voters:

    There is still time to register to vote for the Gubernatorial Primary if you register online (this requires state ID) by this Saturday, SEPTEMBER 21st.

    The Gubernatorial Primary will be held October 12th; overseas ballots must be received before October 12th, 8pm CST (Oct. 13th, 10am JST).

    Louisiana Online Voter Registration: http://voterportal.sos.la.gov/VoterRegistration

    Register and Request Your Ballot: http://www.votefromabroad.org/states/LA

    Register and request your ballot now - State by State Information!

    For those states that do not allow ballot return using email or fax, please vote and mail back your ballot immediately to avoid any disruption in mail service after October 17th.

    Louisiana

    Elections: Governor, Lt. Gov, Attorney General, Secretary of State, State Senate and State House.

    Louisiana voters: For the primary election, register online by September 21, request your ballot immediately, and MAIL it back before October 12. For the general election, contact your election office for permission to use fax to return your ballot.

    Primary Election

    ●Voter Registration: Received by (Online, requires state ID) September 21
    ●Ballot Request: Received by (EMAIL, FAX or MAIL) Mon, October 11, before 4:30pmCST
    ●Ballot Return: Received by (MUST MAIL) Tuesday, October 12, 2019, before 8pm CST
    ●Guber. Primary: Tuesday, October 12, 2019

    General Election

    ●Voter Registration: Postmarked by (MAIL) or Received by (EMAIL or FAX) Tues., October 16 or Received by (Online, requires state ID) Tuesday, October 26
    ●Ballot Request: Received by (EMAIL, FAX or MAIL) Mon., Nov. 15, before 4:30pm CST
    ●Ballot Return: Received by (MUST MAIL*) Tuesday, November 16, before 8pm CST
    ●Guber. Election: Tuesday, November 16, before 8pm CST

    *Ballot return by Fax available only by prior arrangement with Local Election Official

    Overseas voter eligibility for state elections:
    ● Intend to return: YES
    ● Return not certain: YES
    ● Never resided: NO

    Kentucky

    Elections: Governor, Lt. Gov, Attorney General and Secretary of State.

    Kentucky voters: vote immediately and postal mail the ballot back to your local election office this September.

    ● Voter Registration: Postmarked by (MAIL) or Received by (EMAIL or FAX) Mon., Oct. 7

    ● Ballot Request: Received by (EMAIL, FAX or MAIL) Tuesday, October 29

    ● Ballot Return: Received by (MUST MAIL) Tuesday, November 5, before 6pm

    Overseas voter eligibility for state elections:
    ● Intend to return: YES
    ● Return not certain: YES
    ● Never resided: NO

    New Jersey

    Elections: General Assembly.

    New Jersey voters: vote immediately and postal mail the ballot back to your local election office this September.

    ● Voter Registration: (Request ballot-by-mail) Received by (EMAIL*, FAX* or MAIL) Sun., Oct. 6 or (Request ballot-by-email, fax) Received by (EMAIL*, FAX* or MAIL) Tues., Oct. 15
    ● Ballot Request: (Request ballot-by-mail) Received by (EMAIL*, FAX* or MAIL) Sun., Oct. 6 or (Request ballot-by-email, fax) Received by (EMAIL*, FAX* or MAIL) Fri., Nov. 1
    ● Return Ballot: Received by (EMAIL*, FAX* or MAIL) Tuesday, November 5, 8pm

    *IF YOU SEND BALLOT BY EMAIL OR FAX YOU MUST ALSO IMMEDIATELY MAIL YOUR BALLOT TO THE BOARD OF ELECTION.

    Overseas voter eligibility for state elections:
    ● Intend to return: YES
    ● Return not certain: NO*
    ● Never resided: NO

    *Legislation introduced to allow “return not certain” to vote in NJ state elections

    Virginia

    Elections: State Senate and State House.

    Virginia voters: vote immediately and postal mail the ballot back to your local election office this September.

    ●Voter Registration: Received by (EMAIL, FAX or MAIL) Monday, October 14
    ●Ballot Request: Received by (EMAIL, FAX or MAIL) Tuesday, October 29
    ●Ballot Return: Received by (EMAIL, FAX or MAIL) Tues., November 5, before 7pm EST

    Overseas voter eligibility for state elections:
    ● Intend to return: YES
    ● Return not certain: YES*
    ● Never resided: NO

    *If VA place of abode OR if voter provides the name of an overseas employer for either the voter, the voter’s spouse or the voter’s parent (if the voter is a dependent)

    Mississippi

    Elections: Governor, Lt. Gov, Attorney General, Secretary of State, State Senate and State House.

    Mississippi voters should use email or fax to return your voted ballot.

    ●Voter Registration: Received by (EMAIL, FAX or MAIL) Saturday, October 26
    ●Ballot Request: No deadline
    ●Ballot Return: Received by (EMAIL, FAX or MAIL) Tuesday, November 5

    Overseas voter eligibility for state elections:
    ● Intend to return: YES
    ● Return not certain: YES
    ● Never resided: NO

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