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Welcome to Democrats Abroad Japan!

Democrats Abroad Japan (DAJ) is the official country committee for all Democrats living abroad in Japan.  All English teachers and all salaried workers. All spouses and children. All refugees and students abroad for the first time. The goals of our organization are to provide you the tools and means by which you can make your voice heard, even halfway across the world. With DAJ, you can be sure you, your friends, and family are registered to vote.

If you haven’t already, you can get started by clicking the “Join” tab above in the right corner to register for Democrats Abroad.

Watch this space for upcoming announcements of events and news pertaining to DAJ. We have events planned throughout the year, and anyone interested is encouraged to join.

Are you interested in rising up and doing more? Want to volunteer? Join us on Slack- our dedicated activist organization hub. We have several different committees with open positions, and we would love your support on any of them. The committee openings are as follows:

  • Communications Committee – Drafting announcements, working on messaging, promoting our causes on social media sites (FB, Twitter, etc.) and helping to write articles on the DAJ website.
  • Events Committee – Helping to organize and plan nation-wide events.
  • Fundraising Committee – Helping to raise the funds needed to reach more voters and get the election results you want.
  • Outreach Committee – Expand the DAJ membership into new areas and interface with our international network!
  • Get Out The Vote – Directly help Americans abroad get registered to vote and request their absentee ballots. Votes are what count the most.

If you have any questions, please reach out to our Executive Committee listed on the right under “DA Japan Leadership.”

Let’s work together to uphold democratic values at home and abroad!

Your DA Japan Committee
DA_Japan@democratsabroad.org

DA Japan Leadership:

John Baumlin
| National Chair, Democrats Abroad Japan
Kiyoko Ayukawa
| National Vice Chair, Democrats Abroad Japan
Anna Costello
| National Secretary, Democrats Abroad Japan
Dave Brauer
| National Treasurer, Democrats Abroad Japan
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  • News

    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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    Revised 2019 DAJ National Election Results

    Dear DAJ members,

    THE 2019 DAJ EXCOM in coordination with the 2019 DAJ NEC would like to announce the revised results of the 2019 national elections.

    Votes in the 2019 National officers election were counted on 6/16 and recorded by the NOMINATIONS AND ELECTIONS COMMITTEE, however after inquiry it was discovered that 1 faxed ballot was not counted. For clarification, there was no change to the outcome of the election. Below are the revised results:

    Total ballots cast: 51

    Total ballots which were complete and where membership could be confirmed: 50

    Chair:

    Votes for John Baumlin - 50 votes, 100% total valid votes (WINNER)

    Vice-Chair:

    Votes for write-in candidates

    Votes for Kiyoko Ayukawa 36 votes, 72% of total valid votes (WINNER)

    Votes for Denise Treuting 1 vote, 2% of total valid votes

    Votes for Gordon Gaul 1 vote, 2% of total valid votes

    Votes for Frederick Gunlach 1 vote, 2% of total valid votes

    Votes for no one: 11, 22% of total valid votes

    Secretary:

    Votes for Anna Costello - 50 votes, 100% total valid votes (WINNER)

    Treasurer: write-in candidates

    Votes for write-in candidates

    Votes for Dave Brauer – 34 votes, 68% of total valid votes (WINNER)

    Votes for Timothy Trahan 1 vote, 2% of total valid votes

    Votes for Jenise Treuting 1 vote, 2% of total valid votes

    Votes for Frederick Gunlach 1 vote, 2% of total valid votes

    Votes for no one: 13 votes, 26% of total valid votes

    DEMOCRATIC PARTY COMMITTEE ABROAD (DPCA) VOTING REPRESENTATIVE

    Votes for Gordon Gaul - 42 votes, 84% of total valid votes (WINNER)

    Votes for Kiyoko Ayukawa – 5 votes, 10% of total valid votes

    Votes for no one: 3 votes, 6% of total valid votes

    Member-at-Large for Eastern/Northern Honshu:

    Votes for Elena Morlock - 34 votes, 100 % of total valid votes (WINNER)

    Member-at-Large for Western/Southern Honshu:

    Votes for Raymond Kunikane Terhune - 5 votes, 100 % of total valid votes (WINNER)

    Member-at-Large for Shikoku/Kyushu/Okinawa:

    Votes for Rose Turck - 2 votes, 100% of total valid votes (WINNER)

    Member-at-Large for Hokkaido: write-in candidates only

    No votes

    Sincerely yours,

    The DAJ 2019 Nominations and Elections Committee

    Sarajean Rossitto

    Leslie Anne Rogers

    Steven Breyak

    Jenise Treuting

    DAJ2019elections@gmail.com

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    Upcoming Events

    Sunday, October 20, 2019 at 02:30 PM
    Kase Building in Chiyoda, Japan

    Restoring American Democracy Policy Forum


    Policy Forum on Restoring American Democracy and U.S. Leadership

    On Sunday, October 20th, 2019, all wings and methodologies of the Democratic Party are coming together for a policy forum hosted by Democrats Abroad Japan (DAJ) for any and all Americans living overseas.

    The Policy Forum on Restoring American Democracy and U.S. Leadership will feature 4 speakers, including former leaders in the United States Government and the Democratic Party Committee Abroad (DPCA), who will comment on the direction of key issues that are bound to affect all Americans.

    This event shall serve as the beginning of our platform discussion in Democrats Abroad Japan, and our leadup to the 2020 National Convention. Each speaker will be addressing a topic for 15-20 minutes as described below. Afterwards, the audience in the room will be allowed to ask questions and follow-up, time permitting. 

    The event will be moderated by John Baumlin, Chair of Democrats Abroad Japan.  

    Speakers

    Ambassador Robert Orr

    Former United States Ambassador to the Asian Development Bank
    Speaking On: How to Rebuild International Relations After the Trump Era

    The Trump Administration’s repudiation of the international institutions and alliances which underpin the world order, built by the U.S. and its key allies in Asia and Europe, has damaged them and U.S. standing and reputation. What are the urgent steps needed to restore U.S. leadership and rebuild diplomacy and peace?

    Gordon Gaul IV

    DA Progressive Caucus Co-Chair & DAJ DPCA Rep
    Speaking on: Building a Grassroots Movement that Outweighs Corporate Influence

    A fundamental restructuring of the financing of U.S. elections is needed, if we are to right the ship of American Democracy. What practical actions can get us there?

    Cheryl Okubo

    Climate Change Activist
    Speaking On: Global Climate Change -- What Democrats Can Do About It

    5000 marched in Japan among the millions world-wide on Sept 20th, and Greta Thunberg of Sweden fiercely condemned inaction at the U.N. It seems as if we may finally be reaching a political tipping point. What are the prospects for practical policies on climate change?

    Tom Schmid, J.D.

    Former DA International Counsel and Chair of DAJ
    Speaking on: The Supreme Court: A Failed Institution (and Ideas for Fixing It)

    Filling the judiciary with G.O.P. partisans is key to the Republican strategy of minority rule in the face of demographic change. Many on the Left are calling for radical solutions. What is the best way forward?

    Location

    Please come join us in person! We will be taking questions and comments from audience members. We will do our best to accommodate online attendees, but attendees in the room will be given preference in the question queue.   

    English/Romaji Address: 1 Chome-24-21 Kanda Sudacho, Chiyoda City, Tokyo 101-0041 Kase Building #173, 4th Floor (Formerly the Crescent Kanda Building) 

    Japanese Address: 東京都千代田区神田須田町1-24-21 加瀬ビル173 4階(旧:クレセント神田ビル)
    GPS: https://goo.gl/maps/7jPBKCXvDkSynkh59

    Attend online via WebEx!
    Web Address: https://democratsabroad.webex.com/democratsabroad/e.php?MTID=mf836951e65e4117153feb17f4f76c30d
    Password: dems

    Doors open at 2:15pm.