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  • published Georgia in Your Vote 2020-11-12 07:36:33 -0500

    Georgia

    HOW TO VOTE IN THE GEORGIA US SENATE RUNOFF ELECTION - JANUARY 5, 2021

    Elections were held for both of Georgia’s US Senate seats on the November 3, 2020. Both of these races are going to Runoff elections, to be held on January 5, 2021, as no candidate received at least 50% of the vote.

    The two races are:

    • US Senate: Jon Ossoff (Democrat) versus David Perdue (Republican)

    • US Senate Special: Raphael Warnock (Democrat) versus Kelly Loeffler (Republican)

    DEADLINES

    Dec 7, 2020 – Register to vote, if needed at votefromabroad.org. [By Email, Fax, or Mail]

    Jan 5, 2020 – Request a Ballot, if needed at votefromabroad.org. [By Email, Fax, or Mail]

    .

    Jan 5, 2020 – Voted Ballot Postmark Deadline [By Mail only] - and -

    Jan 8, 2020 – Deadline for Voted Ballot to be Received in GA (and any signature fix documentation to be received)

    REGISTRATION AND BALLOT REQUEST 

    If you haven't received your ballot yet, check your Absentee Ballot Status on: www.mvp.sos.ga.gov/MVP/mvp.do (After you submit your information, go to “Click here for Absentee Ballot status” in lower left box)

     

    BALLOT

    Ballots for the January 5, 2021 Runoff election are now available (check your spam folder for the notice). You can also go to www.mvp.sos.ga.gov/MVP/mvp.do to see if your ballot is available.

    If you haven't received a ballot yet, we strongly recommend overseas voters fill out and mail in a Backup Ballot (the Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot, or FWAB).

    More information on how to find your ballot and/or fill out a FWAB is available here.

     

    BALLOT RETURN

    The instructions will indicate how to prepare your ballot for mailing and will provide the mailing address for your election office in Georgia.

    RETURNING BALLOT BY COURIER (INTERNATIONAL EXPRESS MAIL SERVICE)

    Given the time deadlines and the fact that the Christmas season will further exacerbate the mailing disruptions caused by COVID, we recommend that you use a courier service to return your ballot if possible. And we strongly recommend voters use a courier service for any ballots mailed back in December.

     

    VERIFY YOUR BALLOT WAS ACCEPTED--AND FIX IF NEEDED

    After you mail in your ballot, be sure to verify it was accepted. If your ballot is rejected for signature issues, GA will let you fix it but the deadline to do so is Jan 8, 2021.

     


     

    If you have questions, please ask our Voter Help Desk (the orange circle on the bottom right of the screen) or email us at info@democratsabroad.org.

    Or drop by for live one-to-one voter assistance via Zoom. For more information for dates and times, please click the link: Global Voter Assistance (Live via Zoom).

    For more information about voting in the GA Runoff Elections, go to: www.votefromabroad.org/georgia


  • published Cure Your Ballot in GOTV and Voting Rights Blog 2020-11-05 08:35:42 -0500

    Cure Your Ballot

    Make sure your ballot counts this year - track your ballot to check it has been accepted.

    You can still "cure" your ballot in states including Arizona, Georgia, Nevada, and North Carolina.

    *Check your email, especially your spam folder and any secondary inboxes, for any notices from your county. Any questions? Get in touch in the comment bubble below or email gotv@democratsabroad.org.

    Arizona voters
    1. Check your ballot status: https://my.arizona.vote/AbsenteeTracker.aspx
       [Website requires a Voter Identification number--check the email you received when you got your ballot]
    2. If there is a problem or if you can't access the website, contact your county immediately to find out how to "cure" it
        [find contact info here]
    3. Maricopa county ballot cure details
    Deadline to Cure:  5th business day after federal election = Nov 10, 2020

    Georgia voters
    1. Check your ballot status: https://georgia.ballottrax.net/voter/ or  https://www.mvp.sos.ga.gov/MVP/mvp.do
       [After you submit your information, go to "Click here for Absentee Ballot status" in lower left box]
    2. If there is a problem, contact your county immediately [find contact info here]
    3. You will need to send in a photo ID (US passport or military ID is ok) & Signature Cure affidavit confirming the ballot is yours
    (You can send in ID and affidavit by email or fax)
    Deadline to Cure:  3 days after election = Nov 6, 2020

    Nevada voters

    1. Check your ballot status: https://nevada.ballottrax.net/voter/ or  https://www.nvsos.gov/VoterSearch/ 
    2. If there is a problem, contact your county clerk immediately (find contact info here)
    3. You will need to confirm your signature belongs to you. The process is set up on a county by county basis.
    Deadline to Cure:  7 days after federal election = Nov 12, 2020 at 5pm (Nevada time)

    North Carolina voters

    1. Check your ballot status: https://vt.ncsbe.gov/RegLkup/
    2. If there is a problem, contact your county clerk immediately (find contact info here)
    3. You will need to provide an Absentee Cure Certification if your signature is missing or in the wrong place (you can send in the Absentee Cure Certification by email or fax)
    Deadline to Cure:  7 days after federal election = Nov 12, 2020 at 5pm ET


    More details on ballot "curing" 

    Part of the process of counting absentee ballots is verifying that these have been submitted following the state election rules. If such a problem arises, the ballot may not be accepted and therefore not counted. Many states’ election laws provide for a process called ‘curing,’ which gives voters a chance to fix this problem so that their ballots can be counted.

    Ballot curing entails two steps:

    1. The Local Election Official identifies a problem including:

    A) A voter’s signature doesn’t match the one on file. This can happen if a voter signs their ballot materials with a mouse or trackpad, making the signature
    different from one written with a pen. If the signature on file is years or decades old, it may differ from the current signature.
    B) A voter’s signature is missing or in the wrong place on the ballot
    C) Witness information (where relevant) is incorrect or incomplete.

    2. The LEO contacts the voter and offers a way to fix or “cure” the problem. Typically, the LEO will give the voter an affidavit to sign and return with a form of identification like a copy of a passport or state driver’s license. By completing this process, the ballot can then be counted. (For a complete list of the verification process by state, click here. For a list of states that allow signature correction, click here.)


  • published Count Every Vote Demonstration in Tiny Actions 2020-11-04 10:30:28 -0500

    Count-Every-Vote Demonstrations

    To protect our votes, Americans abroad need to draw attention to the importance of counting each and every one of them. 

    We are asking all members to organize social distanced photo events around the world. Tell your voting story, and help raise awareness of who Americans abroad are as voters. Share your images on your social channels, and share your pics with us at info@democratsabroad.org. Details below:  

    Safety: Please be COVID cautious and follow all local regulations. If you are participating with others, please practice appropriate social distancing.

    Organize a stand alone demonstration 

    1. Identify an iconic location near you, or a background that is clearly abroad 
    2. Print or make a sign (here are samples) and organize a selfie or portrait of yourself (or a group, location permitting) with the sign and the iconic location behind you.
    3. Go live on FB or Instagram and tell the story of why voting from abroad and ensuring your ballot counts is important to you
    4. Make sure you share your pictures and videos across your social channels - tag @demsabroad and add hashtags: #CountOurVotes #DAResists 
    5. Email your selfie pic to info@democratsabroad.org and join our online demonstration

    Sample Script 

    • My name is ____ and I live in ____ and vote in ____ . 
    • This year (talk about your voting experience, any challenges that you had, how you tracked your ballot). 
    • I followed the rules, I sent my ballot on time. 
    • I demand that my vote is counted and my voice is heard. 
    • Trump cannot call the election. 
    • We have a legacy of free and fair elections in this nation, and this election should be no different.
    • Count Our Votes! 

    Tips for Pics and Video

    • Avoid standing with your back to the sun
    • Look directly at the camera
    • Hold the #CountOurVotes poster or place it on a ledge/wall/table so it’s visible in the image 
    • For videos, set up your camera in front of you and film (a selfie video is ok too)



  • tagged Martha McDevitt-Pugh's Martha McDevitt-Pugh, DNC Representative, Global with approved 2020-05-27 04:17:31 -0400

    Martha McDevitt-Pugh, DNC Representative, Global

    I’m running for DNC Representative because I care about the lives of Americans living abroad and their families. I will serve Democrats Abroad as an advocate for our platform and make our needs known at all levels of the DNC. I have been working for legislative change as an advocate and activist for almost two decades. I will bring stories of our lived experiences abroad to critical issues, such as universal access to affordable healthcare, tax reform, immigration and the climate crisis. As an LGBT woman, I bring diverse representation to the DA DNC team. Having a strong and diverse team expands DA’s reach and enables us to work hand in hand with the constituencies, caucuses, and councils that comprise the DNC. https://www.MarthaDNC2024.com


  • tagged John Baumlin's John Baumlin - Asia Pacific Delegate Candidate for Bernie Sanders with approved 2020-05-16 05:29:27 -0400

    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!


  • tagged Hayoung Wong's Hayoung Wong, Delegate Candidate for Senator Sanders with approved 2020-05-16 03:50:03 -0400

    Hayoung Wong, Delegate Candidate for Senator Sanders

    In Korea, I teach on-campus undergraduate, MA, and PhD students in Korean history, and I have voted in the past as a resident of New Hampshire and as a resident of New York. In order for us to transform the discourse of our nation, we have to present Senator Sanders’s policies as ideas that transcend the divisiveness of our politics today. With humility and with thankfulness for the opportunity to run for a delegate position, I feel that I must help to participate in restoring America’s stewardship of our cares, dreams, and hopes. Not everyone in this world has entered the world with a family full of connections to the echelons of power, and we have the duty of empowering the neglected in our midst. Through our efforts in bringing about a revolution in human rights for all, we can finally allow the downtrodden to step out from the shadows.


  • tagged John Sinclair's Mark Sinclair (Chile), Sanders Delegate, Americas Region and Global with approved 2020-05-16 03:33:25 -0400

    Mark Sinclair (Chile), Sanders Delegate, Americas Region and Global

    I'm a progressive cis-gender straight male Caucasian living in Chile, my birth country, since 2002. Educated in US public schools all my life, I support Bernie's Free Public Higher Education proposal. Since my youth, I've been involved in social movements and political organizing for a more just, inclusive and non-imperialist US- Picketting for United Farmworker Union boycotts in the 70s, organizing teach-ins and campaigns to end illegal US covert wars in Central America in the 80s and working in education/child welfare advocacy in the 90s (in Minnesota). I've been working in international student exchange for the last 18 years, principally with US study abroad students. In addition to supporting Sander's campaign pledges, I'll advocate for a sharp reduction in military spending (but support fully funding veterans programs) in order to confront health and climate crisises and a non-interventionist, multi-lateral foreign policy that promotes human rights.


  • tagged Travis Mooney's Travis Mooney - Delegate Candidate for Bernie Sanders with approved 2020-05-16 03:33:06 -0400

    Travis Mooney - Delegate Candidate for Bernie Sanders

    Dear Friends: Throughout 2020, I worked for Bernie, but also for Democrats Abroad. Our campaign understood working with DA -- no other campaign had official polling place representatives -- and our outreach helped deliver the largest turn-out ever for the Global Presidential Primary (GPP). I represent the Bernie Campaign: Since 2016, I've worked to win the GPP for Bernie. And we have done it twice. I am one of the founders of Bernie Abroad, and an official Bernie 2020 Campaign Co-Chair. I represent Democrats Abroad: I am the former Vice-Chair of Democrats Abroad United Kingdom. As a long-term resident outside the USA, I understand our problems, our needs, and how we help Democrats win. Like many, I wish that they paid more attention to those of us abroad, and worked to make sure our issues were directly addressed by the Bernie 2020 Campaign. I ask you for your vote. travis


  • tagged Orlando Vidal's Orlando Vidal — DNC Member — Global with approved 2020-05-14 05:32:05 -0400

    Orlando Vidal — DNC Member — Global

    The DNC doesn’t accord DA the respect and support we deserve as representatives of 9 million Americans abroad. With the leadership of the Black Caucus, I stood as our only DNC Member opposing depriving us a first-round vote at the Convention. I knew that would make me unpopular with some. And I alone took the DNC on for discriminating against us with only half-a-vote, when every Member from every other delegation is treated as a full person. (Letting us have only half-a-voice means Americans overseas don’t matter as much to the Party. They’re wrong. We’ve been and can continue to be the margin of victory.) I did this despite our Chair’s disapproval because I’m tired of DA sitting at the back of the bus. If you want a principled fighter to continue to battle for Democrats Abroad, I hope you will send me back.


  • tagged Heather Etchevers' Heather C. Etchevers, aspiring pledged delegate for Biden, EMEA (France) with approved 2020-05-03 08:50:29 -0400

    Heather C. Etchevers, aspiring pledged delegate for Biden, EMEA (France)

    A dual U.S. and French citizen, mother of two others who also vote, I grew up as Gen X in Massachusetts. After a Wellesley B.A., I earned a joint Ph.D. from UC Berkeley and (today’s) Sorbonne Université and became a tenured biomedical scientist, team leader and civil servant in France. This has brought me unique perspective on international policies concerning STEM, reproductive/health, cultural and many other issues pertaining to U.S. domestic and foreign policy. A rare disease advocate for >20 years (Alone we are rare. Together we are strong), organizer of the Marseille March for Science in 2017, I feel my responsibility now is to aid Joe Biden’s election as next POTUS. He will use the many forms of expertise that come from experience. I want our party to implement testable, effective ideas from the diversely talented people who make us proud to be Democrats, together. Twitter: @Etche_homo Email: etchevers@free.fr


  • tagged Vergil Smith's Vergil Smith - Delegate Candidate for Joe Biden with approved 2020-05-03 06:02:37 -0400

    Vergil Smith - Delegate Candidate for Joe Biden

    Originally form New Orleans, I presently live in Warsaw, Poland. My background is in Public Policy (BA, Duke University) and Theatre (MFA, Catholic University). This candidacy is my first ever in any sort of political action. The present administration propelled me into this action, as I could not sit by and watch my birth country dissolve into a hateful and divided nation. I believe Biden is the candidate that can fix both the domestic and international damage done by the present president. Living in Poland, I am acutely aware of how much respect the US has lost abroad. I believe we need a leader with Biden's domestic and international experience because once elected, there is no time to "learn" nor wait. Action must be taken immediately regarding climate change, universal health care, Russia and China, to name a few.

    Additionally, Biden should address the corruption and criminal activity of the present administration and bring them to justice.

    Vergil Smith


  • tagged Heather Stone's #Medicare4All #DAResists #HealthCareRefugee #DAresists #Medicare4all with approved 2020-04-24 09:16:12 -0400

    #Medicare4All #DAResists #HealthCareRefugee #DAresists #Medicare4all

    About 15 years ago while visiting the neurologist for migraines, an MRI scan (at a cost of $0) turned up 2 benign tumors. I had MRI scans annually for the next decade. About 3 years ago, the tumors were removed (at a cost of $0). I continue to have follow up MRIs. I see neuro ophthalmologists and neuro surgeons. No cost. I have had 2 D&Cs, 1 C section and 1 vaginal birth - all no cost. Medications are subsidized. Can’t go home to the US because of pre existing conditions and unable to get affordable insurance.


  • donated on ActBlue via 2020-05-08 07:06:43 -0400

  • published bloomberg 2019-11-25 03:44:50 -0500

  • Rep. Maloney and Rep. Beyer introduce two bills designed to support Americans Abroad

    Democrats Abroad is delighted to announce that Rep. Maloney and Rep. Beyer introduced two House bills today designed to support Americans abroad. The first helps mitigate the unintended harm that FATCA has on Americans' ability to open banking and savings accounts while living abroad, and the second bill is designed to ensure that such consequences are caught before they are baked into Federal law. We salute the Representatives and very much appreciate their efforts on our behalf.

    "The Overseas Americans Financial Access Act" directs the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to exclude from Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) reporting financial accounts held by American citizens in countries where they are bona fide residents. This bill eliminates the unintended and excessive reporting burden imposed on overseas Americans by FATCA, enabling them to more easily open and maintain private bank accounts with foreign financial institutions (FFI’s).

    "The Commission on Americans Living Abroad Act of 2019" creates an Executive Commission comprised of a 10-member bipartisan panel to examine the concerns of U.S. citizens living and working abroad. The Commission would analyze, report on, and make appropriate recommendations to address the effects of activities, laws, and policies of the federal government on Americans citizens living overseas.

    More information on the bills.  


  • signed up on Youth Caucus 2019-05-07 07:54:15 -0400

  • published 2019 DACZ Elections in News 2019-02-19 10:07:37 -0500

    2019 DACZ Elections

    The 2019 Democrats Abroad Czech Republic Annual General Meeting, which will include elections to the Executive Committee, will be held on Tuesday, March 26th, 2019 at 7:00 PM. The location and further details will be announced at least one month prior to the meeting.

    All positions (detailed below) are up for election at this meeting. As per our by-laws, no officer may serve more than two consecutive terms in the same position. All positions and their current office-holders are listed below with those that are term-limited indicated.

    Chair Geoff Klimko
    Vice Chair Julia Bryan
    Secretary Sue Legro
    Treasurer Marshall Johnson
    Counsel Mike Gisondi
    At-large 1 Krysti Brice
    At-large 2 Kim Strozewski

    Creag Hayes has been appointed as chair of the DACZ Nominations and Elections Committee (NEC) for our 2019 elections by the DA Czech Republic Executive Committee.

    Nominations for an office shall be made in writing sent to the NEC. A member may nominate themselves. The NEC may also make nominations directly. Nominations should be sent to the NEC by notifying the Committee via email at dacz-elections@democratsabroad.org by no later than February 23, 2019.  

    A statement supporting the nomination may also be included. It should be no longer than one page. The NEC will issue the nominating report no later than February 26, 2019. The nominating report will include nominations, nominee statements (if any), and full proxy voting guidelines. Elections will be conducted by vote of those present at the AGM.

    A tentative agenda for the AGM is listed here:

    1. Call to order
    2. Approval of minutes from last meeting
    3. Report of the Chair
    4. Report of the Treasurer
    5. Executive Committee Elections
    6. Old Business
    7. New business
    8. Adjournment

    We encourage anyone interested in running for a position to read the position descriptions for each office. Please let us know if you have any questions about the positions and what the work and the time commitment entails. 


  • tagged Jessica Mijnssen's mandatory health insurance changed my life #Medicare4all #DAresists #Medicare4all with approved 2018-02-19 08:19:14 -0500

    mandatory health insurance changed my life #Medicare4all #DAresists #Medicare4all

    I have Crohn's disease and am currently enjoying my first unmedicated remission (2 years so far!) since being ill for 20 years. My husband recently expressed his fear that my health might get that bad again. When I shared his fear with my doctor, the response "you'll likely never be that ill again" took me by surprise and my response was incredibly emotional. When I first became ill, I didn't have health insurance. I was being raised by a single mum and I hid my illness as long as I could until it became emergent. My father lived in a nearby state and put me on his insurance so that I was able to get care, stay in hospital for a month and have 3 life-saving surgeries in 9 months. That was me sorted until I aged out of my father's insurance, which resulted in my ignoring my illness until it got too bad, going to the ER, being admitted to hospital and given temporary medication and having medical bills too high to pay and signing on to state aid to pay the bills. Flaring that often and that hard as well as not having a relationship with one caregiver meant that my body was irrevocably damaged. A little over 2 years ago, I had a major surgery to remove the damage and outfit me with a permanent ostomy. This means that I can no longer move back to the US, as I need a regular supply of ostomy products, which can easily be covered with health insurance, but which would quickly become costly without. I know that my quality of life and care were only possible with insurance and a relationship with one doctor monitoring my health. This is what I tell my representatives when I call them from here in Zürich, Switzerland.


  • tagged ​My dual-national healthcare story #DAresists #Medicare4all with approved 2018-02-19 07:08:24 -0500

    ​My dual-national healthcare story #DAresists #Medicare4all

    I am now a dual French-US citizenship after moving to France 22 years ago. I have benefited from only quality care in France for myself​ and my family and have never had to worry about the cost. What I've seen and experienced in the US during these years has made me very grateful to live in France. ​During one vacation in the US, I got a terrible ear infection in the evening and was in unbearable pain. The only option at that time of day was to go to the emergency room, but I knew how much that would cost, so I accepted my father's offer of some ​very strong prescription pain medication that he was taking for his back. The pain went away instantly and I was high as a kite! The next day, I went to a clinic and ended up spending $150 for the visit, antibiotics and decongestants. This would have cost a quarter of that sum in France, IF I'd had to pay everything out of pocket, and I would not have had to weigh the risk of taking medication that was not prescribed to me against the financial strain of an emergency room visit. As a family, we had several other experiences during US vacations where we did not seek medical attention due to the cost. My son had a boating accident that ripped open the palm of his hand. We certainly would have taken him to get stitches in France, but decided to take care of it ourselves (luckily my sister is a registered nurse). My husband once had heart attack symptoms, and my sister again came to the rescue and snuck him into a back door of her office to give him an EKG, after we had gone to the hospital and were greeted with a price list detailing what we would have to pay for any treatment he got. Now we take out extra insurance when we go to the US, but the cost of what we would have to pay if anything happened is still a concern. I don't think anyone in the US goes to the emergency room without worrying about the cost. Here in France, my health comes first. Not having to worry about how to afford health treatment should not be a luxury, but unfortunately it is for many Americans. How can people pursue life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness if they can't afford the medical care they need to stay healthy?


Global Chair @DemsAbroad, representing the 9 million Americans living abroad.