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  • published njvotingrights 2021-04-09 09:38:56 -0400

  • Support your constituents - not corporations.

    The job of Congress is to represent the people of the United States, passing legislation that supports your constituents. 52% of your constituents are women. They are not insurance companies looking to raise their profits on the backs of women, they are not corporations, knowing full well that they can offer women lower salaries because the market will bear it - your constituents are people who are supporting their families through their income. They deserve to be represented fairly. Support the ERA, and support your constituents. Support the ERA, and support families. Help ensure that finally, America becomes the land of equality for all, not just a few. I live in the Czech Republic and vote in North Carolina.

  • tagged Shari Temple's It’s 2021 and Women STILL are NOT in the US Constitution #DA4ERA #ERAnow with approved 2021-03-04 10:56:11 -0500

    It’s 2021 and Women STILL are NOT in the US Constitution #DA4ERA #ERAnow

    How can it be that in 2021 that US women do not have rights guaranteed in the US Constitution? And how can it be that over 88% of all countries do but the US does not? That alone is my reason to support the Equal Rights Amendment. The ERA passed in the US House and US Senate in 1972, the year I graduated from college. I remember then, as I started my career, being surprised to learn how difficult it was for a woman to get a credit card. So many things have improved during my life for women but so many more improvements are needed. I see the ERA as one way to improve equality for women in laws, rules, and hopefully also in behavior. After retiring in 2016, I thought about the next phase of my life. I have several interest areas, but I concluded that for me, devoting my time to help women win equal rights in the US Constitution was where I wanted to focus my energy. I had spent the last 10 years of my career in the humanitarian aid sector. Hunger relief was a key part of that. Having spent lots of time in Africa, I realized there was a strong connection with women’s rights and food on the table. So rather than focusing just on hunger relief, I decided that women’s rights and issues were a higher priority. And the place where I could make an impact would be in the USA. I see the ERA as an opportunity for the US to demonstrate it cares about women. That act could encourage women in other countries to push harder for more gender equity in their country. The ERA is not a silver bullet to solve all gender equity issues however the ERA lays a foundation for equity in laws and rules that hopefully spills over into people’s behaviors and beliefs. I strongly believe that women must have equal rights spelled out in the US Constitution and the ERA is the way to do just that.   Shari Temple, Residing in Germany, Voting in Texas

  • published New Year Wishes in News 2021-01-01 08:33:53 -0500

    New Year Wishes

    Democrats Abroad wishes you a New Year where hope prevails and the bright lights of democracy, science, and truth shine strong. We celebrate the work we have done together this past year - efforts that led to more voters than ever casting their ballots and overcoming a concerted attack on the very foundations of our republic. We also mourn the many loved ones we have lost. We know the year to come will continue to offer challenges, but look forward to meeting them with you. 

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



    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)


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

    Jan 5, 2020 – Request a Ballot, if needed at [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)


    If you haven't received your ballot yet, check your Absentee Ballot Status on: (After you submit your information, go to “Click here for Absentee Ballot status” in lower left box)



    Ballots for the January 5, 2021 Runoff election are now available (check your spam folder for the notice). You can also go to 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.



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


    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.



    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 [email protected].

    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:

  • 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 [email protected]

    Arizona voters
    1. Check your ballot status:
       [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: or
       [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: or 
    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:
    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 [email protected] 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 [email protected] 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.

  • 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: [email protected]

  • 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.