Democrats Abroad Republic of Korea (DAROK) is the official country committee for all Democrats living abroad in South Korea. We are the fastest growing country committee in the Asia Pacific region, and it is our goal to register every American in the country to vote back home and influence elections up and down the ballot. Help us accomplish our mission by clicking the “join” tab at the top right-hand corner to become a member of Democrats Abroad Republic of Korea. Then, make sure to visit votefromabroad.org to request your absentee ballot.
Want to do more to help get Democrats elected from South Korea? Consider one (or more) of the following:
- Follow us on Instagram and Facebook and share our content
- Becoming a precinct captain and helping Americans in your area request their absentee ballots
- Forming a country chapter to host local voter registration booths, fundraisers, and get out the vote events in your province or metropolitan area
- Joining a DAROK committee and helping us create national level programming. We currently have three committees: Fundraising and Events; Diversity, Inclusion, and Recruitment; and Communications
To get involved, please reach out to [email protected].
Make sure to watch this space for announcements and news pertaining to DAROK. We have events planned throughout the year across the country, and everyone is encouraged to join.
If you have any other questions, please reach out to our Executive Committee listed on the right.
We look forward to working with you.
Cory J. Lemke / Ha Woon Do, Chair
Democrats Abroad Republic of Korea
Call for Nominations:
Democrats Abroad Regional Vice Chair Asia Pacific
We are now accepting nominations for the bi-annual election of Regional Vice Chair (RVC) for the Asia Pacific (AP) region! This election will take place during the AP Regional Meeting on the 16th of May as part of the Democrats Abroad Global Meeting. One vote is allocated to each AP country committee and will be cast solely by country committee chairs and vice chairs. The chair and vice chair each carry ½ vote. If either is not present, the other will carry the full vote.
Democrats Abroad has three RVCs, one for each region, who:
- Are elected to a two year term that begins and ends with the regional election.
- Cannot serve more than two consecutive terms.
- Serve as one of 8 voting members of the International Executive Committee. Meetings are currently held weekly and typically last from two to three hours, but this is subject to change with the new leadership.
- Organize and lead monthly regional calls of about one to two hours to encourage, inform, and create a sense of community among regional country committees.
- Organize and lead a one to three day annual regional meeting to encourage, inform, and create a sense of community among regional country committees. When practical, these annual meetings are held as in-person events with remote participation available.
- Act as a liaison between the International Executive Committee and one or more of the Democrats Abroad committees, lending a hand to the committee chair and assuming chair responsibilities should that position not be filled.
- Assist in organizing and attend the annual Democrats Abroad Global Meeting, preferably in person when conditions allow. Note that travel costs are the responsibility of the RVC.
- Work with existing country committees to mediate and resolve issues within their committees including election issues, membership queries, etc.
- Track compliance status of country committees with Charter requirements and work with emerging and out-of-compliance countries to help bring them into compliance.
- Communicate International Executive Committee decisions, policies, and Democrats Abroad best practices to the country committee leaders.
- Bring regional issues to the International Executive Committee for discussion and resolution.
The eligibility requirements for AP RVC are as follows:
- Be a citizen of the United States.
- Be a member of Democrats Abroad residing within a country in the Asia Pacific region.
- Adhere to the principles of the Democratic Party of the United States.
- Due to the extenuating circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, residents of the AP region who are temporarily residing outside of their country of residence due to the pandemic may still run for AP RVC (example: resident of Singapore who is temporarily residing in France due to quarantines and travel restrictions). There must be an intent to return to the AP region following the lift of travel restrictions.
Self-nominations and nominations of others are both welcomed and encouraged! Please submit any nominations via the nomination form at this link no later than 23 March 11:59 PM EDT (UTC-4). Each nominee is required to accept their nomination no later than 31 March 11:59 PM EDT (UTC-4). Nominations from the floor of the election meeting will be accepted as well, and all official candidates will be given time to make a short speech.
A list of candidates will be released on 1 April following the nomination acceptance deadline.
Please direct any questions to [email protected].
On behalf of the 2021 AP Nominations and Elections Committee (NEC),
Anthony Nitz (Vietnam, Chair)
Christine Valverde (New Zealand)
Michael Ramos (Australia)
Phong Quan (Singapore)
What is Critical Race Theory? Why is it under attack by Conservatives?
Critical Race Theory has been in the news a lot lately, even though it’s been discussed for years. And, of course, misinformation and disinformation abound. Democrats Abroad New Zealand and the Global Black Caucus are co-hosting a panel discussion on the topic that you won’t want to miss.
- Leedonal “Jazz” Moore, Chairperson of the Global Black Caucus
- Antar Keith, Chairperson of the Reparations Task Force and GBC Steering Committee Reparations Lead
- Sharon Hatchett, President of Together is Better Alliance
- Gina Harris, NEA (National Education Association) Black Caucus Treasurer and Human and Civil Rights Committee Chair of the Illinois Education Association.
Please join us for a robust discussion on 17 October 2021 at noon New Zealand Time.
DAROK First Annual Fundraiser: Pod Wars!
Games, silent auction, raffle, and more!
Getting out the vote to Americans abroad has never been more crucial, and you can help by joining our First Annual Fundraiser: Pod Wars! Take a look at our event page!
How It Works
This year our fundraiser will consist of limited in-person and online events. Up to eight "Pods" of four people will play a series of games against fellow Pod members and other Pod teams across South Korea. Refreshments will be provided to guests, and we will end the evening with both an online raffle and silent auction!
Saturday, October 23, 2021
Introduction by DAROK's Chair, meet-and-greet, and games: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Online Raffle Drawing: 8:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Online Silent Auction: 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM (continuous throughout event)
Pod locations (TBA) and Zoom
How You Can Help
Click here to join a pod and enjoy food/beverages provided by DAROK, games, one online raffle ticket, and access to our online silent auction!
Please note that you must be a registered DAROK member to participate in this event.
Contact Us: [email protected]
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