March 03, 2024

2024 Call for Candidates

Democrats Abroad Switzerland (DACH) will elect new/additional DPCA Voting and Alternate Representatives at our Annual General Meeting (AGM) online on Sunday, April 21.

Now is the time to heed the call for candidates and get involved! We especially encourage those who have some previous experience at any level in DACH registering voters or helping out in some capacity to step forward. Volunteers should be committed to being task oriented team players. We are a grassroots organization with a small budget and no paid staff. We meet monthly via video conferencing, and work and organize between meetings using Slack, an online team communications tool. If you enjoy working online, then a national position might be well suited to your skills!

Our primary mission is to use our various skills and enthusiasm to reach out and find Americans living in Switzerland and help them register to vote in critical 2024 US elections. There are many opportunities for activism and to work on political issues important to our members here in Switzerland and within our international organization (DA). Democrats Abroad has regular in-person meetings in Europe, Washington DC, and other member countries that provide opportunities to train for the upcoming elections, to work together with other country committees on the DA platform, policies, and caucuses, and to hear stimulating political speakers. The ExCom guides the DA effort in Switzerland.

Please consider running for an office!


DPCA Voting Representatives

We will elect two voting representatives to the Democratic Party Committee Abroad (DPCA). This is DA at the global level, which is part of the Democratic National Committee (DNC). Each country committee, eg. Switzerland, sends reps to vote at DPCA global meetings. These global meetings typically happen once or twice a year and offer online or in-person attendance for all meetings.

DPCA Alternate Representatives

DPCA alternate representatives are elected to fill a DPCA Voting Representative's office in the event that they vacate it. This may happen due to changes in availability, moving out of Switzerland, or other personal decisions. Alternate representatives are not required to attend DPCA global meetings, but they are of course welcome to do so.

Nominations Timeline

To run for a position, inform the Nominations Committee via email before the deadline of March 17th. Include your name, address, telephone number, email address, and a brief statement of intention to run. By March 27th we will distribute candidate names, short bios, and voting procedures to all members by email.

Elections will be held during the 2024 AGM on Sunday April 21st on Zoom. At the meeting, additional nominations will be allowed from the floor as described in our Bylaws (excerpt). Be sure to attend the meeting and vote for your new DPCA Representatives!

By March 17, 2024 Members who wish to run for office shall inform the Chair of the NEC in writing (email)
By March 27, 2024 The NEC will distribute to all current members of DACH a notice regarding the election meeting. The notice will include the names of all candidates and a brief summary of their qualifications
April 21, 2024 AGM and Elections


The 2024 Nominations Committee

Liz Voss, Chair
Tory Mallett, Committee Member