Vice Chair, Switzerland

I grew up in a union household and have voted Democrat as long as I can remember. This isn't just because I have directly benefited from the social safety net that Democrats are fighting to protect and strengthen, but also because I believe everyone should have access to that safety net. It should be there for us when we need it.

While Democrats won in 2020, controlling the House, Senate, and White House, we still have a lot of work to do. The Senate is deadlocked due to the combination of the lazy filibuster and the GOP members who refuse to work across the aisle. Without a Senate that will pass legislature, the only way to accomplish anything is with Executive Orders. That isn't the way our government is designed to operate.

There is so much that needs to be pushed forward for the good of the country as well as its residents and citizens:

  • Healthcare reform (including access for women and transgender individuals)
  • Minimum wage
  • Climate policy
  • Voter protection (including an end to partisan gerrymandering)
  • Racial justice for BIPOC
  • Common sense gun control
  • Tax policy for tax payers living in- and outside of the US
  • Immigration reform
  • ... and much more

The 45th Presidential Administration spurred many people into political action; I was definitely one of them. Now we must keep going. We have to remind our leaders that they work for us and failure to act can result in a failure to re-elect. We, the voters, have to hold power to account and make sure that the legislators are doing the job for which they are being handsomely paid. It is my opinion that remaining active in Democrats Abroad Switzerland is the best way for me to effect change, and I think it is a great way for all US citizens living in Switzerland to do so.

I invite anyone reading this to join us:


  • published New Email Alert! in News 2020-12-07 15:44:32 -0500

    New Email Alert!

    Democrats Abroad Switzerland is very excited to announce our new email addresses. You can find the contact information for our national committee members here and the Basel, Geneva, and Zurich contact information on their individual pages.

    Executive Committee

    Office Name Email
    Chair Vance White [email protected]
    Vice Chair Liz Voss [email protected]
    Treasurer Meli Hughes [email protected]
    Member-at-Large Farid ben Amor [email protected]
    Member-at-Large Pete Kaiser [email protected]
    Basel Chair Kristen Jafflin [email protected]
    Geneva Chair Laura Messenger [email protected]
    Zurich Co-Chairs Britta, Darcy, and Stacy [email protected]

     
    Communications Team

    Role Name Email
    Press Contact Abby Collins [email protected]
    Media Team Member Amy Kasper [email protected]
    Graphic Design Alexander Kaufmann [email protected]

     
    Committee Leaders

    Committee Name Email
    Membership Rachel Thibodeaux [email protected]
    Nominations Peter Butterfield [email protected]
    Youth Eric Burns [email protected]

     


  • GEORGIA VOTERS AROUND THE WORLD TO VOTE IN US SENATE RUNOFF ELECTION

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- 1 December 2020

    Contact: Darcy Alexandra, Communications Chair, [email protected]

    The 2020 US election saw record turnout, with all states having participation from over 50% of the eligible population. Further, 44 states had voter turnout that broke the 40-year record. President-elect Biden is the first candidate to ever receive 80 million votes, shattering President Obama’s record of 69.5 million votes in 2008.

    The voter turnout from abroad was record-breaking in 2020; our members helped candidates across the United States win their races. We look forward to being the margin of victory in the Georgia Senate races on January 5, 2021.

    As more states certify their Presidential election results, all eyes are turning towards Georgia, which has the unique status of holding two US Senate runoff elections on January 5, 2021. The race between Sen. David Perdue (R) and Jon Ossoff (D) follows the regular Senate election cycle. The race between Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R) and Raphael Warnock (D), however, is a special election following Loeffler’s appointment to fill the vacancy created by Sen. Johnny Isakson in December 2019. 

    The 2020 election had 35 Senate seats up for election; the current results leave the Democratic party with 48 seats (a gain of one) and the Republicans with 50 (a loss of one). These two Georgia Senate seats will determine the balance of the Senate for the next two years.

    Georgia voters cast over 4.9 million ballots in the general election. The runoff election is not expected to have turnout that high, but Democrats Abroad is urging all Georgia voters around the world to check their voting status, request a ballot if necessary, and send it back as soon as possible.

    The deadline to register to vote in the January 5, 2021, runoff election is December 7, 2020. If a voter will be 18-years-old by January 5, then they can - and should - register to vote now. Official ballots for this election are already available, so if a voter requests their ballot be sent to them electronically (as recommended), they should receive it quickly.

    Georgia requires that all ballots be returned by postal mail or courier service; further, ballots must be received at the election office by January 8, 2021. Electronic returns via email or fax are not allowed. For these reasons, plus the burden on the global postal systems due to holiday shipping and the COVID-19 pandemic, Democrats Abroad Switzerland is recommending that our members use a courier service if possible.

    A DACH member in Zurich has generously offered to let Georgia voters in Switzerland use her corporate FedEx account to return their ballots. Voters will still be responsible for the cost of shipping, but the fee will be significantly reduced. Information and resources for this election can be found at https://bit.ly/DACHforGA.

    More information about Democrats Abroad Switzerland is available at our website, https://www.democratsabroad.org/ch. We can also be found on social media (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook) at @swissdemocrats.

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    Read more

  • published Get Ready for the Georgia Runoff Election in News 2020-11-11 07:55:46 -0500

    Get Ready for the Georgia Runoff Election

    Elections were held for both of Georgia's US Senate seats on November 3, 2020. Both races are going to runoff elections on January 5, 2021. This is because no candidate received at least 50% of the vote.

    The Races

    • US Senate: Jon Ossoff (Democrat) vs David Perdue (Republican)
    • US Senate Special: Raphael Warnock (Democrat) vs Kelly Loeffler (Republican)

    You can find an overview of these candidates here.

    Deadlines

    • Dec. 7, 2020 - Register to vote, if needed [Email, fax, or postal mail]
    • Jan. 5, 2021 - Request a ballot, if needed [Email, fax, or postal mail]
    • Jan. 5, 2021 - Voted ballot postmark deadline [Postal mail return only]
    • Jan. 8, 2021 - Deadline for voted ballot to be received in GA and for any ballot curing to be completed

    Registration and Ballot Request

    Check your absentee ballot status on the Georgia Secretary of State's website. After you submit your information, go to "Click Here for Absentee Ballot Status" in the lower-left.

    1. If it shows that your absentee application has been received for the January 5 runoff, you don't need to submit a new Federal Postcard Application (FPCA).
    2. If it doesn't show that the absentee application has been received, you can vote in the runoff election but will need to submit an FPCA as soon as possible (January 5 deadline).
    3. If you aren't registered to vote but will be 18 by January 5, you can vote in the runoff election but will need to submit an FPCA by December 7, 2020.

    Ballot  

    Ballots for the January 5 runoff election are now available. Please check all email folders, including your spam folder, to make sure you have received your official ballot.

    If your official ballot is lost or delayed, we are strongly recommending that voters abroad fill out and mail in a backup ballot (Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot or FWAB). Because the FWAB isn't set up for two Senate races, here is a sample FWAB showing how to fill it out:

    Ballot Return 

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

    Returning Ballot by Courier (International Express Mail Service)

    Given the 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). We strongly recommend voters use a courier service for any ballots mailed back in December.

    A DACH member in Zurich has kindly offered to let other Georgia voters use her corporate FedEx account to return their ballots. Due to Federal Election Commission rules, you must pay the postage or courier fees for sending ballots yourself. Democrats Abroad cannot send them for you. However, with this corporate rate the courier fee is significantly reduced.

    If you are interested in using this option, please complete this Google Form. You will need to know the address of your Election Office, which you can find here. FedEx cannot deliver to PO Boxes, so you may need to contact your local election official for a street address.

    Verify Your Ballot was Accepted and Fix if Needed

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


    Additional Information and Resources


  • US CITIZENS ABROAD WANT THEIR VOICES HEARD AND BALLOTS COUNTED TOO

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- 6 November 2020

    Contact: Darcy Alexandra, Communications Chair, [email protected] +41 78 920 79 98

    US citizens living abroad account for more than 1.8 million mail-in absentee ballots in the 2020 General Election, a 250% increase over previous elections. These ballots will impact both the presidential race as well as down-ticket candidates; hence US citizens abroad want their ballots COUNTED.

    Democrats Abroad (DA) has already held public gatherings of US Citizens demanding all votes be tallied, especially before any official declaration of who will be the next US President. Democrats Abroad Switzerland (DACH), will gather at 2 pm Saturday, 7 November in their respective cities as a show of resistance to the current President’s attempt to disenfranchise voters.

    Both the Basel and Zurich chapters of DACH will gather peacefully to ensure that the democratic process is upheld and all votes are counted. Event organizers at both locations will respect COVID-19 protocols, using volunteers to encourage the use of masks, social distancing, and safe behaviors even while gathering outdoors. Basel’s chapter of DACH will convene in Münsterplatz while Zurich’s chapter will gather at Lindenhof (known to English speakers as Lindenhof Hill or Lindenhof Park), in homage to the location’s historical significance as a site of resistance.

    Democrats Abroad, whose global membership across 190 countries represents not only expats but also military families, foreign-born Americans, and dual citizens, is globally offering ballot curing and validation measures to Americans living outside the U.S. by providing tools to connect them to their home state election offices. The organization is also offering legal support to counter lawsuits filed by the Trump campaign which is attempting to manipulate the election results in key states.

    For decades DA has assisted in absentee voting, which has always been deemed fair, reliable and legitimate. Only recently has the Trump administration made false claims regarding its legitimacy. Last-minute rule changes could disenfranchise thousands of military and overseas voters. These voters have already gone to great lengths to receive and send in their ballots from abroad. Postal mail delivery slowdowns instigated by the current administration and other restrictions have cost voters abroad time and money to make sure their ballots arrived back in the US on time. Trump’s threats to throw out ballots and his attempt to call the election is not just a travesty but a direct and unprecedented threat to the world’s longest running democracy.

    Democrats Abroad Switzerland will gather because:

    • Absentee voting is a proven method for US Americans living abroad to participate in the democratic process.
    • All legal votes cast must be counted.
    • We believe in the peaceful transition of power between administrations.

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    About Democrats Abroad

    Democrats Abroad is the official Democratic Party arm for the millions of Americans living outside the United States. We strive to provide US Americans abroad with a Democratic voice in our government and elect Democratic candidates by mobilizing the overseas vote.

    Democrats Abroad has 45 country committees throughout Europe, the Americas, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. These country committees keep Americans abroad informed of their rights and help them participate in the US political process. Our members live in more than 190 countries around the globe and vote in every state and Congressional district in the U.S. Democrats Abroad is recognized as a "state" party by the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and is represented on the DNC by eight voting members, as well as at the quadrennial Democratic National Convention.


  • published Happy Election Day! in News 2020-11-03 14:59:18 -0500

    Happy Election Day!

    Share these resources with your friends and family back home!

     
    If you see voter intimidation, blocking of voters, etc. happening at polls do the following:
    1. Notify a poll worker.

    2. Call the DNC voter protection hotline at 1-833-336-8683.
      Call your state voter suppression hotline:

      Spanish: 888-VE-Y-VOTA⁣⁣⁣⁣
      Arabic: 844-YALLA-US⁣⁣⁣⁣
      Asian Languages: 888-API-VOTE⁣⁣⁣⁣
      For disability-related voting issues: 800-692-7443⁣
      Returning citizens: 877-MY-VOTE-0

    3. Report it to http://seesay2020.com

    4. Call the police at your discretion; remember you should assume police may escalate any situation involving persons of color/other minorities.

    5. State laws very but you have a phone - use it. Make sure it’s OK to record video/take pictures at a polling place.

  • published It's Election Day! in News 2020-11-03 12:16:49 -0500

  • published Election Night and Post-Election Events in News 2020-11-02 04:28:54 -0500

    Election Night and Post-Election Events

     

    Join DACH for Election Night and Post-Election Coverage over various media outlets in Switzerland! Also Join the Global DA Event featuring a contribution from the DACH Basel Chapter, which will be running a Pub Quiz! This post will be updated with information as it is confirmed, so check back!

    • RADIO SRF3 INTERVIEW at 2:40 PM
      DACH spokesperson Miriam Victory Spiegel will discuss our plans as we head into Election Night

    • LIVE COVERAGE ON BLICK TV
      Live In-Studio discussion with DA representative Jazzmin Dian Moore. Additional guests include former US-CH Ambassador Suzi LeVine, DA Germany and Action Together: Zurich member Teresa Ritterhof, and members of the Swiss press and local institutions

    • BLACK LIVES MATTER PODIUM DISCUSSION HOSTED BY THE SP ZÜRICH
      DACH member Christopher Kelley will sit on a (virtual) panel discussion discussing the BLM movement and its relation to Trump and the US election
      Livefeed here: https://kreis7-8.spkantonzh.ch/.../blacklivesmatter.../

    • TELEZÜRI LIVE
      • 6 AM: Former DA Zurich Chair Renee Rousseau will provide insight and analysis from her overnight viewing party 
      • 8 AM: DACH spokesperson Miriam Victory Spiegel will discuss the overnight results and provide analysis.

    • DA GLOBAL ZOOM EVENT
      Democrats Abroad will hold a 24 hour Zoom event with contributions and discussion from DA chapters around the world! RSVP for the Zoom link here: https://www.democratsabroad.org/election_night

  • published Final Debate Download in News 2020-11-02 04:12:55 -0500

    Final Debate Download

    The final Presidential debate download featured Michaela Vendiola, Tribal activist and leader, and Chi Tran-Braendli, speaking about the role of healthcare.

    Recorded on 23 October 2020.


  • published 1 Day to Go in News 2020-11-02 04:03:09 -0500

    1 Day to Go

    Share your #votingstory

    As overseas voters, we don’t get to vote in person: wait in a line, get ticked off a list, go into a booth, and get a real sticker at the end. But we have our own stories and voting journeys. What’s yours? Aren’t you glad you voted? How did it go? Did anyone help you? Share your story with us. Share this post to your timeline, put your story in a caption, tag us, and tag a friend asking them to share their story too. #votingstories

     @votefromabroad

     @vfaglobal

     @votefromabroad


  • published 2 Days to Go in News 2020-11-01 07:21:33 -0500

    2 Days to Go

    Last call - 24 Hour Voter Help Session - Share the Link!

    Today is the final 24 hour Voter Help session via Zoom - we also have sessions on Monday and Tuesday.  But today is the last day that your overseas friends can get help with any question they have about their ballot at any time today.  Make sure your friends know this. Share the link to the QR code https://qrco.de/bbh0zg

    There are 13 states where you can still start the entire voting process - voter registration & ballot request (AZ, CO, CT, IA, KS, ME, MN, MT, NC, ND, NH, VT, WA) [though 4 of those (CT, MN, NH, VT) require the ballots to be received by mail by November 3rd so that’s a challenge!].

    And if you are registered already but just have to request your ballot, there are 12 states where you can do that (AK, DE, FL, GA, IN, LA, MS, OR, PA, SC, SD, WY). [The two states that require ballots to be mailed (GA & PA) currently have extended deadlines past a postmark of November 2nd or 3rd but we are urging folks to get those in by Election Day.]

    So the bottom line is there are still 25 states where you can request your ballot as of today November 1 -- so if you’ve given up, don’t! It may not be too late! And the way to find out is to ask -- get help with us on Zoom!


  • published 3 Days to Go in News 2020-10-31 15:57:23 -0400

    3 Days to Go

    Happy Halloween! Vote AND Treat!

    Confirm one more vote and give yourself a treat! Vote and treat, not trick or treat! My favorite treat is a Snickers. How about you? You know, we are now up to 1.2m visits to VoteFromAbroad.org. Go on....give yourself another treat!

  • published 4 Days to Go in News 2020-10-30 05:41:07 -0400

    4 Days to Go

    Spread the word you have voted!

    You've voted, so make sure to show everyone you have. This way you can encourage them to vote too. Let's blanket our platforms with kittens! You can post this cute kitten frame, an I Voted Sticker, or a frame around your profile photo. Here are the links: kitten or I Voted sticker, FB frame

  • published 5 Days to Go in News 2020-10-29 07:21:42 -0400

    5 Days to Go

    Ask one friend to send in their back-up ballot today!

    We know you've heard it before - so it may feel like Groundhog Day - but it's actually send your back up ballot day today! We're getting down to the wire; any voters who don't have their ballots yet should do a back up ballot (Federal Write In Absentee Ballot/FWAB) today. Check and see if any friend is still waiting for their ballot - they should do the back up ballot today! Here's the link to the form: FWAB. Here's a link to the resources page with fact sheets and how to videos. For voters who have to get their ballot back by November 3, we recommend that you do courier today - there are only 3 business days til Election Day and couriers can take that long. And you may be in luck - you might be able to get a discount - please check here for the details.

  • published 6 Days to Go in News 2020-10-28 07:39:18 -0400

    6 Days to Go

    Time is ticking...remind a friend about the courier discount!

    20 states require you mail your ballot, but there is a quicker way that’s cheaper. FedEx and DHL are offering discounts depending on the country. See this link for the details.

  • published 7 Days to Go in News 2020-10-27 13:10:42 -0400

    7 Days to Go

    Contact one friend who procrastinates and tell them about the back-up ballot!

    Do your friends procrastinate? That’s OK! 25 states allow you to request your ballot all the way until the 2nd or 3rd of November! So if they have procrastinated, tell them to vote the back-up ballot TODAY. Here’s a link to the “How To” fact sheet and a video. It's the Final Stretch - don't miss out!

  • published 8 Days to Go in News 2020-10-26 09:01:33 -0400

    8 Days to Go

    Call a friend who votes in Kentucky, Michigan, New Mexico, Ohio, or Wisconsin!

    Ballot request deadlines this week:
    • Kentucky (October 27)
    • New Mexico and Wisconsin (October 29)
    • Michigan and Ohio (October 31).

    Do you have a friend in one of these states? Ask them if they have sent back their ballot. If they haven’t, they must act now! If they have, give them an I Voted sticker.


  • US CITIZENS ABROAD VOTING IN RECORD NUMBERS even as VOTER SUPPRESSION BY REPUBLICANS RAISES CONCERN

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- 26 October 2020

    Contact: Darcy Alexandra, Zurich Co-Chair, [email protected] +41 78 920 79 98

    “Voting and participating in the democratic process are key. The vote is the most powerful
    nonviolent change agent you have in a democratic society.”
    --US Representative John Lewis (21.02.1940 - 17.07.2020)

    With just 8 days left until the general election on November 3rd, volunteers with Democrats Abroad Switzerland continue to help US citizens exercise their right to vote. This hard work and dedication are making an impact; media outlets report that US citizens abroad are voting in record numbers. Compared to 2016, more US citizens abroad have registered to vote and requested their ballot for the 2020 General Election. VoteFromAbroad.org, the non-governmental voting assistance group helping US citizens vote from overseas, has recorded over 1 million visitors to their site this election cycle, a three-fold increase in comparison with 2016. 2020 is also seeing record levels of early voting as US citizens–concerned about pressing issues like health care, racial justice, reproductive rights, Covid relief, and climate change–cast their ballots.

    Historic levels of early voting and increased voting from US citizens living abroad are accompanied by increased anxiety about how on-going voter suppression and attacks against the electoral process might impact this election. US President Donald Trump has been making claims for months that mail-in ballots are fraudulent or will lead to voter fraud, even though there is no evidence to back this assertion. In addition, over the past year the Trump administration has been systematically defunding the US Postal Service, one of the county’s oldest and most reliable institutions. Recent investigations uncovered that the Trump-appointed Postmaster General ordered the shut down of hundreds of mail sorting machines, citing they were too old (despite evidence to the contrary) and sent trucks to collect and stockpile hundreds of mail drop boxes in various cities across the country¹. These actions have created an unprecedented mail backlog on a nationwide scale, compounding international mail delays due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

    Postal delays and attacks on mail-in voting are particularly worrisome for overseas voters, who must often return their ballots by postal mail. Many voters have changed their past habits and asked to receive their ballots electronically, rather than by mail, leading to an increase in problems printing ballots and following complex instructions for printing and assembling ballot envelopes. Other voters have mailed emergency provisional ballots (the Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot) to their election offices, fearing that their state ballots wouldn’t arrive in time to be counted. Still others have turned to expensive courier services, like FedEx or DHL, to ensure timely delivery. In addition, there is an unprecedented interest in confirming that ballots have been received and will be counted, with many voters anxiously checking their state’s ballot tracking tools and others flooding election offices with requests for confirmation that ballots have been received.

    In the US, many voters are opting to risk their health and safety by showing up to polling stations in person to vote. Unfortunately, the Covid-19 pandemic has created a shortage of polling station workers and volunteers who traditionally have been retired senior citizens². Those who are showing up to work despite potential spread of the virus are now doubly at risk of exposure. Elaborate and confusing ballot instructions that might potentially invalidate or disqualify ballots are also of concern³.

    These challenges have led to an increase in poll waiting times upwards of nine to 12 hours, not surprisingly in competitive “battleground” states, commonly known as “swing states” where wins can swing between Democrats or Republicans. Swing states tend to include Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

    This year, particularly in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic, a whole new onslaught of Republican tactics has been introduced to dissuade voter participation, cheat an established system of voting, and finagle outcomes across the country. The following are just a few examples of alarming reports leading up to the 2020 Election:

    • California Republicans secretly set up illegal ballot collection boxes throughout the state -- the most populated in the country with the highest number of voters. Despite the state issuing a legal cease and desist order, Republicans have refused to remove the illegal collection boxes.
    • The Trump campaign is suing to block Nevada from issuing mail-in ballots in an effort to curb in-person voting so as not to spread the Coronavirus in their state, arguing that it increases the possibility of voter fraud.
    • In the state of Pennsylvania, which allows mail-in ballots to be counted up to three days after the election if they are postmarked by November 3, Republicans have proposed a bill that would not allow ballots to be counted after Election Day.
    • Republican Senators in the United States Congress have also proposed a bill that would nullify all mail-in ballots not counted in all states and territories within a 48-hour window of Election Day.
    • Republican-led Texas has issued a decision to only allow one ballot drop box per county, despite the fact that some counties have populations of more than 4 million voters or are so geographically spread out that voters would have to drive hundreds of miles to drop off their ballot.
    • In Oregon, where mail-in voting was adopted more than 30 years ago making it the first state to have this option, there has been a reported rise in criminal activity of ballots being stolen out of residents' private mailboxes.

    Despite the best efforts of the Republican Party, United States citizens at home and abroad are more determined than ever to participate in the democratic process and exercise their right to vote in this most pivotal election of our lifetimes.

    Democrats Abroad encourages US Americans voting from overseas to carefully follow all voting guidelines, mail their ballots early, and vote electronically when possible. More information about Democrats Abroad Switzerland is available at our website, https://www.democratsabroad.org/ch. We can also be found on social media (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook) at @swissdemocrats.

    DACH Aktivmitglied Miriam Victory Spiegel steht Ihnen als Ansprechpartnerin auf Deutsch/Schweizerdeutsch gerne zur Verfügung. Frau Spiegel kann unter +41 79 215 74 27 oder [email protected] erreicht werden.

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    ¹ https://www.forbes.com/sites/alisondurkee/2020/08/17/sorting-equipment-removed-changes-to-election-mail-all-the-postal service-usps-changes-raising-alarm-louis-dejoy/#20cc8f71106f
    ² https://www.npr.org/2020/08/05/894331965/wanted-young-people-to-work-the-polls-this-november
    ³ https://www.businessinsider.com/mistakes-that-can-disqualify-your-mail-absentee-ballot-2020-9?r=US&IR=T
    ⁴ https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/12/us/politics/california-gop-drop-boxes.html
    ⁵ https://eu.rgj.com/story/news/2020/08/04/trump-campaign-sues-state-nevada-over-mail-ballot-initiative/3297017001/
    ⁶ https://www.npr.org/2020/10/19/922411176/supreme-court-rules-pennsylvania-can-count-ballots-received-after-election-day
    ⁷ https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2020/09/republican-senator-bill-illegal-mail-vote-count-deadline.html
    ⁸ https://www.npr.org/2020/10/13/923216392/u-s-appeals-court-sides-with-texas-on-one-per-county-ballot-drop-off
    ⁹ https://www.kgw.com/article/news/local/neighbors-report-election-ballot-thefts/283-0f3c7533-06a2-4653-8ad4-e5feadc24994

    Read more

  • published Just Vote - 20 October 2020 in News 2020-10-20 17:02:45 -0400

  • published Just Vote - 19 October 2020 in News 2020-10-20 16:57:52 -0400

  • DOWN-BALLOT RACES in the US ELECTION HOLD KEY to the FUTURE of AMERICAN POLITICS

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- 19 October 2020

    Contact: Darcy Alexandra, Zurich Co-Chair, [email protected] +41 78 920 79 98

    Fast Forward: Wednesday, January 20, 2021. Joe Biden is inaugurated as the 46th President of the United States of America. The world takes a collective sigh of relief. The pundits prepare for calmer news cycles, environmentalists cheer the potential for decisive action against climate change, US allies look forward to more stability, protesters hope that now is the time for change. Or maybe not.

    Even if Trump is voted out of office this November – a prospect that is far from certain – many of his institutional legacies will remain. The Trump administration has acted far more strategically than the president’s tweet cycles may have led casual observers to believe. It indiscriminately thinned policies and programs upon which many Americans depend. And while Biden has envisioned a presidency similar in scope to that of former President Franklin Delano Roosevelt by rebuilding core democratic institutions¹, none of the plans developed by his diverse team of experts will be possible without Congressional support.

    It was not so long ago that Obama’s efforts to pass legislation were stonewalled by a Republican-controlled² ³ Congress. One may recall the government shutdowns over budget negotiations, the refusal to consider⁴ Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland and, of course, the protracted fight over healthcare reform⁵. Republicans have not been shy about their intention to be uncooperative; as Senator Voinovich told reporters in 2012, their strategy boiled down to “If he was for it, we had to be against it”⁶.

    There is no reason to expect Republicans to adopt a different modus operandi if Biden is elected. It is possible for Democrats to take control of the Senate this fall, but pollsters say it will be a tight fight⁷ ⁸. This is why US American voters at home and abroad are not only invested in the top of the ballot – the presidential choice – but also “down-ballot” races, where crucial congressional seats are chosen, and innumerable state level and smaller jurisdictions such as county, city and town elections that exert daily influence on the well-being of US residents.

    Democrats Abroad is committed to educating US citizens living abroad on these crucial races, alerting its overseas communities to follow and support pivotal elections if there is any hope of keeping the House of Representatives and taking back the Senate in the fall. These exciting candidate profiles include individuals who could be the first Black Latina in Congress, the first Black doctor in Congress, a clinical psychologist¹¹ ¹² focused on fixing US healthcare, and an Iranian-born lawyer turned political activist. These candidates are not only meaningful to watch for the legislative power their victories would represent; but they also serve as a portrait of a changing demographic and political landscape in the United States. Even more than the presidential race, these down-ballot races may hold the key to the future of American politics.

    For more information on these candidates and this story, please contact [email protected]. More information about Democrats Abroad Switzerland can be found at our website, https://www.democratsabroad.org/ch. We can also be found on social media (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook) at @swissdemocrats.

    DACH Aktivmitglied Miriam Victory Spiegel steht Ihnen als Ansprechpartnerin auf Deutsch/Schweizerdeutsch gerne zur Verfügung. Frau Spiegel kann unter +41 79 215 74 27 oder [email protected] erreicht werden.

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    ¹ https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2020/05/joe-biden-presidential-plans.html
    ² https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2016/12/republican-party-obstructionism-victory-trump-214498
    ³ https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-24343698
    ⁴ https://www.npr.org/2018/06/29/624467256/what-happened-with-merrick-garland-in-2016-and-why-it-matters-n ow?t=1599809316877
    ⁵ https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/11/voters-premiums-insurance-vote-2016-trump/546896
    ⁶ https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2016/12/republican-party-obstructionism-victory-trump-214498
    ⁷ See below for infographic on the current makeup of Congress: https://images.app.goo.gl/KNejzWhwiMyNHLAw6
    ⁸ https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/the-latest-senate-polls-show-some-good-news-for-democrats
    ⁹ https://www.texastribune.org/2020/09/10/texas-candace-valenzuela-congress
    ¹⁰ https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/24/us/politics/cameron-webb-wins-virginia.html
    ¹¹ https://emilyslist.org/candidates/christina-finello-20
    ¹² https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/08/26/dan-crenshaw-sima-ladjevardian-texas-congressional-race

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