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:


  • PANDEMIC WINNERS AND LOSERS: COMPARING THE COVID-19 SITUATION IN THE US TO SWITZERLAND

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - 12 OCTOBER 2020

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

    While Switzerland reopens schools and the return of cool weather has many concerned about further spread of the virus, the situation here including commerce is mostly under control. Meanwhile the U.S. remains a country in chaos, with persistent high unemployment, infection rates still higher than the worst days this past spring and fatality numbers remaining among the worst in the world.

    U.S. citizens living overseas are often asked – why is it so bad? What is it that has made the U.S. response to Covid-19 so disastrous? Could the high number of deaths (over 200,000¹) been avoidable?

    On the face of it, Switzerland and the U.S. share many common attributes. Both are wealthy countries, home to strong financial institutions, have structural confederations but with an aversion to federally-mandated policies and a preference for local government. However, this is where similarities end. The starkest difference between the two could explain in part why the U.S. situation is so bleak: the presence or absence of a strong welfare system. Without universal healthcare, unemployment benefits, government-issued stays on firings and evictions, those living in the U.S. have no safety net in times of crisis.

    Additionally high costs of education, which is just one factor for generally high levels of individual debt in the U.S., mean that many US Americans barely have one month of expenses in savings, if any. More than 38 million people in the U.S. live in poverty², with 1.5 million surviving on no more than $2 a day³. Those figures, disturbing even in normal times, are devastating in the midst of a global pandemic and economic crisis.

    While factors behind each country’s response to Covid will undoubtedly receive attention from researchers for years to come, one takeaway implies immediate action: VOTE. US Americans living overseas have an opportunity this fall to express support for the most progressive platform in Democratic history, a political party wish list which could help construct a safety net that would keep such a crisis from devastating the country in the future.

    Scientists have repeatedly warned this kind of pandemic is not such a unique event. It is always a question of when, not if, the next crisis will strike. Everyone who is able to vote in the U.S. election this fall has a responsibility to support the Biden-Harris campaign, to avoid such catastrophic death tolls in the future.

    For more information about this story, or to speak with our dedicated volunteers in Switzerland, please contact [email protected]. More information about Democrats Abroad Switzerland as well as information about our work at: 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.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/us/coronavirus-us-cases.html
    ² As of 2018 https://povertyusa.org/facts
    ³ https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2015/09/11/what-its-like-to-live-on-2-a-day-in-the-united-states/

     

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  • published Voting Info You Need This Week in News 2020-10-12 07:47:19 -0400

  • published Vice-Presidential Debate Download in News 2020-10-12 07:33:01 -0400

    Vice-Presidential Debate Download

    The second in our Debate Download Series, featuring expert analysis from community organizer Erica Sklar, feminist historian Dr. Nicole Guidetti-Hernandez, chair of the Dems Abroad Global Black Caucus Angela Fobbs, chair of the Dems Abroad Global Women's Caucus Ann Hesse, and chair of the Dems Abroad Global LGBTQ+ Caucus, Martha McDevitt-Pugh.

    Recorded on 9 October 2020.


  • published Presidential Debate Download #1 in News 2020-10-12 07:27:51 -0400

    Presidential Debate Download #1

    The first in our Debate Download series, where experts weigh in on the takeaways from the Presidential debates. Includes information on the Fair Fight fundraiser from Action Together: Zurich and from Jennifer NyeLecturer in Law and Social Justice and Co-Chair of the Five College Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice Certificate.

    Recorded on 30 September 2020.


  • EARLY VOTING AT HISTORIC LEVELS: US AMERICANS IN SWITZERLAND GET OUT THE VOTE

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - 5 October 2020

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

    According to data from the United States Election Project¹, a record number of at least 944,144 people have already voted in the 2020 general election. For comparison, around this same time in 2016, only 9,525 people had voted². Overseas citizens are voting early, too, and organizing to make a difference.

    It is a collective effort as volunteers at Democrats Abroad Switzerland (DACH) help their fellow US citizens exercise their right to vote. Members are trained to register voters, answer state-specific questions, and return ballots via email, fax and post.

    Joe Amato, a retired International School teacher and proud Democrat hailing from Queens, New York has been traveling across the Zurich area to assist new voters. Like other concerned US citizens residing in Zurich, Amato is a member of the DACH voter outreach team. Other members include US-Swiss writer, Aubrey Wagg, physics student Monika Molnar, and ETH Ph.D. Candidates Zachary Bailey and Eric Burns. Ranging from members who have lived in Switzerland for the majority of their life to those who have only recently started to call Switzerland home, these dedicated volunteers are getting out the vote during the historic US Presidential election and aiming to turn the Senate blue.

    ¹ https://electproject.github.io/Early-Vote-2020G/index.html
    ² https://www.huffpost.com/entry/2016-early-voting-underwa_b_12184290

    UPCOMING EVENTS:
    KAMALA HARRIS VP DEBATE DOWNLOAD: Friday 09.10.20 7pm online Zoom event

    Democrats Abroad organizes events across Switzerland with the aim of connecting US Americans, disseminating information, facilitating political action, and raising funds for Democratic efforts like getting out the vote. Since the beginning of the pandemic, many of these events are now taking place on-line where US Americans gather. DACH events are open for media coverage and offer opportunities for journalists to speak with US Americans about their perspectives on current events. 

    Since 2017, Senator Kamala Harris has represented California, the largest state in the country. Senator Harris is the second African-American woman and the first South-Asian American senator in US history. Kamala knows how to ask hard questions and get answers, whether she is going toe-to-toe with Jeff Sessions and Brett Kavanaugh in Senate hearings, or holding the current administration accountable. As a US Presidential candidate, she inspired millions of voters with her lifelong commitment to fighting injustice. During nearly two terms in office, Kamala defended California’s landmark climate change law, protected the Affordable Care Act, and helped win marriage equality for all Californians. Senator Harris shares Joe Biden’s view of standing up for everyday Americans and is ready on Day One to serve as Vice President of the United States.

    Join Democrats Abroad Switzerland as we discuss the debate and continue to support efforts to defend the vote for US citizens living overseas.

    DACH Aktivmitglied Miriam Victory Spiegel steht Ihnen als Ansprechpartnerin auf Deutsch/Schweizerdeutsch gerne zur Verfügung. Frau Spiegel kann unter 079/215 74 27 oder [email protected] erreicht werden.

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    The following list represents currently scheduled events; for more information and updates, please visit our website at https://www.democratsabroad.org/ch_events.

    If interested in joining one of our upcoming events, please contact [email protected], [email protected], or [email protected]. More information about Democrats Abroad Switzerland, please visit our website, https://www.democratsabroad.org/ch. We can also be found on social media (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook) at @swissdemocrats.

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  • published Voter Registration Deadlines in News 2020-10-01 08:30:11 -0400

    Voter Registration Deadlines

    AL Attention AL Abroad Voters: Your registration must be postmarked by October 19. Mailed ballot requests must be received by October 29. Returned ballots must be submitted online by November 3 or postmarked by November 3 / received by November 10. PLEASE NOTE: these deadlines apply to Americans living abroad. Different deadlines may apply for domestic voters. For all the details see https://www.votefromabroad.org/states/AL/
    AK Attention AK Abroad Voters: Your registration must be emailed, faxed or postmarked by October 4. Emailed, faxed or mailed ballot requests must be received by November 2 at 5pm. Returned ballots must be faxed by November 3 by 8 pm or postmarked by November 3 / received by November 18 (Deadline is earlier if mailed within USA). PLEASE NOTE: these deadlines apply to Americans living abroad. Different deadlines may apply for domestic voters. For all the details see https://www.votefromabroad.org/states/AK/
    AR Attention AR Abroad Voters: Your registration must be postmarked by October 4. Emailed, faxed or mailed ballot requests must be received by October 27. (Not all counties accept ballot requests by email/fax). Returned ballots must be postmarked by November 3 / received by November 13. PLEASE NOTE: these deadlines apply to Americans living abroad. Different deadlines may apply for domestic voters. For all the details see https://www.votefromabroad.org/states/AR/
    AS Attention AS Abroad Voters: Your registration must be emailed, faxed or mailed and received by October 9 at 4:30 pm. Emailed, faxed or mailed ballot requests must received by October 19. Returned ballots must be mailed and received by by October 19. PLEASE NOTE: these deadlines apply to Americans living abroad. Different deadlines may apply for domestic voters. For all the details see https://www.votefromabroad.org/states/AS/
    AZ Attention AZ Abroad Voters: Your registration must be received by email, fax or postal mail by November 3 at 7:00 pm. Emailed, faxed or mailed ballot requests must be received by November 3 at 6:59 pm. Returned ballots must be emailed, faxed, mailed or submitted online and received by November 3 at 7:00 pm. PLEASE NOTE: these deadlines apply to Americans living abroad. Different deadlines may apply for domestic voters. For all the details see https://www.votefromabroad.org/states/AZ/
    CA Attention CA Abroad Voters: Your registration must be faxed, submitted online or postmarked by October 19. Emailed, faxed, online or mailed ballot requests must be received by October 27. Returned ballots must be faxed or submitted online by November 3 at 8:00 pm or postmarked by November 3 / received by November 20. PLEASE NOTE: these deadlines apply to Americans living abroad. Different deadlines may apply for domestic voters. For all the details see https://www.votefromabroad.org/states/CA/
    CO Attention CO Abroad Voters: Your registration must be emailed or faxed by November 3 or postmarked by November 3 / received by November 11. (Deadlines are earlier if requesting to receive ballot by postal mail). No ballot request is required. Returned ballots must be emailed, faxed or submitted online by November 3 at 7 pm, or postmarked by November 3 at 7 pm / received by November 11. PLEASE NOTE: these deadlines apply to Americans living abroad. Different deadlines may apply for domestic voters. For all the details see https://www.votefromabroad.org/states/CO/
    CT Attention CT Abroad Voters: Your registration and ballot request must be mailed and received by November 2 (Voters can register and request ballot by email or fax by November 2 to meet deadline but must submit original registration/ballot request with completed ballot). Returned ballots must be mailed and received by November 3. PLEASE NOTE: these deadlines apply to Americans living abroad. Different deadlines may apply for domestic voters. For all the details see https://www.votefromabroad.org/states/CT/
    DC Attention DC Voters: Your registration must be emailed, faxed or mailed and received by October 13. Emailed, faxed or mailed ballot requests must be received by October 31. Returned ballots must be emailed or faxed by November 3 or postmarked by November 3 / received by November 13. PLEASE NOTE: these deadlines apply to Americans living abroad. Different deadlines may apply for domestic voters. For all the details see https://www.votefromabroad.org/states/DC/
    DE Attention DE Abroad Voters: Your registration must be emailed, faxed, submitted online or postmarked by October 19. Emailed, faxed, online or mailed ballot requests must be received by November 2 by 12 pm. (Deadlines are earlier if requesting to receive ballot by postal mail). Returned ballots must be received by email, fax or postal mail by November 3 at 8:00 pm. PLEASE NOTE: these deadlines apply to Americans living abroad. Different deadlines may apply for domestic voters. For all the details see https://www.votefromabroad.org/states/DE/
    FL Attention FL Abroad Voters: Your registration must be postmarked by October 5. Emailed, faxed or mailed ballot requests must be received by November 3. (Deadlines are earlier if requesting to receive ballot by postal mail). Returned ballots can be faxed by November 3 at 7 pm or postmarked by November 3 / received by November 13 (Deadline earlier if mailed within the USA). PLEASE NOTE: these deadlines apply to Americans living abroad. Different deadlines may apply for domestic voters. For all the details see https://www.votefromabroad.org/states/FL/
    GA Attention GA Abroad Voters: Your registration must be emailed, faxed or mailed and received by October 5. Emailed, faxed or mailed ballot requests must be received by November 3 at 7:00 pm. Returned ballots must be postmarked by November 3 / received by November 6. PLEASE NOTE: these deadlines apply to Americans living abroad. Different deadlines may apply for domestic voters. For all the details see https://www.votefromabroad.org/states/GA/
    GU Attention GU Abroad Voters: Your registration must be emailed, faxed or mailed and received by October 23 at 8:00 pm. Emailed, faxed or mailed ballot requests must be received by October 31 at 5:00 pm. Returned ballots must be postmarked by November 3 / received by November 13. PLEASE NOTE: these deadlines apply to Americans living abroad. Different deadlines may apply for domestic voters. For all the details see https://www.votefromabroad.org/states/GU/
    HI Attention HI Abroad Voters: Your registration must emailed, faxed or postmarked by October 5. Emailed, faxed or mailed ballot requests must be received by October 27. Returned ballots must be received by email, fax or mail by November 3 at 7:00 pm. PLEASE NOTE: these deadlines apply to Americans living abroad. Different deadlines may apply for domestic voters. For all the details see https://www.votefromabroad.org/states/HI/
    IA Attention IA Abroad Voters: No voter registration is required. Emailed, faxed or mailed ballot requests must be received by November 2. Returned ballots must be emailed or faxed by November 3 by 9 pm or postmarked by November 2 / received by November 9 at 12 pm. PLEASE NOTE: these deadlines apply to Americans living abroad. Different deadlines may apply for domestic voters. For all the details see https://www.votefromabroad.org/states/IA/
    ID Attention ID Abroad Voters: Your registration must be mailed and received by October 9. Emailed, faxed or mailed ballot requests must be received by October 23. Returned ballots must be mailed and received by November 3 at 8 pm. PLEASE NOTE: these deadlines apply to Americans living abroad. Different deadlines may apply for domestic voters. For all the details see https://www.votefromabroad.org/states/ID/
    IL Attention IL Abroad Voters: No voter registration is required, unless intend to return but deadlines are same as ballot request. Emailed, faxed or mailed ballot request must be received by October 24 (unless "Intend to Return" with earlier October 4 deadline). Returned ballots must be postmarked by November 3 / received by November 17. PLEASE NOTE: these deadlines apply to Americans living abroad. Different deadlines may apply for domestic voters. For all the details see https://www.votefromabroad.org/states/IL/
    IN Attention IN Abroad Voters: Your registration must be emailed, faxed or mailed and received by October 26. Emailed, faxed or mailed ballot requests must be received by November 2 at 12 pm (Deadlines are earlier if requesting to receive ballot by postal mail). Returned ballots must be emailed or faxed by November 3 at 12 pm, or postmarked by November 3 / received by November 13 (Earlier deadline if mailed from within USA). PLEASE NOTE: these deadlines apply to Americans living abroad. Different deadlines may apply for domestic voters. For all the details see https://www.votefromabroad.org/states/IN/
    KS Attention KS Abroad Voters: Your registration must be emailed, faxed or postmarked by November 3. Emailed, faxed or mailed ballot requests must be sent by November 3. Returned ballots must be emailed, faxed or mailed and received by November 3. PLEASE NOTE: these deadlines apply to Americans living abroad. Different deadlines may apply for domestic voters. For all the details see https://www.votefromabroad.org/states/KS/
    KY Attention KY Abroad Voters: Your registration must be emailed, faxed or mailed and received by October 5. Emailed, faxed or mailed ballot requests must be received by October 27 at 6 pm. Returned ballots must be mailed and received by November 3 at 6 pm. PLEASE NOTE: these deadlines apply to Americans living abroad. Different deadlines may apply for domestic voters. For all the details see https://www.votefromabroad.org/states/KY/
    LA Attention LA Abroad Voters: Your registration must be emailed, faxed or postmarked by October 5 or submitted online by October 13. Emailed, faxed or mailed ballot requests must be received by November 2 at 4:30 pm. Returned ballots must be faxed or mailed and received by November 3 at 6:00 pm. (Must get prior LEO approval for fax ballot return). PLEASE NOTE: these deadlines apply to Americans living abroad. Different deadlines may apply for domestic voters. For all the details see https://www.votefromabroad.org/states/LA/
    MA Attention MA Abroad Voters: No voter registration is required. Emailed, faxed or mailed ballot requests must be received by November 2 at 12 pm Returned ballots must emailed, faxed or postmarked by November 3 / received by November 13 (with an earlier deadline if mailed within the USA). PLEASE NOTE: these deadlines apply to Americans living abroad. Different deadlines may apply for domestic voters. For all the details see https://www.votefromabroad.org/states/MA/
    MD Attention MD Abroad Voters: Your registration must be postmarked by October 13 at 5 pm or submitted online by October 13 at 11:59 pm. Emailed, faxed, online or mailed ballot requests must be received by October 20 at 11:59 pm (Deadlines by 8 pm for postal mail). Returned ballots must be postmarked by November 3 at 8 pm / received by November 13 at 10 am. PLEASE NOTE: these deadlines apply to Americans living abroad. Different deadlines may apply for domestic voters. For all the details see https://www.votefromabroad.org/states/MD/
    ME Attention ME Abroad Voters: Your registration must emailed, faxed or mailed and received by November 3 at 5 pm. Emailed, faxed or mailed ballot requests must be received by November 3 at 5 pm. Returned ballots must be emailed, faxed or mailed and received by November 3 at 8 pm. PLEASE NOTE: these deadlines apply to Americans living abroad. Different deadlines may apply for domestic voters. For all the details see https://www.votefromabroad.org/states/ME/
    MI Attention MI Abroad Voters: Your registration must be emailed, faxed or mailed and received by November 3 at 8 pm. Emailed, faxed or mailed ballot requests must be received by October 31 at 2 pm. Returned ballots must be mailed and received by November 3 at 8 pm. PLEASE NOTE: these deadlines apply to Americans living abroad. Different deadlines may apply for domestic voters. For all the details see https://www.votefromabroad.org/states/MI/
    MN Attention MN Abroad Voters: Your registration must be emailed, faxed or mailed and received by November 3. Emailed, faxed or mailed ballot requests must be received by November 3. Returned ballots must be postmarked by November 3 / received by November 10. PLEASE NOTE: these deadlines apply to Americans living abroad. Different deadlines may apply for domestic voters. For all the details see https://www.votefromabroad.org/states/MN/
    MO Attention MO Abroad Voters: Your registration must be emailed, faxed, mailed or submitted online and received by October 7. Emailed, faxed, online and mailed ballot requests must be received by October 30. Returned ballots must be emailed, faxed, submitted online or postmarked by November 3 / received by November 6 at 12:00 pm. PLEASE NOTE: these deadlines apply to Americans living abroad. Different deadlines may apply for domestic voters. For all the details see https://www.votefromabroad.org/states/MO/
    MS Attention MS Abroad Voters: Your registration must be emailed, faxed or postmarked by October 24. Emailed, faxed or mailed ballot requests must be received by November 3 at 7 pm. Returned ballots must be emailed, faxed or mailed and received by November 3 at 7 pm. PLEASE NOTE: these deadlines apply to Americans living abroad. Different deadlines may apply for domestic voters. For all the details see https://www.votefromabroad.org/states/MS/
    MT Attention MT Abroad Voters: Your registration must be emailed, faxed, submitted online or mailed and received by November 3 at 8 pm. Emailed, faxed, online or mailed ballot requests must be received by November 3 at 8 pm. Returned ballots must be emailed, faxed or mailed and received by November 3 at 8 pm. PLEASE NOTE: these deadlines apply to Americans living abroad. Different deadlines may apply for domestic voters. For all the details see https://www.votefromabroad.org/states/MT/
    NC Attention NC Abroad Voters: Your registration must be emailed, faxed, submitted online or mailed and received by November 2 at 5 pm. Emailed, faxed, online or mailed ballot requests must be received by November 2 at 5 pm. Returned ballots must be submitted online, emailed or faxed by November 3 at 7:30 pm or received by mail by November 12 at 5 pm. PLEASE NOTE: these deadlines apply to Americans living abroad. Different deadlines may apply for domestic voters. For all the details see https://www.votefromabroad.org/states/NC/
    ND Attention ND Abroad Voters: No voter registration is required. Emailed, faxed or mailed ballot requests must be received by November 2. Returned ballots must be emailed or faxed by November 3 at 11:59 pm or postmarked by November 2 / received by November 9. PLEASE NOTE: these deadlines apply to Americans living abroad. Different deadlines may apply for domestic voters. For all the details see https://www.votefromabroad.org/states/ND/
    NE Attention NE Abroad Voters: Your registration must be emailed, faxed or postmarked by October 16. Emailed, faxed or mailed ballot requests must be received by October 23 at 6 pm. Returned ballots must be emailed, faxed or mailed and received by November 3 at 8 pm CT/7 pm MT. (Email/fax ballot return requires approval from LEO). PLEASE NOTE: these deadlines apply to Americans living abroad. Different deadlines may apply for domestic voters. For all the details see https://www.votefromabroad.org/states/NE/
    NH Attention NH Abroad Voters: Your registration must be emailed, faxed or mailed and received by November 3. Emailed, faxed or mailed ballot requests must be received by November 2 at 5 pm. Returned ballots must be mailed and received by November 3 at 5 pm. PLEASE NOTE: these deadlines apply to Americans living abroad. Different deadlines may apply for domestic voters. For all the details see https://www.votefromabroad.org/states/NH/
    NJ Attention NJ Abroad Voters: Your registration must be emailed, faxed or mailed and received by October 11 (Deadlines are earlier if request to receive ballot by postal mail). Emailed, faxed or mailed ballot requests must be received by October 30 (Deadlines are earlier if request to receive ballot by postal mail). Returned ballots must be emailed, faxed or mailed and received by November 3 at 8 pm (Emailed/faxed ballot require original to be mailed too). PLEASE NOTE: these deadlines apply to Americans living abroad. Different deadlines may apply for domestic voters. For all the details see https://www.votefromabroad.org/states/NJ/
    NM Attention NM Abroad Voters: Your registration must be emailed, faxed or postmarked by October 5. Emailed, faxed or mailed ballot requests must be received by October 29. Returned ballots must be emailed, faxed or mailed and received by November 2 by 5 pm. PLEASE NOTE: these deadlines apply to Americans living abroad. Different deadlines may apply for domestic voters. For all the details see https://www.votefromabroad.org/states/NM/
    NV Attention NV Abroad Voters: Your registration must be postmarked by October 6, emailed or faxed by October 27 or submitted online by October 29. Emailed, faxed, online or mailed ballot requests must be be received by October 20. Returned ballots must be emailed or faxed by November 3 at 7 pm or postmarked by November 3 / received by November 10. PLEASE NOTE: these deadlines apply to Americans living abroad. Different deadlines may apply for domestic voters. For all the details see https://www.votefromabroad.org/states/NV/
    NY Attention NY Abroad Voters: Your registration must be emailed, faxed or mailed and received by October 9 (Email/fax requires original to be mailed too). (Later deadline for Uniformed Service Members). Emailed, faxed and mailed ballot requests must be received by October 27 (Email/fax requires original to be mailed too). Returned ballots must be postmarked by November 3 / received by November 16. PLEASE NOTE: these deadlines apply to Americans living abroad. Different deadlines may apply for domestic voters. For all the details see https://www.votefromabroad.org/states/NY/
    OH Attention OH Abroad Voters: Your registration must be emailed, faxed, submitted online or mailed and received by October 5. Emailed, faxed or mailed ballot requests must be received by October 31 at 12 pm. Returned ballots must be postmarked by November 2 / received by November 13 (received by 7:30 pm if sent by courier). PLEASE NOTE: these deadlines apply to Americans living abroad. Different deadlines may apply for domestic voters. For all the details see https://www.votefromabroad.org/states/OH/
    OK Attention OK Abroad Voters: Your registration must be emailed, faxed or postmarked by October 9. Emailed, faxed or mailed ballot requests must be received by October 27 at 5 pm. Returned ballots must be faxed or mailed and received by November 3 at 7 pm. PLEASE NOTE: these deadlines apply to Americans living abroad. Different deadlines may apply for domestic voters. For all the details see https://www.votefromabroad.org/states/OK/
    OR Attention OR Abroad Voters: Your registration must be emailed, faxed or postmarked by October 13. Emailed, faxed or mailed ballot requests must be received by November 3 (Earlier deadline if requesting to receive ballot by postal mail). Returned ballots must be emailed, faxed or mailed and received by November 3 at 8 pm. PLEASE NOTE: these deadlines apply to Americans living abroad. Different deadlines may apply for domestic voters. For all the details see https://www.votefromabroad.org/states/OR/
    PA Attention PA Abroad Voters: Your registration must be emailed, faxed or mailed and received by October 19. Emailed, faxed or mailed ballot requests must be received by November 2. Returned ballots must be postmarked by November 2 at 11:59 pm / received by November 10 at 5 pm. PLEASE NOTE: these deadlines apply to Americans living abroad. Different deadlines may apply for domestic voters. For all the details see https://www.votefromabroad.org/states/PA/
    PR Attention PR Abroad Voters: Your registration must be emailed, faxed or postmarked by September 15. Emailed or faxed ballot requests must be received by September 20 or postmarked by October 5. Returned ballots must be postmarked by November 3. PLEASE NOTE: these deadlines apply to Americans living abroad. Different deadlines may apply for domestic voters. For all the details see https://www.votefromabroad.org/states/PR
    RI Attention RI Abroad Voters: Your registration must be emailed, faxed or mailed and received by October 4. Emailed, faxed or mailed ballot requests must be received by October 13. Returned ballots must be received by email, fax or mail by November 10. PLEASE NOTE: these deadlines apply to Americans living abroad. Different deadlines may apply for domestic voters. For all the details see https://www.votefromabroad.org/states/RI/
    SC Attention SC Abroad Voters: Your registration must be emailed, faxed or submitted online by October 4 or postmarked by October 5. Emailed, faxed, online or mailed ballot requests must be received by November 3. Returned ballots must be emailed, faxed or mailed by November 3 at 7 pm / received by November 5 at 5 pm. PLEASE NOTE: these deadlines apply to Americans living abroad. Different deadlines may apply for domestic voters. For all the details see https://www.votefromabroad.org/states/SC/
    SD Attention SD Abroad Voters: Your registration must be mailed and received by October 19. Emailed, faxed and mailed ballot requests must be received by November 3. Returned ballots must be mailed and received by November 3 at 7 pm. PLEASE NOTE: these deadlines apply to Americans living abroad. Different deadlines may apply for domestic voters. For all the details see https://www.votefromabroad.org/states/SD/
    TN Attention TN Abroad Voters: Your registration must be emailed, faxed or mailed and received by October 27. Emailed, faxed or mailed ballot requests must be received by October 27. Returned ballots must be mailed and received by November 3 at 8 pm (EST)/7pm (CST). PLEASE NOTE: these deadlines apply to Americans living abroad. Different deadlines may apply for domestic voters. For all the details see https://www.votefromabroad.org/states/TN/
    TX Attention TX Abroad Voters: Your registration must be emailed or postmarked by October 14 / received by October 23 (Original must be mailed if emailed). Emailed or mailed ballot requests must be received by October 23. Returned ballots must be postmarked by November 3 at 7 pm / received by November 9 (Fax allowed for active duty military). PLEASE NOTE: these deadlines apply to Americans living abroad. Different deadlines may apply for domestic voters. For all the details see https://www.votefromabroad.org/states/TX/
    UT Attention UT Abroad Voters: Your registration must be emailed, faxed, submitted online or mailed and received by October 23 at 5 pm. Emailed, faxed or mailed ballot requests must be received by October 29. Returned ballots must be emailed or faxed by November 3 at 8 pm or mailed by November 2 / received by November 16 at 5 pm. PLEASE NOTE: these deadlines apply to Americans living abroad. Different deadlines may apply for domestic voters. For all the details see https://www.votefromabroad.org/states/UT/
    VA Attention VA Abroad Voters: Your registration must be emailed, faxed or mailed and received by October 13 at 5 pm. (Later deadline for uniformed services). Emailed, faxed or mailed ballot requests must be received by October 23 at 5 pm. Returned ballots must be postmarked by November 3 at 7 pm / received by November 6 at 12 pm. PLEASE NOTE: these deadlines apply to Americans living abroad. Different deadlines may apply for domestic voters. For all the details see https://www.votefromabroad.org/states/VA/
    VI Attention VI Abroad Voters: Voter registration must be emailed, faxed or mailed and received by October 4. Emailed, faxed or mailed ballot requests must be received by October 16. Returned ballots must be emailed, faxed or mailed and received by November 13. PLEASE NOTE: these deadlines apply to Americans living abroad. Different deadlines may apply for domestic voters. For all the details see https://www.votefromabroad.org/states/VI/
    VT Attention VT Abroad Voters: Your registration must be emailed or mailed and received by November 3. Emailed, faxed or mailed ballot requests must be received by November 2 at 5 pm. Returned ballots must be mailed and received by November 2. (Email return available for countries with suspended mail service). PLEASE NOTE: these deadlines apply to Americans living abroad. Different deadlines may apply for domestic voters. For all the details see https://www.votefromabroad.org/states/VT/
    WA Attention WA Abroad Voters: Your registration must be emailed, faxed, submitted online or mailed and received by November 3. No ballot request is required. Returned ballots must be emailed, faxed or postmarked by November 3 at 8 pm / received by November 23. PLEASE NOTE: these deadlines apply to Americans living abroad. Different deadlines may apply for domestic voters. For all the details see https://www.votefromabroad.org/states/WA/
    WI Attention WI Abroad Voters: Your registration must be postmarked by October 14 (Not required for Uniformed Services members). Emailed, faxed or mailed ballot requests must be received by October 29 at 5 pm. Returned ballots must be mailed and received by November 3 at 8 pm (All deadlines later for Uniformed Services members). PLEASE NOTE: these deadlines apply to Americans living abroad. Different deadlines may apply for domestic voters. For all the details see https://www.votefromabroad.org/states/WI/
    WV Attention WV Abroad Voters: Your registration must be emailed, faxed or mailed and received by October 13. Emailed, faxed or mailed ballot requests must be received by October 28. Returned ballots must be emailed or faxed by November 3 at 7:30 pm or mailed and received by November 9. PLEASE NOTE: these deadlines apply to Americans living abroad. Different deadlines may apply for domestic voters. For all the details see https://www.votefromabroad.org/states/WV/
    WY Attention WY Abroad Voters: Your registration must be mailed and received by October 19. Emailed, faxed or mailed ballot requests must be received by November 2. Returned ballots must be emailed, faxed or mailed and received by November 3 at 7 pm. PLEASE NOTE: these deadlines apply to Americans living abroad. Different deadlines may apply for domestic voters. For all the details see https://www.votefromabroad.org/states/WY/

     


  • published Are You a Victim of Voter Suppression? in News 2020-10-01 08:04:56 -0400

    Are You a Victim of Voter Suppression?

    If you feel that you are experiencing voter suppression, please immediately write to [email protected].

    Your email should include:

    • Name
    • Address in Switzerland
    • Voter Registration Address
    • FCPA registration info (if available)
    • Description of voter protection issue and steps already taken

  • published Important Notice Regarding Ballot Return in News 2020-10-01 07:55:43 -0400

    Important Notice Regarding Ballot Return

    You may have recently received a notice from the US Embassy in Bern. Please note that we do NOT recommend sending ballots via the Embassy in Bern. Time is running low to ensure that a diplomatic pouch sent will allow for subsequent delivery of your ballot to your local election official. 

    Democrats Abroad suggests using these links:

    A message from the
    U.S. Embassy Bern, Switzerland
    Message for U.S. Citizens – Don’t Let the Elections Pass You By
     
    If you plan to vote in the November 2020 election it is important to ACT NOW! Don’t wait, return your voted ballot right away! Remember U.S. embassies and consulates are not polling places; same-day in-person voting is not available outside the United States – but you can get assistance in requesting and returning your absentee ballot. Many states require voted ballots to reach local election officials by the close of polls on Tuesday, November 3.
     
    The Department of State is committed to assisting overseas voters in casting their ballots. For instructions on how to vote from Switzerland please see our website: https://ch.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/voting
     
    For general overseas voting information please see the Department of State’s web site Absentee Voting Information for U.S. Citizens Abroad or FVAP.gov.
     
    Never received your ballot? If you registered to vote and requested an absentee ballot prior to your state’s registration deadline, but have not yet received your ballot, complete and return a Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot to ensure your vote reaches election officials by your state’s deadline. If your regular ballot arrives later, complete and return it as well. Your Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot will only be counted if your regular ballot does not reach local election officials by your state’s deadline. Your vote will not be counted twice.
     
    RETURNING YOUR BALLOT:
    Note that the U.S. Postal Service recommends voters mail their completed ballots before Election Day and at least one week prior to your state’s deadline. To allow processing time between Department of State and U.S. Postal Service systems this means ballots should be received in the Embassy for transmittal through the Diplomatic Pouch no later than October 15, 2020. Ballots received after that date will be forwarded, but may arrive too late to be counted. Please also check the regulations in the state in which you vote as deadlines may differ, and you may have alternative voting options such as electronic voting or by fax.
     
    The above timeline is based on current local and U.S. conditions, which are subject to change. Should conditions change and impact the timeline we will alert you. We strongly recommend you submit your ballot as far in advance as possible.
     
    If you wish to send your ballot through Embassy Bern’s diplomatic pouch, place it in either a U.S. postage-paid envelope (provided with the ballot) or an envelope bearing domestic U.S. postage addressed to your local election officials. Place it into a second envelope and mail it to: U.S. Embassy Bern, CONS/ACS/Voting, P.O. Box, 3001 Bern, Switzerland for return to the United States
    Missed the U.S. Embassy Bern recommended shipment deadline? Consider returning your ballot to the United States via a commercial express courier service such as FedEx, UPS, or DHL or return your voted ballot electronically if allowed by your state. Ballots sent to local election officials via express courier service do not receive standard postmarks, so voters using this method should confirm delivery on or before November 3 prior to payment and shipment. Check your state’s voting procedures at www.FVAP.gov for guidance.
     
    Returning your Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot by email or fax. Review your state’s voting procedures at www.FVAP.gov carefully for guidance.
     
    Returning your ballot by international mail delivery. If using Switzerland’s postal system, be sure to affix sufficient international postage, and allow sufficient time for international mail delivery. Ballots sent via regular international mail from most countries at this late date are unlikely to reach local election officials by state ballot receipt deadlines, so you may need to consider another method.
     
    HELP SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT OVERSEAS VOTING.
    Please help spread the word to your friends, family, and colleagues that now is the time to start thinking about overseas voting. Consider posting to your Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or other social media account that you are an active voter and will be dropping off or mailing your Federal Post Card Application or completed ballot. Use #ProudOverseasVoter to help get the word out about voting.
     
    Have Questions? Please contact Embassy Bern’s Voting Assistance Officer at [email protected].
     
    You can also contact the Federal Voting Assistance Program directly if you encounter issues with local election officials by emailing [email protected] or toll free by phone from many countries around the world.
     
    Confirm your registration and ballot delivery online. Learn more at the Federal Voting Assistance Program's (FVAP) website at www.FVAP.gov.

  • published Fight Voter Suppression: Learn, Discuss, Act in News 2020-09-16 11:47:55 -0400

    Fight Voter Suppression: Learn, Discuss, Act

    Our friends at Action Together: Zurich, CH have put together this informative event and fundraiser to benefit Stacey Abrams' Fair Fight.

    Please join ATZ on Sunday, September 27 at 6 PM Zurich time, 12 noon EDT for a Zoom event discussing voter suppression and the fight to protect the right to vote. The featured speaker is voting rights expert Bruce Spiva, managing partner at Perkins Coie in Washington, DC.

    Prior to the meeting, feel free to learn more about the issue in any of the following ways:

    1. Watch Suppressed 2020: The Fight to Vote, a documentary short available from Brave New Films on Vimeo or YouTube.
    2. Watch All In: The Fight for Democracy, a feature length documentary. Released in select US theaters on September 8 and available for home viewing on Amazon Prime on September 18.
    3. Read Our Time is Now: Power, Purpose, and the Fight for a Fair America by Stacey Abrams, available on Amazon and in bookstores.

    You can RSVP to this event on Eventbrite. Admission to the event is free, but ATZ would appreciate it if you made a donation to their fundraiser benefiting Fair Fight.


    Note that this event is not organized or sponsored by Democrats Abroad Switzerland, but we are sharing the information because we believe it may be of interest to our members.


  • published #passthevote in News 2020-08-30 10:55:00 -0400

    #passthevote

    Our good friends at Action Together: Zürich have put together this amazing video featuring our favorite voter registration tool, Vote From Abroad!

    Check out the video, check out their site, and be sure to #passthevote!


  • published #IRingTheBell in News 2020-08-27 07:17:52 -0400

    #IRingTheBell

     

    On August 18, 2020 at 7 PM, Democrats Abroad Switzerland held the first of two events in Zürich this month, honoring the centennial of women’s suffrage in the United States. This small outdoor event took place in the park between Badenerstrasse and Zweierstrasse, 8004 Zürich, near Stauffacher. It brought together American and Swiss women, including several political office holders, to honor this moment. Next year will be the fiftieth anniversary of the Frauenstimmrecht in Switzerland. This event brought American and Swiss women together for this reason.

    On August 18, 1920, the Tennessee legislature voted in Nashville, the state capital, to ratify the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, becoming the 36th and final state necessary to guarantee voting rights for women after a hard-fought battle that lasted 72 years. Bells rang all over the country when the news reached them, to celebrate. Ironically, in Nashville, no bells rang.

    This month, to commemorate the centennial of this event, there were bells ringing at noon in Nashville TN. At the same time, at 7 PM in Zürich, a small group of Swiss and American activists came together at an outdoor event to ring their own bells and state what voting rights mean to them as women and citizens of two of the oldest existing democracies.

    The event followed this plan:

    • 19.00: Welcome and forming the circle of participants around the life-size bronze figure “Frau 1928” by the Swiss artist Alis Guggenheim
    • A brief historical input about the events leading up to the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution culminating in confirming voting rights for women on August 18, 1920 in Nashville, Tennessee, presented by the American, Zürich-based historian Dr. Maura Doherty
    • Brief statements by each of the Swiss and American women in the circle on “what the right to vote means to me”
    • Ringing bells by the participants, this will be simultaneous with people and institutions in Nashville, TN (noon, August 18)
    • Closing remarks c. 20.00

     


  • Don't Stop with Your Own Ballot; Help Register a Friend!

    After you have followed these three easy steps, pay it forward and help your friends, family, and colleagues who are eligible to vote in the election, register as well!

    Democrats Abroad sets up Voter Registration events all over the world to help overseas voters make sure they will get their ballots and VOTE!

    Overseas voters need to send in their Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) form to request their ballot every calendar year in which they wish to vote. Our website, www.votefromabroad.org, makes it easy for overseas voters to fill in and submit their form.

    To volunteer at a Democrats Abroad Voter Registration event near you, please contact your local chapter of Democrats Abroad. Go to: www.democratsabroad.org and click on "Countries" for contact information; or email us at: [email protected].

    These training materials will provide the background you'll need to volunteer at a voter registration event and help your friends, family, and other overseas voters register to vote and request their ballots. (For your convenience, the training materials are offered either in a training deck OR video format):


  • published Voter Registration Events in Geneva in News 2020-08-18 02:21:16 -0400

    Voter Registration Events in Geneva

    DACH Geneva chapter is planning a number of voter registration events to be held during August and September. Here’s when we will be available to assist you: 

    Saturdays from 4-6 pm in the Parc des Bastions (between the restaurant and children’s playground)
    August 22, September 5, 12, 19, and 26

    And on Sunday, August 30 at the Parc Mon-Repos (between the main entrance and the lake) during the Pizza in the Park event.

    Be sure to check democratsabroad.org/ch and the Facebook page for updates and additional venues.

    How would you like to help the Geneva chapter register voters for this upcoming critical election? Let us know! If you have a specific date in mind, we can add you to the team! Newbies need not worry - we will train you beforehand and make sure you’re matched with an experienced registrar your first time out. To sign up or to ask questions, please contact Laura Messenger at [email protected]


  • published A Very Special Snapshot in News 2020-08-13 06:38:28 -0400

    A Very Special Snapshot

    If you haven't been following our Suffrage Snapshots, now is a great time to catch up! But please also enjoy this special snapshot celebrating Kamala Harris!


  • A (Virtual) Conversation with European Ambassadors for Biden

    We are now a mere four months away from presidential and congressional elections which will decide whether the American experiment in democratic governance perishes from this earth, or whether, to the contrary, with Joe Biden as President and Democratic control of the Senate and House, sanity, competence, and elemental fairness and justice can be restored to our country after these nightmarish past four years. It is time for us Americans Abroad, 8 million strong, to stand up and be counted in this stark choice, both with our votes and with our material support for the Democratic cause.

    In the prevailing pandemic circumstances, the Democratic campaign has existed thus far almost exclusively in the virtual realm, much to the frustration of those of us here in Switzerland and elsewhere in Europe who see our U.S. political engagement more as an opportunity for convivial congregation and fellowship with like-minded compatriots than as an act of collective contribution to the war-chest of our candidates.

    In the meantime, however, the campaign is intensifying, and our help is needed now. Our members have been invited to participate in a very special virtual happening on Wednesday, July 15 at 7:00 p.m. CEST, a “Conversation with European Ambassadors for Biden,” featuring Samantha Power, Ambassador to the United Nations in the Obama Administration; Charles C. Adams, Jr., former Ambassador to Finland; Mayor Eric Garcetti of Los Angeles; and Rufus Gifford, Deputy Campaign Manager for Vice-President Biden, former Ambassador to Denmark. The conversation promises to be lively, informative, and interactive, and you will be able to catch a glimpse of many of the same friends and fellow American expatriates with whom we have gathered in the past and will gather again in the future in support of a cause which we hold dear. Here is the link through which to sign up for this exceptional event:

    https://secure.joebiden.com/a/0715-conversation?attr=100558195


    This event is not organized or sponsored by Democrats Abroad Switzerland, but we thought it would be of interest to our members.


  • published The Road to Suffrage in News 2020-07-13 07:56:54 -0400

    The Road to Suffrage

    In the United States, the right for all to vote and to participate in political life came not from the Constitution itself but from a series of hard-fought amendments and ground-breaking legislation.

    To commemorate two major achievements in this march towards full democracy—the Centennial of the 19th Amendment and the 55th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act—Democrats Abroad Switzerland is launching a series of social media posts that present key aspects of the narrative leading to the ratification of the 19th amendment and the struggles to enfranchise people of color.

    The posts will run from 19 July to 26 August 2020. They will be posted daily to Democrats Abroad Switzerland’s Facebook and Instagram feeds as well as our website. Please like, comment on, and share the steps of this still-incomplete journey to universal suffrage. Most importantly, request your ballot now and mobilize your personal community of expats to do so, too!

    Democrats Abroad Switzerland thanks Dr. Maura Doherty for her assistance with this project. Dr. Maura Doherty is a historian who has taught in Higher Education for decades in the United States and in Switzerland. She recently appeared as the guest historian in the BBC celebrity genealogy series "Who Do You Think You Are?" alongside Sharon Osbourne. She is currently writing a book about the history of her hometown of Lowell, Massachusetts.

    Design talent came from working in coordination with Vote Like a Woman, a nonpartisan campaign honoring the first 100 years since the ratification of the 19th amendment by getting more Americans who identify as women to vote.


  • published 19th Amd in Switzerland 2020-07-08 05:50:42 -0400

    19th Amendment Centennial Celebration

    #IRingTheBell
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  • published AGM 2020 Wrap-Up: New Bylaws and More in News 2020-06-30 07:29:41 -0400

    AGM 2020 Wrap-Up: New Bylaws and More

    We held our AGM via WebEx on Wednesday, June 24. It was very productive!

    Our new bylaws were accepted unanimously and you can read those here.

    Our agenda included:

    Here are our AGM materials for your review and education:

    Please let us know if you are interested in volunteering with us in the coming months! Either way, we look forward to seeing you soon!


  • published DA Discussions: Looking Local in News 2020-06-18 16:01:48 -0400

    DA Discussions: Looking Local

     
    While the world watches the US presidential election closely, and to a lesser extent Congress, most elections in the US on November 3rd will be for local offices. The consequences of these elections are tremendous. Not only will local results determine congressional district lines for the next ten years, but with reduced federal spending on a social safety net, Americans increasingly turn to local government programs for basic needs.
     
    Several members joined us for a Democrats Abroad Virtual Discussion of the advantages and limitations each Party has when it comes to winning these crucial local seats. Tory Mallett, a political sociology PhD student at the London School of Economics, lead us in a discussion of both ideological and institutional strategy for finding progressive success all the way down the ballot. The Zoom meeting was recorded; the YouTube link can be provided upon request.
     
    Theory:

    Cases:


  • published DACH Revised Bylaws - Final Draft for Review in News 2020-06-18 02:15:43 -0400

    DACH Revised Bylaws - Final Draft for Review

    Hello Fellow Voters!

    We are now just shy of one week before our Annual General Meeting (AGM), which will be held via WebEx next Wednesday evening (24.06.2020). All members are encouraged to attend as we review the last year and sharpen our focus on the elections for November. We have a lot of exciting news to share.

    In addition to the regular topics of the AGM, we will also vote on the "revised bylaws." The current DACH bylaws were approved in 2014 and there were some updates needed in order to meet current Democrats Abroad global requirements. The revised bylaws include updates about technologies used for member communications and meetings, updates to privacy of your data, updates to gender specific wording, and updates to some financial requirements.

    I would like to thank everyone who participated in the update process and those who spent hours to review, comment, question, or make suggestions so that we have a comprehensive yet inclusive set of bylaws that are reflective of our membership. Those who exercised their rights to comment on the draft versions were proactive and quite helpful for all of us as members.

    I am pleased to attach the final version of the "revised bylaws" via PDF. This is the final version after the public comments have all been incorporated and this is the result after the WebEx review/comment meeting which took place on Wednesday evening, 17.June.2020.

    I encourage you to read through these "revised bylaws" so that you are prepared to vote on them next week during the AGM.

    Please note that voting will take place in the WebEx "chat box" and we have volunteers who will count the votes. If you are not familiar with WebEx or the use of the "chat box," we will have one more training session this coming Sunday (21.06.2020) at 13:00 CEDT. The link to this training is HERE.

    I am very much looking forward to seeing you online for the AGM next week!

    Vance White
    DA Switzerland Chair

     


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