Chair Hungary, Deputy-Chair Global IT Team

  • rsvped for DA RTF January 2023 Meeting 2023-01-10 11:01:32 -0500

    DA RTF January 2023 Meeting

    The Democrats Abroad Reparations Task Force is dedicated to tackling economic, racial, and political injustice head on. Join us as we fight to keep the Biden Administration accountable to its own promises to address racial disparities. We intend to use our global organizing to not only push for a federal reparations commission, but to support state and local efforts, too. 
    On January 31st at 1 p.m. Eastern US Time / 19:00 Central European Time, we will be discussing recent developments in the US reparations movement, ongoing successes in reparations activism/advocacy, and further opportunities to get involved.  
    WHEN
    January 31, 2023 at 7:00pm
    WHERE
    Zoom
    12 rsvps rsvp

  • published GA Senate Runoff - 6 Dec 2022 in Voting 2022-11-13 06:42:09 -0500

  • published GA Senate Runoff - 6 Dec 2022 in Voting 2022-11-12 14:44:15 -0500

  • published Vote in the 2022 Midterms from Hungary in News 2022-10-04 09:11:51 -0400

    Vote in the 2022 Midterms from Hungary


    This is a midterm election year — all 435 seats in the House of Representatives, 35 of the 100 Senate seats, and 39 gubernatorial seats are on the ballot this November. U.S. citizens have the right to vote in Congressional elections, no matter where in the world they live! If you're a U.S. citizen or a dual-national and will be 18 on November 8, 2022, you have the right to vote from abroad in US elections — including in the November 2022 midterms!

    As a U.S. citizen, you can register to vote from abroad while living, working, or traveling overseas by submitting one form — the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). It doesn't matter if you were registered to vote before you left the U.S., how long you’ve lived outside the U.S., or if you've never resided in the U.S. at all. You have the right to vote!

    You need to complete and submit a new Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) every election year, to ensure you remain on your state’s voter rolls and to ensure your local election office has your up-to-date contact information.

       Vote From Abroad will take you through every step needed to request your ballot and make voting easy!

     

    📌  There is NO IN-PERSON VOTING in Hungary – you must request your ballot in advance for the November election! 📌

     

    ✭ ✭ In 2022, the following States must postal mail in the ballot. Vote as soon as you get your ballot! Don't wait to return your ballot! ✭  ✭

     Arkansas, Connecticut, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

    Go to www.votefromabroad.org/states for specific  details


    KEY POINTS FOR VOTING

    • Request your overseas ballot now!  www.votefromabroad.org 
    • Ask on the request form (FPCA) that your ballot be sent to you by e-mail
    • Submit your request form by e-mail, if your state allows  
    • Return your voted ballot electronically (e-mail, upload or fax), if your state allows 
    • If your state requires you to mail back your ballot:
      • Request your ballot NOW – states began sending ballots out on Sept 24 (45 days before the election)
      • Download and vote your ballot as soon as you receive it
      • You can use the US Embassy Diplomatic Pouch if your ballot is sent 4-weeks in advance of the election (by 11 Oct)
      • You can also use an express courier service to send it back
    • Track your request form and your ballot
    • Any Questions? E-mail: [email protected]

     

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    Additional Voting Details on this page: 

    1. Registering to vote and requesting your ballot

    2. Confirming your request has been accepted

    3. Receiving your ballot

    4. Oct 1 and the ballot hasn’t arrived? 

    5. Voting your ballot

    6. Returning your ballot

    7. Checking twice to prevent mistakes

    8. Confirming your ballot's arrival

    9. What to do if you encounter difficulties

    10. Getting your "I Voted from Austria" Stickers 

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    1. Registering to vote and requesting your ballot for the 2022 midterm elections

    The first step is to request your ballot, and if need be, register to vote from abroad. You should do this every election year to ensure you remain on your state’s overseas voter rolls and to ensure your local election office has your up-to-date contact information.

    It’s important to register as an absentee voter from abroad – using the FPCA form – because the ballots of US citizens voting from abroad have special protections and are different from the standard absentee ballot. 

    Go to VoteFromAbroad.org to fill out your Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) absentee ballot request — it takes 5-10 minutes! If you're not registered to vote, the FPCA also serves as a voter registration form. Choose the option to receive ballots by email.

    If you have any questions while filling out your request form, go to the Vote from Abroad FAQ section or type your question in the website's chatbox (red circle in the bottom right-hand corner of each page on the DA website). Or you can email us at: [email protected] 

     


    Watch a video on how to use www.VoteFromAbroad.org in English.




    2. Confirming your Ballot request has been accepted 

    After submitting your FPCA absentee ballot request form, call or email your Local Election Official (LEO) to confirm they have received it and will be sending your ballot. Your LEO's contact information is listed in the instructions generated when you fill out your FPCA form at Vote from Abroad. You can also look up their contact info here

    Most states provide a website where you can verify your voter status. To find your state's website, click here and scroll down to “Where Is My Ballot?"

     

    3. Receiving your ballot 📬

    Your overseas absentee ballot is not your standard absentee ballot back home! Thanks to the MOVE Act, all states must send FPCA-requested  absentee ballots to overseas voters no later than 45 days before a federal election — this year that’s September 24, 2022

    And, if requested, all states must send overseas voters their ballot by email.

    You don't need to wait for ballots to arrive on September 24. If you're worried your ballot won't arrive on time, send in a Backup Ballot NOW. The Backup Ballot (Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot or FWAB) is specifically for overseas voters who are concerned they won't receive their official ballot in time to return it by the deadline. All details about the Backup Ballot can be found here.

     

    4. Your ballot hasn’t arrived? 📭

    Check your spam folder. Still no ballot? Contact your local election official here and confirm they’ve sent your ballot to you. Go to VoteFromAbroad.org if you need to send in a new FPCA absentee ballot request form.

    If you haven’t received your ballot by October 1 and your state requires postal mail return, we recommend you send in a Backup Ballot to make sure your vote gets to your state in time. All details about the Backup Ballot can be found here.

     

    5. Voting your ballot 🗳️

    It’s easy to get informed about candidates, ballot initiatives, and judicial candidates and important to vote your ballot completely. State and local races are critical in 2022! 

    The simplest way is to vote for Democrats straight down the ballot. Some elected positions do not list a party affiliation, like school boards, judges, and others. To determine who to vote for in those cases, you can do the following: 

    • Google your county's local Democratic Party
    • Go to the League of Women Voters personalized ballot service 
    • Go to Ballotpedia - Example: google “Ballotpedia Arizona elections 2022”
    • Google the candidate's name to find their campaign website

     

    6. There are lots of ways to return your ballot! 

    📌 Remember! Only use a mail service if you cannot return your ballot electronically 📌

    Ballot return methods – by email, online, postal mail, fax – vary by state. Always return your ballot as quickly as possible, but especially if your state only allows postal mail return. Find your state's exact ballot return methods here.

    If your state allows email, online upload or fax  for ballot return, please use these options as they’re not subject to delay! Here is more information on fax submission.

    If your state requires postal mail return, see info below on options from Hungary.

    New Jersey Voters: Please note that New Jersey allows for email or fax returns, but requires that the ballot ALSO be sent by postal mail.

    New York Voters: Here are instructions on How to fold the New York State General Election ballot.


    Need help scanning your ballot?

     Watch this video on how to scan using your smartphone.

    If you don't have a scanning app on your phone, you can use Adobe Scan mobile app for iPhone & Android


    International Postal Service:  

    If your state requires postal mail ballot return, one option is to use express international mail from the Hungarian Postal Service. 

    – Late October Update: Hungarian Postal Service is not likely to deliver your ballot in time.  We encourage you to use an express Courier service – See offer below.

     

     The U.S. Embassy/Consulate Diplomatic Pouch:

    – Late October Update: It is now too late to use the Embassy Diplomatic Pouch.  We encourage you to use an express Courier service – See offer below.

     

     Express Courier Service:

    If your state requires postal mail ballot return, the quickest option is to use an Express Courier service.

    DA Hungary has arranged for a discount with DHL for ballots to be returned to the U.S.
    The discount is only available till 31 Oct. 2022. 

    Confirm with your local election office the best address to use for a Courier delivery! DHL cannot send to a P.O. Box! 

    Use USA30 for a 30% discount. More information and details are here:  https://mydhl.express.dhl/hu/hu/shipment.html#/?fromCountry=HU#address-details

    Please do not use an online booking service if your state requires a postmark to be on the outside envelope AND your ballot might arrive close to or after Nov 8! Find out your state’s requirements here.

    Even with expedited courier services though, ballots still take several days to get to the United States. Please send your ballot as soon as possible!  

     

    📌 Remember! Only use a mail service if you cannot return your ballot electronically 📌

    7. Checking twice to prevent mistakes 👀

    When filling out and packaging your ballot, don't forget to review the instructions carefully. Don't let human error spoil your ballot!

    Regardless of how you send in your ballot, remember that you – the voter – must be the one who places it “in the mail.” In some states, it is unlawful for any other person to handle your voted ballot, even if it is sealed. Unsure? Find out your state’s requirements here

     

    8. Confirming your ballot's arrival at your local election office in the United States ✓✓

    Once you've sent your ballot, follow up with your local election official to make sure that it arrived and will be counted. Please do not just assume that your ballot has made it! 

    The easiest way to ensure your ballot has arrived is to go to "Track Your Ballot" on your state’s website. You can also look up your local election office's contact details here and contact them directly. They may be experiencing a high volume of calls, so you may need to be persistent to get through to someone.

     

    9. Having trouble? Need help? 😕

    We understand that the voting process to some states can be confusing — that's why we're here to help! Send us an email at  [email protected] or contact [email protected]

     


  • donated via 2022-05-11 04:47:48 -0400

  • published 2022 State Voting Information Pages in Voting 2022-03-13 09:25:12 -0400

  • published Ohio Primary Election - May 2022 - Espanol in Voting 2022-03-12 04:16:10 -0500

  • rsvped for Women, Peace & Security 2022-02-21 07:07:55 -0500

    Seniors in the DNC


     

    Can the security of women predict the security of states and the likelihood of conflict and war?  Yes, indeed.  The prevalence of institutionalized gender-based violence and other deterrents to women’s well-being and their overall status in society correspond significantly to state and global stability. Ms. Hudson’s presentation will clarify this relationship and address the many implications of the overwhelming data supporting the link.

    Her remarks will be of tremendous interest to anyone interested in the dynamics of international security, foreign policy and the status of women.  The insights will apply across a broad swath of issues of pressing interest to Americans around the globe (and to the citizens of every country in which we reside).

    The First Political Order offers the strongest possible proof that male control of reproduction - and the violence necessary to control women’s bodies - is the first step in normalizing violence and hierarchy in every society.  From now on, there will be no more separating questions of politics and peace from the treatment of the females. Those days are over.  Thanks to Valerie M. Hudson and her team of global researchers, we have a long, practical, intimate way of diminishing violence and increasing democracy.

                                Gloria Steinem                                        



    Dr. Valerie Hudson

    Dr. Valerie Hudson, University Distinguished Professor, joined the faculty of the Bush School in 2012 as the holder of the George H. W. Bush Chair. An expert on international security and foreign policy analysis as well as gender and security, she received her PhD in political science at The Ohio State University and comes to Texas A&M University from a senior faculty position at Brigham Young University. Hudson directs the Bush School’s Program on Women, Peace, and Security.

    In 2009, Foreign Policy named her one of the top 100 Most Influential Global Thinkers. Her co-authored book Bare Branches: Security Implications of Asia’s Surplus Male Population, and the research it presents, received major attention from the media with coverage in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Financial Times, Washington Post, BBC, CNN, and numerous other outlets. The book also received two national book awards. Another coauthored book, Sex and World Peace, published by Columbia University Press, was named by Gloria Steinem as one of the top three books on her reading list. A recent book, with Patricia Leidl, is The Hillary Doctrine: Sex and American Foreign Policy, published in June 2015. Her newest coauthored book is The First Political Order: How Sex Shapes Governance and National Security Worldwide (Columbia University Press, 2020). She was also recently named a Distinguished Scholar of Foreign Policy Analysis by the International Studies Association.

    Dr. Hudson has developed a nation-by-nation database on women, the WomanStats Database (http://www.womanstats.org/), that has triggered both academic and policy interest (the latter includes its use by both the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee and various agencies of the United Nations). Using this data, Hudson and her co-principal investigators from the WomanStats Project have published a wide variety of empirical work linking the security of women to the security of states, with research appearing in International Security, American Political Science Review, Journal of Peace Research, Political Psychology, and Politics and Gender.

    Dr. Hudson offers courses on women and nations (the foundations course for the Women, Peace, and Security concentration), foreign policy analysis, and a capstone on Women, Peace, and Security. Throughout her career, Dr. Hudson has demonstrated a strong commitment to collaboration with other scholars both in her own field and in other disciplines and has received significant research grants, including grants from the US Department of Defense’s Minerva Initiative and the National Science Foundation, to support her work in international affairs. Her research and teaching experience is also complemented by three major teaching awards and numerous research awards, and she has recently been awarded an Andrew Carnegie Fellowship. She was also a Fulbright Distinguished Chair at the Australian National University in early 2017.

    Hudson served as vice president of the International Studies Association for 2011-2012. She is a founding editorial board member of Foreign Policy Analysis, and also serves, or has served on, the editorial boards of The American Political Science Review, Politics and Gender, the American Journal of Political Science, and International Studies Review. More information can be found on her professional website, https://vmrhudson.org.

    WHEN
    March 09, 2024 at 1:00pm
    WHERE
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  • published Texas Primary Election - Mar 2022 - Espanol in Voting 2022-01-16 17:41:05 -0500

  • published Texas Primary Election - Mar 2022 in Voting 2022-01-07 07:58:45 -0500

  • published Florida-20 Special Election - Jan 2022 in Voting 2021-11-15 16:05:03 -0500

  • published Ohio Primary Elections - May 2022 in Voting 2021-09-26 08:32:55 -0400

  • published New Jersey State Elections - Nov 2021 in Voting 2021-09-16 14:10:25 -0400

  • published Virginia State Elections - Nov 2021 in Voting 2021-09-13 14:57:04 -0400

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  • From Grandma's Pay Discrimination to A Protest Marcher Today – We need the ERA!

    I remember well when my grandmother, a university lecturer at BYU, (with whom I was living with at the time) informed the family that she had been refused an expected pay raise, to match the raises all the men in her department had received, with the explanation that “the men had families to support.” My grandmother was, in fact, the “bread-winner” supporting our household and the one solely caring for her extended family. It puzzled me then, as a young boy, and it remains confounding to me now, how differences in hiring and compensation could be justified on the basis of sex, rather than appropriately based on competence and qualifications for one’s job.

    While we, as a country, have no doubt made some progress since my grandmother was denied fair compensation based solely on her sex, there is still a prevailing premise of differences between men and women that has not yet been corrected in America and that leads to continued discrimination – both intentional and unintentional.

    At a protest march a few years back, my photo was captured by a journalist and featured in Cosmopolitan Online magazine with the caption “woman holds protest poster”. I am not bothered in the least by any potential gender confusion here, but rather, I am proud to stand with all my fellow citizens in stating that we need to formally ratify and adopt the ERA to end any further forms of discrimination on the basis of sex. —Merrill Oates, Utah voter in Hungary.


  • published 2022 Membership AGM in News 2020-02-10 05:04:57 -0500

    2022 DA-Hungary AGM

    Annual General Meeting - Online

    Our local Democrats Abroad Hungary committee is pleased to announce the scheduling of our 2022 Annual General Meeting (AGM) of members.
    To facilitate greater participation of members, the AGM will be held On-line via WebEx on:
        Wednesday, 23 March at 19:00
    WebEx On-line Meeting Details:
    Agenda to include:
    • Chair’s, Secretary’s, and Treasurer’s Reports
    • Voter Outreach and Support initiatives, including Phonebanking opportunities to reach local members
    • Volunteer Opportunities and Member Engagement
    • Local Events in 2022
    • Advocacy Issues for Democrats Abroad 
    New Donation Option on DA Website:
    Even if you can’t make it to our AGM this year, you can still support our local GOTV work with a donation to DA-Hungary via our new Donation Page.
    Please consider a donation to help us reach more American Voters.

     


  • published Finland in Europe 2019-04-05 05:23:53 -0400

  • signed up on Global Black Caucus Signup 2018-05-29 11:34:16 -0400

  • signed up on Progressive Caucus Signup 2018-02-22 11:07:19 -0500

Chair DA-Hungary, Data & Analytics Director, Deputy-Chair Global IT Team, former Regional Vice-Chair EMEA at Democrats Abroad