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Welcome to Democrats Abroad Mexico!

An estimated 1.5 million US citizens reside in Mexico, and our job is to help ALL of them register to vote in US federal, state, and local elections. Votes from abroad were responsible for many democratic victories in the 2018 midterms, and they will make a difference again in 2020!

If you are interested in joining our team of passionate and dedicated volunteers, please fill out the form here. Every effort counts, whether at the national or local level. Help us be the margin of victory in 2020.

We hope to see you at our Virtual Annual General Meeting on May 27th to June 4th and follow our  events page and our social media accounts for details about other upcoming activities.

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¡Bienvenid@ a Democrats Abroad México!

Se estima que 1.5 millones de estadounidenses residen en México actualmente. Nuestro objetivo es ayudarles a TODOS a registrarse y a votar desde el extranjero. Los votos desde el extranjero fueron decisivos para muchas victorias democráticas en las elecciones intermedias de 2018, y ¡lo serán de nuevo en 2020!

Si está interesad@ en unirse a nuestro equipo de voluntarios apasionados y dedicados, llene este formulario, y luego siguenos en las redes sociales para conocer más detalles sobre nuestras próximas actividades. Aunque las elecciones de 2020 parezcan lejanas, ¡el mejor momento para organizarse es ahora!

No dude en contactarnos si en algo le podemos apoyar, y esperamos verlos en nuestra Virtual Reunión Anual General de mayo de 2020. 

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Saludos,

Will Chapman
DA Mexico, Presidente
Info-Mexico@democratsabroad.org

  

 

DA Mexico Leadership:

William Chapman
| Chair DA Mexico
Michaele De Rivera
| Mexico Vice Chair, Board Member - Guadalajara, DEMOCRATS UNITE; Hispanic Caucus, Steering Committee
William Prescott
| Treasurer - Mexico; Vice Chair; Treasurer - Guadalajara; DPCA Voting Rep; Global IT Team Member; HC Steering Committee; VMF Steering Committee
Beatriz Zarur Valderrama
| Secretary DAMX
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  • News

    DAMX Bylaws Commentary for Amendments

    In May 2019, a Governance Task Force was convened by DAMX Chair, Will Chapman, with the charge to review the current bylaws and make recommendations for amendments, as it had been many years since there had been a comprehensive review, and many issues needed to be addressed. The bylaws were presented to and approved by the DAMX Executive Committee at the November 25th meeting. Early in the process, the task force made the decision to refer to the Democratic Party Committee Abroad (DPCA) Model Chapter Country Bylaws for guidance in amending the current DAMX Bylaws. For areas not addressed in the Model Chapter Country Bylaws the task force looked to other large country committees bylaws for guidance in how they addressed particular issues.

     

    This commentary is to aid members in their review of the DAMX Bylaws so approved by the Executive Committee and being presented for vote to the DAMX Membership at the 2020 Annual General Meeting. Original members of the Governance Task Force: Hope Bradberry, DA San Miguel de Allende Chapter Chair; John Boothby, DA Lake Chapala Chapter Chair; Will Chapman, DAMX Chair;  Emily Raskin Perey, DA Lake Chapala Chapter Vice Chair; and Sam Stone, former DAMX Counsel; Contributors: Alan Barson, former DAMX Treasurer; Sam Crockett DA Costa Banderas member, Erik Markeset, former DAMX Member at Large; Jana Nelson, former DAMX Member at Large and Fundraising Chair; Gary Sandblom, DAMX Member at Large, former acting DAMX Counsel, DA Merida Chapter Chair.

    Article I: Name of the Organization - directly from DPCA Model Chapter Bylaws. 

    Article II: Purpose and Relationship to Democrats Abroad - directly from DPCA Model Chapter Bylaws.

    Article III: Members This article is primarily drawn from the DPCA model, with the following exceptions: 3.1 defines the principles as stated in the preamble; 3.2(iv): DPCA actually states principal residence, the task force modified it to say residence. 3.8 introduces the Board of Directors (BOD), which is defined in Article VII, and gives notice to chapter leadership, in addition to the member if that person is going to be removed from membership. Article III also addresses the care of personal data, which has not been done previously. 

    Article IV: Executive Committee This is a departure from current bylaws. The task force is proposing going with the Canadian model of a smaller Executive Committee that will handle most of the day-to-day management of the organization and a broader BOD meeting fewer times per year. This idea is to actually devolve most of the work down to the committees, working across chapters, with the BOD handling the more upper-level decisions. And also anticipating a growing BOD as more chapters are formed. 4.4 onward, provide more detail and definition of responsibilities of the officers of the Executive Committee. Also, 4.5 is another departure from current structure: the task force is again modeling this structure after other large membership countries, and specifically France, by proposing two ViceChairs: Vice Chair of Global and Regional Affairs and Vice Chair of Chapter Affairs. We believe that this will provide a better division of duties, make the Chair's responsibilities more manageable and increase the depth of the organizational chart. 4.7 & 4.8 A further division of duties, dividing the duties of Secretary into a Secretary for Membership and a Secretary for Administrative Records, since both of these roles are critical to our efficient functioning. 4.9 Immediate Past Chair language about limitations to the term of service is from France. 

    Article V: Chapter Representatives Defines Chapter Representatives serving on the 

    Board of Directors. This language is not in DPCA model bylaws but comes from Canada with some changes. The proposal for the Chapter Representatives to begin serving on the Board following the DAMX AGM is from Canada also. 

    Article VI: Voting Representatives Voting Representatives are not addressed in the DPCA model bylaws, but we have drafted this language from Canada with simplification and gender balance language. The task force has also added the geographical balance language to encourage representation from all of Mexico. 

    Article VII: Board of Directors Again, this is a structural departure from the current organization. This article defines the members of the BOD. This language is a mix of DPCA Executive Committee language, France and Canada. 7.3 is language from Canada providing representation for DNC or International Officers who may in the future come from Mexico. 7.4 addresses 1 Person, 1 Vote, which means that even though a person may hold two offices, that person only has one vote, which is a DPCA governing principle. 7.5 This is a departure from DPCA language, and a major change to how we have transitioned from one administration to the next in the past. The goal here is to allow a period of 30 days' transition from when the AGM elections occur until terms expire and the new board members take office. In chapter articles, we are also proposing that all chapter representatives come onto the board at the same time, 30 days after the national AGM. 7.7 and 7.8 This is also a major addition, and comes from Canada. This provides for the removal of Board Members for absence or detrimental conduct. 

    Article VIII: Board of Directors Responsibilities Further defines the Board of Directors. This language primarily comes from Canada, which has a similar structure. Some of the responsibilities in 8.2 are in the DPCA model for the Executive Committee, but those responsibilities now reside with the Board of Directors in this structure. 8.3 defines the fiscal year. 8.4 introduces the Code of Conduct which is DPCA language. 8.5 is added by the task force to give the BOD the power to establish Policies and Procedures, as nothing was provided in our current Bylaws. 

    Article IX: Committees Defines the Standing Committees, sub-committees and how ad hoc committees are created. This language comes from the DPCA model language, except for requiring each standing committee to hold meetings every other month. The task force also debated the challenges of open meetings for committees, in particular notifications and logistics. It was decided to remove that requirement. 

    Article X: Standing Committee Responsibilities Defines the six DAMX Standing Committees and their responsibilities. DPCA actually has more standing committees, but we feel these are sufficient for our country. Please note that all the committees may recruit additional members with expertise in their respective areas upon consultation with the Country Chair. 

    Article XI: Chapters DPCA model bylaws do not provide Chapter language and our current bylaws have very little. These sub-articles provide more comprehensive language and primarily come from Canada and France. 11.2 The decision not to include a minimum number of members for a chapter was made to provide the BOD the flexibility to adjust the number in its policies and procedures, based on experience with new chapters going forward. 11.7 A Funding Task Force was convened to determine an alternative to the previous chapter financial obligation. A range consisting of a minimum and maximum was established based on the size of the chapter, and a formula was articulated to address the following challenges: 

    • DAMX needs to be be able to have a steady base of income to fund certain central functions; 
    • We wanted it not to be so high as to disincentivize chapters; 
    • Nor to be so low as to be insignificant; 
    • Both DAMX and its chapters need to be able to budget and plan; 
    • The chapter contribution is not meant to be the sole source of income in future for DAMX; 
    • DAMX cannot charge dues to individuals to join Democrats Abroad, according to DPCA. 
    • It needed to be verifiable and enforceable. 

    We settled on a minimum flat amount based on membership size and a maximum based on actual expenditures the chapters are making to fulfil the mission and execute the strategic plan. 11.8 Determines the criteria for a chapter to be dissolved. 11.9 Introduces the option of precincts to DAMX. 

    Article XII : Nominations and Elections This language is from the DPCA model updated according to the 2019 Country Committee Election Procedures. 

    Article XIII: Elections and Removal from DAMX Office This is primarily drawn from model DPCA bylaws and DPCA Country Committee Election Procedures, with the addition of Voting Representatives. 

    Article XIV: Meetings This language is primarily from the DPCA model bylaws, with the only change being what meetings are open to members: AGM, special membership meetings, Board of Directors and Exec. Comm because those meetings are held via WebEx or in public spaces and can be held at regularly scheduled times, making public notifications easier. A web page News posting will be utilized to list the scheduled meetings for the year for the ExCom and BOD. A member desiring to attend would contact the Secretary for Administrative Records to RSVP and request a link to the meeting. Non-board members attending can be muted on WebEx by the admin, and if public comment is going to be allowed, unmuted for a specified period of time, or via chat. 

    With the number of committee meetings, the notification of such can be burdensome. The minutes would be available upon request from the Secretary for Administrative Records. 14.6 This is from DPCA and helps resolve challenges DAMX may have with the current quorum requirements. 14.8 Goes into further detail on the notice of meetings, specifying that additional agenda items shall be presented to the chair two weeks in advance of a meeting. 

    Article XV: Rules Applicable to the Country Committee Directly from DPCA model country bylaws. 

    Article XVI: Amendments Directly from DPCA. 

    The Executive Committee has made the decision that the bylaws will be considered effective January 1, 2020 upon ratification.

    You may review our current bylaws HERE.

    You may review our proposed bylaws HERE. 

     

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    FAQs for US Citizens in Mexico

    • Should I stay in Mexico or return to the United States?
      • The answer to this question will be different for every person or family, depending on what resources you have available to you – including housing, money, and health insurance. If you live in the US and are in Mexico temporarily, the US State Department recommends that you return home as soon as possible unless you are prepared to stay in Mexico indefinitely.

    • I’m in Mexico on a tourist visa. Will the Mexican government extend my visa so I can avoid traveling?
      • The Instituto Nacional de Migración (INM) has not provided any information about coronavirus-related tourist visa extensions.

    • Is the US-Mexico border closed?
      • No. The US and Mexico governments have agreed to restrict non-essential travel across the land border between the two countries. You can read more about these restrictions at mx.usembassy.gov/wha-press-guidance
      • There are currently no government restrictions on air travel; however, many airlines are canceling flights due to low traffic, sometimes with little notice.

    • What if I need help from the US Embassy?
      • The US Embassy has suspended most routine services, however, appointments are still available for essential services including lost, stolen, or expired passports. Email ACSMexicoCity@state.gov or call 55-8526-2561.

    • How can I get updates from the US Embassy or the US State Department?
      • Sign up for the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program at step.state.gov to receive email updates from the US Embassy and US Consulates in Mexico.

    • Where can I get information about coronavirus in Mexico?
      • Official updates from the Mexican government are available at coronavirus.gob.mx. For information specific to Mexico City, visit covid19.cdmx.gob.mx, text covid19 to 51515, or call (55) 5658-1111.

    • What should I do to stay safe?
      • Mexico is encouraging all residents to stay at home (#QuedateEnCasa) as much as possible. If you do need to go out, try to maintain a healthy distance (Sana Distancia) of at least 1.5 meters or 4 feet from other people. Avoid using public transportation, especially during peak hours. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

    • What if I think I have COVID-19?
      • You can use the diagnostic tool at test.covid19.cdmx.gob.mx (also available by texting covid19 to 51515) to determine whether your symptoms are consistent with COVID-19. The tool is available in English and Spanish and will generate a case number that you can use to call (55) 5658-1111 for further instructions. 
      • Your doctor’s office and/or insurance company may offer consultations via video or phone. You can also use Doctoralia to search for physicians in Mexico that offer virtual visits.
      • If you are exhibiting symptoms, make sure to call ahead before visiting any health care provider so they can instruct you on appropriate precautions to limit possible exposure to others. 
    • Am I eligible to receive the COVID-19 stimulus payment under the CARES Act?
      • US citizens living outside the United States are still eligible for the stimulus payment. Payments will be issued by direct deposit if you provided bank information on a 2018 or 2019 tax return, or if you receive direct deposits from the Social Security Administration. The IRS has also said they will set up a website to allow people to submit direct deposit information rather than receiving checks in the mail. Visit  IRS.gov/coronavirus for the latest information.

    • When do I need to file my taxes?
      • The deadline for filing and paying US tax returns has been extended to July 15, 2020. The deadline for FATCA reporting for US citizens with foreign bank accounts has also been extended to July 15, 2020.

    • Can I participate in the US Census?
      • Citizens living abroad are not counted in the census unless they work for the US government. If you live in the United States and are in Mexico temporarily, you should respond to the census based on where you normally live as of April 1. (Note that for security reasons, the online census form at 2020census.gov will reject attempts to complete the census from outside the US; however, you may be able to complete the form using a VPN, or on a US cell phone data plan).

    • Can I vote from Mexico?
      • Yes! Visit votefromabroad.org to register and request your ballot for the 2020 elections! Reach out if you need any help, and we’ll be happy to walk you through it!
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    Upcoming Events

    Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at 06:00 PM through June 04, 2020 · 122 rsvps
    Virtual Event in Mexico City, Mexico

    2020 DA Mexico Annual General Meeting

    ¡Be the Margin of Victory!

    2020 is a pivotal year for the future of American democracy. At Democrats Abroad Mexico, we remain committed to mobilizing the over 200,000 United States Voters in Mexico to restore respect, dignity, and integrity to our nation’s highest offices.

    Getting Republicans out and Democrats in this year, however, is going to be a collective effort. It’s going to require us to work together nationwide like never before, keeping our eyes set on one main goal: getting each and every US voter in Mexico to vote.

    We would thus like to cordially invite you to join us in our efforts by attending the

    2020 Virtual Annual General Meeting of Democrats Abroad Mexico focused on “Being the Margin of Victory” from

    Tuesday, May 27 to Wednesday, June 4, 2020 via WebEx & Cocktail Hour via Zoom.


                                                                                                      
                                            

    Democrats Abroad Mexico is pleased to announce that Ben LaBolt, one of the foremost political advisors and communications strategists in competitive US elections, will be the keynote speaker at their Annual General Meeting.

    Ben LaBolt most notably served as the National Press Secretary for President Obama’s reelection campaign. He was also the leading strategist on a number of highly competitive races, including press secretary for then-Congressman Sherrod Brown’s first campaign for U.S. Senate, communications director for Rahm Emanuel’s first campaign for Mayor and White House spokesman for the efforts to confirm Justices Sotomayor and Kagan to the Supreme Court. 

    In his afternoon keynote, LaBolt will explore what’s at stake in the 2020 elections, the role Democrats Abroad can play, and lessons learned from the Obama campaign. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from this leading and thought-provoking observer of the political scene.

    SCHEDULE 

    To view the entire schedule of the conference: Click Here

    We are not charging a fee for this virtual conference, but if you would like to donate to our efforts this year to Get Out the Vote, it would be greatly appreciated. 

    We also would like to ask that you please re-submit your vote on our new bylaws and new officers  HERE. We neglected to include a signature at the bottom of the page. When we get your updated vote, it will supersede the previous one if you have already voted. 

    We hope that you will join us for this week geared at bringing Democrats together and energizing us for the momentous 2020 election season. On behalf of the entire volunteer team already at work planning the meeting, join us in "Being the Margin of Victory" in 2020!

    Monday, June 15, 2020 at 11:00 AM · 27 rsvps
    Virtual Event on Zoom! in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

    Request Your Ballot with Virtual Help!

    Every overseas voter should request their absentee ballot be sent to them via email each year. Please RSVP below to join Barbara Erickson, DA SMA GOTV Chair and Hope Bradberry, DA SMA Chapter Chair, for a virtual tutorial to help you request your ballot for 2020. The Zoom link will be provided in the reply email to your RSVP.