Time to make a plan! Do not delay!
Hundreds of U.S. Citizens in San Miguel should be receiving their ballots for the general election in their email in-boxes. If you haven’t yet requested your ballot, please go to https://www.votefromabroad.org to do so.
Every Sunday, Democrats Abroad volunteers are available for personalized help on Zoom. CLICK HERE for more information.
VERIFY! VERIFY! VERIFY! Contact your local election official today to be sure they have processed your FPCA form and are planning to email you your ballot. Look up the contact info. at this website: https://www.votefromabroad.org/states
Voters need to have a plan this year to return their ballots.
When you receive your ballot by email, you will need to download it, print it, vote it and follow the instructions carefully to return it. For all states, you will need to have a plan to print your ballot. If you do not have a printer, reach out to your friends and/or neighbors to see if they can print your ballot for you or use a nearby papelaria where they can print it for you from your device or a flash drive.
States that require ballots to be mailed - most urgent:
As of Aug. 29th, these states require ballots to be returned by postal mail:AR, CT, GA, ID, IL*, KY, MD, MI, MN, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, SD, TN, TX, VA, VT, and WI.
It is now time to send your ballot back by private courier! DA Mexico has a special 30% coupon to use with DHL. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to get your coupon certificate.
* Please check your instructions and local election official to see if you can return by fax or electronically!
States that allow electronic submission of ballots:
All voters that can return their ballot electronically should do so. These states have electronic options: AL, AZ, CO, DE, DC, HI, IA, IN, KS, ME, MA, MO, MS, MT, NE (requires permission from local election official), NV, NJ (also send by mail), NM, NC, ND, OR (with special forms) RI, SC, UT, WA, WV, and WY.Please reach out to email@example.com for support and further explanation.
States that allow faxing of ballots:
The above states and the following allow ballot return by fax: AK (if requested ballot to be emailed), CA, FL, LA, NM, and OK. We have partnered with Smart Space Hub, Salida a Celaya #34. All faxing and scanning of your ballot will be underwritten by SmartSpace. If this is an option for your state, you are strongly advised to utilize it. There is also a website, https://faxzero.com where you can fax these documents for free, or for a small fee on larger ballots.
Our headquarters at Ancha de San Antonio #19 is now only open by appointment for ballot assistance. We will be available on October 14th & 15th by appointment. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org. We have a printer available, and Federal Post Card Application forms for states that require they be mailed. All safety protocols are followed.
Voters should act with the utmost urgency when they receive their ballots. Do not delay. If you do not receive your ballot contact your local election official and be prepared to utilize the Federal Emergency Write-in Ballot, contact email@example.com for assistance. Be alert to news features from our local sites, Civil List, SMA FAQ, Discover SMA and Facebook for other options.
Please, please reach out to us if you need any assistance! We are here to help you!
On February 10, 2020, the Executive Committee of Democrats Abroad San Miguel de Allende approved a motion to adopt a set of significant reforms to its bylaws. This was done in order to conform to the Democratic Party Committee Abroad (“DPCA”) and the Bylaws of Democrats Abroad Mexico (“DAMX”), and to innovate in a manner that will make us a more effective and efficient organization in furthering Democratic goals and getting Democrats elected. Consequently, the Bylaws are now submitted to the general membership of San Miguel de Allende for final approval at the Annual General Meeting to be held on March 13, 2020.
You can see the proposed set of new Bylaws HERE.
We invite you to study the Bylaws and let us know if you have any questions, and either vote at our annual meeting on March 13th or vote electronically (due by March 12,2020) by completing and submitting the ballot linked HERE.
What’s new? What’s different?
There are some boring technical minutiae, but there are also some large structural and operational changes. Notable changes include:
Article 3 goes into great detail on the protection of membership data that had not been previously addressed.
Greater articulation of the duties and responsibilities of the Officers and Members-at-Large, and articulation of the duties of the Standing Committees.
Articulation of Chapter responsibilities.
Extensive language on the nominations and elections of officers from procedures established by the DPCA.
Please also find for your consideration, the candidates proposed to fill the respective vacancies left in the Executive Committee for the term 2019 - 2020.
Gary Belkin, Treasurer, replacing Barbara Erickson, who resigned the position.
Barbara Erickson, Member-at-Large, Barbara Erickson assumed the position of Chair of the Get Out the Vote (“GOTV”) committee upon resignation of Nancy Young.
Rebecca Langrall, Member-at-Large, assumed the position upon the resignation of Mike Lambert.
At our Annual General Meeting on March 13th we will hold a vote to ratify the Bylaws and the Executive Committee appointments below. All candidates’ nominations have been approved by the Executive Committee, and the nominees are currently serving in an acting capacity on the board. If approved, the candidates will assume their new charges immediately and the Bylaws will take effect immediately also.
You may find details for attending our Annual Meeting HERE, and help us spread the word among other interested attendees. However, only US citizens who are registered at democratsabroad.org/join can vote.
We look forward to seeing you!
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