"Democrats Abroad is relieved that the US has agreed to stay in the Universal Postal Union, but we remain vigilant,” said Julia Bryan, Global Chair of Democrats Abroad. “We will closely follow the situation as postal rate changes are announced. Due to the uncertainty of the impact of these price increases, we strongly encourage all US states to provide secure online ballot delivery options for their voters living outside the States."
The 192 country members of the Universal Postal Union (UPU) have worked together to create a consensus solution designed to keep the US within the Union, and postal mail continuing to flow around the world. The compromise, named Option V for victory, includes phased in self-declared postal rates for larger member countries. United States representatives have stated that they will accept this option, thus maintaining postal service between the US and all other countries within the UPU. The impact on mailing to and from the US is not yet clear, as these rates have not yet been declared and will not be rolled out until the end of June next year.
In 2018, 67% of American voters abroad returned their ballots via postal mail, and nearly two in three were civilian voters. Democrats Abroad supported the majority of these voters through its ballot request tool (votefromabroad.org), phone banking outreach, and online help desk.
Bryan further stated, “Our voter protection team will continue monitoring voting abroad actions in every US state to ensure that we are ready to sound the alarm and stop GOP leaders when they purge voter rolls, attempt to block Americans from accessing voter information from abroad, or use other means to limit our access to the ballot box.”
Democrats Abroad encourages all Americans abroad to register and request your ballot early every year, to use electronic delivery options if they're available, and to monitor your ballot status to be sure your vote is counted. Voters with questions or issues to report should reach out to email@example.com.
September 25, 2019
More information on the UPU agreement: http://news.upu.int/no_cache/nd/upu-member-countries-reach-unanimous-agreement-on-postal-remuneration-rates/
Statement from Julia Bryan, Global Chair of Democrats Abroad:
"I applaud Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the House as they move to hold the president accountable for his gross abuse of power. Congress must protect the Constitution and the rule of law in the United States. We must protect our democracy."
Julia Bryan, the Global Chair of Democrats Abroad, issued the following statement today:
The Trump Administration is once again demonstrating that Donald Trump does not support those that serve our country, including military and government employees working and serving abroad. In a policy statement recently issued from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the administration declared that children born abroad to naturalized Americans will not receive automatic citizenship, nor will many children adopted by Americans abroad.
Naturalized Americans serving abroad are the unsung heroes of our military and government work. These are Americans who have become citizens as a result of their work for the U.S. - work which requires US citizenship and which often causes them to lose their original citizenship. Creating a policy that effectively renders their children stateless is cruel, unjust, and absolutely unpatriotic.
Thank you for joining with Democrats Abroad as we came together in support of the vigils held across the US on July 12. Lights for Liberty aims to shed light on what is happening at the US southern border and across the country: undocumented immigrants and asylum seekers being held in detention centers, facing inhumane conditions and continuing to be separated from their families.
Democrats Abroad honors those who fought for democracy and freedom this Memorial Day. Our leaders and volunteers represented the organization in Memorial Day ceremonies across France, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and the Philippines last weekend, and will also participate in ceremonies this weekend in France.