We strongly encourage all members to attend the AGM as a quorum is necessary to validate the election results. All members who joined DANL before 11 March are eligible to vote by proxy (you can find the form here). New members can vote in person on 25 March, provided they have joined any time up to an hour before the meeting, or by 14.00. Proxies can be downloaded, signed and handed to a designee attending the AGM. One designee can have no more than two proxies for voting.
Additionally, the minutes to the 2016 AGM can be found here.
For immediate release
September 13, 2016
U.S. Democrats in the Netherlands to cast deciding votes to elect Clinton and a Democratic Congress?
Democrats Abroad Netherlands mobilizing U.S. citizen voters ahead of deadlines to request overseas absentee ballots
Democrats Abroad is currently helping Americans in the Netherlands request their ballots for the U.S. general election this November. U.S. citizens can get help at in-person events and through our online tool, votefromabroad.org. In the next month, members of Democrats Abroad in cities across the Netherlands will be registering voters at weekly events, phone banking members, and will be on hand to answer voter questions at the “i am not a tourist” Expat Fair at the Beurs van Berlage October 2. This mirrors the efforts of Democrats Abroad around the world, whose chapters are hard at work supporting the 6.7 million U.S. citizens living abroad who are eligible to vote this year. These efforts include social media outreach and phone banking to members of Democrats Abroad, which for the first time is being conducted and co-ordinated online. At a global level, the DemocratsAbroad.org Help Desk is also providing 24/7 voter assistance to anyone who has questions about how to register and where to send their ballot.
Jeff Rupp, Chair of Democrats Abroad Netherlands said:
"Democrats living in the Netherlands are working hard to make sure every American knows how to request a ballot and that they get their ballot returned in time for it to count. We want to ensure Americans also understand the stakes in this election and that Hillary is the choice for everyone who wants to make sure Trump doesn’t undo all the gains President Obama fought so hard for with health care, marriage equality, and a recovering economy after the worst recession in any of our lifetimes. Because of these efforts, we expect more votes to be cast from U.S. citizens in the Netherlands than in 2008 or 2012."
Katie Solon, International Chair of Democrats Abroad said:
"Democrats Abroad makes it easy for Americans to vote around the world through our online voter registration site votefromabroad.org, our global outreach and our voter help desk. We are seeing a huge increase in voter registration this year and anticipate a record turnout in November.”
For more information and interview requests, contact Megan Janicke +31 0611417369
On behalf of Democrats Abroad Netherlands, DANL Chair Jeff Rupp laid a wreath at the Memorial Day ceremony at the Netherlands American Cemetery at Margraten, Limburg.
8,301 American soldiers who died in World War II are buried there, and 1,722 soldiers missing in action are honored at this vast cemetery of 65 acres.
- U.S. Democrats living in the Netherlands can vote in person for their favorite candidate on March 6 and 7at a Global Presidential Primary voting site
- Americans living in the Netherlands can also vote now by postal ballot, email or fax
- The Netherlands is one of more than 40 around the world hosting in-person voting
Democrats Abroad Netherlands, the official arm of the Democratic Party outside the United States, has launched its campaign to help Americans citizens living abroad to nominate the U.S. Democratic Party's Presidential nominee. (1)
Any Democrat living abroad (2) can take part in the Global Presidential Primary by joining Democrats Abroad via its webpage or the dedicated voter registration/ballot request tool, VoteFromAbroad.org. Membership is free.
There are two opportunities for Americans in the Netherlands to vote in the Global Presidential Primary:
- On March 6 and 7, Democrats can vote in person at dedicated Global Presidential Primary voting sites in Amsterdam and the Hague. Site details and polling hours are below.
- From now until March 8, Democrats who are unable to attend a voting site can vote remotely via postal ballot, email attachment or fax. Details at democratsabroad.org. (3)
After March 8, the votes of Democrats living in over 190 countries worldwide will be counted. Any candidate receiving 15% or more of the primary votes cast will be awarded delegates in proportion to their support in the Global Presidential Primary.
Democrats Abroad will have 17 delegate votes at the Democratic Convention, held in Philadelphia on July 25-28, 2016. (4)
From the Netherlands, Democratic National Committee member Bob Bragar will be attending the convention in Philadelphia as a delegate. He said, "This year's Republican candidates are more extreme and dangerous than ever before. While Democrats offer hope, Republicans give us fear. For the safety of the planet, we urgently need to elect Democrats this year. Every Democrat needs to get out and vote."
"We are at the start of the U.S. state primary season. The Democratic and Republican Parties will be making their choices for their Presidential candidates" said Jeff D. Rupp, Chair of Democrats Abroad Netherlands. "The DA Global Primary will give our members a chance to cast an in-person ballot from abroad for their candidate. Any qualified American can participate by joining Democrats Abroad."
For more information: contact Robbie Checkoway, Media Contact, Democrats Abroad Netherlands, at [email protected] or +31 6 13 06 78 56
Sunday, March 6, 2016 at 3:00 - 6:00pm
ABC Treehouse, Voetboogstraat 11
Amsterdam 1012 XK
Monday, March 7, 2016 at 6:00 - 9:00pm
ABC Treehut, Lange Poten 23
The Hague 2511 CM
- Democrats Abroad is unique: unlike the Republicans, Democrats Abroad's leadership is elected by the organization's members, and only Democrats Abroad holds a dedicated primary, which allows the members living in more than 190 countries around the world the opportunity to record their presidential preference and directly affect the Democratic Party's choice of its nominee.
- To be eligible, voters must be US citizens and 18 as of November 8. Democrats living overseas can vote for a Presidential candidate in either the Global Presidential Primary or their home state's equivalent via absentee ballots. They cannot vote in both.
- Democrats Abroad holds a combination of regional and worldwide caucus meetings from April 12-May 13, 2016, to choose who will be the delegates to the Democratic National Convention. These meetings will culminate in Democrats Abroad's Global Convention in Berlin on May 14-15, 2016
- Democrats Abroad will send a total of 21 delegates to the Democratic National Convention. The thirteen elected delegates will be pledged to a candidate. Eight more will be Democrats Abroad's members on the Democratic National Committee. These eight delegates each have half a vote, therefore giving Democrats Abroad a total of 17 delegate votes at the convention. A detailed summary of the process of selecting delegates as well as our Diversity Program for those who wish to run to be a delegate can be found at our new website, democratsabroad.org.
Keep voting, keep engaged
Whether you’re temporarily overseas or ‘going Dutch’, Democrats Abroad Netherlands brings us all together to keep connected to the political process back in the US. Become a member – it's easy.
Contact Information [email protected]
Voting from abroad
In Dutch, there’s just one word (stem) for ‘vote’ and ‘voice’. And we couldn't agree more. Your vote is your voice — and we’re here to make sure you’re heard! Together, the voice of Americans abroad is millions strong with the power to swing elections all across the country.
We vote in presidential elections, midterms for Congress, and local and special elections happening all the time. Our overseas voting website — www.votefromabroad.org — is the simplest, most effective way to make sure you never miss your chance to be heard.
Events & activities
Throughout the year, we get together to make friends and make a difference. As a member, we’ll keep you informed of everything from 4th of July celebrations and Thanksgiving dinners to issue-oriented actions. You can find all our events here — and please follow us on Facebook and Instagram to help spread the word.
We’re all volunteers here and there’s always a way to get involved. We need help planning and organizing activities, helping voters get their ballots, and managing our database and social media. And every 2 years, we elect leaders who will guide us through the next election cycle. Whether you like meeting new people or working behind the screen, please get in touch to help make it all happen.
Join a caucus
Our caucuses are global teams focused on specific issues within our diverse community. We invite you to follow and get involved in the activities of any or all of them. We’d love to organize local caucus groups in the Netherlands, like our Democrats Abroad NL Youth Caucus, and are always looking for volunteers ready to take the lead.
Global Asian-American & Pacific Islander Caucus
Global Black Caucus
Global Hispanic Caucus
Global LGBTQ+ Caucus
Global Progressive Caucus
Global Veterans & Military Families Caucus
Global Women’s Caucus
Global Youth Caucus