Call for Nominations:
Democrats Abroad Regional Vice Chair Asia Pacific
We are now accepting nominations for the bi-annual election of Regional Vice Chair (RVC) for the Asia Pacific (AP) region! This election will take place during the AP Regional Meeting on the 16th of May as part of the Democrats Abroad Global Meeting. One vote is allocated to each AP country committee and will be cast solely by country committee chairs and vice chairs. The chair and vice chair each carry ½ vote. If either is not present, the other will carry the full vote.
Democrats Abroad has three RVCs, one for each region, who:
- Are elected to a two year term that begins and ends with the regional election.
- Cannot serve more than two consecutive terms.
- Serve as one of 8 voting members of the International Executive Committee. Meetings are currently held weekly and typically last from two to three hours, but this is subject to change with the new leadership.
- Organize and lead monthly regional calls of about one to two hours to encourage, inform, and create a sense of community among regional country committees.
- Organize and lead a one to three day annual regional meeting to encourage, inform, and create a sense of community among regional country committees. When practical, these annual meetings are held as in-person events with remote participation available.
- Act as a liaison between the International Executive Committee and one or more of the Democrats Abroad committees, lending a hand to the committee chair and assuming chair responsibilities should that position not be filled.
- Assist in organizing and attend the annual Democrats Abroad Global Meeting, preferably in person when conditions allow. Note that travel costs are the responsibility of the RVC.
- Work with existing country committees to mediate and resolve issues within their committees including election issues, membership queries, etc.
- Track compliance status of country committees with Charter requirements and work with emerging and out-of-compliance countries to help bring them into compliance.
- Communicate International Executive Committee decisions, policies, and Democrats Abroad best practices to the country committee leaders.
- Bring regional issues to the International Executive Committee for discussion and resolution.
The eligibility requirements for AP RVC are as follows:
- Be a citizen of the United States.
- Be a member of Democrats Abroad residing within a country in the Asia Pacific region.
- Adhere to the principles of the Democratic Party of the United States.
- Due to the extenuating circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, residents of the AP region who are temporarily residing outside of their country of residence due to the pandemic may still run for AP RVC (example: resident of Singapore who is temporarily residing in France due to quarantines and travel restrictions). There must be an intent to return to the AP region following the lift of travel restrictions.
Self-nominations and nominations of others are both welcomed and encouraged! Please submit any nominations via the nomination form at this link no later than 23 March 11:59 PM EDT (UTC-4). Each nominee is required to accept their nomination no later than 31 March 11:59 PM EDT (UTC-4). Nominations from the floor of the election meeting will be accepted as well, and all official candidates will be given time to make a short speech.
A list of candidates will be released on 1 April following the nomination acceptance deadline.
Please direct any questions to [email protected].
On behalf of the 2021 AP Nominations and Elections Committee (NEC),
Anthony Nitz (Vietnam, Chair)
Christine Valverde (New Zealand)
Michael Ramos (Australia)
Phong Quan (Singapore)
Elections were held for both of Georgia’s US Senate seats on November 3, 2020. Both of these races are going to Runoff elections, to be held on January 5, 2021, as no candidate received at least 50% of the vote. Democrats need to win both of these seats to have a majority in the Senate so we can have progress in America and the world.
The two races are:
US Senate: Jon Ossoff (Democrat) versus David Perdue (Republican)
US Senate Special: Raphael Warnock (Democrat) versus Kelly Loeffler (Republican)
The New Zealand International Film Festival is in full swing, and we're starting voter registration drives at showings of RBG. We''ll be in Auckland, Wellington, New Plymouth, Dunedin, Tauranga and more! So, keep an eye out for us when you go to the movies. Here's a link to a showing of RBG in Wellington. You can find your city, dates and showtimes there as well. https://www.nziff.co.nz/2018/wellington/rbg/
Bette Flagler was born and raised north of Chicago. She received her bachelor of science degree from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and her master of science degree from the University of California, Davis. She worked for approximately 12 years in the San Francisco Bay Area in human fertility and then cast off the dock lines and sailed south, spending just over two years sailing in Mexico and across the Pacific, arriving in New Zealand in October 1999. After traveling around the country for many months, she worked in tourism on the South Island and was a kayak, mountain bike, and tramping guide while developing her science and business writing skills. She now edits and publishes magazines for membership organizations. Bette was one of the organizers for the Women’s March Aotearoa New Zealand.
Bette lives in Palmerston North with her husband, Steve Maharey, and dog Hazel. They are a political couple – Steve was a Labour MP for 18 years and a senior cabinet minister for nine in the Fifth Labour Government of New Zealand, holding a wide range of portfolios.
Two of our members had to opportunity to take part in a podcast and be interviewed by the wonderful Casey Calista.
You can listen here:
I hope you all are doing well around New Zealand. It is both humbling and exciting to be given the opportunity to be your chair for the Democrats Abroad of New Zealand.
I wanted to send out a quick note as we all brace ourselves for winter. My sincere thanks and appreciation on behalf of the wider team for conducting such a successful election in March. I wanted to convey a special mention to the outgoing committee on their great work of the last two years. These have been the most defining times for our Democratic Party.
Our annual DPCA Global Meeting will soon be held in Washington D.C. Your leaders will be attending, either via WebEx or in person plus two days of Congressional Door Knocks. I’ll be sharing more about the meet with you in May.
My first request to you is to please get in touch with me. I am keen to learn from you what is working well and is of most concern for each of you. I would also like to meet our members and hope to kick off with a Meet and Greet in Auckland and Wellington for a good chat and warm cuppa this coming winter. Stay tuned for dates.
The days ahead are not light, they are filled with much uncertainty for many of our fellow citizens. However, what we can do together is remain consistent with our commitment to what we believe to be true. I look forward to working with you all, hearing your ideas and making a positive difference for one another and fellow democrats.
Take care and be well,
Democrats Abroad New Zealand
DANZ held its 2017 Annual General Meeting and biennial elections on Saturday 18 March. In addition to hearing an engaging speaker talk about his experiences in Venezuela under the Chavez regime and the parallels between Chavez's and Trump's rise to power, we elected a full Executive Committee for the 2017-2019 term. Congratulations to:
Many thanks to everyone who attended and voted, either in person in Auckland and Wellington or by Webex from across New Zealand. The DANZ Excom looks forward to hearing from you, so please do get in touch.
Have you been wondering how you can make a difference in the elections right from your pc? It's easier than you might think to volunteer to help get out the vote. And it's now free to the volunteer with our new CallHub GOTV system! It does cost Democrats Abroad to use it, so another way you can help is to donate.
There are three great ways you can donate your time, efforts and talents as part of the GOTV efforts this year. You can help by being part of the Phone Bank Team, the Voter Information Help Team, or as a Social Media Promoter!
1. Get Out the Vote Phone Bank Team
Make some calls to fellow members of Democrats Abroad iin our 3R Campaign (Request, Receive and Return ballots) now until mid-October. This year we're using an online system called CallHub to make the GOTV calls.
- You'll need your own computer or laptop (CallHub doesn't work on tablets like iPads)
- The computer makes the call for you, so you won't use your phone minutes or much data.
- CallHub will offer prompts for what to say and ask. Depending on the month, you'll be contacting DA members in New Zealand to check if they've requested, received or returned an absentee ballot.
- You can make as few or as many calls as you are able to between now and mid-October. We'd love for you to make calls in each of the three phases of the campaign, but we also understand if you can only commit for a few weeks or can only make a few calls. The time you put into it is completely up to you.
- You make the calls when it suits you, from the comfort of your home or office.
Instructions to Sign Up for Phone Banking
a. Log on to Democrats Abroad at https://democratsabroad.nationbuilder.com/login (Only US citizens can be DA members & volunteer)
b. Copy http://www.democratsabroad.org/voter_support_team into your browser once you are logged on.
c. Select 'phone banking' (see below about the GOTV Help Desk Team)
d. Select the number of calls you think you can make in any given week of the 3R campaign. 20 - 50 calls a week is actually about an hour's worth of time for democracy, because the calls are short and you'll get a fair number of voice malls and invalid phone numbers.
e. Sign the confidentiality agreement and submit!
f. CallHub works best on the Google Chrome browser. You can download it at https://www.google.com/chrome/
g. Activate your CallHub account by clicking the link in the email sent to you with your username. (It may take up to 10 minutes for the email to be sent).
i. Bookmark https://app.callhub.io/login/
j. Your first call will be test call with a Democrats Abroad Australia assessor, who will then contact DA to get you set up with the Australia campaign.
k. You'll receive an email and you'll be good to go to start making calls!
2. Get Out the Vote Voter Information Team
Can I vote at the Consulate? Can I vote from overseas as US citizen who never lived there? Where's my ballot? Be a part of the global team answering these questions and more sent to the VoteFromAbroad Help Desk. You'll get training to help direct voters to resources for all their answers.
Instructions to Sign Up for the Voter Info Help Team
a. Log on to Democrats Abroad at https://democratsabroad.nationbuilder.com/login (Again, only US citizens can be DA members & volunteer)
b. Copy http://www.democratsabroad.org/voter_support_team into your browser once you are logged on.
c. Select 'voter information'
d. Select the estimate of your time commitment.
e. More info will be sent to you by email shortly!
3. Be a Social Media Promoter
Post or tweet about www.votefromabroad.org, a great resource to request absentee ballots and voter information. Take a selfie of you sending in your ballot request or absentee ballot. Please also share any selfies to the DANZ Facebook page; we'd love to see them. There's nothing like the positive pressure of social media!
The 2016 Presidential and Vice-Presidential debate schedules have been announced. Here are the corresponding dates and times for us here in New Zealand:
As you can see in the "Leaders" section, there have been some changes to the Executive Committee. Karen Chance has resigned as Treasurer. Please join us in thanking her for her many years of hard work.
Mario Valverde, previously a member-at-large, has agreed to take on the role of Treasurer. His role as member-at-large has been filled by Dawn Dromgool.
These appointments were the result of a unanimous vote on April 1, 2016. Our next AGM is an election year for the Executive Committee, and I encourage everyone to think about running for an Excomm office.