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I value Democrats Abroad for the services it provides to overseas Americans:  Getting out their vote to elect Democrats in the US; advocating for solutions to their citizenship/taxation issues.

  • US Taxes for Americans Living Abroad - Zurich

    Rebecca Heid of AIT Services will give a tax presentation to Americans in the Zurich region. There are changes to the tax law which you should be aware of. She will also speak generally about filing from abroad, and take questions from the floor. All American citizens are welcome. A donation of 25 francs to Democrats Abroad will be collected at the door.

    Come at 7pm for an apero, presentation begins at 7:30pm.

    January 25, 2019 at 7pm
    American Women's Club of Zurich
    Höschgasse 38
    Zurich 8008
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    CHF25.00 CHF · 1 rsvp rsvp

  • is hosting Zürich Women's March 2019-01-12 17:14:06 -0500

    Zürich Women's March

    The Zürich chapter of Democrats Abroad would be glad to have you join them in marching against violence against women.

    The event begins at Helvetiaplatz, but we'll assemble our group at Bäckeranlage Zürich at 5:30, before the 6pm start of march.

    Take Tram 8 or Bus 31/32, stop Bäckeranlage. See more info at the Women's March 19.1.19 Zurich facebook page.

    January 19, 2019 at 5:30pm
    Bäckeranlage Zürich
    Hohlstrasse 67
    Zurich 8004
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    1 rsvp

  • published Still Time to Drive Midterms Victory! in News 2018-11-04 17:15:26 -0500

    Still Time to Drive Midterms Victory!

    It’s not too late to make a difference. See below and act NOW! Thanks to ex-Ambassador to Switzerland and Democratic activists Suzi and Eric LeVine for much of this content:

    Key Metrics:

    • Midterms – we know we can win because we have been winning since Trump was elected:
      • Since Donald Trump was elected, Democrats have flipped 43 state legislative seats. In addition, Democrats have flipped one governor’s seat by electing Phil Murphy, one House seat by electing Conor Lamb, and one Senate seat by electing Doug Jones.
    • House of Representatives – it’s within our reach
      • Democrats need to flip 23 seats to win back the House in November.
      • There are 25 districts that Hillary Clinton won that are currently held by Republicans.
      • There are 119 Republican-held districts that are more competitive than the district Conor Lamb won in March.
      • Republicans are defending 42 open or vacant seats, a record since at least 1930.
    • Senate – this is going to be harder, but is still possible to win or tie
      • There are 35 Senate seats up for election in 2018.
        • 24 Democratic
        • 9 Republican
        • 2 Independent
    • Governors – this will be where we believe we will make the most gains
      • There are 36 Governors races in 2018, including 26 currently held by Republicans.
      • Of the 36 Governorships, 25 of them will have veto or approval power over the district lines in the 2021 redistricting process.
    • State Legislature - here, too, we have tremendous opportunity
      • We are 17 seats away from flipping 8 chambers:
        • 1 seat away from flipping key chambers: Colorado, Maine, Minnesota and New York state Senates.
        • 2 seats away from flipping the Wisconsin state Senate.
        • 3 seats away from flipping the Arizona and New Hampshire state Senates.
        • 5 seats away from flipping the Florida state Senate.
      • Approx. 322 State senate seats will be elected this November that will have a role in redistricting in 2021.

    Key Actions:

    1. Vote: As an overseas voter you can still register and vote in 12 states on Monday, and 7 on Tuesday! Here’s the list and steps to take
    2. Track your ballot: Go HERE, select your state, and click on Where Is My Ballot for the tool to use.
    3. Phone-bank: If you’ve phoned for DA and have your CallHub log-in, don’t stop now! The Asia campaign still has 1000+ members to call.
    4. Knock on doors if you’re in the U.S.
    5. Donate if you can’t knock on doors or phone-bank. Help Democrats Abroad's 2018 voter outreach campaigns which are having great success.  Here are the ones Eric and Suzi LeVine recommend as the most impactful and who are distributing the funds really strategically for the short and long term: The DNC, the NDRC and the DLCC to get people elected from School Board to Oval Office and in every zip code and to get our nation back to a representative democracy.

  • published Your Vote: A Life and Death matter in News 2018-10-25 14:20:10 -0400

    Your Vote: A Life and Death matter

    Vote as if your life depended on it!

    As an overseas registered voter, you may think your vote doesn’t matter. But in less than two weeks, your vote and that of your family, friends and colleagues in the US, will matter very much.

    Although the stakes in the mid-term elections are high for many issues that we care about, the stakes are highest for anyone who needs timely access to health care. And that means all of us at one time or another.

    Your vote could spell the difference between life and death.
    • If you live in Europe, you have probably experienced health care as it should be – readily available, of relatively high quality, at a reasonable price. But if or when you return to the U.S., you will face health care costs that are twice as high as the next most expensive country – Switzerland (and we who live here can vouch for how expensive it is). Your vote for Democrats will help to slow the growth in health insurance costs!
    • If you are covered by a health insurance plan now, you probably don’t have to worry that you will be denied coverage because you have a chronic medical condition or had an illness like cancer that could re-occur. If or when you return to the U.S., Republicans have proposed changes in law that would allow health insurance companies to deny coverage for these so-called pre-existing conditions. Your vote for Democrats will protect access to insurance to everyone, regardless of their health status!
    • Plenty of your loved ones in the U.S. – your children, your parents, your close friends and relatives – depend on health care covered by Medicare, Medicaid, or federal exchange (“Obamacare”) insurance programs. In 2017, Republicans mounted a full-scale assault on Medicaid, which covers health care for almost 75 million low-income children and adults. For the Medicare program, which covers nearly 60 million people age 65 and older and adults with disabilities, Republicans in Congress just announced plans to make drastic cuts in benefits and charge more for premiums and out-of-pocket cost sharing. Your vote for Democrats will protect Medicare and Medicaid for 135 million people covered by one or both programs!

    Your vote matters, now more than ever, to your life and health.

    IF YOU HAVEN'T DONE SO ALREADY, request your overseas absentee ballot today.

    IF YOU HAVE YOUR ABSENTEE BALLOT, send it in today or by the deadline in your voting district.

    URGE YOUR LOVED ONES IN THE  U.S. – parents, children of voting age, relatives, friends, colleagues – to vote for Democrats on election day, November 6, or vote by absentee ballot.

    (This appeal to all overseas Americans to vote is offered by DA member and health policy analyst Debra J. Lipson, M.H.S.A.)


  • published Want that Blue Wave? Act Now in News 2018-10-18 06:02:39 -0400

    Want that Blue Wave? Act Now

    When you wake up on November 7, how will you feel when you see the Midterm election results? Will you feel that you did everything you could to influence the outcome, no matter what happens?

    This is the moment to act! Everything we have been working for since the last election comes down to these next three weeks! We at Democrats Abroad Switzerland have been working tirelessly to register voters and to urge members to request and vote their ballots. And we need your help for this last push!

    (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

    The news of voter suppression attempts and presidential shenanigans and everything else we’ve heard since the inauguration may have left you burned out and discouraged, and we get it. It’s affected us, too! But ask yourself this question: How will I channel that frustration? Here’s what you can do:

    Register and vote!

    As of today, if you haven’t yet registered to vote, you still can if your last address in the US was in one of these states: Alabama, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Indiana, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, and Wyoming. Iowa and Massachusetts don’t require voter registration, so just request your ballot!

    And if you haven’t yet requested your ballot and are registered in the following states, do it now: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. If you are registered in Washington, you are not required to request a ballot.

    And if you have American friends, make sure they are registered and have requested their ballots, too!

    The voter registration/ballot request tool is here:, including state-by-state specifics on registration and voting deadlines.

    Get Out the Vote!

    DA Switzerland still seeks volunteers for:

    Phonebanking - Call DA members around the world to encourage them to vote, almost anywhere you are! No experience required, and it’s easy and quick to sign up! Go here, or for more information, contact Katie McClung: or Anne-Shelton Aaron:

    Remember, Democrats Abroad is 100 per cent volunteer driven, and all our endeavors depend on our membership to make them happen!

    So how will you feel on November 7? No matter what happens, we want you to feel good! Join our team to work toward the Blue Wave!


  • signed up on GOTV signup 2018-07-31 12:36:07 -0400

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    Click below to receive periodic updates from the GOTV and Voting Rights teams regarding our voting rights work.  We will message you when there are important updates and developments to report.

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  • On Tax Day, June 15: Call Storm Congress, Demand Residency-based Taxation

    Attention all Americans in Switzerland, or anywhere abroad: Friday June 15 is International Tax Filing Deadline Day. (File your taxes!) It's also Democrats Abroad's Taxation Congressional CallStorm. On Friday, call your members of Congress and ask for their support for Residency Based Taxation. If you're Republican or independent, you should call too! The more of us call, the more impact we have. See our guide on just what to do, here. Downloadable campaign guide available there.


  • published Geneva Chapter calls for Chair candidates in News 2017-05-03 17:38:14 -0400

    Geneva Chapter calls for Chair candidates

    The new Geneva Chapter of Democrats Abroad Switzerland is getting organized! Two new chapters – Basel and Geneva - join Zurich (2009) in May. The Geneva organizational meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 24 from 6 to 8 PM.

    We are looking for a person, or people, who wish to run for Chapter Chair for the May 2017 – May 2019 term. This position will be elected on May 24. Chairperson will be the only chapter elected office.

    This will also be the chapter organizational meeting, when we get the chapter up and running and talk about other positions on the new committee, to be appointed by the Chair. The positions of Vice-chair, Secretary/Treasurer, and Events/Volunteer Coordinator have been proposed.


    The role of the future Chair will be to see that the Geneva Chapter engages its members in the U.S. political process with events and political action. The goals are to build community among area Democrats, and to help Democrats win U.S. races at state and federal levels, by getting out the vote in the 2018 U.S. Midterm Elections. There is plenty of opportunity and demand for activism to promote the Democratic message and to counter the policies being put in place by the new Republican administration. The Chair also appoints others to join the Chapter committee, and has a seat on the country executive committee. See fuller description below.

    Consider running! Any member of Democrats Abroad active in the Geneva region is eligible, and encouraged, to run for Chair, and to vote.


    To run for Chair, please submit your name, address, telephone number and email address to the Nominating Committee, along with optional Statement of Intent (up to 200 words). A statement could present what you think qualifies you for the position of chair, and the priorities that you will focus your time and energy on over the next two years.

    Please submit your nomination and statement by Wednesday, May 10. The list of candidates and their statements, along with election details and voting procedures, will be posted on the website and emailed to members soon after.

    The Chapter organizational meeting and election will take place: 6-8pm, Wednesday May 24, at a member’s home near old-town Geneva. For details see our event post here.


    For further information about elections or the officer roles, please contact the Nominating Committee, or either member:



    As Chief Executive Officer of the Geneva chapter and Member ex officio of the DACH Executive Committee (ExCom), the Chair is expected to

    • be a dedicated team player who will work with Geneva volunteers, the DACH ExCom, and other chapters;
    • appoint other chapter officers as needed to sit on the chapter committee, and define their responsibilities;
    • organize and conduct regularly scheduled meetings and other events of the Geneva chapter as needed;
    • establish and support all committees necessary for the proper functioning of the chapter;
    • coordinate and share responsibility with the DACH ExCom for voter and member outreach in the Swiss Romande region where no chapters are yet established.


  • donated via 2018-09-15 10:28:31 -0400

    Make a donation here or sponsor one of our projects through our Give to Win program.

    Every dollar you give supports our work to elect Democrats who will fight - AND FIGHT BACK - to make a better life for ALL Americans.   Join us by making a donation today.

    Julia Bryan, Chair - Democrats Abroad

    We need Democrats like you to commit to Democrats Abroad - your Democratic Party for overseas Americans. Contribute to Democrats Abroad today and help us fight back against the Trump agenda, register Americans all over the world for upcoming elections, reach out on issues that concern you and build a brighter future for our country and the world. With your help, we can make the difference. We did it all over the country in 2018! And we are already working on 2020!

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  • donated 2016-04-14 05:45:11 -0400

    2016 Convention Checkout

    You are almost to Berlin! Please input your payment info and the names of any additional registrants you are paying for. If you have any questions please email International Treasurer, Art Schankler .


  • donated 2016-01-26 18:07:15 -0500

    DA Donkey Design

    Thank you for joining the DA Donkey Design Challenge!

    Help decorate the Democrats Abroad donkey by donating on behalf of your country. Top donating countries win a featured spot on the decorated donkey.  

    Best of all, proceeds go to our Get Out the Vote campaign for the 2016 elections with 50% of every dollar donated available for Get Out the Vote activities in YOUR country. So everyone is a winner. 

    Donkey Days closes on January 28th and we'll announce the results January 31. The donkey will make its premiere at the Democratic National Convention in July.


Bi-national US/Swiss, living in Switzerland. California voter. I want to see the US return to the Roosevelt/Kennedy/Johnson Democratic principles that made it so great.