Peter Butterfield published 2021 DACH Elections: Here are our Nominees in News 2021-02-16 11:43:14 -0500
New Executive Committee to be elected at Annual General Meeting March 14
The DA Switzerland 2021 Nominations and Elections Committee is pleased to announce that Election of the 2021-2023 Executive Committee will take place during the 2021 Annual General Meeting, on Sunday March 14th, online. (See separate AGM announcement for details). We hope you will attend to hear our annual reports, to show support for the nominees, and, most importantly, to vote for the candidates of your choice. The offices to be elected are:
DPCA Voting Representatives (3)
We thank all those who came forward to present themselves as candidates. See their names and statements below.Read more
Peter Butterfield published 2021 DACH Elections: Offices of Vice-Chair, Secretary and Treasurer in News 2021-02-16 11:20:08 -0500
Candidate for Vice-Chair
Liz Voss (Basel)
I have been an active member of the DACH ExCom since joining as replacement Secretary in May 2017, being reelected in 2019, and becoming Vice Chair effective January 2020. I have worked hard to assist the other members of the ExCom, as well as my local Basel chapter, and members around the country, with tasks including event planning and promotion, voter registration, and fundraising and donation tracking. With my degree in Business Admin and minor in Management Information Systems, I am able to handle digital organization with ease. I have managed the new members as well as overseen the annual membership verification process, keeping our records accurate while handling record membership growth. I organize the Google Drive where we store our documents. I also take minutes at our ExCom, AGM, and supplementary meetings, distributing them afterwards via email and in Slack.Read more
The Candidates (2)
Eric Wasson Burns (Zurich)
The last few years have been difficult for all of us. Our nation has become increasingly polarized, basic information has become politically charged, and mistrust in our institutions has grown. At the same time, our planet faces tremendous challenges which desperately call for urgent and unified fact-based action.
I am running for Chair of Democrats Abroad Switzerland not because I think I am the solution to our problems. Instead, I run because I know that we must empower our community to deliver the necessary solutions that we all want and care about.Read more
Peter Butterfield published 2021 DACH Elections: Offices of Member-at-Large and DPCA Voting Rep in News 2021-02-16 10:51:27 -0500
Candidates for 4 X Member-at-Large (4)
(in alphabetical order by last name)
Joe Amato (Zurich)
I was born in New York City in 1955 and grew up in Flushing, Queens. I left in the early 1980s to work as a Biology and Geography teacher as well as an IB Coordinator at international schools in Caracas, Bangkok, Tokyo and in Zurich (since 2000). I am presently retired and once the pandemic dust reasonably settles, hope to be involved in a number of volunteer activities.Read more
Peter Butterfield published Zurich Chapter Invites Committee Nominations in News 2019-05-21 12:50:08 -0400
The Zurich Chapter of DA Switzerland will hold its Annual Chapter Meeting on Saturday June 22, when we’ll elect our new Chapter Committee. We seek candidates to stand for the four committee positions of Chair, Vice-chair, Secretary and Treasurer.
DA Switzerland and the Zurich Chapter have a long history of helping many Americans vote from abroad, working to build a broad member base, and hosting different events to increase community and socio-political knowledge among Americans in the Zurich region.
Let’s continue this journey together as an active chapter. There will be plenty of opportunities for any member to get involved over the course of this year and the 2020 Presidential Election year. If you are motivated to take a leadership role in getting out the American vote in Swiss Germany, please consider running for a Chapter office! Details about the Annual Chapter Meeting with elections will be announced ASAP.
The four committee positions are described below. Each officer is elected for a two-year term. To nominate yourself or someone else, please write the Zurich Chapter Nominations Committee at [email protected]. Include the name, address, telephone number and email address of the candidate, plus the position desired and a brief statement of intent. Nominations should arrive by end of Saturday, June 1st and will be publicized the first week of June; later nominations will be less publicized to voters.
If you are interested in volunteering now but not in seeking a position, please don’t hesitate, contact Liz Voss, DA Switzerland Secretary at [email protected].
ZURICH CHAPTER COMMITTEE ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Lead, mobilize, and encourage current and new Zurich chapter members
- Oversee and coordinate the business functions of the chapter
- Report as necessary to the national committee
- Ensure that the core work of the Vice Chair, Secretary and Treasurer is accomplished
- Create & appoint other positions as necessary for effective functioning of the chapter
- Represent DACH-Zurich as a member of the DACH Executive Committee (ExCom), and report to the ExCom on chapter activities
- Hold regular meetings, direct the activities of DACH in this region of Switzerland and keep members informed about activities and events
- Contribute to DACH fundraising and ensure all activities are conducted in compliance with FEC and campaign finance laws, as established by the ExCom
- Coordinate with other leaders & volunteers to assist the event managing & fundraising activities of the chapter
- Coordinate with DACH GOTV for membership and voter outreach in the Swiss regions where no chapter is yet established.
- Assist the Chair in all Zurich chapter activities
- Partner with the Chair to take on some of his/her responsibilities
- Work with the Chair, leadership team, and volunteers to assist the event managing & fundraising activities of the Chapter
- Substitute for the Chair when needed
- Attend DACH ExCom meetings in the absence of the Chair
- Participate in key discussions and decisions as part of the Leadership Team.
- Distribute meeting agendas, take minutes of all meetings and distribute to the Chapter Committee and DACH ExCom
- Maintain files and administrative records of the chapter (Google Drive)
- Manage and maintain the Zurich Chapter membership and volunteer lists in coordination with the DACH Secretary. This may require training on the DA database
- In collaboration with event organizers and any respective committee members, ensure event publicity (social media, DACH website, print, etc)
- Work to boost DACH Zurich’s social media presence in collaboration with appropriate committee members or event organizers
- Participate in key discussions and decisions as part of the leadership team
- Assist the leadership team and chapter volunteers in event managing & fundraising activities.
- Manage the cash needs DA Zurich in agreement with the Zurich Chair and the DACH Ex-Com Treasurer
- Maintain accurate financial records and make financial reports as required
- Ensure all financial matters conform to local rules and regulations as well as to those of the FEC and campaign finance laws of the United States
- Educate the Zurich chapter members on financial compliance guidance for Democrats Abroad
- Participate in key discussions and decisions as part of the leadership team
- Assist the leadership team and chapter volunteers in event managing & fundraising activities.
To nominate, or for further information, write [email protected].
Peter Butterfield published Nominees for Geneva Chapter Committee 2019-2021 in News 2019-04-30 11:14:44 -0400
On April 1 the Geneva Chapter's Nominations Committee issued a call for candidates to serve on the new Chapter Committee. We are now pleased to announce the nominees as listed below. At the Annual Chapter Meeting elections on May 7, further nominations will be accepted from the floor, and encouraged for the open secretary and treasurer positions. We invite all Geneva/Vaud members of DA to attend the annual meeting, meet the nominees and vote, and plan for the coming two years and presidential election with the new committee.
Candidates are listed here according to office, in the same order the offices will be elected at the ACM.
Office: Chair (1)
- LAURA MESSENGER
Two years ago, I was asked to take the leadership of the new Geneva chapter of Democrats Abroad Switzerland. I must admit, I did so with some reluctance – although I, like so many other Americans, felt compelled to get more involved in civic activities after the 2016 presidential elections, I wondered if I was the right person to be in charge of such an important undertaking. And then I realized that it was not an undertaking I would assume alone. I was right. Together, all of us, the many dedicated people who volunteered their time, talents and money, helped bring the Geneva chapter to fruition, with special events, speakers, book group discussions, voter registration drives, and meetups where we just sat and talked.
Now as we begin the next two years of existence as a formal chapter, we’re looking toward another presidential election, one in which we have the chance to correct the grave injustices that have been brought upon our country by a man that I believe to be the worst president in American history. We in Democrats Abroad have an important part to play in that decision, and we need to make our voices heard. I ask you to give me a chance to help in that mission by electing me for a second term as chair of the DACH Geneva chapter.
Over the last two years, we have been able as a chapter to build a sense of camaraderie and connection to the elections and other issues impacting us as Americans and have worked diligently as part of the country and global DA committees to educate voters abroad of their rights to vote while living outside the country. We will continue to do so in the lead up to November 2020 by continuing to reach out to potential members, to raise funds for use in global primaries and voter registration, and to encourage current members to stay connected to the process through attendance at local and national events and membership in one or more of the DA caucus groups. Our efforts paid off handsomely in 2018. Together, we can do the same in 2020.
Office: Vice-Chair (1)
- NATHALIE GONS
The harsh wake-up call of 2016 has driven home that we cannot take anything for granted. I never thought I would see our democracy as fragile and battered as we see it now. Living in Geneva made me unsure about what I can do from afar, until I discovered Democrats Abroad. DA has helped me connect with other Americans, stay more deeply informed about the realities and issues that our country faces, and inspired me to act from abroad. Collectively, Americans who vote from abroad can make a real difference!
I personally really appreciate our book club, where we help each other critically examine and articulate ever more clearly what we stand for and why it matters now more than ever, so that we can reach out here and back home to our communities and make our case.
As Vice-Chair for the Geneva Chapter, I look forward to supporting our Chair in organizing events that keep us informed and connected with other concerned citizens, and that keep us actively engaged in our political processes.
Office: Secretary (No nominee)
Office: Treasurer (No nominee)
The Nominations Committee thanks those engaged members who have stepped up to serve, and hopes to see a large gathering at the election meeting on May 7. For any questions, comments or to nominate yourself or someone else, please write the Committee at [email protected].
Peter Butterfield published Elections for 2019 DA Switzerland Executive Committee in News 2019-03-12 14:34:40 -0400
Published Nominations for the nine elected positions on the 2019-2021 Executive Committee (ExCom) of Democrats Abroad Switzerland, and for the three elected DPCA Voting Representative positions, closed on Sunday March 3. Listed below are the nominated candidates. All offices will be elected on Sunday April 7 at the DA Switzerland Annual General Meeting. At that meeting, additional nominations will be allowed from the floor. All candidates will be given time for a brief statement to the members.
Candidates below are listed according to office, in the same order the offices will be elected at the AGM. Within each office, candidates appear alphabetically by last name, showing their city of residence and their statements. In the interest of readability, we display here only the candidates' names. Click the office title to see their full statements on the pages that follow.
Office: Chair (1)
- Kelli Brouillet (Basel)
- Farid ben Amor (Geneva)
- Vance A. White (Buus, Basel region)
- Elizabeth Voss (Basel)
- Meli Hughes (Basel)
- (No Nominations)
- Lyndsay Obbarius Grieder (Basel)
Office: Member-at-Large – undesignated (3 positions)
- (No Nominations)
Office: Voting Representative to the DPCA (3 positions)
- (No Nominations)
Americans who are DA members as of Friday April 5th may vote. Please register at the online form here to indicate your attendance at the AGM. You may vote in one of the following ways:
In-person voting: Printed ballots will be distributed at the meeting.
If you cannot participate in person, a second possibility is available:
- Vote by proxy: Request a proxy form from [email protected] Send a copy of your completed and signed proxy form to us by April 5th, and give it to your chosen attending proxy member before the AGM. Any voter at the meeting may hold at most two proxies.
At the meeting, the twelve offices will be elected one by one, in the order shown above. Nominations for office may be made from the floor, as write-in candidates. This includes listed candidates who did not win their announced race. All candidates will be given two minutes to address the members. Voting by advance ballot will not be available.
This election process aligns with that used at DA international meetings. Voters will be able to meet and hear the candidates in person, before choosing.
Farid ben Amor (Geneva)
STATEMENT: Perhaps like some of you, I withdrew from activism after the last presidential election - for me the only thing it motivated was my flight to the stability of Switzerland. But after starting to volunteer with Democrats Abroad, I learned that even from over here, we can help make things safe at home again. We may have already been the margin of victory for some elections, and with millions of us abroad, we certainly have the potential to tip more elections.
As a former DNC delegate for Bernie, staffer for Barack, staffer for ACORN, and platform editor for the California Democratic Party, I'm proud to have been part of the broader effort to push our political system to vigorously defend our fundamental principles of protecting the dignity of all people, no matter their backgrounds. I would be honored to advocate for this unabashed progressive fundamentalism on behalf of Democrats living in Switzerland as we ramp up for impeachment and 2020 - especially by motivating those who didn't vote in the last presidential election to vote. Thanks for all your ongoing work to restore our American values from here!
Vance A. White (Buus - Basel region)
BIO: I grew up in a suburb of Denver. I recently celebrated my 62nd birthday (and the memory of my mother working on the JFK election in 1960!). I have had the honor of being married to my French husband since September, 2015.
I have a B.S.in Accounting, I worked from 2006-2017 as the Site Director/General Manager of a pharmaceutical firm near Basel. As a result of this experience, I have the ability to have a complete overview of all functions of a business (Production, Quality, Engineering, Health & Safety, HR, Finance, IT, Logistics & Distribution, Sales & Customer Service). This has allowed me to focus on the needs of both the clients and the employees. Previously, I worked in Auditing/Financial Management for oil companies (Colorado and California) and Financial/IT management in pharmaceutical companies (Puerto Rico for 15 years).
I am fluent in Spanish, decent in Deutsch, and I am a good listener for French speakers.
I love the exposure to new cultures which travel provides. My extensive international travel and 28 years of living outside of the continental USA has heightened my sensitivity to making sure that I properly represent the USA as a mix of many cultures and nationalities and I focus on making sure to not expect that other countries adapt to the “American way”.
My passion is food. I experience creative joy in the kitchen by cooking for others and I gain new gastronomic insights by sampling the cuisine offered by talented professionals.
STATEMENT: I am interested in the position of Vice-Chair for Democrats Abroad Switzerland. I have been in Switzerland since 2006 and I greatly admire the work that Democrats Abroad has been doing to help people to register for voting and to publish different deadlines for each state so that people can properly exercise the power of their voting rights.
I am committed to helping to make voting easier for Expats and to expand the overall voting percentage of Americans.
As an expat in Switzerland I am particularly interested in tax reform for Americans living abroad and I believe that helping fellow expats to know how to contact their Representatives and Senators is essential to having our voice and concerns heard at the federal level.
I believe that volunteer work is the bedrock of creating positive change in the world and that Democrats Abroad is a strong grass roots organization to help promote Democratic principles.
(See Vance's full statement with photo)
Kelli Brouillet (Basel)
BIO: I’m a Washington State voter that grew up in Maine and has lived in Florida, North Carolina, Virginia and Texas. My husband and I have spent 3 to 5 months in places like China, Thailand, Singapore, Abu Dhabi and India, where I voted from in the last primary. I have been in Basel for almost 3 years, most of that heavily involved with Democrats Abroad.
My original degree is in Public Administration and in my 40’s I went back to school to become an RN. I worked in hospitals in Emergency, Telemetry, Critical Care and Neuro units in WA and TX. This background has honed my communication and prioritization skills. I spent many years coaching creative problem solving teams with children grades 3 through high school, which taught me much about teamwork. This was invaluable in my nursing career as well.
STATEMENT: I have spent the last 2 years as Chair in Basel. We are very proud in Basel of our creative team that has built a broad member base, registered many voters for mid-term and special elections and hosted a large number of varied events to enhance socio-political knowledge and foster a sense of community in our group and with our fellow members of Democrats Abroad.
My passion and strength is teamwork. I’d like to bring those skills to help all members in Switzerland work together for the benefit of all. There are so many strengths within our local memberships. I’d like to see skills, ideas, events and expertise shared so all chapters and members can duplicate them and benefit accordingly. Attending the Regional DA Meeting in 2018 made me realize there are many resources to use as a jumping off point.
My priorities are often directed by the team. Whether the task is to register voters, hold our primaries, encourage new memberships and chapters or help Americans gather for support and friendship, if we work together to accomplish those goals, we can do much.
I feel I have the time, skills and drive to help create a strong national team within which all chapters can be as successful. I look forward to it.
Liz Voss (Basel)
STATEMENT: Since joining the ExCom as replacement Secretary in May 2017, I have worked hard to assist the other members of the ExCom, as well as my local Basel chapter and members around the country. With my degree in Business Admin and minor in Management Information Systems, secretarial work plays to my skill set quite well. I manage the new members as well as oversee the annual membership verification process. I organize the Google Drive where we store our documents. I also take minutes at our ExCom, AGM, and supplementary meetings, distributing them afterwards.
In addition, I traveled to Spain for our EMEA regional meeting and Japan for the international AGM in 2018, both of which were educational, fun, and memorable trips.
I have started a local Swiss caucus focusing on voting rights, which will include working with the international Voting Rights Committee moving forward. I also served on the Compliance Committee and helped develop comprehensive compliance tools and materials to ensure that DACH is doing everything we can to follow rules and regulations regarding donations.
I believe that my (almost) two years on the current ExCom have been successful and I hope to build on that success in the next two years.
Meli Hughes (Basel)
STATEMENT: I have been an active member of the Basel chapter of Democrats Abroad since I moved to Switzerland three years ago. I am committed to doing whatever I can to make sure that Americans abroad have a voice in the US political process.
I have an MBA from the Stern School of Business (NYU). I worked for two years as an auditor for Arthur Andersen, then worked for Bayer Pharmaceuticals for 12 years where I developed and analyzed budgets for the Marketing and Sales organizations. After I stopped working to raise my family, I was the treasurer for the PTA at my children’s school. I would be happy to serve as treasurer for Democrats Abroad, Switzerland.
Peter Butterfield published Office: Member-at-Large for Communications and Media in News 2019-03-12 13:29:13 -0400The Candidates
Lyndsay Obbarius Grieder (Basel)
BIO: I am from Minneapolis, Minnesota (a proud blue state girl!) and I have lived in Basel for the past 11 and half years.
STATEMENT: I was obviously very disheartened by what happened in 2016, as were many people, and I would like to actively play a part in helping to ensure that we can change the direction US politics have been moving in the upcoming 2020 elections. I would like to run for this position given my background and education in Journalism & Mass Communication. I have a BA in the field and I feel that my skill set would be complementary to this role. In my current full-time job I work on a lot of communication for business development within my firm, but I do miss some the core journalistic competencies that I studied years back.
(Lyndsay’s photo available here )
Peter Butterfield published Executive Committee Seeks New Leaders Now, for April 7 Election in News 2019-02-10 17:32:00 -0500
Democrats Abroad Switzerland (DACH) will elect a new Executive Committee (ExCom) at our Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Zürich on Sunday April 7th. Now is the time to heed the call for candidates and get involved! We especially encourage those who have some previous experience at any level in DACH registering voters or helping out in some capacity to step forward. Volunteers should be committed to being task oriented team players. We are a grassroots organization with a small budget and no paid staff. We meet monthly via video conferencing, and work and organize between meetings using SLACK, an online team communications tool. Willingness to use this tool is necessary. If you enjoy working online, then a national position might be well suited to your skills!
Our primary mission is to use our various skills and enthusiasm to reach out and find Americans living in Switzerland and help them register to vote in upcoming US elections. There are many opportunities for activism and to work on political issues important to our members here in Switzerland and within our international organization (DA). Democrats Abroad has regular in-person meetings in Europe, Washington DC and other member countries that provide opportunities to train for the upcoming elections, to work together with other country committees on the DA platform, policies, and caucuses, and to hear stimulating political speakers. The ExCom guides the DA effort in Switzerland.
PLEASE CONSIDER RUNNING FOR AN OFFICE!
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OFFICERS
The ExCom is the leadership of DACH and is made up of thirteen officers, of which nine will be elected at the AGM and four sit as ex-officio (Chapter Chairs and previous DACH Chair). Officers are elected for two-year terms and may serve two consecutive terms. Officers are members like you who volunteer their time and skills to represent and organize Democrats across Switzerland. The elected positions are listed below.
DPCA VOTING REPRESENTATIVES
In addition to electing the ExCom at the AGM, we will elect three voting representatives to the Democratic Party Committee Abroad (DPCA). This is DA at the global level, which is part of the Democratic National Committee (DNC). Each country committee, eg. Switzerland, sends reps to vote at DPCA global meetings. In 2019/20 DACH sends five, of which our Chair and Vice-Chair are two. The three others are elected from among the DACH membership. You may run both for an ExCom office and to be DPCA Voting Rep.
To run for a position, inform any Nominating Committee member (contact info below) before the deadline of March 3rd. Include name, address, telephone number, email address, and a brief statement of intention to run. By March 13th we will distribute candidate names, short bios and voting procedures to all members by email.
Elections will be held during the 2019 AGM on Sunday April 7th, from 12 to 5, Strassburgstrasse 11, 8004 Zurich. At the meeting, additional nominations for all offices will be allowed from the floor. Be sure to attend the meeting and vote for your new ExCom!
FIND OUT MORE AT ON-LINE INFO SESSIONS
The Nominations and Elections Committee will hold two on-line information sessions for members who’d like to know more. We’ll describe what’s involved in serving on the ExCom, and answer any and all questions. Join a meeting and listen! We’re here to help. Sessions scheduled via WebEx for Wed February 13th at 8:30pm, and Sun February 17th at 7pm. Find meeting-attendance details and links at our Information Page.
OFFICER JOB DESCRIPTIONS & DUTIES
☆ Chair ☆
Chief executive officer of DACH
- Organize and conduct meetings of the ExCom and the membership, and set the agenda of such meetings
- Establish all committees necessary for the proper functioning of the organization
- Ensure that Secretary and Treasurer core work is being done
- Represent DACH in interviews with the press, or delegate to spokespersons
- Represent DACH at meetings of the DPCA (DA International) and EMEA in person or online, in accordance with the DPCA Charter, and report to the DACH ExCom on DPCA activities, issues, votes, etc.
- Ensure that Democratic Party, DPCA, DACH and FEC rules are followed
- Choose a fair and impartial head of the 'Nominations and Elections Committee' to run DACH elections in odd numbered years
- Raise funds for DACH activities and DPCA
☆ Vice-Chair ☆
- Must not be the same gender as the Chair (as per DACH and DPCA by-laws)
- Partner with the Chair to take on some of their responsibilities
- Substitute for Chair when needed
- Attend DACH ExCom meetings in person or online
- Attend and vote at annual DPCA Global Meeting, in person or online, or ensure another country leader carries your proxy
☆ Secretary ☆
- Take and distribute minutes of ExCom meetings and Annual General Meeting.
- Maintain all files and administrative records of the organization (Google Docs)
- Responsible for country membership, either by performing the duties of the database manager or by coordinating with the database manager for these tasks.
- Currently the secretary is also the database manager
- Reporting to international secretary on administrative issues as required
☆ Treasurer ☆
- Manage the finances of DA Switzerland and its Chapters
- Maintain clear and accurate financial records and make financial reports as required on a timely basis
- Establish annual DACH budget in coordination with the ExCom
- Ensure all financial matters conform to local rules and regulations as well as those of the Federal Election Commission and campaign finance laws of the United States
☆ Counsel ☆
- Preferably a qualified lawyer with experience in Switzerland
- Consult with the ExCom and/or its officers on legal and procedural questions relating to DACH and its activities. Consult with International Counsel as necessary
☆ Chairs of Zurich, Basel and Geneva Chapters ☆ (ex officio, elected separately at the chapter meetings)
- Lead and mobilize members to join their team and welcome new members.
- Oversee and coordinate the business functions of the chapter and report to national and international as required.
- Coordinate with Chapter positions such as vice-chair, secretary and treasurer. Appoint media contact, event organizer, GOTV coordinator, Fundraiser, Young Dems chair, or any other position deemed necessary
- Direct the activities of DACH in their region of Switzerland and keep local membership informed about activities and events.
- Hold regular meetings, contribute to DACH fundraising, organize election related activities such as voter registration events, debate watches, political discussion groups and speaker events, etc.
- Attend ExCom meetings and keep ExCom and other chapters informed of events and activities.
- Insure all activities are conducted in compliance with FEC and campaign finance laws as established by the ExCom.
☆ Immediate-past Chair ☆ (ex officio)
- Advise and assist DACH ExCom in its activities
☆ Member-At-Large, Communications and Media ☆
- Work with DACH leadership to ensure DACH webpage and other social media channels are up to date
- Work with global communications and IT teams and complete necessary trainings
- Work with Country and Chapter leadership to send notifications of news and events to membership and publicize events.
- Maintain up-to-date press list and maintain press and media relations by drafting and coordinating press releases
- May recruit other DACH members to help with communications tasks, forming a team if desired.
☆ Members-At-Large (3) ☆
- We have three flexible member at large positions whose duties have not been defined in advance. Some of our needs include regional coordinators, fundraisers, project managers, event managers, voter registration and phone-banking coordinators.
- More information regarding Member-at-Large needs can be found HERE.
☆ DPCA Voting Representative (3) ☆
- One of five representatives of DACH at annual and other meetings of the DPCA (Chair and Vice-Chair are the other two).
- Casts one vote in any DPCA election
- A Voting Rep may also hold an ExCom position
NOMINATIONS AND ELECTIONS COMMITTEE
For further info about elections or the roles described above, contact any committee member:
- Kristen Jafflin ([email protected]), exiting Vice-Chair of Basel
- Cresten Mansfeldt ([email protected]), exiting Vice-Chair of DACH
Peter Butterfield, Chair of Committee ([email protected]), former VC DACH
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- Track your ballot: Go HERE, select your state, and click on Where Is My Ballot for the tool to use.
- 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.
- Knock on doors if you’re in the U.S.
- 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.
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.)
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!
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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: www.votefromabroad.org, 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: [email protected] or Anne-Shelton Aaron: [email protected].
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!
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Peter Butterfield published On Tax Day, June 15: Call Storm Congress, Demand Residency-based Taxation in News 2018-06-14 18:08:57 -0400
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.
Peter Butterfield published Geneva Chapter calls for Chair candidates in News 2017-05-03 17:38:14 -0400
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.
WHAT DOES THE CHAPTER CHAIR DO?
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.
CANDIDATE STATEMENT, NOMINATING PROCESS
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:
JOB DESCRIPTION & DUTIES OF CHAIR
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.
Co-Chair, Suisse Romande Chapter
I’m a lifetime Democratic voter living in Aubonne, Switzerland since 2004. Voting in California. My wish: I want to see the US return to the Roosevelt/Kennedy/Johnson Democratic principles that made it so great.
When I learned of Democrats Abroad about 2010, I started attending events, and soon got active to help DA advance its admirable mission. I believe I’ve helped do that in the years since, filling different roles and enriching my own life in the process.
In the 2020 Presidential election, Dems Abroad helped achieve record voters-abroad turnout, both in Switzerland and globally. We made a difference in Democratic victories all over the map. On-the-ground chapter activities played a key role. This year the Switzerland Executive Committee has set engagement and outreach as chief goals, to get members active in Democrats Abroad, and to let Americans all over Switzerland learn about us. As Chapter co-chair I will work to advance those goals in the Geneva/Vaud region, with political and social activities. Tens of thousands of Americans live in this country, and although DA Switzerland is as large now as it’s ever been, there is plenty of opportunity to get more American expats to vote from abroad and join our activities.