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  • Episodes 3 & 4 of Ask an American to Vote are now LIVE!

    Episodes 3 & 4 of the lively new podcast Ask an American to Vote are now live. They can be heard directly at https://anchor.fm/demsabroadca, or through most podcast platforms.

    The podcast is aimed at anyone who can vote from abroad in American elections, and for those who know someone who can. Co-hosts David Schellenberg and Rachel Eugster—chair and vice-chair of the Canada’s Capital Region chapter of Democrats Abroad—hope to reach people, particularly in Canada, who have never exercised the right to vote.

    “Everyone in Canada knows an American,” says Schellenberg. “We want to find those people through their friends and motivate them to vote.”

    Episode 3 features an interview with Lance Lehman about what travelling to Iowa to caucus as a dual Canadian-American citizen was like; about the way he photo-bombed his brother's Yang selfie; and about an exchange with John Kerry involving a Christmas sweater.

    In Episode 4, Rachel and David explore some of the ways in which you can get involved with Democrats Abroad to make a difference (plus a fleeting cat reference).

    “Our Tell An American to Vote podcast is a way to cut through the noise to explain issues of interest to American citizens living outside the U.S.,” says Eugster. “We’re trying to anticipate questions and demystify the process of voting from abroad. We're aiming for something a little bit wonkish and a whole lot of fun.”

    Lance Lehman photobombs his brother's selfie at the Iowa caucuses with then-presidential candidate Andrew Yang.


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  • Episode 2 of Tell An American to Vote is now live

    Episode 2 of the lively new podcast Tell an American to Vote, is now online. It can be heard directly at https://anchor.fm/demsabroadca, or through Spotify or Google Podcasts.

    The podcast is aimed at anyone who can vote from abroad in American elections, and for those who know someone who can. Co-hosts David Schellenberg and Rachel Eugster—chair and vice-chair of the Canada’s Capital Region chapter of Democrats Abroad—hope to reach people, particularly in Canada, who have never exercised the right to vote.

    “Everyone in Canada knows an American,” says Schellenberg. “We want to find those people through their friends and motivate them to vote.”

    The focus in Episode 2 (recorded January 19) is on encouraging all U.S. citizens outside the country to request their absentee ballots early. “We’re recommending that you do so annually on the Ides of January,” says Eugster. “If you make your request by January 15 through votefromabroad.org, you will get ballots for all elections, primaries, special elections, and recounts in that calendar year.” Adds Schellenberg, “Sometimes, out of the blue, you might get a ballot for an issue like an incremental tax increase to fund a local library.”

    “Our Tell An American to Vote podcast is a way to cut through the noise to explain issues of interest to American citizens living outside the U.S.,” says Eugster. “We’re trying to anticipate questions and demystify the process of voting from abroad. In Episode 2, we even included a tip on how being a cat owner might interfere with the process of requesting your ballot.”

    Schellenberg and Eugster have an easy chemistry in the studio. Both bring professional skills to bear. In his day job, Schellenberg is a host for a popular morning radio program. A theatre artist (among other things), Eugster is no stranger to voice work. The podcast is polished, engaging, and informative. “I hope so!” laughs Eugster. “We’re aiming for something a little bit wonkish and a whole lot of fun.”


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  • DEMOCRATS ABROAD–CANADA LAUNCHES ENTERTAINING NEW PODCAST FOR U.S. CITIZENS LIVING OUTSIDE THE U.S.

    Democrats Abroad Canada has launched Tell an American to Vote, a lively new podcast for anyone who can vote from abroad in American elections, and for those who know someone who can.

    In the first episode, David Schellenberg and Rachel Eugster—chair and vice-chair of DA's Canada’s Capital Region chapter—tackle DA’s presidential primary and the role of DA members in ensuring that the candidates they favor will appear on the DA primary ballot. The deadline to be included on the ballot is January 6, with the primary itself following March 3-10.

    “Over the next few episodes, we’ll be discussing issues and opportunities of interest to American citizens living in other countries,” says Schellenberg. Adds Eugster, “The intention is to anticipate questions and demystify the process of voting from abroad. We’re particularly interested in reaching those who have never exercised their right to vote.”

    Tell an American to Vote can be heard at https://anchor.fm/demsabroadca.


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Parallel careers: actor/singer/music director & writer/editor. The Pocket Mommy (Tundra/Random House). Master of Music (voice), Peabody. Bear&Co. Dragon's Tea.