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How to donate to the Biden campaign from abroad

If you would like to contribute to the Biden campaign and help take back the White House, please do so here: https://secure.joebiden.com/onlineactions/YMok1Ho3skK2MmX3YjbY8Q2  After it walks you through a security page and you read the campaign rules for donations, click on Joe Biden’s logo and it takes you to the page to donate.  Note:  You must be a US citizen to donate.   

 


DA Russia Annual Meeting June 25 on Zoom

Democrats Abroad Russia’s Annual Meeting will be held via Zoom on Thursday, June 25, 2020 at 20:00. Register  for this meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYrcu2sqDMoHd2EgHlGOj7yyZ3WMkkV7Ny4

 

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You Can Vote in Moscow in Person in the Global Presidential Primary

It’s coming: The Democrats Abroad Global Presidential Primary!

In the Democrats Abroad Global Presidential Primary, you and thousands of expats like you can help choose the 2020 Democratic nominee for President of the United States! You can vote in person or remotely, but if you are in Moscow don’t miss the fun of voting in person!
Every vote counts!

To vote in person: Join us in Moscow on Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020 anytime from 4pm until 8pm at Starlight Diner at Oktyabraskaya Metro. Preferably bring your U.S. passport, to verify that you are a US citizen; but if you don’t have your U.S. passport available, be ready to certify that you are a US citizen. RSVP here .

To vote remotely: Make sure you are a member of Democrats Abroad before February 18, make sure you have not opted out of emails, and look for your primary ballot in your email inbox on February 18, 2020. You then have to vote that ballot by email by March 10 or by snail mail, provided it is received by Democrats Abroad by March 11. If you don't receive your ballot by email, you can download it from the Democrats Abroad website.

Please inform your American Democratic friends and colleagues about this upcoming chance to vote for the Democratic nominee!


Some Frequently Asked Questions:

Who is eligible to participate in the Global Presidential Primary?

  • You must be a U.S. citizen
  • You must be a member of Democrats Abroad
  • You must be at least 18 years old or turning 18 years old by November 3, 2020
  • You must not have voted, or plan to vote, in your 2020 state presidential primary

What if I’m not a member of Democrats Abroad?
You can sign up today at http://www.democratsabroad.org/join, or come in person to the Moscow primary and we can help you sign up on the spot for Democrats Abroad Russia chapter before you cast your ballot. (Make sure you know your Russian address and phone number to sign up on the spot.)

Who’s running in the Global Presidential Primary?
The following candidates have registered to be considered in the Global Presidential Primary: Michael Bennett, Joe Biden, Michael Bloomburg, Pete Buttigieg, Tulsi Gabbard, Amy Klobuchar, Deval Patrick, Bernie Sanders, Tom Steyer, Elizabeth Warren, and Andrew Yang. If you don’t see your favored candidate running here, then that’s a time when you might want to check your state’s primary and if your person is running there, then vote in your state instead.

The why should I participate in the Democrats Abroad Global Presidential Primary instead of voting in my state’s presidential primary?
While tens of thousands of people will participate in the Global Presidential Primary, millions will vote in your home state. That means that, as an individual, your primary vote with Democrats Abroad is more powerful than if you were to vote in your state. Plus, as Americans living abroad, we tend to have similar political concerns—such as the candidate’s positions in international relations for example. Thus, your favored candidate is more likely to win than if you vote in your state where political interests are likely to be more diverse. Besides, if you can vote in person in Moscow, it’s a chance to grab dinner out, to socialize with other Democrats in Moscow, and to teach your kids about the American electoral process.

What if I’m just visiting Russia but am a member of another Democrats Abroad Country Committee?
To vote in person in Moscow you must be a member of the Russia chapter, meaning you have to reside primarily in Russia. So if you are a member of Democrats Abroad residing in another country, unfortunately you have to vote in the primary in that country, or vote the remote ballot you receive from Democrats Abroad on February 18. You are welcome, however, to come to the primary in Moscow to socialize and meet other American Democrats.

Can I vote in the Global Presidential Primary and also in my state’s primary?
Yes and No. You can only vote for the Democratic presidential candidate once. That means that if you vote in the Global Presidential Primary but also want to vote in your state for the other races (such as for your congressperson) you can do so, but you must skip the presidential question on your state’s ballot.

I have already requested received my overseas absentee primary ballots for this year from my state. Can I still vote in the Global Presidential Primary?
Yes, as long as you haven’t cast your vote for President on your ballot from your state.

I have more questions about the Global Presidential Primary.
Check http://www.democratsabroad.org/2020primary

I have more questions about voting generally.
Please email gotv@democratsabroad.org

I have more questions about the in-person Global Presidential Primary in Moscow.
Please email info-russia@democratsabroad.org.

Thanks for your attention!

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New 2019 Executive Board

DA Russia is happy to announce the results of our board election:

Chair: Guy Archer

Vice-Chair: Carolyn Wieland

Secretary: Marian Dent

Treasurer: Paul Ovsepian

Counsel: Amy Kouznetsova

We are an enthusiastic board and looking forward to an active year ahead as we try to keep you informed on the issues and help ensure that Democrats keep the house, and take back the Senate and the Presidency!
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Vote on Line for the New DA Russia Board or Attend the General Meeting to Vote.

Upcoming Annual General Meeting

The AGM will be held, tomorrow, Tuesday, June 4 at 19:30, to elect people to the Executive Council of DA Russia and discuss current events.  This meeting is open to registered members of Democrats Abroad Russia.  You should have received an email with the location.

If you attend the AGM, you will be able to vote in person. However, if you cannot attend, you can vote via Survey Monkey up to one hour before the start of the AGM at the following link:

www.surveymonkey.com/r/DF2M73S

Nominations to Executive Council

The following persons have been nominated for the following offices, and we will be voting on their election:

Chairperson: Guy Archer

Vice-chairperson: Carolyn Wieland

Secretary: Marian Dent

Counsel: Amy Kouznetsova

There will also be an opportunity to write-in candidates for the above offices and for Treasurer.

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New Russia Executive Committee

We are happy to the announce the results of the 2017 DA Russia Executive Committee elections.  Effective immediately, the Executive Committee is

Chair: Josh Tulgan

Vice Chair: Carolyn Wieland

Treasurer: Hitoshi Hirano

Secretary: Marian Dent

Counsel: Amy Kouznetsov


Speaking for the EC, we look forward to working with you over the coming two years, and encourage you to become an active participant in Democrats Abroad Russia.

We would also like to welcome members from outside of Moscow to talk to us about the possibility of forming local groups, and anyone who would like to get more involved to contact us and let us know.  


Protest Health Care Reform

 

The House just narrowly passed the Trump health bill, the first step towards repealing the Affordable Care Act. This is a seriously flawed bill that allows health insurers to discriminate against people with pre-existing conditions, cuts Medicaid funding drastically, and will seriously increase premiums for retirees. For citizens living abroad this is a serious blow, since many of us do not have current U.S. health care policies, and many of us would want to return home if we should become seriously ill. This will make it harder, if not impossible, for many of us to get coverage when returning to the U.S. All Democrats and 20 Republicans voted against the bill, which will now go to the Senate.

AARP, which has been a leader in opposing the repeal has just published a link (here and also pasted below) where you can type in your U.S. address (including 9 digit zip code) and it will take you to a form that pulls up the name of your House member, show how he/she voted, and if he/she voted for repeal gives you a form with draft letter to click on to tell them that you disapprove of their vote. If you aren’t an AARP member you will need to edit the letter a bit but can still use their platform to send a letter letting your House member know that you don't approve.

 https://action.aarp.org/site/SPageNavigator/vote_center.html?intcmp=AE-ADV-IL-AHCA-VOTE

Thank you for your attention,
Marian Dent, Secretary DA Russia

 


DA-Russia AGM and Officer Elections – 2017

The Nominations and Elections Committee (NEC) of Democrats Abroad Russia (DA Russia) wishes to remind members of the upcoming Annual General Meeting (AGM) and opportunity to vote for DA Russia officer candidates.

Annual General Meeting

The AGM will be held on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 19:30 in the evening, at the Moscow office of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, 7 Petrovka Street, to meet the candidates to the Executive Council of DA Russia, amend by-laws, and discuss current events.  

Nominees to Executive Committee

The following persons have been nominated and seconded for the following positions: 

Chairperson:  Josh Tulgan

Vice-chairperson:  Carolyn S.  Wieland

Treasurer:  Hitoshi Hirano

Secretary:  Marian Dent 

Counsel:  Amy Kouznetsova

 

Amendment to By-laws

We will also be voting on the following proposed by-laws amendment:

11.1     The Executive Committee is composed of the Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer and Counsel and may, in addition, include two Members-at-Large elected from among the eligible Members of the Organization. The chairpersons of any Standing Committees will be ex officio members of the Executive Committee without voting privileges.


Voting

Rather than voting with paper ballots, we invite everyone to vote via Survey Monkey.  You will be able to vote using the link below for a period of 14 days.  
Here is the link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DRGMTSY

Results of voting

We will send out the results by email shortly after the expiration of the 14-day voting period. 


We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday evening!

Best regards,

Members of the Nominations and Elections Committee of DA Russia:

Guy Archer
Vladimir Kouznetsov
Maya Melnikas

 


Reminder: Foreign Bank Account Reporting Deadline is April 15

Democrats Abroad FATCA/FBAR reporting team just published their newest report, available here http://www.democratsabroad.org/fbar_fatca_task_force_report 

Part of this report states "Americans with accounts in foreign financial institutions with a total balance across all accounts at any point during the year of $US10,000 or more need to file a FBAR (Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts Report) Form 114.  This year, for the first time, the form is due for submission on 15 April, as opposed to 30 June as it has been in the past."  

"The form is filed with Treasury, rather than the IRS, with FinCen - the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network.  (To say that it disturbs Americans abroad that we need to make this voluntary disclosure to the section of the US Treasury set up to investigate and apprehend perpetrators of financial crimes would be the understatement of the decade.  But I digress.)  The form is filed electronically using the BSA E-filing system, a change mandated back in 2014 (though it can be prepared online or offline and uploaded)."


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Welcome to Democrats Abroad Russia!

We invite Americans living in Russia to get involved with DA-Russia,  the official country committee for US Democrats here. Watch this space for upcoming announcements of meetings and events - and please, get in touch with us if you are interested in participating in events, speaking on topics of interest at membership meetings, volunteering to support democratic issues, or helping to get out the vote.