Global State Teams Coordinator; Secretary, Germany; Göttingen-Hannover Region Vice Chair

Over the past year, I have helped to organize and lead the developing State Teams, particularly the Texans Abroad team. I was appointed to the role of the Global State Teams Coordinator at the beginning of 2022 and work together with our 12 teams to provide targeted outreach to our key state voters. We are also hosting numerous Meet the Candidate events throughout the year to help connect overseas voters with the candidates for a range of officers in their states. 

I am also currently the Secretary of Democrats Abroad Germany, and my volunteer efforts with Democrats Abroad began when I took on the establishment of the Hannover Precinct. After helping to increase our membership and presence in Hannover so that we could become the Göttingen-Hannover Chapter, I became the Vice Chair of our growing chapter. I am a native Texan who has called Germany home for 20 years. As a mother of two boisterous boys and an international school teacher, I am passionate about helping young people take action to make the world around them a better place. I try to lead by example with the work that I do both at Democrats Abroad and on other projects, such as assisting refugees, protecting the environment and helping local food banks. I hope that we can continue to increase the outreach in our region, in Germany and across the globe to ensure as many people as possible exercise their right to vote. I also truly hope that we can turn Texas blue!! 


  • rsvped for 2023 DA Germany Annual General Meeting 2023-01-31 16:37:47 -0500

    2023 DA Germany Annual General Meeting

    2023 will be an important year for Democrats Abroad Germany to come back together and reestablish our strong community of members. This will be our year to establish the foundation necessary to make sure we can hit the ground running in 2024. At Democrats Abroad Germany, our goal will always be to get each and every U.S. citizen in Germany to vote.

    After almost three years of mainly meeting online, we are pleased to invite you to our upcoming Annual General Meeting in Ingelheim am Rhein. The official meeting will take place at the iCC Konferenzzentrum in Ingelheim from Friday, March 24 to Sunday, March 26.

    We will also elect our new Executive Committee (ExCom). These are the leaders of DA Germany and includes several officers, nine at-large coordinators, and 13 Voting Representatives. You can learn more about the election process, who's running, and how you can run yourself here.

    If you are unable to attend in person, you still have the option to join the meeting online.

    Schedule

    Friday, March 24

    • Starting at 17:00: A welcome cocktail reception to connect with each other over drinks.

    Saturday, March 25

    • 9:00: The first half of the meeting will be focused on "Rebuilding and Reorganizing". We will briefly highlight our activities across Germany over the past year. Our full attention will then be directed at how we can strengthen our organization after spending almost three years as a largely online organization. 2023 is the year for us to come back together and build the foundation we will need to be successful in 2024.
    • 13:00: After lunch, elections for the new DA Germany leadership will be held. More information on the elections is below.
    • 19:00: Following the meeting, we’ll gather for a three-course gala dinner at the nearby restaurant Winzerkeller.

    Sunday, March 26

    • 10:00: Members of the newly elected Executive Committee will hold their first meeting to discuss the next steps and to get a chance to meet everyone.
    • For those that are not from the region, we will visit the Museum bei der Kaiserpfalz. This includes the Ingelheim Imperial Palace, which served emperors and kings as a lodging and a ruling seat. Following the tour, everyone is welcome to have lunch together at a local restauran.

    Cost

    For in-person attendance, we are asking for a donation of $35 for the main meeting on Saturday. The cost for meals are as follows:

    • Friday cocktail reception: $15
    • Saturday lunch: $10
    • Saturday gala dinner (three-course meal): $65

    Under the rules of the Democratic Party and Democrats Abroad, a fee for attending the meeting is not allowed. However, we kindly ask for a donation to cover use of the iCC Konferenzzentrum, drinks (coffee, tea, water, and more), technical equipment, copies, and supplies. We ask that you donate this amount to help us avoid drawing down the DA Germany treasury, which is devoted to getting out the vote. Participants do have to pay for meals.

    We will collect information regarding any food allergies prior to the meeting to ensure that everyone will have something to eat.

    If you are participating online, we would ask you to still consider making a donation of $15.

    Stipends for Attending

    DA Germany understands the accompanying financial cost of attending the AGM, which is why we are offering five stipends to enable more members to attend. Members are welcome to apply for a stipend using this application form. The deadline to apply is Sunday, February 12. Applicants will be noticed about the status of their application by Wednesday, February 15. 

    Accommodation

    The Wiesbaden-Mainz Chapter has compiled a list of hotels and additional travel-related information for participants. Rooms for DA Germany have been reserved at IBB Hotel Ingelheim. Rooms with the reduced price are available until February 17, 2023. More information on how to reserve a room can be found here.

    Elections

    We urge you to attend and vote in our upcoming election, as well as to consider running for one of the leadership positions. All details about the election can be found in the DA Germany Elections Rules and Procedures.

    The Nominations and Elections Committee (NEC) will be hosting online information sessions where potential candidates can ask about the election positions, election rules, DA Germany Executive Committee or other related DA Germany questions. The dates and times for these sessions will be announced soon.

    These DAG Executive Committee positions will be elected for two-year terms at the AGM:

    • Chair
    • Vice Chair
    • Secretary
    • Treasurer
    • Academic Outreach Coordinator
    • Advertising Coordinator
    • Caucus Coordinator
    • Chapter Development Coordinator
    • Communications Coordinator
    • Events & Fundraising Coordinator
    • Get Out the Vote (GOTV) Coordinator
    • Membership & IT Coordinator
    • Press Coordinator
    • 10-15 DPCA Voting Representatives (exact number pending)

    Please review this document that includes detailed job descriptions for all positions.

    To run in the election, a candidate must have been a member of DA for at least 30 days and reside in Germany on the day of the AGM (March 25).

    Nominations, including self-nominations, can be made online to the NEC using this nomination form until February 27 at 12:00 CET. Nominations may also be made from the floor on the day of the election.

    On February 27, the NEC will post the list of nominations received by then, as well as candidate statements and letters of endorsement, on the DAG Election pageThis list of nominees, statements, and letters will be updated on March 6 and March 13.

    More detailed information on how to run in the election and how to participate in the election is available on the DAG Elections page.

    Changes to DA Germany Bylaws 

    While we discussed and voted on amendments to DA Germany’s Bylaws at last year's AGM, and we typically strive to do this only every other year due to time constraints, you still have the right to submit proposed amendments to the Bylaws Committee. If you would like to propose an amendment, please send your proposal to [email protected] by February 20, 2023, with the following information:

    • Changes you would like to make, listing Article and Section number where the changes should be applied. Please include either a direct mark-up of the text or describe your proposed change(s).
    • What is the goal of making this proposal?
    • How does this proposal achieve that goal?

    You can find a copy of the current DAG bylaws here to help you formulate proposed changes. The bylaws were last amended in March 2022.

    Once you RSVP to attend, you will be taken to the ticket page to purchase the meals and to donate to attend the meeting.

    WHEN
    March 24, 2023 at 5:00pm - March 26, 2023 at 12:00pm
    WHERE
    Konferenzzentrum Ingelheim iCC
    Binger Str 99
    Ingelheim 55218
    Germany
    Google map and directions
    16 rsvps rsvp

  • published NY News in New York State Team 2023-01-29 07:28:13 -0500

  • New York State Team Planning Meeting

    Join the DA New Yorkers Abroad State Team to map out our outreach for 2023 heading into the 2024 Presidential election season. We'll be planning the upcoming Kick-off event and legislative work to improve ballot access for NY voters living abroad.

    Everyone is welcome! It's all hands on deck as we gear up for the coming months!

    Date: Tuesday, February 7th

    Time: 1pm Eastern / 7pm CEST

    Zoom info provided on RSVP

    For more info, write to [email protected]

    WHEN
    February 07, 2023 at 1:00pm
    WHERE
    Zoom
    6 rsvps rsvp

  • rsvped +1 for Göttingen-Hannover Region Chapter Elections 2023-01-29 07:21:22 -0500

    Göttingen-Hannover Region Chapter Elections

    Göttingen-Hannover Region Chapter Elections

    Please join us Sunday, March 12 at 3pm via Zoom for Chapter elections. The meeting will begin at 3pm, and voting will begin at 3:30pm. Voting will be held for Chair and Vice Chair positions and is open to all Chapter members.

    Please RSVP to this event to receive the Zoom link.

    If you are interested in running for a position, you can read more about the elected roles here.

    DA Germany will also be holding two information sessions for potential candidates on February 5 (2-3pm, event page here) and February 13 (7-8pm, event page here).

    WHEN
    March 12, 2023 at 3:00pm
    WHERE
    Zoom
    Goettingen, Lower Saxony
    Germany
    Google map and directions
    3 rsvps rsvp

  • 2023 WI Supreme Court Election

    Wisconsin State Supreme Court Election 


    On April 4, 2023, we'll have a chance to fill a conservative seat on Wisconsin's Supreme Court. This race could determine the Court's balance of power and define democracy in Wisconsin (and America) for years to come.

    “The 2023 Wisconsin State Supreme Court race is the most important election that nobody’s ever heard of...It has implications that will affect national politics for years to come, really at every level of government.”  Ben Wikler, Chair of the Wisconsin Democratic Party.

    Check out the two liberal WI Supreme Court Candidates (there is no indication of party on the ballot):

    Candidate Information from PBS Wisconsin

    Wisconsin Democrats (@WisDems) / TwitterMilwaukee County Judge Janet Protasiewicz was the first liberal to announce their candidacy in the race.

    On her campaign website, Protasiewicz describes herself in terms of her judicial record:, "Community leader, a veteran prosecutor, and a lifelong advocate for victims of crime. In nearly a decade as circuit court judge, she has earned the respect of the community, developing a reputation for being fair and impartial."

    Protasiewicz's campaign language goes on to make a more political case,

    "Our system works because the law is predictable. You can read the constitution, the statutes, and case law, and know what to expect, but as we can see on an almost-daily basis, our most closely-held constitutional rights are under attack by radical right-wing extremists," it reads.

    She is endorsed by current Justice Rebecca Dallet, other judges from around the state and various Democratic state legislators.

    Dane County Judge Everett Mitchell was the second liberal to announce their candidacy in the race.

    Mitchell's campaign website describes his social justice efforts and work with juvenile offenders.

    "The Honorable Reverend Everett Mitchell was elected to the Dane County Circuit Court and presides over the Juvenile Division in Branch Four. As a juvenile court judge he hears cases involving family reunification, juvenile delinquency, and other civil and criminal proceedings. He also oversees Dane County's High Risk Drug Court Program," reads the biographical language.

    "During his tenure on the bench, Judge Mitchell has worked with colleagues to change courtroom policies to reflect trauma-informed practices, such as removing restraints and handcuffs on youth during hearings. He joined several judges in petitioning the Wisconsin Supreme Court to support changing the presumption to ensure that children in Wisconsin can attend their court hearings without restraints and handcuffs."

    Mitchell's endorsements include former Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle, former state Supreme Court Justice Louis Butler, other judges from around the state and various Democratic lawmakers.

    The 2023 spring primary election is on Tuesday, Feb. 21 and the spring general election is on Tuesday, April 4. More information about these candidates is available via Wisconsin Vote.

     


  • published NY Events in New York State Team 2023-01-24 11:15:33 -0500

  • published New York State Team in State Teams 2023-01-22 10:44:03 -0500

    New York State Team

    WELCOME TO THE NEW YORKERS ABROAD STATE TEAM OF DEMOCRATS ABROAD! 

    Our votes from abroad can be the margin of victory in local, statewide and Federal elections. The 2024 Elections are set to be the most crucial of our lifetimes and there is so much on the line. Read on to find out how you can make your vote count!

    Get Involved

    There are many opportunities to have an impact! Even if you don’t have a lot of time to spare - every little bit helps. From voter outreach and assistance to event planning and support, it’s all hands on deck to ensure that every overseas voter can cast all the ballots for which they are eligible this midterm year.    

    We’re so glad you’re here! Get in touch at [email protected]

    Check our pages for voting and candidate information - we're here to make sure your vote is counted! Our votes from abroad will be the margin of victory for Dem up and down the ballot! 

    10 ACTIONS TO TAKE NOW to Elect New York Dems!

    1. Request your ballot at Vote From Abroad (VFA) 

    2. Add VFA to your email signature

    3. Share VFA & voting info on social media

    4. Send an alma mater letter 

    5. Phonebank with Dems Abroad

    6. Get trained to help voters (on Intercom)

    7. Join the NY State team, as a voter or ally

    8. Adopt a campaign (see list) & push on social media

    9. Help 3 people get ballots & get them to help 3 more

    10. Donate to get out the overseas vote

    Here are some quick ways to stay up-to-date on the new developments and stay in contact with us:


  • donated on ActBlue 2023-01-08 10:22:58 -0500

  • published NC Voting Info in North Carolina State Team 2022-10-29 06:39:04 -0400

  • published GA-FWAB in Georgia State Team 2022-10-22 14:10:25 -0400

    GA-FWAB

    INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE BACKUP BALLOT (FEDERAL WRITE-IN BALLOT or FWAB)

    FOR THE REGULAR ELECTION AND RUNOFF ELECTION - With special instructions for Fulton County Voters

    TIP: YOUR RESPONSES MUCH MATCH THOSE ON YOUR BALLOT REQUEST FORM (FEDERAL POST CARD APPLICATION or FPCA).

    If you have a copy of your FPCA form, keep it handy for reference.
    If you submitted your FPCA using www.votefromabroad.org, the confirmation email includes a copy of your FPCA as an attachment.


    1. GO TO: FVAP.GOV

    • Click on the red box: "Fill out the FWAB"

    • Scroll down to click "I Accept" for the Privacy Notice

    • Select "Georgia" on the map

    • Choose your Jurisdiction (County)

           


    2. FILL IN THE FORM AS DIRECTED WITH YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION.
    YOUR RESPONSES MUCH MATCH THOSE ON YOUR BALLOT REQUEST FORM (the "FPCA").

    • Absentee Ballot Classification - this must be the same as you selected on your FPCA form
      If you are non-military, your choices were: intend to return, return uncertain, or never resided in the US

    • Do NOT select:  “I also request voter registration”
      It isn't necessary, your FPCA form covers this.

    • "Voting address" - the street address of your last residence in Georgia.

    3. FOR FULTON COUNTY VOTERS: UNDER “ADDITIONAL INFORMATION,YOU MAY WISH TO ADD THE FOLLOWING TEXT:

    Despite properly submitting to Fulton County an FPCA on [INSERT DATE] and resubmitting my FPCA to Fulton County on [INSERT DATE], I still have not received my ballot. Therefore, I am sending in this Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot (a "FWAB"), a right that is provided to me as an overseas citizen under Federal Law.”      


    4. AFTER PROVIDING YOUR INFORMATION, SELECT THE BALLOT FOR "GENERAL ELECTION - November 8, 2022":

           


    5. YOUR CANDIDATES FOR US SENATE AND US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES WILL BE LISTED - Choose 1 for each office:

    • If you're a "return uncertain" or "never resided" voter, you are only eligible to vote in these federal elections (for US Senate and US House). Please go to Step 7.

    • If you're an "intend to return" voter, you may also vote in state elections, such as for governor. But you'll have to write in the state offices and your candidate choice. Please go to Step 6 for detailed instructions:

           


    6. TO VOTE IN STATE RACES AS AN “INTEND TO RETURN” VOTER:

    • Use the GA Portal to find your sample ballot listing the state offices in your jurisdiction: https://mvp.sos.ga.gov/s
      Another option to find your sample ballot: https://ballotpedia.org/Sample_Ballot_Lookup

    • Go to the “Write in Candidates” section and type in all of the state offices and ballot measures you wish to vote in (we recommend you vote in all of them!)

      You can write in either the name of your candidate or just list "Democrat." Here's an example:





    7. AFTER YOUR CONFIRM YOUR CANDIDATE SELECTION AND YOUR INFORMATION, DOWNLOAD YOUR FWAB PDF PACKAGE:

    • Click the red button: "Download PDF Package"

    • The PDF Package provides these materials for you to download and print out:

      • Your Backup Ballot (FWAB) with your choices listed
      • Your Voter Declaration/Affirmation
      • Georgia-specific instructions for signing and submitting your Backup Ballot (FWAB) materials
      • Mailing instructions

    • If you wish, you may also download templates for your envelopes ("Step 2: Get Your Envelopes to Return Your FWAB Package by Mail.") However, these templates aren't required and most people find it easier to prepare their envelopes by hand.

      You can also download a "US Mail postage paid " template, but it only provides paid postage in the US Mail and US Military Mail (it is too late to use the US Embassy's diplomatic pouch to return your ballot). The template will not cover postage in your country's postal system.

    NEW FOR 2022!

    8. PREPARE A 2nd BACK-UP BALLOT (FWAB) FOR THE “RANKED CHOICE” SENATE RUN-OFF BALLOT (THIS ONLY INVOLVES THE SENATE RACE).

    In the event of a Runoff Election, scheduled for December 6, 2022, you most likely won't have time to receive and mail back the Runoff Ballot. Instead, a new Georgia law provides that you can submit a Runoff Ballot at the same time as your regular ballot, and list your choices in rank order. Here's what to do:

    • Repeat Steps 1 to 4 above.
      Make sure your responses are the same as before!

    • When you get to Step 5: You don't choose the candidates again. Instead, scroll down to “Write in Candidates” and rank the candidates in your order of preference. You do not need to rank all the candidates. 

      Here's an example:


    • When finished, continue to Steps 7 and 8 to confirm your choices and download the 2nd PDF Package.

      Then continue to Step 9 for preparing your ballots for mailing back to Georgia.

    9. MAILING YOUR BACKUP BALLOTS (FWABs):

    TIP: Both the General Election Backup Ballot and the Runoff Backup Ballot must be sealed in a separate security envelopes. And they each must have a completed and signed Voter Information Sheet. But the envelopes for the General Election Backup Ballot and the Ranked Choice Backup Ballot may be mailed in a single outer mailing envelope.

    • Print out the materials in both PDF packages. You may use any size paper and you may reduce the printing size to fit your paper.
      You should have:

      • A General Election Backup Ballot
      • A Runoff Election Backup Ballot
      • 2 Voter Declaration/Affirmation pages
      • Instructions to Election Officials

    • Put your printed General Election Backup ballot in a privacy envelope (if not using the template, use a plain, unmarked envelope).
      Seal the envelope and write “Official Overseas/ Military General Election Absentee Ballot” on the outside
      .

    • Put your printed Runoff Election Backup ballot in a SEPARATE privacy envelope (if not using the template, use a plain, unmarked envelope).
      Seal the envelope and write “Official Overseas/Military General Election Run-off Absentee Ballot” on the outside.

    • Ensure that BOTH of the Voter Declaration/Affirmation pages are signed and dated.
      A separate Voter Declaration must be sent back with each of your ballots.

    • In the a larger OUTER Carrier Envelope, place: Place the TWO Voter Declarations and the TWO sealed Privacy Envelopes (containing each of the ballots) and the "Instructions to Election Officals" (1 copy is sufficient) into a larger OUTER Carrier Envelope.

      Seal the outer Carrier Envelope. If you're not using the template, write on the outside of the Carrier Envelope:

      • Official Absentee Ballot/Run-off Ballot."
        Include the full address of your Election Office, including "USA."
        The address will be on the Instructions that downloaded with your PDF package.

      • In the upper left side, provide your return (non-US) address.
        Under the return address information, write: "Ballots Enclosed for 11/22 & 12/22 Elections"

    • ADD sufficient postage to return your ballot to Georgia from your country.
      Be sure your ballot is postmarked by ELECTION DAY and will be received within 3 days following the election, or it will not be counted.

    If you need any help, please write to [email protected]


  • published WI Ballot Return in Wisconsin State Team 2022-10-20 15:13:51 -0400

    WI Ballot Return

    WISCONSIN BALLOT POSTAL MAIL RETURN GUIDE

    If you vote in a state that requires your ballot to be returned by postal mail, follow your state's instructions carefully. You can use this guide to give you a general idea as to how your ballot needs to be returned.

    Note: The witness does not need to be a US Citizen!

      

      


  • Florida Candidate & Voting Information

    FLORIDA VOTING & CANDIDATE INFORMATION

    If your questions aren’t answered below, please email us directly at [email protected]

     

    1. GENERAL PUBLIC RESOURCES (Dem and Non-partisan)
    2. NEW ELECTRONIC BALLOT SOURCE FOR 37 COUNTIES

    3. FULL STATE/LOCAL BALLOT OR FEDERAL BALLOT? (Intent to return)

    4. HOW TO VOTE BY FAX USING EMAIL/APP

    5. VOTING ON THE 3 FLORIDA CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS

    6. FLORIDA SUPREME COURT JUDGES

    7. COUNTY BY COUNTY RECOMMENDATIONS

    8. GENERAL FL DEMOCRATS ABROAD RESOURCES

     

    1. GENERAL PUBLIC RESOURCES (Dem and Non-partisan)

    County by County League of Women Voters voting guides: https://lwvfl.org/local-leagues/

    Check your county/region Democratic party’s website, as they might have made recommendations

    Vote 411, run by League of Women Voters Education Fund: https://www.vote411.org

    Ballotpedia: https://ballotpedia.org/Florida_elections_2022

     

    2. NEW ELECTRONIC BALLOT SOURCE FOR 37 COUNTIES:

    Some people are receiving their ballots via email from “Enhancedballot.com.” More than half of Florida counties (37) are using a service called Enhanced Ballot from a group called Enhanced Voting. According to the company, “through Enhanced Ballot, a voter with disabilities can mark and print their electronic ballot, with or without assistive technology, before returning it in person or by mail per Florida election law. Military and overseas voters may additionally return their ballots to their county election office via fax.” See more at: https://www.enhancedvoting.com/may-24-2022-over-half-of-florida-counties-select-enhanced-votings-accessible-electronic-ballot-delivery-solution/

     

    3. FULL STATE/LOCAL BALLOT OR FEDERAL BALLOT? (Intent to return)

    You need to request your ballot every election year, which you can do at votefromabroad.org. In Florida, each county Supervisor of Elections office determines which ballot you receive depending on how you answer the question about whether you plan to return to Florida.

    If you choose "intend to return": You are eligible to vote in federal, state and local elections.

    (You don't have to have a set date of return and it doesn't have to be within a set time frame, but you do need to have an intention to return at some time in the future.)

    If you report that your “return is uncertain” in Florida: You may or may not be eligible to vote in state and local elections, but you can still vote for your US House Representative and US Senator.

    NOTE: Many counties in our 2022 survey have reported that they WOULD send a full ballot to "return uncertain" voters. Unfortunately, two of the biggest -- Miami/Dade & Palm Beach -- said they would only send a federal ballot.

    MIAMI/DADE NOTE: The Miami-Dade Supervisor of Elections limits who can get a full ballot for "overseas residents who are not registered Miami-Dade voters."  It goes on to say if you or a family member has a home in Miami-Dade county and your FPCA/ballot request application is received no later than 29 days prior to the election, you will "...become an actual Miami-Dade County voter."  However, "If your last address was in Miami-Dade County and you do not currently have a home in Miami-Dade County, you are eligible to receive an Overseas Citizen's Ballot for Federal Elections..."  Source:  Miami-Dade County/Elections/Vote by Mail/Overseas and Military Voters. 

    Florida doesn't have an income tax, so there's no tax downside to choosing "intend to return."

     

    4. HOW TO VOTE BY FAX USING EMAIL/APP

    Ballots in Florida can be returned via postal mail or FAX. We recommend FAX. You do NOT need a fax machine! You can use a free online version.

    NOTE: FVAP.gov (DoD) fax service doesn’t confirm receipt and does not guarantee that they will send your ballot, especially close to the election. There are more reliable options.

    DA fax info link: https://www.votefromabroad.org/faqs/BL7

    Free online services members have used and liked: https://www.fax.plus/ and https://www.hellofax.com/  (there are many others)

     

    5. VOTING ON THE 3 FLORIDA CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS

    We don’t give specific recommendations, but we are happy to share resources. If you have other sources for information on the amendments, please let us know at [email protected].

    The Florida League of Women Voters gives background and their stance on the amendments (They are neutral on 1 and oppose 2 and 3). Link: https://lwvfl.org/amendments-2022

    Palm Beach Democratic Party recommends a “no” vote on all three amendments. See: https://www.pbcdemocraticparty.org/candidates-nov-2022

    Tampa Bay Times says no: https://www.tampabay.com/opinion/2022/10/06/all-florida-general-election-political-recommendations-times-editorial-board/

     

    6. FLORIDA SUPREME COURT JUDGES

    For the Florida Supreme Court justices, five Republican-appointed justices are facing a "merit retention" vote to stay on the court for 6 more years.  (You’ll likely need to vote to retain District Judges as well.)  While we don’t make recommendations, the Palm Beach County Democratic Party is advising that members vote "no" to retaining all judges *except* Jorge Labarga, who they voted to remain neutral on. Their rationale is that if Crist is elected governor, he’ll have the opportunity to choose new justices.

    Below is a list of which governor voted in which judge, via info provided by a Pinellas County democratic leader:

    NOTE: All Crist appointments were when he was a Republican governor. Their recommendation is a “no” vote on those appointed by DeSantis and Rick Scott.

    • Charles T Canady - Justice of the Florida Supreme Court. Jeb Bush appointed him to the District Court of Appeals and Charlie Crist appointed him to FL Supreme Court
    • John D. Couriel - Justice of the Florida Supreme Court. Appointed by Ron DeSantis
    • Jamie Grosshans - Justice of the Florida Supreme Court. Appointed by Ron DeSantis
    • Jorge Labarga - Justice of the Florida Supreme Court. Appointed to the District Court of Appeals in 2008 and to the Supreme Court in 2009 both by Charlie Crist.
    • Ricky Polston - Justice of the Florida Supreme Court. Appointed to the Court of Appeals in 2001 and the Supreme Court in 2008 - both by Charlie Crist.

     

    7. COUNTY BY COUNTY RECOMMENDATIONS

    Send us a link to your county’s and we’ll add it, too!

     

    8. GENERAL FL DEMOCRATS ABROAD RESOURCES

    Florida Facebook page: where you can post questions and search for previous info

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/FL.Abroad


  • published PA Ballot Download in Pennsylvania State Team 2022-10-07 13:27:12 -0400

    PA Ballot Download

    Pennsylvania Ballot Download Guide

    Download the Guide HERE

     

     

     

     

     

     


  • published PA Ballot Return in Pennsylvania State Team 2022-10-12 12:41:49 -0400

    PA Ballot Return

    Pennsylvania Ballot Return - Download the complete Ballot Return Guide HERE

    Return Options:

    • It is now too late to use the US Embassy pouch service!
    • Check return times for regular mail services before using. Ballots returned by regular mail must be POSTMARKED by no later than November 7.
    • If possible, please use a private courier service.

    Special deals for Courier services:

    Austria-All voters get 20% off ballot return with DHL with code USA20
    Canada-Democrats Abroad members get 50% off ballot return with UPS
    Czech Republic-All voters get 20% off mail return with DHL with code US20
    Estonia-All voters get 28% off ballot return with DHL with promo code USA22
    France-All voters get 20% off ballot return with DHL with code USA20
    Germany- All voters get 10% off ballot return with DHL with code USA10
    Hungary-All voters get 30% off ballot return with DHL with code USA30 until October 31st
    Ireland-All voters get 20% off ballot return when using code USA20 at a physical DHL location
    Israel-All voters get a 17% DHL discount when following instructions in this link
    Italy-All voters get 20% off ballot return with DHL when using code USA20 at a physical DHL location
    Poland-All voters get 10% off ballot return with DHL with code USA10
    Lithuania-All voters get 20% off ballot return with DHL with code USA20
    Spain-All voters get 20% off ballot return with DHL with code USA2022
    Turkey-All voters get 20% off ballot return with DHL with code USATURKEY20
    UK-All voters get 10% off ballot return with DHL when using code USA10
    STILL NEED YOUR PA BALLOT or NEED TO REGISTER?
    • All voters who have not yet received their ballots should get a link to complete the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB). The link is here. The FWAB's purpose is to give overseas voters who do not have time to receive and return their official ballots an option to vote. The only difference between it and the official ballot is that the voter has to physically write the names of all the candidates they intend to vote for. It is counted just as the official ballot is counted and will be discarded if both ballots arrive on time.
    • The PA voter registration deadline is October 24. After this date, anyone who has not yet registered to vote cannot cast a ballot in this election. If you are not yet registered, you MUST send your FPCA (which doubles as voter registration) electronically and then can send a FWAB by mail right after. But if you do not send an FPCA by October 24, you cannot vote.

      

    PLEASE NOTE -

    **The address you use on your Voter Declaration is your Pennsylvania Voting Residence.**

    **Be sure to include the DATE on your declaration!**


  • published PA Candidate Info in Pennsylvania State Team 2022-10-07 12:24:47 -0400

    PA Candidate Info

    Pennsylvania Candidate Information


    US Senate

    Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman

    John Fetterman - Official Campaign Website

    Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman is running in one of the most closely watched races this year. The outcome of this race will be one of the main determinants in which party will control the Senate for the next two years! John, the son of teenage parents and former mayor of Braddock, is a PA native (unlike his Republican opponent who continues to live in New Jersey). Throughout his political career, he has sought to represent PA’s most challenged communities and bring jobs and prosperity back to the former manufacturing towns of the Keystone State.

    Key issues: Abortion rights, LGBTQ+ rights, marijuana legalization, universal healthcare, bringing back manufacturing jobs and the union way of life.

     

    Watch his message to Pennsylvanians Abroad HERE!


    Key US House Races

     

    EaGLE 1 Cohort — Globally

    Ashley Ehasz (PA-01, Bucks and Montgomery Counties)

    Ashley overcame a difficult upbringing to join the Army, graduate from West Point and later become the only woman in her Apache helicopter graduate class. She served multiple tours of duty during the Iraq War and is a fellow former overseas American, having received her Master’s degree from the University of Oxford. Ashley is running to unseat a Republican incumbent in PA’s highly competitive 1st district. 

    Key issues: Abortion rights, crime and gun violence, affordable higher education, affordable healthcare

    Hear Ashley's special message for Pennsylvanians Abroad HERE

     

    Madeleine Dean | The Hill | Page 1Madeleine Dean (PA-04, Montgomery and Berks Counties) 

    Madeleine, a native of Glenside, was elected to the House in 2018. Before being elected to the House, Madeleine served in the Pennsylvania State House and as Abington Township Commissioner.

    Key issues: Women’s issues, universal healthcare, addressing the epidemics of gun violence and opioids, affordable higher education

     

     

     

     

     

     

    May be an image of 1 personChrissy Houlahan (PA-06, Chester and Berks Counties)

    A veteran of the Air Force, Chrissy worked in the non-profit field, including with early childhood literacy in underserved communities, before being elected to the House in 2018. She is the first Democrat to represent a Chester County-based district in 166 years. 

    Key issues: Jobs and the economy, expanding healthcare coverage, investing in public schools and continuing education, clean energy technology and climate action

    https://www.chrissyhoulahanforcongress.com/ 

     

     

    Q&A: Susan Wild, PA congressional candidate - The Brown and WhiteSusan Wild (PA-07, Lehigh, Northampton and Monroe Counties)

    Susan ran a legal practice and served as Solicitor of the City of Allentown before being elected to the House in 2018. She represents PA’s battleground 7th district and her race is being closely watched to determine who will control the House for the next two years. 

    Key issues: Healthcare access, K-12 and higher education funding, jobs and the economy, Social Security and Medicare

    https://wildforcongress.com/ 

     

     

    Rep. Matt Cartwright (D, PA-8) - JStreetPACMatt Cartwright (PA-08, Wayne, Pike, Lackawanna, Luzerne and Monroe Counties)

    Matt worked as a lawyer in the Scranton area before being elected to the House in 2012. He represents PA’s 8th district, another battleground district that is being watched to determine who will control the House.

    Key issues: Inflation, affordable quality healthcare, veterans and military families, public safety, addressing the opioid crisis, education funding

    https://cartwrightcongress.com/vote/

     

     

    Chris Deluzio (PA-17, Beaver, Allegheny and Butler Counties)

    Chris is an Iraq War veteran and a voting rights attorney running to succeed Democrat Conor Lamb to represent PA’s battleground 17th district. Having deployed overseas with the US Navy, he is a former American abroad who understands the unique challenges this population faces.

    Key issues: Defending democracy, taking on corporate power and defending the union way of life, reproductive rights, universal health care

    https://www.chrisforpa.com/

     

    Hear Chris' special message for Pennsylvanians Abroad HERE


    Statewide Races

     

    PA Attorney General Josh Shapiro - YouTubeGovernor - Josh Shapiro

    Attorney General Josh Shapiro’s race for governor is the only thing standing between PA and a Republican candidate that actively attempted to overturn the state’s 2020 election results and who has said that women who have abortions should be charged with murder. A PA native, former State Representative and former Chairman of the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners, Josh has served as attorney general since 2016. He has the experience to lead on day one, unlike his extremist opponent.

    Key issues: Abortion rights, protecting democracy, public safety and criminal justice, energy and the environment

    https://joshshapiro.org/

     

     

    Austin Davis | Chester County Democratic CommitteeLieutenant Governor - Austin Davis

    State Representative Austin Davis, from McKeesport in western PA, is running on the same ticket with Josh Shapiro to serve as lieutenant governor. At the age of only 32, he already has significant experience in state government. He serves on the Transportation, Appropriations, Consumer Affairs and Insurance Committees of the PA House, working with many of the issues that affect Pennsylvanians on a daily basis. 

    Key issues: Jobs and the economy, public safety and gun violence, quality education, reproductive rights

    https://joshshapiro.org/austin/

     

     


  • published Postal Mail Return in State Teams 2022-10-07 12:05:22 -0400

    Postal Mail Return

    BALLOT POSTAL MAIL RETURN GUIDE

    If you vote in a state that requires your ballot to be returned by postal mail, follow your state's instructions carefully. You can use this guide to give you a general idea as to how your ballot needs to be returned.

    Download the Guide HERE

    Return Options:

    • It is now too late to use the US Embassy pouch service!
    • Check return times for regular mail services before using.
    • If possible, please use a private courier service.

    Special deals for Courier services:

    Austria-All voters get 20% off ballot return with DHL with code USA20
    Canada-Democrats Abroad members get 50% off ballot return with UPS
    Czech Republic-All voters get 20% off mail return with DHL with code US20
    Estonia-All voters get 28% off ballot return with DHL with promo code USA22
    France-All voters get 20% off ballot return with DHL with code USA20
    Germany- All voters get 10% off ballot return with DHL with code USA10
    Hungary-All voters get 30% off ballot return with DHL with code USA30 until October 31st
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    Israel-All voters get a 17% DHL discount when following instructions in this link
    Italy-All voters get 20% off ballot return with DHL when using code USA20 at a physical DHL location
    Poland-All voters get 10% off ballot return with DHL with code USA10
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    Spain-All voters get 20% off ballot return with DHL with code USA2022
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    UK-All voters get 10% off ballot return with DHL when using code USA10

     

      

      

     

     


  • published GA Ballot Return in Georgia State Team 2022-09-24 07:15:55 -0400

    GA Ballot Return

    Georgia Ballot Access and Return Guide

    Download the complete guide HERE!

    Return Options:

    • It is now too late to use the US Embassy pouch service!
    • Check return times for regular mail services before using.
    • If possible, please use a private courier service.

    Special deals for Courier services:

    Austria-All voters get 20% off ballot return with DHL with code USA20
    Canada-Democrats Abroad members get 50% off ballot return with UPS
    Czech Republic-All voters get 20% off mail return with DHL with code US20
    Estonia-All voters get 28% off ballot return with DHL with promo code USA22
    France-All voters get 20% off ballot return with DHL with code USA20
    Germany- All voters get 10% off ballot return with DHL with code USA10
    Hungary-All voters get 30% off ballot return with DHL with code USA30 until October 31st
    Ireland-All voters get 20% off ballot return when using code USA20 at a physical DHL location
    Israel-All voters get a 17% DHL discount when following instructions in this link
    Italy-All voters get 20% off ballot return with DHL when using code USA20 at a physical DHL location
    Poland-All voters get 10% off ballot return with DHL with code USA10
    Lithuania-All voters get 20% off ballot return with DHL with code USA20
    Spain-All voters get 20% off ballot return with DHL with code USA2022
    Turkey-All voters get 20% off ballot return with DHL with code USATURKEY20
    UK-All voters get 10% off ballot return with DHL when using code USA10

     

     

     

     

     

     


  • published TX Voting Guide in Texas State Team 2022-09-24 05:05:46 -0400

    TX Voting Guide

    2022 Guide to Voting in Texas from Abroad

    Download the guide HERE

     


  • published WI 2022 Election Results in Wisconsin State Team 2022-09-18 17:42:48 -0400

    WI Candidate Information

    Congratulations to Governor Evers on his reelection!


    GOVERNOR TONY EVERS - Wisconsin's last line of defense against the rogue legislatureTony Evers – Wikipedia

    From his days as a public school science teacher to now as Governor, Tony Evers has worked to bring people together. He cut income taxes by fifteen percent for most families-one of the biggest tax cuts in state history. Evers also directed almost a billion dollars to tens of thousands of small businesses and nearly half of eligible farms to prevent layoffs and create new jobs. Rather than focus on hot-button political issues meant to divide us, Evers will keep working to address the cost of living, get people back to work, and give our kids the education they need to thrive. Governor Tony Evers is doing the right thing for Wisconsin.

    With his veto, Governor Evers is the last line of defense against a state legislature gone rogue. In his own words:If I don’t win this election, everything I’ve vetoed will come back and become the law of the land — from guns on school grounds to limiting voting rights.“

    If you have indicated that you 'intend to return' on your ballot request, you'll receive the full ballot including statewide and local elections. If so, be sure to cast your vote all the way up and down the ballot and help to to re-elect Governor Evers. Wisconsin needs his service – and so does the country.

    Watch Governor Evers' Message for Democrats Abroad!


  • published WI Voting Guide in Wisconsin State Team 2022-09-18 07:22:24 -0400

    WI Voting Guide

    Guide to Voting in Wisconsin from Abroad


    For CLICKABLE LINKS - DOWNLOAD the complete guide HERE!

    Please share widely with all your WI friends and family, abroad and at home!

     


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