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Not One More Day

No one should be above the law, and inciting domestic terrorism is arguably an act of treason. Congress members are now calling on Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment, and others are working on Impeachment articles. Regardless of the legal course of action chosen, Democrats Abroad urges our Congressional representatives and senators to insist on full accountability immediately. We encourage you to reach out to your Rep and Senators too.* 

The Action:
Call your Senators & Representative and demand that they act to remove Trump from office immediately.

Look up your Representative here.
Look up your Senators here.

Sample script : 

Hi, I'm {Name} and I am a constituent of {insert person's name}. Trump incited terrorists to attack the Capitol. He should not be President one day longer. Remove him immediately.

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Reminder: please be kind and respectful to the staff that you speak with; they have just experienced a very traumatic event.

* Indivisible explains the importance of constituents calling their Representative and Senators. 


Accept the Votes & Stop the Seditionists

On Wednesday, Jan 6th, the 117th Congress will hold a joint session to accept the results of the Electoral College and certify Joe Biden & Kamala Harris as President and Vice-president elect. Currently, 140 GOP House & 12 Senate members have stated they will not accept, or will challenge the votes from some states. 

Democrats Abroad is outraged by this seditious behavior. With the release of the Trump Tape it is clearer than ever that Trump is trying to get people to do literally anything they can to steal the election for him. Even if this sedition will fail, it happening at all is damaging to our democracy. Let's do everything WE can to help Congress stand up to him, end the reign of this would-be autocrat, and help us turn the page on this awful chapter in our history. 

The Action:
Call your Senators & Representative and ask that they support the Constitution and state elections, and accept the results of the Electoral College vote. 

A) If your Senators or Representative have stated they will challenge the Electoral College results, call them to demand they stop. They are participating in an attempt to steal the election, disenfranchise and invalidate the votes of American citizens, and support Trump's baseless accusations of fraud. 

List of Senators in the #SeditionCaucus*
Tommy Tuberville, Alabama
Mike Braun, Indiana
Roger Marshall, Kansas
John Neely Kennedy, Louisiana
Josh Hawley, Missouri
Steve Daines, Montana
James Lankford, Oklahoma
Marsha Blackburn, Tennessee
Bill Hagerty, Tennessee
Ted Cruz, Texas
Ron Johnson, Wisconsin
Cynthia M. Lummis, Wyoming

(A full list of Congressional members is not available, but 2/3 of Republican Representatives have stated they will challenge the results.)

B) If your Senators or Representative have not spoken up, or have said that they do not support this sedition, call them to let them know you support their decision to defend the Constitution and support the will of the people. 

Look up your Representative here.
Look up your Senators here.

* Note: this is a developing story and this list is changing in real time. 

Sample script for seditionists: 

Hi, I'm {Name} and I am a constituent of {insert person's name}. I'm calling about Wednesday's joint session to certify Joe Biden as President elect. I strongly support {insert person's name} accepting the results of the Electoral College vote, and believe that it is sedition to not do so.  

Sample script for others: 

Hi, I'm {Name} and I am a constituent of {insert person's name}. I'm calling about Wednesday's joint session to certify Joe Biden as President elect. I appreciate {insert person's name} accepting the results of the Electoral Collect vote. 

 

 


Count-Every-Vote Demonstrations

To protect our votes, Americans abroad need to draw attention to the importance of counting each and every one of them. 

We are asking all members to organize social distanced photo events around the world. Tell your voting story, and help raise awareness of who Americans abroad are as voters. Share your images on your social channels, and share your pics with us at info@democratsabroad.org. Details below:  

Safety: Please be COVID cautious and follow all local regulations. If you are participating with others, please practice appropriate social distancing.

Organize a stand alone demonstration 

  1. Identify an iconic location near you, or a background that is clearly abroad 
  2. Print or make a sign (here are samples) and organize a selfie or portrait of yourself (or a group, location permitting) with the sign and the iconic location behind you.
  3. Go live on FB or Instagram and tell the story of why voting from abroad and ensuring your ballot counts is important to you
  4. Make sure you share your pictures and videos across your social channels - tag @demsabroad and add hashtags: #CountOurVotes #DAResists 
  5. Email your selfie pic to info@democratsabroad.org and join our online demonstration

Sample Script 

  • My name is ____ and I live in ____ and vote in ____ . 
  • This year (talk about your voting experience, any challenges that you had, how you tracked your ballot). 
  • I followed the rules, I sent my ballot on time. 
  • I demand that my vote is counted and my voice is heard. 
  • Trump cannot call the election. 
  • We have a legacy of free and fair elections in this nation, and this election should be no different.
  • Count Our Votes! 

Tips for Pics and Video

  • Avoid standing with your back to the sun
  • Look directly at the camera
  • Hold the #CountOurVotes poster or place it on a ledge/wall/table so it’s visible in the image 
  • For videos, set up your camera in front of you and film (a selfie video is ok too)



Demand Senators Wait for SCOTUS Replacement until 2021

Call your representatives and demand they wait: Find your Member of Congress and senators’ information here

Just before she died, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg told her granddaughter, “My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.”

As Republicans plot to fill the seat before a new president is sworn in, the nation is faced with the terrifying prospect of a Supreme Court that is shifted to the far right for generations.

We've been here before. Before the 2016 election, the Republicans stopped President Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland. Mitch McConnell declared: “Given that we are in the midst of the presidential election process, we believe that the American people should seize the opportunity to weigh in.”

That’s right: The American people must weigh in before the Senate moves to fill this vacancy. Honor Justice Ginburg’s memory and continue her fight for justice by calling your Republican senators today to demand that the Supreme Court vacancy stay open until after inauguration.

* Wondering what your senator said in 2016 and what they are saying now? Check out https://www.pbs.org/newshour/politics/what-every-republican-senator-has-said-about-filling-a-supreme-court-vacancy-in-an-election-year


Contact the USPS Board of Governors Now

Trump-appointee Louis DeJoy, the Postmaster General, is gutting the USPS in a blatant attempt to suppress the vote in the election this year.

Below you'll find the names and email of the members of the USPS Board of Governors. 

Because the Postmaster General is selected by and serves at the pleasure of the board, we encourage all members of DA to contact each member, explain why DeJoy should no longer be in his position, and why mail-in voting matters to you. 

USPS Board of Governors

Robert Duncan:
mduncan@inezdepositbank.com

John Barger:
barger.jm@gmail.com

Ron Bloom:
ron.bloom@brookfield.com

Roman Martinez:
roman@rmiv.com

Donald Moak:
lee.moak@moakgroup.com

Wiliam Zollers:
directoraccessmailbox@cigna.com


Take a Stand for Emailed Ballot Returns

The 2020 presidential elections are fast approaching, yet we know that due to the pandemic there are long delays in postal mail delivery and almost 80 countries who have suspended their international postal delivery service altogether (https://about.usps.com/newsroom/service-alerts/international/welcome.htm). This is an urgent time to voice our concerns about voter access and stand up for our voting rights. To have safe, healthy, and fair elections this year, Americans abroad must have the ability to return their ballots securely via email attachment or web portal. 

If your voting state has a Democratic Governor but DOES NOT allow ballot returns via email attachment or web portal, call or email your governor’s office to express your concerns and let them know how your ability to vote is impacted. Then let us know their response by adding that information here

Democratic led states that currently do not allow email, fax or web portal ballot returns (contact information for your state here*): CT, IL, KY, MI, MN, NJ, NY, PA, VA, WI
If you prefer to email rather than call, look up your governor's website here, then go to their contact form. Use your voting address in the US to identify your voting location prior to sending in your comments. 
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Script for Phone calls

Hi, my name is ____, and I’m a constituent of Governor [Name], residing in [name of country]. 

I’m calling Governor ____ to express my concerns about the fact that [state] does not offer ballot returns via email attachment or web portal for Americans voting from overseas. There are currently 26 states that do offer email or web portal ballot returns and 5 that offer fax returns. Unfortunately [name of state] is not one of these. 

This is important to me personally because _______. [Explain known travel times for mail, embassy guidelines that indicate delays, costs of courier from your country, etc]

Currently almost 80 countries around the world do not have postal service to the US and the majority of other countries are delivering postal mail to the US via boat, severely delaying delivery. In the UK, the embassy has notified its voters that they could use the diplomatic pouch for ballot delivery but are not advising it, as they are expecting delivery to take 8 to 10 weeks - well beyond the time for a ballot (released at the earliest on Sept 19th) to reach our state in time. Courier service is our only, very expensive, option at the moment, applying an incredible poll tax on voters from abroad. 

If Governor [Name], allowed ballot returns via email attachment or web portal for citizens overseas, they would resolve the problem immediately, allowing voters abroad to successfully vote this year. 

Will you make sure that the voices of American citizens living abroad are heard in the upcoming election by working to implement email or web portal ballot return in the state of ____ ?

Many thanks for all that you do.


Script for Answering Machine Message

Hi, my name is ____, and I’m a constituent of Governor [Name], residing in [name of country]. 

I’m calling Governor ____ to express my concerns about the fact that [state] does not offer ballot returns via email attachment or web portal for Americans voting from overseas. 

This is important to me personally because _______. [Explain problems/delays you’ve experienced, or describe why mailing your ballot from abroad is difficult]

Currently almost 80 countries have no postal service to the US and the majority of others are delivering mail to the US via boat, causing severe delays. Delivery via Embassy diplomatic pouch is also very delayed (UK guidelines are 8-10 weeks), meaning ballots may not arrive on time. Courier service is our only, very expensive, option at the moment, applying an incredible poll tax on voters from abroad. 26 states have successfully developed safe and secure protocols for accepting ballots through email or web portal ballot returns for Citizens abroad, but the state of ____ hasn’t.

Will you make sure that the voices of American citizens living abroad are heard in the upcoming election by working to implement email or web portal ballot return in the state of ____ ?

Many thanks for all that you do.

Script for Emails

Hi,
My name is ____, and I’m a constituent of Governor [Name], residing in [name of country]. 

I’m emailing Governor ____ to express my concerns about the fact that [state] does not offer ballot returns via email attachment or web portal for Americans voting from overseas. There are currently 26 states that do offer email or web portal ballot returns and 5 that offer fax returns. Unfortunately [name of state] is not one of these. 

This is important to me personally because _______. [Explain known travel times for mail, embassy guidelines that indicate delays, costs of courier from your country, etc]

Currently almost 80 countries around the world do not have postal service to the US and the majority of other countries are delivering postal mail to the US via boat, severely delaying delivery. In the UK, the embassy has notified its voters that they could use the diplomatic pouch for ballot delivery but are not advising it, as they are expecting delivery to take 8 to 10 weeks - well beyond the time for a ballot (released at the earliest on Sept 19th) to reach our state in time. Courier service is our only, very expensive, option at the moment, applying an incredible poll tax on voters from abroad. 

If Governor [Name], allowed ballot returns via email attachment or web portal for citizens overseas, they would resolve the problem immediately, allowing voters abroad to successfully vote this year. 

Will you make sure that the voices of American citizens living abroad are heard in the upcoming election by working to implement email or web portal ballot return in the state of ____ ?

Many thanks for all that you do.

Kind regards,

[Name]

Talking points that help customize your script.

  • Email and web portal ballot return provides a paper trail as voters return their marked ballot and there’s no risk that the ballot will be delayed or lost in the international postal mail system. 26 states successfully use email or web portal ballot returns for Citizens abroad but the state of ____, doesn’t. 
  • Requiring postal ballot returns puts my health at risk since it makes it impossible for me to keep to the social distancing and stay at home measures by requiring travelling to and standing in lines at post offices and US embassies. 
  • There are over 6 million eligible US voters living (and potentially voting) from abroad and our votes are proven to make the margin of difference time and again.

More information

The Help America Vote Act (HAVA) promoted accessibility, including expansion of electronic systems as a means of improving Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) ballot return rates. The majority of states allow for ballot returns options via email attachment, fax or web portal, 20 require ballot returns by postal mail.
Summary of HAVA plus link to complete bill (from the Election Assistance Commission).

Support ballot returns by email or web portal!

With hugely consequential elections taking place in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, there has never been a more important time to stand up for our voting rights, and protect our votes and ourselves in the process.

If we are to have safe, healthy, and fair elections this year, Americans at home must make widespread use of mail ballots, while Americans abroad must have the ability to return their ballots securely via email or web portal.

Many countries outside of the US have suspended postal delivery or have long delays in postal mail delivery.  Requiring American voters abroad to pay for expensive courier services to vote, or travel to embassies not only suppresses votes but creates a poll tax on voter participation. 

What can we do?

Contact your member of Congress and senators, to speak out on these issues.

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Virginia Voters - Take Action Now on National Popular Vote

Virginia voters are in position to help bring true majority rule to the U.S. This week the Virginia state senate is considering a bill to move America towards electing the President by National Popular Vote. The bill was passed by the Virginia House of Delegates in January and is now in a state senate committee. The committee is expected to vote Tuesday, February 25 following deliberations. By asking your Virginia state senator to support the National Popular Vote bill right now, you can help make far-reaching change in U.S. politics for the future.

What it is: The National Popular Vote bill guarantees the presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Since 2007, the bill has been passed by 15 states and D.C., and has collected 196 electoral votes. The bill will go into effect when passed by states with a majority of electoral votes - i.e. 270. Democrats Abroad urges your support.

Prospects for enacting this legislation in Virginia are leaning positive as a result of the recent elections for both houses of the legislature, but we know the vote will be close.  Please take a moment now to email your state senator, asking them to pass the National Popular Vote bill in Virginia. 

More information below.

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Demand a Full and Fair Impeachment Trial

You’ve heard the news - Mitch McConnell is trying to set up a sham trial in place of a fair and open impeachment trial in the Senate. He has set extremely tight time limits, and plans to limit or cut all witnesses. He may not even allow any evidence to be admitted to the proceedings at all. These tactics demonstrate to the White House and to the world exactly where his political interests lie - in a totalitarian state with Donald Trump as its leader. 

Call your Senators now and demand that they stand up to #MoscowMitch and fight for a fair and open trial, one that is not rushed through in the middle of the night, which has witnesses, and which considers the evidence gathered during the House proceedings. 

If your senator is Democratic, ask that they speak out loudly and firmly for a fair and open impeachment trial in the Senate.

If your senator is Republican remind them that they took an oath to support and defend the Constitution. Demand that they stand behind that oath and push back against the rules that McConnell is trying to push through. 

Find your senator contact information here: https://www.govtrack.us/congress/members


Call Your Reps - Support the Articles of Impeachment

The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote on articles of impeachment this Wednesday, December 18th.  

Please call your representative today and ask them to vote YES in support of these articles. 

Congress has the moral and constitutional responsibility to stand up to the illegal and unethical behavior that Donald Trump has clearly conducted.

Let your representative know that you expect them to fulfill their responsibility. And if your rep is already planning to vote yes, thank them - positive reinforcement is valuable information for their office to collect as well.

Find Your Representative

Sample Phone Script
Hi, my name is ____, I vote in ____, and I’m a constituent of Rep. [Representative’s name]. I’m calling to ask that she/he vote YES to impeaDonald Trump.