Last night’s debate once again affirmed what we already knew — the man in the White House is completely incapable of leading and is fixated on nothing except spewing hate and lies for his own personal gain. Luckily, the election is still in our hands, and we can elect Joe Biden! Read his open letter to Americans abroad here https://www.democratsabroad.org/joe_biden_reaches_out_to_americans_abroad.
As an American abroad, it’s imperative that you return your ballot now. Deadlines are quickly approaching, and we don’t want you to miss them! You can request your ballot and check your state’s deadlines at www.votefromabroad.org/states http://www.votefromabroad.org/states.
Please note that there is NO in-person voting in Germany in November!
We’re also excited to share some updates on voting, including a €25 overnight delivery special from FedEx and “I Voted from Germany” stickers, as well as events, like an online vigil forBreonna Taylor and a debate debrief.
- By this point, you should have received your ballot. If you requested it and have not received it, please contact your local election official (info here http://www.votefromabroad.org/states) AND submit a Federal Write-In Ballot (FWAB), if you haven’t already. Get started at www.votefromabroad.org/fwab http://www.votefromabroad.org/fwab. If you need help, please respond to this email or submit your question here https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScd08eZujbKq8uJKh9ynJcx9w9OS2P_BvzJbvnI74JSM2iRdQ/viewform?usp=sf_link.
There’s no downside to submitting a FWAB. But you should also mail in your official ballot as soon as you receive it. If both the FWAB and your official ballot reach your voting jurisdiction by the deadline, only the official ballot will be counted and the FWAB will be discarded.
- If your state allows email or fax ballot return, please use these options as they’re not subject to delay. Here is more information on fax submission https://www.democratsabroad.org/de_how_to_fax_your_ballot_by_without_a_fax_machine. Please note that some states that allow email or fax return require that the ballot be sent by postal mail, too. https://www.fedex.com/en-de/open-account.html?cmp=EMC-US-election-2020-promo
- If your state requires postal mail ballot return,October 5 is the last day you should use Deutsche Post. You might want to consider taking advantage of the following special with FedEx Express, which was just announced:
FedExExpress is kindly offering Americans abroad a discount to send ballots home reliably. US voters living in 10 European countries can now take advantage of a special rate for overnight return of their absentee ballots. From now through November, FedEx International Priority service for envelopes up to 500g sent to the USA, including home pick-up in many cases, costs just €25
- Belgium https://www.fedex.com/en-be/open-account.html?cmp=EMC-US-election-2020-promo,
- France https://www.fedex.com/en-fr/open-account.html?cmp=EMC-US-election-2020-promo,
- Germany https://www.fedex.com/en-de/open-account.html?cmp=EMC-US-election-2020-promo,
- Italy https://www.fedex.com/en-it/open-account.html?cmp=EMC-US-election-2020-promo,
- Netherlands https://www.fedex.com/en-nl/open-account.html?cmp=EMC-US-election-2020-promo,
- Spain https://www.fedex.com/en-es/open-account.html?cmp=EMC-US-election-2020-promo,
- Denmark https://www.fedex.com/en-dk/open-account.html?cmp=EMC-US-election-2020-promo (kr.186),
- Poland https://www.fedex.com/en-pl/open-account.html?cmp=EMC-US-election-2020-promo (112 zł),
- Sweden https://www.fedex.com/en-se/open-account.html?cmp=EMC-US-election-2020-promo (260 kr),
- United Kingdom https://www.fedex.com/en-gb/open-account.html?cmp=EMC-US-election-2020-promo (£23).
This special is only bookable online — discounts will not be given if booking at a FedEx store or on the phone. Feel free to privately tell your friends and family, but please do not post about this on social media.
If using FedEx, or any other courier, your ballot must still be enclosed in a ballot envelope, also sometimes called a “secrecy” or “security” envelope. The instructions that come with your ballot will explain how to prepare your ballot envelope. Complete your ballot, put it in the ballot envelope, seal it, make sure to sign the ballot oath, and then put it in the courier service envelope.
All details, including a step-by-step “how to guide https://drive.google.com/file/d/1oVyyR-IwwEGW5gKcdqPZI1DchqE9iE4l/view“, about the FedEx deal can be found at
As a small thank you for your civic engagement, DA Germany is happy to mail you an “I Voted from Germany” sticker free of charge. https://fs11.formsite.com/DAGermany/ivotedfromgermany/index.html
Get your free “I Voted from Germany” sticker here https://fs11.formsite.com/DAGermany/ivotedfromgermany/index.html
(save the picture and already make it your prof pic, too!)
Remembering Breonna Taylor https://www.democratsabroad.org/remembering_breonna_taylor_an_online_vigil
Thursday, October 1 — 4:00pm
Last week, we got news that a grand jury in Kentucky refused to indict the officers who killed Breonna Taylor for her murder. Instead, one officer was indicted for wanton endangerment of the occupants of the apartment next to Breonna’s. If you’re like me, you were heart broken and furious that once again, our system failed to provide justice for a black person. Breonna’s case is not an exception; it’s not an outlier. She, like so many other black women and men, are victims of a system of policing and criminal justice that refuses to afford black and brown skin the same treatment and consideration as white skin. Enough is enough. It is clear to me that justice cannot and will not be given or granted. Justice can only be created by those who demand it. So let’s come together to once again morn our sister Breonna, may she rest in power. And discuss how we can create and shape our justice. Say her name.
Debate Debrief https://fb.me/e/1ysF9gkWO
Friday, October 2 — 5:00pm
“Will you just shut up, man?” was precisely the thought of millions of Americans and people worldwide for over four years. If the first presidential debate has you feeling some type of way and you need to let it out, join our post-debate debrief online via Zoom this Friday from 5:00-6:00pm CEST. RSVP for login information.
Voting from Abroad Q&A https://www.democratsabroad.org/ckerestan/voting_from_abroad_q_a
Monday, October 5 — 6:00pm
Do you have questions about how to vote from abroad? Are you a Democrats Abroad volunteer helping others and want to familiarize yourself with the ins-and-outs of overseas voting? Join us for a one-hour info session and Q&A that will walk you through the entire process!
Before attending the session, we recommending already trying to fill out the absentee ballot request form (FPCA) and a back-up ballot (FWAB). Instructions for both can be found atwww.votefromabroad.org http://www.votefromabroad.org/.State registration deadlines start to fall in early October,so please do not delay. Check your state’s deadline atwww.votefromabroad.org/states http://www.votefromabroad.org/states.
A full list of help sessions can be found at www.democratsabroad.org/vote_from_germany http://www.democratsabroad.org/vote_from_germany.
Tuesday, October 6 — 7:00pm
Calling is one of the best ways to get our members to vote! It’s easy and effective! Do you have time to make a few calls? Many of our members are at home, eager to receive them.
Learn how to phonebank at this online live training. For beginners or to refresh your skills or to share your experience! We’ll focus on the basics, take questions, describe the new texting feature, and discuss how it will be to call in the current environment.
We have fantastic volunteers working around the clock to provide voting assistance — and we couldn’t do this without your help. Please consider sponsoring our cause in these critical last few weeks. We are entirely funded by members’ donations. Contributions of any size are greatly appreciated and can be directed to:
Account name: Democrats Abroad Germany
IBAN: DE04 5405 0220 0140 2702 99
If you’d like some bang for your buck, why not order some DA and Biden-Harris merchandise? Buttons, tote bags, shirts, and more can be found at www.democratsabroad.org/germanyshop http://www.democratsabroad.org/germanyshop.
Our entire DA Germany team thanks you for your continued support and wishes you a great start to October! The day when we’ll finally have a Democrat in the White House is getting closer and closer!