The presidential election may be many months away, but today we’re just three weeks away from the first voting — the Iowa Caucus.

Polls are showing our candidate, Senator Bernie Sanders, just 3 points behind Clinton in Iowa — and ahead of her in New Hampshire.  We are on course to win some major early victories which, we hope, will take Bernie all the way to the White House.

But we need your help and involvement, even here in the U.K., to win. 

The next public event you should attend is the Debate Watch organized by Democrats Abroad UK (DAUK) on January 19th.  We’ll be watching a recording of the debate between the Democratic Candidates which will take place next Sunday night.

Originally, DAUK planned on charging everyone to attend, and we decided to hold our own event which would be free for students.  Fortunately, DAUK changed its mind and the event is free for students and concessions.  We strongly encourage student supporters of Bernie Sanders to come, wearing your Bernie stickers and pins, and help us distribute flyers and meet potential supporters at the event.  Here are the details:

Date and time: January 19, 2016, 7:00 p.m.
Place: Sports Bar & Grill (Marylebone), Melcombe Place, London NW1 6JJ (nearest tube station: Marylebone)
Tickets: £10 general; free for students/concessions (you must RSVP as space is limited):
http://dauk-debatewatch-jan-2016.eventbrite.co.uk
If you’re claiming a free ticket, you must bring your student ID with you to the event.

As some of you will have learned, the Sanders campaign has put out a call for volunteers to come to New Hampshire.  If you’re interested in going, email jamesjameson@berniesanders.com

Last week, we announced that we’d be holding a regular weekly surgery every Tuesday.  Unfortunately we can’t start that this week, but we’ll let you know once we get that going.

In a historic first, Iowans can vote by tele-caucus if registered by 6 January.

Any active military, student, or Iowan living abroad is eligable, but you have to register. Please forward to all your friends and share!

From the Iowa Democratic Party’s Tele-Caucus site:

As part of the IDP’s continuing effort to expand participation in the Iowa Democratic Precinct Caucuses, for the first time ever the party will hold a Tele-Caucus for military members serving out-of-state and Iowans living abroad. The Tele-Caucus will take place at the same day and time, February 1 at 7 p.m. CST, as the precinct caucuses.

The Tele-Caucus is available to Iowans who are registered to vote and covered under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) and any active duty member of the military who is outside the borders of Iowa on the day and time of the Iowa Caucuses. This would include:

  • Members of the military stationed outside Iowa
  • Military family members living abroad
  • Members of the Peace Corps
  • Diplomatic Corps
  • Students and other Iowans living abroad

If you qualify for one of the above categories, you can register for the Tele-Caucus here. 

The deadline to register is January 6, 2016.

Please forward to your friends and family!

Democrats Abroad will be running a Global Primary during the first week of March 2016.  Twelve at-large delegates will be elected, and divided up among the candidates in proportion to their votes.  A candidate receiving 50% of the votes cast will get 6 delegates, for example.

Who can vote?  Any American citizen who will be at least 18 years of age in November 2016,  and who is living abroad at the moment.  This includes students.

You can vote by post, fax or scan-and-email — but only if you’ve joined Democrats Abroad before you vote.

To join Democrats Abroad (it’s free of charge), use a simple form we’ve provided (which also gives your details to our campaign) here —

http://goo.gl/forms/X6O5D3U4W7

— or you can join directly through Vote From Abroad (which also registers you to vote in your home state) —

https://www.votefromabroad.org/

Anyone in possession of a US passport who lives abroad can vote at one of the four polling stations they have set up, as follows:

Cambridge – March 1 (6:00-9:00 p.m.) at Cambridge Union Society, 9A Bridge Street, Cambridge CB2 1UB

Edinburgh – March 1 (1:00-6:30 p.m.) at The Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace, Edinburgh EH1 2JL

London – March 1 (6:30-9:00 p.m.) and March 5 (2:00-5:00 p.m.) at The Abbey Centre, 34 Great Smith Street, London SW1P 3BU

Oxford – March 1 (noon-7 p.m.) at Rothermere American Institute, 1a South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3UB; March 2 (10 a.m.-2 p.m.) at Turl Street Kitchen, 16-17 Turl Street, Oxford Ox1 3DH