Ask your stateside Alma Mater to help study abroad students Vote From Abroad!

Young voters are INSPIRED and ACTIVE this year, helping to register fellow new voters across the country. But, for the thousands who will study abroad this fall semester, far too many won’t know how to vote from abroad, or even if they can. You can help! Here's how:

  1. Search online for [your alma mater] + [study abroad] + [contact] to find the right person to reach out to. 
  2. Use the script to call or send the sample email below (CC:studyabroad@democratsabroad.org)
  3. Email details of your call with contact name, title, phone number and email address to studyabroad@democratsabroad.org and we will follow up with them!

Call Script:

  1. Introduction: Hello, my name is [NAME] and I graduated in [YEAR] from [DEPARTMENT/COLLEGE/UNIT/ETC.]. I’m calling to speak with someone about current [UNIVERSITY/COLLEGE] students Studying Abroad. Have I reached the right person?

    1. Answers YES: Great! I currently live in [CITY, COUNTRY] and I know how difficult it can be for US Citizens to vote while living or studying abroad, which is why I volunteer for an organization that helps Americans register to vote and request and submit their ballots while living abroad. Does [UNIVERSITY/COLLEGE] have a plan to help students studying abroad during the 2018 Midterms to vote? (go to 2. Share VfA Information a or b)

    2. Answers NO: Could you connect me with the appropriate person? (begin again from 1)

2. Share VfA Information

    1. Answers YES: Wonderful! Can you tell me about it? If you need any additional support for your students, I’d like to send you information about VotefromAbroad.org. We have great resources to help Americans studying abroad to register to vote and request and submit their ballots, including a Help Desk staffed with absentee voting experts. Can I email information to you? (go to Arrange Follow-Up a or b)

    2. Answers NO or UNSURE: This fall, students from [UNIVERSITY/COLLEGE] have an exciting opportunity to vote in November midterm elections while studying abroad. I am passionate about helping them, which is why I volunteer with VotefromAbroad.org. We have resources to help Americans studying abroad register to vote and request and submit their ballots, including a Help Desk staffed with absentee voting experts. I have flyers, posters and letters that explain the process for Study Abroad students. Can I send them to you by email? (go to Arrange Follow-Up a or b)

3. Arrange Follow-Up

    1. Answers YES: Great! What is your email address?
      You will receive an email from me or one of my fellow volunteers with the information and materials. Please let us know if you have any questions about students voting while studying abroad and we’ll be happy to answer them.   (go to End Call)

    2. Answers  NO: Is there another way you’d like to share the message with your students? We have emails and social media posts if you’d prefer. (document requested information, go to End Call)

4.  End Call: Thank you so much for your time and for helping students to vote!

5.  Follow Up: Send Follow-Up Email (below) to US Colleges and Universities and CC: studentsvotefromabroad@gmail.com


Introduction Email to US Colleges & Universities

**Please CC: studyabroad@democratsabroad.org**

Dear [CONTACT NAME],

I am an [ALUMNUS/ALUMNA] of [UNIVERSITY/COLLEGE, Class of XXXX], currently living in [CITY, COUNTRY]. I know how difficult it can be for US Citizens to vote while living or studying abroad, which is why I volunteer for VotefromAbroad.org, an organization that helps Americans living abroad register to vote and request and submit their absentee ballots.

This fall, students on-campus will hear about the importance of voting in the 2018 Midterm Elections. There will be on-campus voter registration drives and information about candidates and issues. But students studying abroad may not receive the same information or support. VotefromAbroad.org can help.

How it works:

Midterms Elections are November 6th and ballots are sent out about 40 days before the election, so now is the time to remind students to register to vote.

One of the great advantages of Study Abroad is that students develop a new appreciation of American democracy, and why their right to vote is fundamental to that enterprise. We want to make sure their right to vote is not lost in the exciting and overwhelming transition to life abroad.

I am happy to answer any questions you have and look forward to hearing back from you soon.

Sincerely,

[Your Name/Contact Information]

www.votefromabroad.org

Follow Up Email

**Please CC: studyabroad@democratsabroad.org**

Dear [CONTACT NAME],

As I mentioned during our call, I am an [ALUMNUS/ALUMNA] of [UNIVERSITY/COLLEGE, Class of XXXX], currently living in [CITY, COUNTRY]I know how difficult it can be for US Citizens to vote while living or studying abroad, which is why I volunteer for VotefromAbroad.org, an organization that helps Americans living abroad register to vote and request and submit their absentee ballots.

This fall, students on-campus will hear about the importance of voting in the 2018 Midterm Elections. There will be on-campus voter registration drives and information about candidates and issues. But students studying abroad may not receive the same information or support. VotefromAbroad.org can help.

How it works:

Midterms Elections are November 6th and ballots are sent out about 40 days before the election, so now is the time to remind students to register to vote.

One of the great advantages of Study Abroad is that students develop a new appreciation of American democracy, and why their right to vote is fundamental to that enterprise. We want to make sure their right to vote is not lost in the exciting and overwhelming transition to life abroad.

I am happy to answer any questions you have and look forward to hearing back from you soon.

Sincerely,

[Your Name/Contact Information]

www.votefromabroad.org