|My own private + others||6|
|JFK School Alumni||1|
|DA Kick-off at the Max und Moritz Restaurant||4||Pictures by Karen Axelrad|
|Black Movie Fest||5||FESTIVAL IMPRESSIONS 2008, 23rd picture down|
|American Church in Berlin||4|
|JFK School Art Fair||16|
|American Church in Berlin Street fair||2|
|Berlin Brandenburg International Sschool Summer Fest||20|
|Berlin International School International Day||4|
|Exberliner Kaffee Burger||2|
|JFK School Graduation Rehearsal||5|
|"Amerikafest" U.S. Embassy opening. |
Registration desk in "The Kennedys" museum
|66||Pictures by Karen Axelrad|
More pictures:VR1, VR2
|Bergmann Street Jazz Festival||16|
|Black & Hemmingway (ABBO) on Gendarmenmarkt||?||Mention by Deutsche Welle|
|Obama's speach at the Siegessäule||over 300||Arik was there. Pictures by Karen Axelrad|
|German-American Volksfest||76||Donald Black's post on Obama's Community Blog|
|Saint Georges Bookstore Movie Nights||34|
|DA Labor Day Picnic||21||Pictures by Karen Axelrad|
|JFK School Info Fair||27|
|JFK Friendship Center Anniversary fair||13|
|JFK School Fun Day||39|
|American Citizen Fair at U.S. Embassy||21||Pictures:VR1, VR2|
|Books in Berlin||24|
|Doretta's private contacts||20|
|White Trash Fast Food restaurant||48|
|Robin Hemingway / ABBO||? dozens|
|Lenore at an art event||18|
|Babylon Theater Presidential Countdown movie nights
|Amerika Haus (incl. write-ins)||9||"How will America vote" lecture series|
Article in the TAZ mentions me. English version of this: WorldMeets.US
Pictures by Karen Axelrad
|Total||well over 860|
Thanks also to Dr. William E. Downey, Emily Sanford, Alexander von Engelhardt, Cody Nana, Wolfgang Pietsch, Michael Steltzer, Deborah Harding, Ibragim T., Ann Wertheimer, Pam Selwyn, Jane Hartmann, Kara Krull, Angela Lummel, Leonore Suttle, Stacy Closson, Alexander Zimmerman, Arik Komets, Gladys Cagle, Kitty Ruderman, Lissa Rosenbloom, Jennifer Cameron, Jacalyn Carley, Maigee Chang, Cynthia Turczyn, Susan Starling and her daughter, Doretta Dow, Deborah Freedberg, Elisabeth Zach, Robin Hemingway, plus any others who I haven't been able to keep track of or knew about. I know you've dedicated and spent countless hours sometimes bored when no one would stop at your table for an hour or sometimes getting hoarse when things get so hectic that you find yourself serving three people at once!
We also passed out countless 1/4 page-sized flyers (Full-sized sample flyer with reference to both following websites: VoteFlyer) at these and other events encouraging people to register at various locations or to go online to one of these two websites:
Overseas Vote Foundation is a non-partisan site.
Candidates are listed here for the write-in ballots.
Good database for finding and contacting your registration office.
VoteFromAbroad is from the Democratic Party.
Flyers were of course distributed at monthly meetings of AVA and DA as well as among friends, colleagues, and acquaintances.
Flyers were also send by e-mail for further distribution to various other local American(-related) organizations, including Auslandsämter of universities in Berlin and Brandenburg.
We also distributed flyers at 'American' restaurants and cafes, usually by placing them in the info-card racks. The flyers were frequently updated to announce planned registration sites.
An ad with the Overseas Vote Foundation link similar to the VoteFlyerAVA flyer was printed in the summer issue of the EXBERLINER. Their website also carried banners I created linking to each of the OVF and the Vote from Abroad registration websites respectively. These were page-viewed 6856 and 6315 times respectively and clicked on 179 and 178 times respectively.
And last-but-not-least, references to the one or other website were made in the e-mail signatures of team members as well as in newsletters sent by AVA and DA.
I have no way of knowing the success of these flyers, ads, and other publicity, but I recon there could be another thousand or even more persons who registered via the Internet.
In conclusion, I'd say the numbers were quite good. But how can we really know how many of the potentially ten-thousand American voters in Berlin we've reached? Learning how people intended to vote was no problem though. Without our asking, most people by themselves expressed their pro-democratic inclination. We can be proud therefore of our small, yet not insignificant contribution to the campaign.
There were three things to vote on:
Vote for President and Vice-President: results for Obama and Biden
Predict that close swing states would vote Democratic (Missouri eventually went Republican)
Will the Democrats win 60 seats in the Senate?
The raw data is available here.
Then speeches were held on stage by representatives from the US embassy, American Voices Abroad (Isabelle Cole), The Kennedy Museum, and Republicans Abroad. Nancy Green read the speech prepared by DA chairman Michael Steltzer, who unfortunately was too ill to attend; after all he had put in to organizing tonight’s spectacle. I was based at the small Democrats Abroad info table, where I was wearing a Voter Registration name tag and was selling T-shirts, buttons and stickers, and distributing voting info from Obama for Americans abroad. Denise, Hilary, as well as my daughter Ruth also took turns at the table. There were also info tables from the American Voices Abroad and The Kennedy Museum.
One highlight for all of us volunteers at ball was the great balloon drop. We had filled the red, white and blue balloons into two long nets lashed to the top floor railing. At the appointed time, just as the band started up for the actual dancing party, we lifted the opened net over the balustrade to release the balloons onto all the surprised guests below.
For the rest of the evening we danced to Folkadelic and a DJ later in the night. Meanwhile several of us were interviewed by the press. Here are some of the best press reports: