Expat Democrats in Canada urged to vote in US mid-terms

Published:  18 Sep at 6 PM
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American expatriates living and working in Canada are being urged to vote in the mid-terms in order to thwart Trump.

US Democrats are attempting to rally the 200,000 US citizens living in Vancouver to vote in the upcoming US mid-term elections, citing their belief that Democrat expat voters could swing the balance in a number of tightly contested battles for state governors, seats in Congress and the Senate. According to campaigner Tammy Flynn Seybold, only a miserable two per cent bothered to cast their votes in the close-called 2016 election, with numbers in Toronto and London, England also way down at five and 11 per cent respectively.

One problem is that many US citizens living and working overseas don’t realise they are entitled to have their say in the mid-terms as well as in presidential elections, with others believing their votes don’t count as they’re not living in the USA. This November, all 435 House of Representative seats and 33 out of the 100 Senate seats are up for grabs, with the balance of power within Congress on a knife edge due to the chaos in the White House.

Another important reason why expatriate Americans should make their voices heard is the fact that no voices mean no-one’s listening to the many grievances stressing out US expatriates overseas. The worst is dual taxation including FATCA, and the recent tax reforms and their effect on US small businesses overseas are a nightmare now unfolding, as is the continuing Trump presidency. In addition to Democrats Abroad’s efforts, US military personnel serving overseas are also being urged to vote.

For Democrats living overseas and confused about absentee ballots, the easy way is to visit the Democrats Abroad website and use its online voter registration tool. Wherever on the planet you live, it’s simply a matter of requesting an absentee ballot and voting as an absentee. Many millions of US citizens are now living and working overseas as expatriate professionals, with many more considering leaving since the Trump presidency became a reality. For the nine million US citizens living outside the US, it’s simple – if you don’t like what’s going down in the home country, voting is the only answer.
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