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Expats in Canada could sway outcome of U.S. presidential race

Friday, November 4th, 2016

[A group of volunteers with Democrats Abroad held a last-minute calling party ahead of the U.S. presidential election at the home of Mara Hansen-Staples in Vancouver. Photo from J. Staples]

Erin Curry, who married a Canadian and settled in Moncton, N.B., considered giving up her U.S. citizenship but decided to hang onto it so she could vote in the American presidential election.

With her home state of Pennsylvania one of the 11 battleground states that could tip in favour of Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump, she “definitely wanted to make sure I got a vote in this election.”

“I know who I don’t want to be in office,” says Curry, who still has friends and family living in the United States and was worried that their quality of life would change if Trump got into the White House.

The 31-year-old is part of a huge bloc of American expats — an estimated 2.6 million eligible overseas voters, including 660,935 in Canada — that experts and partisan groups believe could sway the outcome of the presidential race on Nov. 8.

Click here to read the original story published for Yahoo Canada News.

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