Beating the Bushes for Democrats
U.S Election Reaches
The U.S. Federal 2004 election on November 2nd promises to be a
very close race and U.S. citizens living in Canada could make a
crucial difference in the final outcome.
Diana Kerry, sister
to US Democratic Presidential candidate John Kerry,
dropped in to Vancouver August 18th to connect with American
citizens living in the area and register them to vote in this
November’s Presidential election.
It is estimated that over 500,000 U.S. citizens/dual citizens live in
Canada and all are eligible to vote by absentee ballots.
Kerry was part of a worldwide tour organized by Americans Overseas for
Diana Kerry told her audience that the 2004 election will be a
close race, and according to Democrats Abroad several key swing
states will probably make the difference in the presidential
race. Kerry reminded all Americans living in Canada “of
their duty and right to vote.”
She stressed that the U.S. Election Act permits any American
citizen, living anywhere in the world, to vote in his/her last state of
residence by absentee ballot.
Because six U.S. states were decided by less than 7,500 votes in
2000, the approximately 500,000 eligible American voters living in
Canada could make a big difference.
Democrats Abroad Canada (DAC) has been engaged in a year-long voter
registration campaign to register Americans so they can vote in the
2004 presidential election. They also point out that
six U.S.-Canada border states are expected to be swing states, meaning
they could go to either party. If the majority of eligible
Americans in Canada were to vote, it would be a larger turnout than
eight states and the District of Columbia in 2000.
“There are no reliable statistics in Canada that accurately reflect
distribution of American voters by (U.S.) state,” said Robert Bell,
past DAC Chair. “But chances are many of the Americans
living here are from key battleground states like Michigan, Ohio,
Minnesota, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Wisconsin and Washington, and
that increases the likelihood that Canadian voters will have a real
impact on who wins the U.S. Presidency in 2004.”
Many remember the U.S. Supreme Court stepping over the Florida Supreme
Court to end the ballot counting and declaring George W. Bush elected
by 537 votes. Within eight months of his inauguration his monstrous
failure to guard the US resulted in a massive terrorist attack on New
York on September 11, 2001. Despite that and notwithstanding his
efforts to destroy the US economy and wreak havoc in international
affairs with his military adventures, the incumbent Bush
continues to maintain the support of half of polled American voters.
Democrats Abroad Canada has an active B.C. Chapter chaired by Karen
Funt in Vancouver (email@example.com
& Susan Mullen in Victoria (firstname.lastname@example.org