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The U.S. is gearing up for mid-term elections, and the results could have lasting implications on the ongoing trade war with Canada. That’s why the former U.S. Ambassador to Canada, Bruce Heyman and his wife, Vicki are here urging all Americans living in Canada to get out and vote from abroad. They’ve recently partnered with Michelle Obama in her non-partisan effort to get everyone to vote.

In the 2014 U.S. midterm elections, not much over a third of eligible voters bothered to show up. But why are these elections so important?

“In ordinary times, midterm elections lack the personality-driven drama of a presidential election year,” a piece in the Globe and Mail states. “But these aren’t ordinary times – the next Congress may well see a serious attempt to impeach U.S. president Donald Trump. Everything related to Trump is a high-drama exercise, and 2018’s midterms will be no exception.”

There are about 284,000 people in Canada who are U.S. citizens and eligible to vote.

To volunteer to help register people to vote, visit the When We All Vote website. If you’re an American citizen living abroad, visit the Overseas Vote Foundation to register to vote.