Calgary

American expats in Calgary vote early

It's the last day of campaigning before polls open south of the border and many Americans who are living abroad have already cast their ballots.

A Stats Canada census shows that just over 22,000 Americans were living in Calgary in 2006

There's a lot at stake in the American election, even for people here in Alberta. 3:46

It’s the last day of campaigning before polls open south of the border and many Americans who are living abroad have already cast their ballots.

The latest Statistics Canada census, which was from 2006, shows that just over 22,000 Americans were living in Calgary at that time.

Gerald Chipeur, the former chair of Republicans Abroad Canada, is one of about 100,000 Americans living in Calgary. (CBC)

The former chair of Republicans Abroad Canada says a Mitt Romney victory on Tuesday night would be good for this country.

"I'm extremely hopeful that Romney will open a new page on U.S.-Canada relations," said Gerald Chipeur.

Many people in Alberta are keeping a close watch on the candidates' energy strategies.

A local economist believes the strategies of Romney and U.S. President Barack Obama have more similarities than differences.

"No matter who wins, energy will be high on both candidates' agendas," Michal Moore said.

Moore suspects the percentage of expats who vote from Canada is twice the turnout in the U.S.

"We do know from the 2000 election that the Republicans abroad, the voters abroad, put Bush over the top in Florida, so it was just a few hundred votes that made the difference."

There are an estimated six million Americans living abroad.

Corrections

  • A Statistics Canada census from 2006 shows that just over 22,000 Americans were living in Calgary at that time. However, the U.S. Consulate estimates the number of Americans currently living in the greater Calgary area is around 100,000, which was intially reported in an earlier version of this story.
    Sep 13, 2013 5:51 AM MT

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