Representative JOHN LEWIS, who passed away in July, understood that voting rights were the key to civil rights and equality for the global community – the entire world. In his final letter he wrote: “Voting and participating in the democratic process are key. The vote is the most powerful nonviolent change agent you have in a democratic society. You must use it because it is not guaranteed. You can lose it.” Within Canada there are 65,000 members of the American demographic. Globally there are approximately 6.5-million eligible U.S. voters living outside the country.  Only 5% of Americans living in Canada, voted in the 2016 U.S. election, but in the past their votes have made a real difference. If you no longer live in America, you can still vote. If you’ve never lived in the U.S., but have American parents, your vote will count. Some states may allow voting by e-mail; others by postal mail. Fill out the ballot and send it back a.s.a.p.The deadline for voting by Americans is quite short. Register and request your ballot early at this address – – volunteers will offer 24/7 support, and walk you through specific guidelines.Former Ambassadors to Canada who participated in the Globe and Mail article – Bruce Heyman (2014-17), Gordon Giffin (1997-2001), Vicki Heyman and Patti Giffin served alongside Bruce and Gordon in Ottawa.