Presidential election coverage on Tuesday night will be closely watched by a group of dual citizens and American expatriates living in Southwestern Ontario.
The London and Area Chapter of Democrats Abroad is expecting around 75 people to attend their Election Day Watch Party at Palasad North, but that number is expected to swell since the Liberal Party of Canada is also hosting a viewing party at the same location.
Both Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump will cast their ballots in New York Tuesday morning. The first wave of polls close at 7 p.m. ET, including Georgia and Virginia.
A winner likely won’t emerge until after 11 p.m. ET.
Democrats Abroad Canada has been working to help expats register to vote from abroad, including one person who hadn’t voted since Shirley Chisholm in the 1972 Democratic Primary.
“Another woman had not voted since Eisenhower who I helped to register, so people are really up in arms, they really don’t want a Trump presidency,” said London and Area Chapter of Democrats Abroad Chair Gena Brumitt. “You’ve got people who are sick in the hospital who are asking their family members to bring them an absentee ballot so that they can vote.”
Brumitt said it’s been a hard fought campaign.
“With Obama being the first black President, I know he certainly came up against a lot of stuff, like the whole birther thing was all built on a lie,” she said. “That’s what we’re seeing here with Hillary as well. Every step that she takes, it’s super super hard for her and I like the analogy of people keep throwing bricks at her, but every time they throw a brick at her, she just takes it and puts it down and paves a path to the White House.”
The Democrats Abroad Election Day Watch Party at Palasad on Adelaide Street North will get underway at 6p.m. Tuesday.