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Americans living in Canada can register to vote at Toronto’s Scotiabank Arena next week

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If you’ve been following the news then you know that American politics are, well, kind of a mess right now. It’s never been more important for U.S. citizens to hit the polls and cast their votes in the upcoming election. To help out with that, the Scotiabank Arena will be available for Americans to register to vote as early as next week. This move follows the many NBA teams in the States who have converted their arenas into voting hubs as one of the key demands from players during their boycott last month.

But why would a Canadian arena have anything to do with the U.S. election? We’re glad you asked. Did you know that right now there are around 650,000 eligible American voters living in Canada? What’s even crazier is that of those 650K, only 35-thousand voted in the last election. Oof. In a race as close as 2016, it hurts our hearts to imagine what could have been if those other 615-thousand people had gone to the polls.

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But we can’t dwell on what could have been. Instead, it’s important for us all to look toward the future with a little grain of hope that things can turn around. (Even us Canadians watching anxiously from the sidelines). This news from the Scotiabank Arena and Toronto Raptors is definitely a step in the right direction. Making voting accessible and easy is a surefire way to up those turnout numbers.

There’s no word yet on the exact dates that the Scotiabank Arena will be open for registration. But it’s likely that it will be sometime next week.

So if you’re an American living in our wonderful country, please, take advantage and head to the Scotiabank Arena to defend your democracy. It’s easy to get lost in all the amazing perks of living in the True North Strong And Free, but right now your country needs your help.

Stay healthy, folks.