There’s another election going on Friday for some Vancouver residents, but getting to the polls for Iran’s presidential elections could be difficult.
Mazier Seirafi and nine friends says they’re all of Iranian background and are hoping to vote.
However, there’s nowhere to vote in Canada so they are all travelling three hundred kilometres to get to the nearest voting booth, south of the United States border.
But Seirafi says it’s worth it just to vote.
“We’ve seen in the [provincial] election and our vote was 59 to 60 per cent, to be honest that’s a huge shame because it seems some people take it for granted.”
Mazier says he and his friends can’t vote in Canada as relations between Canada and Iran soured under the Harper government.
“At the back of my head I’m not Canadian enough in the eyes of the border officers who basically look at my passport and question me sometimes for up to two to three hours.”
This will be Seirafi’s first attempt at entering the U.S. since Trump was inaugurated.