"My fundamental belief is that third party candidates should be included in all elected office debates in which they wish to participate. In the 2000 election I paired with a voter from Virginia...I truly wish 600 more Independents in my state had done the same. We would be looking at a much different world today. The 2004 Votepair effort will once again free my conscience from the difficult choice of principle or pragmatism. We (independent thinkers) can have both!"
ŚMichael S. Caruso
Dunedin, FLMore Stories from Participants
Note on the 2008 presidential election: to be a useful strategy, vote pairing requires (1) a very close race between the top two candidates and (2) one or more strong third party candidates. These do not appear to characterize the 2008 election. In 2008, one alternative voting strategy is a Vote Pact.
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VotePair News (2004)
Defeat George Bush
Support Third Parties
Build a progressive majority
You can make your vote for president count by joining the national VotePair campaign and using your vote to elect Kerry-Edwards while supporting the role of progressive third-party candidates. As we learned in 2000, a few hundred votes in the right states can make all the difference in the world--and the whole world is watching now.
In vote-pairing, swing-state progressives whose first instinct might have
been to vote for Nader, Cobb or Badnarik are paired with Democrats (and others whose
first choice for President is Kerry) in 'safe' states where either Bush
or Kerry has a decisive lead. Paired voters can communicate with each
other and decide to vote strategically: swing-state participants for
Kerry and safe-state participants for Nader, Cobb or Badnarik. As a result, the
paired voters' support for progressive third parties is recorded in the
popular vote and their preference for Kerry over Bush finds voice in the
Defeating Bush means redirecting the current Administration's aggressive unilateral foreign policy, protecting the environment and women's right to choose, and keeping Bush from stacking the Supreme Court and federal courts with right-wing judges like Justices Scalia and Thomas.
Together, we can vote strategically to build a progressive majority and prevent another disastrous Bush presidency.
Answers to Vote Pairing Questions