"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
More Stories from Participants
November 2, 2004
Dear VotePair participants,
We want to thank you once again for your participation in VotePair. Knowing that we've had the support of so many people nationwide has made working on the 2004 VotePair effort exciting and rewarding. As of last night, we had nearly 22,000 registrants and over 2600 pairs - a manifold increase in just the final couple of weeks. (See the VotePair statistics page.)
Remember that if you haven't been paired by the time you go to the polls, you are under no obligation to vote for your strategic choice, but can freely cast your ballot for your first-choice candidate.
We are very sorry that in the end, we were not able to pair every registrant, and hope that you nonetheless feel that your participation has been worthwhile. We received thousands more registrations from Democrats in safe states than from third-party supporters in swing states. But the high overall registration levels served a vital purpose: demonstrating to the public and the media that progressives want to unite around common goals, and that many, many people feel disenfranchised because the current electoral system silences millions of voices. In this way, VotePair has been part of a groundswell of attention being paid to problems that must be fixed in order for the United States to have truly open, representative elections.
Every major social and political change takes significant time and effort - know that you are part of the stream of energy that is helping the nation move in a better direction. VotePair will be back in touch in the coming weeks regarding our future plans. We're hoping to continue with other activities in the months and years before the 2008 election, and want all of you to be a part of that ever-increasing momentum. We deeply hope that today's elections go well and that we are able to both defeat Bush and draw attention to the critical issues represented by third party candidates.
With much appreciation,