"As a progressive in Houston, Texas, I feel like I have no voice in this year's Presidential Election. I am participating in VotePair because I can vote for either Nader or Cobb with a clear conscience while increasing the impact of my decision that Bush MUST be defeated. By swapping my Kerry vote with a progressive third-party supporter in one of the battleground states I feel like I will be heard after all while ensuring that their voice in support of third party efforts stays audible too. Thank you VotePair."
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In the weeks leading up to the 2000 presidential election, groups all over the country developed independent vote pairing sites in an effort both to help the Green Party toward its goal of receiving 5 percent of the national vote and to help Gore defeat Bush.
In 2000, at least 36,000 people, including more than 1,400 in Florida, participated in vote pairing. Margins of victory in several states in 2000 were extremely small: 365 votes in New Mexico; 537 in Florida; 4,144 in Iowa; 5,708 in Wisconsin; 6,765 in Oregon; and 7,211 in New Hampshire. The 2004 election is poised to be just as close. Vote pairing can have a major impact!