"I moved to Texas 26 years ago and have never had a single vote for president count. I have often felt like not voting at all. I wish we had an Electoral College change like Colorado is talking about. It is just not fair. My son is a 17 year old senior who will not not turn 18 before the presidential election. He has done nothing but complain about not being able to vote. He is a Kerry supporter. I haven't told him that his vote wouldn't count anyway. I don't want to possibly make him lose interest in voting in the future. He tells me that announcing that he is a Kerry supporter at school gets him ridiculed and attacked. I was very thankful to have heard about votepair.org this morning. It gives me some hope and I will certainly be passing this information on to others who feel as helpless as I do. Tired of being left out of the process."
-Barbara & Family
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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!