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"Being a liberal in Utah is so discouraging. As a college student who is active in politics, it has been hard for me to encourage my peers to vote because when they say, "Our vote doesn't matter; Utah is a Republican state," I can't deny the validity of the statement. I heard about Vote Pair a few weeks ago when a student wrote a letter to the editor of our school newspaper, and it has brought new hope to the dozens of the liberal students who work at the paper, my family members, and my anti-Bush friends. Now when fellow students try to give me the excuse that they aren't voting because they don't think their votes matter, I can steer them in Vote Pair's direction. Thanks for giving my generation a new way and reason to participate in the democratic process. "
-Danyelle White
Salt Lake City, UT

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How You Can Help

  • Send an op-ed or letter to the editor of your local newspaper. Most papers have websites that provide submission guidelines and information on where to send it; just search by the newspaper's name, or you can check out the US Newspaper List (USNPL) for a state-by-state listing.
  • Spread the word about the importance of strategic voting in 2004. You can download a flyer (Swing State Flyer | Safe State Flyer | | Determine Your State's Status) and hand it out at local election-related events like candidate appearances, political symposia, demonstrations, and rallies.
  • Place an ad about in a local or university newspaper or on popular websites. (Swing State Ad | Safe State Ad | Determine Your State's Status). If you don't have funds to place a newspaper display ad like one of these, you can also place a classified ad, using just the ad text.
  • Donate to VotePair. We're a volunteer-run effort, but your contribution will help pay for much-needed outreach, media, and marketing efforts, and defray some operational costs (like this Web site).
  • Talk to the media. Reporters are always interested in a local 'hook' to make stories relevant to their readers. If you'd be willing to talk to reporters about why you support the vote-pairing effort and believe in the need for progressives to unite in 2004, contact with your name, city/state of residence, and best way (phone or email) to contact you.
  • Share your connections. If you know a celebrity or other national figure who might help promote vote pairing, write to
  • Invite a friend, colleague, or relative to check out and consider pairing his/her vote.
  • Host a border party. Border Parties bring together voters from neighboring swing and safe states for dialogue, strategizing, and fun.

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