"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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VotePair.org Border Parties
Like votepairing, Border Parties are meant bring together swing-state progressives whose first instinct might have been to vote for Nader or Cobb with Democrats (and others whose first choice for President is Kerry) from 'safe' states. Border Parties will bring together voters from neighboring swing and safe states for dialogue, strategizing, and fun.
In the atmosphere of animosity and distrust that currently exists between the Kerry, Nader, and Cobb camps, Border Parties can help unify progressives to defeat Bush.
Border parties could be staged on towns near the borders of Florida and Alabama, Utah and Nevada, Pennsylvania and New York, and so forth. You could even organize a "four corners" Border Party for Utah, Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico. Invitees could be individuals interested in strategic voting or groups allied with Kerry, Nader, or Cobb that are invested in defeating Bush.
Parties can be small or large, formal or informal. The key is bringing together progressive individuals and groups to discuss our common goals. They could also be great opportunities to spread the word about vote-pairing in key states.
What VotePair Can Provide
We can help by sending out email invitations to all of the individuals who have registered at votepair.org from border states. We can also help with some media outreach, and we may be able to provide a small amount of funding.
What You Can Do
Find a space. Arrange for food (either brought by participants or catered). Promote your event, and invite groups and individuals to attend. Work with votepair.org media team to promote your event to the local press.
If you are interested in organizing a Border Party, please contact Amy Morris (firstname.lastname@example.org). Thanks.