"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
Amarillo, TexasMore Stories from Participants
Note on the 2008 presidential election: to be a useful strategy, vote pairing requires (1) a very close race between the top two candidates and (2) one or more strong third party candidates. These do not appear to characterize the 2008 election. In 2008, one alternative voting strategy is a Vote Pact.
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VotePair News (2004)
Defeat George Bush
Support Third Parties
Build a progressive majority
You can make your vote for president count by joining the national VotePair campaign and using your vote to elect Kerry-Edwards while supporting the role of progressive third-party candidates. As we learned in 2000, a few hundred votes in the right states can make all the difference in the world--and the whole world is watching now.
In vote-pairing, swing-state progressives whose first instinct might have
been to vote for Nader, Cobb or Badnarik are paired with Democrats (and others whose
first choice for President is Kerry) in 'safe' states where either Bush
or Kerry has a decisive lead. Paired voters can communicate with each
other and decide to vote strategically: swing-state participants for
Kerry and safe-state participants for Nader, Cobb or Badnarik. As a result, the
paired voters' support for progressive third parties is recorded in the
popular vote and their preference for Kerry over Bush finds voice in the
Defeating Bush means redirecting the current Administration's aggressive unilateral foreign policy, protecting the environment and women's right to choose, and keeping Bush from stacking the Supreme Court and federal courts with right-wing judges like Justices Scalia and Thomas.
Together, we can vote strategically to build a progressive majority and prevent another disastrous Bush presidency.
Answers to Vote Pairing Questions