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"I'm 63 years old, have four grown children and one grandbaby. I just emailed your address to my kids because I am so fearful for their future and I am concerned about the terrible injustice that our corrupt two party system is wreaking on not just our own country but on the world. One of my kids and I voted for Nader last election but I am terrified of Bush getting re-elected so this idea of swapping votes is pure genius. Together with lack of a living wage, poverty and health care are the most pressing issues because they strike at the core of our rights as human beings. "
-Darlene C.
Rochester, MN

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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
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            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 Electoral College.

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.

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