"As a progressive in Houston, Texas, I feel like I have no voice in this year's Presidential Election. I am participating in VotePair because I can vote for either Nader or Cobb with a clear conscience while increasing the impact of my decision that Bush MUST be defeated. By swapping my Kerry vote with a progressive third-party supporter in one of the battleground states I feel like I will be heard after all while ensuring that their voice in support of third party efforts stays audible too. Thank you VotePair."
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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. "
"As a resident of Minnesota, I know my vote is crucial this election. However, I know that my values stand firm with the Greens. Getting the voices of third parties heard in this country is extremely important. The fact remains that I want anyone but Bush to be reelected. A friend in a class at St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, MN told me about your site. Thank goodness for your foresight! The third party I support will be heard and at the same time I can vote democratic in a state that really matters this year. Thank you vote pair!"
"I never bothered to register since a vote for Kerry here in Texas is totally futile. No one should underestimate the power of this to increase voter participation. I'm not the only one that doesn't bother to even register because of the Electoral College. I hope that if this progresses far enough, we can show how stupid the Electoral College is and eventually get rid of it. Keep up the good work."
"Until the Electoral College is abolished, this is the best, most effective way to try to reestablish democracy."
"I think we are at a dangerous point in our democracy, but also a place of great opportunity to save it and make it even better."
"Even though I was never paired it was encouraging to know that thousands of people, also discouraged with the system, were trying to make change."
"Although we didn't win the national election, my VotePair partner shared with me his success in winning a local smart growth initiative in his community. That was the only time I smiled all day."
"Ralph Nader had been a hero of mine for almost four decades... But the more politically practical side of me was angry in 2000 about having gone down to yet another glorious liberal defeat because people of remarkably similar principles could or would not compromise with each other. I had fantasized with friends about a vote swap... So along comes votepair.org to turn my fantasy into a reality. To whoever is reading this, I say, 'Nader voters of America, join us. You have nothing to lose but George Bush.'"
"As the mother of three boys... I'm very concerned about the outcome of this election. My husband is currently unemployed and I see our prospects for the future becoming more dismal. I believe we can turn things around if progressives stand together and support each other. I know if I were supporting a third-party candidate, it would make me angry that voting my choice might result in an outcome that I would most want to prevent. This is an ideal win-win situation."
"I am a democrat in Utah, which makes me an endangered species. I feel so disenfranchised with our electoral college in this country, as it makes my vote for president worthless. I hope your program is successful, as I want the presidential candidates to pay attention to all Americans, not just those in swing states."
"I believe in coalition politics, which is why I have always, in the past, voted straight Democratic. Democrats represent the coalition that includes left and center. I am also basically a bleeding heart liberal of the first order, a First Amendment absolutist and an environmentalist. In some governmental systems I would naturally be a Green. The most valuable contribution Greens can make is to exert some pressure on the Democrats not to be ignored as the Dems struggle to get voters from the middle. The perfect solution, it seems to me, is to vote Democrat where it counts, in swing states, and Green in other states to send a message."
"This is a brilliant idea! Hats off to you all! I am telling everyone I know in California who might be willing to try it. I have a huge beef with the electoral process in this country and am excited that some clever people finally got together to circumnavigate around the archaic system."
"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. "
"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."
"I live in Utah. The most republican state in the nation. I happen to be a democrat who voted for Gore. My vote did not count because of the stupid electoral college. By swapping my vote, I can finally have my vote count for a democrat. Go Kerry!"
"I am a resident of Utah and I am not republican. I voted the first chance I was legally able. Once I realized how the Electoral College affects voting and that I lived in a republican state, I quit voting. 12 years later I have decided to vote knowing that my vote will not matter since I still reside in Utah. I can't sit idly by any more. I have spent a lot of time informing myself by researching the presidential candidates. VotePair gives me hope in my return to voting. Thank you for giving back my right to vote and have it count."
"Just wanted to leave a quick note thanking whoever started VotePair. I'm a democrat from TX and in past elections, going to the polls was extremely depressing. I always voted knowing that I was simply doing my duty but to no avail. Now, with votepair, I have renewed confidence that my vote will count... in Ohio of all places. I LOVE my VotePair partner!! She shares my values and hopes for our country. It's too bad that we have to go to all of this trouble just to get a fair election. The electoral vote definitely is an archaic system that needs to be abolished. Until that happens, I'll be votepairing every election. Thank you again for helping my vote count."
"Although I think choosing between Bush and Kerry on foreign policy is like choosing between Coke and Pepsi...I still think that on domestic issues Democrats are a better party. If I can help with my vote to enable Kerry to win this year's election while at the same time not sacrificing my ultimate goal to break the two-party system and give someone who is a true humanitarian and an environmentalist a chance, my effort would not be in vain. From what I've seen, VotePair seems like a promising strategy provided that it's true that a few hundred votes one way or the other (per swing state) can change the outcome of the election, which I believe it is."
"As a progressive in Houston, Texas, I feel like I have no voice in this year's Presidential Election. I am participating in VotePair because I can vote for either Nader or Cobb with a clear conscience while increasing the impact of my decision that Bush MUST be defeated. By
swapping my Kerry vote with a progressive third-party supporter in one of the battleground states I feel like I will be heard after all while
ensuring that their voice in support of third party efforts stays audible too. Thank you VotePair."
"My fundamental belief is that third party candidates should be included in all elected office debates in which they wish to participate. In the 2000 election I paired with a voter from Virginia...I truly wish 600 more Independents in my state had done the same. We would be looking at a much different world today. The 2004 Votepair effort will once again free my conscience from the difficult choice of principle or pragmatism. We (independent thinkers) can have both!"