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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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Voting Reform

The Electoral College and winner-take-all voting are flaws in our electoral system that can be exploited by strong parties to exclude new third-party voices and resist democratic change. Votepairing is one way to work around these flaws until a system that more accurately reflects voter preferences is adopted.

The 2000 presidential election results illustrated the critical role of the Electoral College. Under the Electoral College system, Electors are selected based on winner-take-all statewide contests. These Electors cast the ballots that finally elect the president. Because these contests happen at the state level, there is little chance that the preferences of Democratic voters in strongly Republican states or Republican voters in traditionally Democratic states will affect the final tally of Electoral votes. On the other hand, small numbers of voters in states where the presidential race is very close can have major impacts on the final election results.   More on the Electoral College

One way to avoid all kinds of winner-take-all elections would be to adopt instant runoff voting (IRV). IRV allows voters to rank candidates in their order of preference. If a candidate receives a majority of first place votes, they win. If not, the last place candidate is eliminated and ballots that ranked that candidate first are counted instead as votes for the second ranked candidate. IRV eliminates "spoilers" and vote-splitting and more accurately reflects voter preference.

For more on IRV: Instant Runoff Voting (IRV): A Fairer Way to Conduct Single-Winner Elections

For information on other more fair ways to conduct elections: Why Approval Voting Should be Approved Now, Citizens for Approval Voting and Condorcet: A Better Election Method

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