Vote-swapping for progressives


Geraldine Sealey
September 20, 2004 6:32PM (UTC)

You may remember the vote swapping strategy from 2000: Friends in "safe" states offering to trade their Nader votes for Gore votes in hotly contested states. A Web site called VotePair.org says it is uniting progressive voters in various states so they can manage such a transaction in 2004. "In vote-pairing, swing-state progressives whose first instinct might have been to vote for Nader or Cobb announce their strategic decision to vote for Kerry-Edwards instead; Democrats (and others) in 'safe' states whose first instinct might have been to vote for Kerry instead announce their strategic decision to vote for Nader or Cobb as part of the VotePair movement."

With six weeks and a day before voters go to the polls, it's becoming more clear what the state ballots will look like. The Nader-Camejo ticket won two big court battles over the weekend, getting on the ballot in the mega-battleground state Florida and in Colorado.

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The Ballot Access web site has a chart of who's on what ballot -- Nader is on 35 ballots so far, but could get booted in up to six of those states pending challenges. Nader could potentially appear on the ballot in 43 states.


Geraldine Sealey

Geraldine Sealey is senior news editor at Salon.com.

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