The Best of Both Worlds?
If you are considering voting for Nader but are worried that your vote could
take votes away from Gore,
If you are voting for Gore but would like to help build a strong Green Party
(with matching federal funds),
Please read the following. If you are not comfortable "trading your vote"
via the internet, please discuss trading votes with family and friends who
live in states where Bush (or Gore) is overwhelmingly favored.
NADER AND GORE SUPPORTERS: VOTE YOUR CONSCIENCES AND SUPPORT YOUR
CANDIDATES - TRADE YOUR VOTES IN KEY STATES!
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In these final days before the election, many progressives are wrestling
with a difficult choice between Ralph Nader and Al Gore. Much has been made
of the similarities between Gore and George W. Bush on several issues, but,
realistically, most progressives realize that Gore is an
overwhelmingly preferable candidate to Bush-particularly for a presidential
term that will likely include the lifetime appointments of
two or three Supreme Court Justices.
As close as Gore and Bush are on some issues, their differences are a BIG
deal. Because the progressive community is divided, there is a very real
danger that Nader votes in key swing states could give this election to
Bush. Conservatives know this, and on Monday, October 30th, Bush supporters
will start running pro-Nader ads in an attempt to siphon more votes away
from Gore. [Is this verified, or just an email scare tactic? -LK]
Al Gore, though NOT progressive on a range of important issues, is: strongly
pro-choice; committed in practice to strong domestic environmental policy;
committed in theory to strong environmental policy
on critical international environmental issues such as global warming;
pro-gun control; and far more likely to appoint Supreme Court Justices and
federal judges who will support civil rights, women's reproductive
freedom, affirmative action, and corporate liability.
Bush, on the other hand, has a terrible environmental and social record in
Texas, and has reaffirmed his connections with big oil by choosing Dick
Cheney as his running mate. His Supreme Court appointments could
conceivably overturn Roe vs. Wade, and his ability to represent the U.S.
internationally is extremely questionable.
Many progressive voters in these swing states would like to vote for Ralph
Nader, but are afraid that if they do, Bush may outpoll Gore and take all
the electoral votes for their states. Gore supporters in states where wide
margins of victory are essentially assured for either Bush or Gore, are
frustrated because the reality of the electoral college system means that
their votes for Gore will be meaningless in the election at large, as the
winner of the popular vote in each state receives all the electoral votes
for that state.
THERE IS A WAY THAT SWING-STATE NADER VOTERS AND GORE SUPPORTERS IN
DECIDED STATES CAN VOTE THEIR CONSCIENCES AND SUPPORT THEIR CANDIDATES -
THEY CAN TRADE THEIR VOTES. That is, potential Gore voters in decided
states can trade votes, unneeded in their state, for desperately needed
Gore votes in the key swing states. In return, potential Nader voters in
those swing states will commit to voting for Gore in exchange for a
commitment from the Gore voters to vote for Nader in their already decided
elections. This way both agendas can be advanced.
Using this strategy:
1. We can maximize the Nader vote, hopefully pushing beyond the level of
5% of the national popular vote that the Green Party needs in order to
receive matching federal funds in the 2004 Presidential race.
2. At the same time, we can diminish the chances of Bush winning a close
race in a swing state because the progressive vote has been split between
Gore and Nader.
Several groups have set up vote exchange sites, but the best one is at
PLEASE VOTE YOUR CONSCIENCE AND PROTECT THE PROGRESSIVE AGENDA by helping
build a strong Green Party (with matching federal funds) and electing a
candidate by whom we will be better represented than Bush, and with whom we
can collaborate on many critical issues. If you have questions about this
concept, feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org <mailto:email@example.com>.
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CALIFORNIA VOTERS: If you live in California, you are not eligible to
exchange votes through voteswap2000 right now because California is neither
a swing state nor a state that is locked up for either Gore or Bush.
However, polling shows that THE CALIFORNIA RACE IS MUCH CLOSER THAN IT
You can still arrange to swap votes informally with friends and family in
other states. See www.nadertrader.org <http://www.nadertrader.org>.
One Nader supporter writes, "Personally, I'm voting for Gore in California
in exchange for both of my parents voting for Nader in Utah (a state that
abcnews.com calls 'as republican as they come'). Nader gets twice the votes
toward the 5% for federal matching funds, and I know that there is no way
that I will contribute to Gore losing in California, a state that REPRESENTS
ONE FIFTH OF THE NATIONAL ELECTORAL COLLEGE VOTES."
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