Vote Swapping

A Democratic And Progressive Win-Win-Win Solution
The John Kerry And Ralph Nader Agreement Of Unity
For The 2004 United States Presidential Race

by Mark R. Elsis | | September 18, 2004

This solution is dedicate to my maternal Grandmother
(I never met) Mary Walsh from County Mayo, Ireland
She died 55 years ago today, September 18, 1949.

"A small body of determined spirits
fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission
can alter the course of history."

This article is the worst nightmare imaginable for the George Walker Bush campaign.

This article is the solution for both the John Forbes Kerry and Ralph Nader campaigns.

If You Want To:

1) Ensure George Walker Bush isn't reselected
(Every being on Earth will rejoice and thank us for this)

2) Deliver the key swing states to John Forbes Kerry
(Electing him the 44th President of the United States of America)

3) Have Ralph Nader receive at least 5% of the popular vote
(Forming a legitimate progressive third party with federal matching funds)

This rare trifecta, the Presidential win-win-win, is easily attainable for all Democrats and Progressives. It is now up to us to make it happen. Read the simple solution of vote swapping, and contact both the John Kerry / John Edwards and Ralph Nader / Peter Miguel Camejo campaigns today (contact names with email addresses can be found at the bottom).

Vote Swapping With Two Logical Twists

Vote swapping for the democratic and progressive communities is really quite simple. For the 2004 Presidential election, John Kerry and Ralph Nader would trade votes in certain key swing states for the "benefit" of both, and the common goal of defeating George Bush. The first vote swapping twist is that the "benefit" for Ralph Nader is to receive at least 5% of the national popular vote, thus forming a legitimate third party and securing federal matching funds. Is that fair Mr. Nader? Great. The "benefit" that John Kerry would receive, would be the Presidency of the United States of America. Is that fair Mr. Kerry? Great.

This is how it works. There would be an agreement of unity between John Kerry and Ralph Nader (I have privately been trying to make this happen). The agreement would state: In every possible swing state for which Kerry needs Nader votes to win (polling from October 10th to 31st will decide these states - Right now the top 10 are Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Colorado, Oregon, Iowa, New Mexico and West Virginia), Nader would campaign for Kerry. In return, Kerry will safely deliver to Nader enough votes to total 5% nationally from the states that vote overwhelmingly Republican (polling from October 1st to 15th will determine which state(s) are needed).

It's easy, somewhere from 14 to 21 days before the election on Tuesday, November 2, 2004, Ralph Nader would start to campaign for John Kerry in these top 10 swing states. Ralph would tell all of his supporters of the vote swapping agreement that has been made with Mr. Kerry and urge them to vote for John Kerry. Since Florida, Pennsylvania and Ohio are such crucial states, Nader would campaign a minimum 3 days in each of those states, visiting every major city.

Many more people will be motivated to vote as a result of this unprecedented unity between John Kerry and Ralph Nader. By implementing this agreement, voter turnout for Nader in the swing states can be expected to increase by at least 25% from what he received there in 2000. Nationally, perhaps up to an additional 4% (4,432,000) of the 49% (108,000,000) who would otherwise not bother to vote will be inspired to make it to the polls, and the vast majority will vote for Kerry and Nader. I expect to see a multitude of positive externalities wondrously manifest, as if by divine providence, from this agreement of unity between John Kerry and Ralph Nader.

The second twist, and the safest way for John Kerry to use vote swapping, would be to limit it to one or more of the five most populated states that vote overwhelmingly Republican. These five states are Texas, North Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, and Indiana. Were Kerry to tell all his supporters in Texas alone who would normally vote for him, to instead vote for Nader, Nader could possibly reach the 5% he needs nationally. What better and bitter irony could there possibly be than having Texas win the election for Kerry, without a single Texan casting a vote for him? These five states together can give Nader 6,926,938 votes; this equals 6.2% of the national vote.

State Total Gore Votes Margin of Loss
Texas 2,433,746 1,365,893
North Carolina 1,257,692 373,471
Virginia 1,217,290 220,200
Georgia 1,116,230 303,490
Indiana 901,980 343,856
Total 6,926,938  

2000 Election Results:

Win. Win. Win.

So, Nader gives Kerry all his backing and votes in the election deciding swing states. In return, Kerry safely gives Nader enough votes to get his 5%. John Forbes Kerry wins both the popular vote and the Electoral College vote and is inaugurated the 44th President of the United States of America on January 20, 2005. Ralph Nader finally forms a legitimate progressive third party with federal matching funds, and instantly becomes a huge hero in every country on Earth. George Walker Bush crawls back to his Prairie Chapel Ranch in Crawford, Texas. Win. Win. Win.

To facilitate this vote swapping agreement of unity, websites recognized by both the John Kerry / John Edwards and Ralph Nader / Peter Miguel Camejo campaigns must be designed and set up as soon as possible.

Please get this vote swapping solution through to both campaigns today:

John Kerry / John Edwards

eMail Contacts (Please send to all 8 of them):
Mary Beth Cahill
Stephanie Cutter
Joe Lockhart
Steve Elmendorf
John Sasso
Mike McCurry
Jeanne Shaheen
Kim Rubey
Phone: 202.712.3000
Address: P.O. Box 34640
Washington, DC 20043

Ralph Nader / Peter Miguel Camejo

eMail Contact: Kevin Zeese
Phone: 202.265.4000
Address: P.O. Box 18002
Washington, DC 20036

Vote Swapping Articles:

Vote Swaps Revamped For 2004
by Joanna Glasner,1367,64777,00.html?tw=wn_4bizhead

Vote Swap '04
Let The Games Begin
by Dan Carol

Vote Swap Site Gets Court O.K.
by Michael Singer

Vote Trade: The Democratic Way?
by Farhad Manjoo,1283,39860,00.html

Four More Election Ideas That Must Happen:

1) Instant Runoff Voting

Instant Runoff Voting (IRV)
A Fairer Way to Conduct Single-Winner Elections
by the Center for Voting and Democracy

Instant Runoff Voting (Flash)

Instant Runoff Voting: Frequently Asked Questions

2) Stop Electronic Voting And Go Back To Hand Counting Votes

Black Box Voting

French Election: Credibility Through Hand Counting
by Christopher Bollyn

3) Proportional Representation

Proportional Representation
How Proportional Representation Elections Work
by Douglas J. Amy

4) Override The Twelfth Amendment - Election Of President (The Electoral College)

A Third Party President And The Electoral College
by Mark R. Elsis


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