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Old 03-01-2001, 02:49 PM   #1
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Unhappy Any Libertarians here?

Today while undergoing a four hour ordeal (actually it was an exam), my mind was thinking weird thoughts.

During the presidential election, many people who had planned to vote for the Libertarian party ended up voting for the Democrats or Republicans instead, because they saw how close Bush and Gore were, and decided that their (otherwise "wasted") vote would have more effect if they voted for Bush or Gore. So...

Libertarian A prefers Democrats over Republicans.
Libertarian B prefers Republicans over Democrats.

A votes for Democrats and B votes for Republicans; their votes cancel each other out, having no net effect, and do not do anything to further the cause of the Libertarian party.

Now, what if A told B: "If you don't vote for Republicans, I won't vote for Democrats either to make up for your lost vote. Then we can both vote Libertarian."

Imagine a website that collects registration information from people who want Libertarian to win, but won't vote for them because they don't want to "waste" their vote.

Then the website matches Democrat voters with Republican voters, send their names/e-mail addresses to each other, and they make an pledge on their honor to both vote for Libertarian.

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Old 03-01-2001, 11:21 PM   #2
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Strictly an example:

Take the one that prefers Republicans...

After he makes this pact to not vote Republican he would probably think he was pretty sly getting the Democrat not to vote. Now he was able to get rid of a Democratic vote and he will still vote republican, stabbing the other voter in the back. When it comes down to it in the voting booth I bet both parties would get scared and break their pact and vote either republican or democrat.

Or at least the republican would.

HaHa, just kidding.
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Old 03-01-2001, 11:24 PM   #3
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But other than that cynical look at it. I think it is a really good idea and would probably make a good website that would receive high traffic during the next elections.

You have 4 years to perfect it, go for it.
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Old 03-02-2001, 03:23 PM   #4
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It is a pretty good idea, but hobbnet is right. People won't place much stock in a pact made with someone over the internet, or for that matter, anyone they meet. Once they get in the booth, they KNOW nobody will ever know who they picked and knowing this they'll try to one up the opposing party by sneaking in their extra vote.
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