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Have you heard of vote swapping?

Asked by Mtl_zack (6778points) September 16th, 2008

would you ever do it?

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aneedleinthehayy's avatar

I’ve never heard of it. What is it?

aidje's avatar

I’ve never heard of it. It sounds like a felony.

Mtl_zack's avatar

it mainly applies to the canadian voting system, which consists of many “ridings” where representatives from each party run. then, the winner gets to be part of parliament and depending on the number of seats for each party, the winner of the election is decided. there are many minority governments in canadian history, which is when the winning party doesn’t have a majority (there are 4 major parties).

so, each riding is more popular with one party than another, so in a riding where you are gonna vote liberal, but everyone else votes conservative, the conservative will probably win. so, you swap your vote to somewhere where it will matter more and the chance of a representative of your party going into parliament is increased. this is a new concept, is not against the law in ANY way or form, and, i hate to say this, but is done on facebook. there should be an independant organization that does this, not a social website. this will probably be more popular in the near future and the national news (at least here) has picked up on it.

artificialard's avatar

Whether it’s against the law or not isn’t technically resolved but since it’s almost unenforceable it’s a moot point.

I’m pretty sure it’s just something to fill the conventional airwaves. No one has talked about it ever except the day after those stupid stories all came up. There’s no way to enforce that each ‘trade’ actually does what’s promised and no way to track those trades so really it all ends up being a very random process to me anyways.

It does speak to the weirdness of our system of ‘ridings’ where I’m not sure really how much of our population is truly represented in our government leadership. I’m lucky (or unlucky?) enough to live in a riding where my vote matters but between 2 parties that I am for…

AstroChuck's avatar

They swap votes in caucuses, don’t they?
Or would that be “caucae”?

tWrex's avatar

Hey I heard they do all types of vote swapping in Chicago. Dead people swap votes. People from Indonesia swap votes. Everyone swaps votes! I think I may not even show up since my vote’ll be swapped for a vote for another vote of a swapping vote.

EmpressPixie's avatar

I’ve heard of it, but I would never do it because you can’t be sure the other person would vote your way and honestly I care too much about getting my vote out to jeopardize it like that.

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