Strategic Voting – Does It Work?
Presenter: John Pope
Strategic (sometimes called tactical) voting occurs, in elections with more than two candidates, when a voter supports a candidate other than his or her sincere preference in order to prevent an undesirable outcome.
The arguments for strategic voting
“Don’t just make a statement make a difference”: [strategicvoting.ca/]
Leadnow runs campaigns on major issues. For 2015, they are focused on removing Stephen Harper: [leadnow.ca/] “How Leadnow Will Push Strategic Voting to Defeat Tories” [thetyee.ca/News/2015/08/11/Leadnow-Strategic-Voting/]
Vote swapping: “Vote swap when your preferred party has no chance to win in your riding.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vote_pairing
Did this organization help the NDP get elected in Alberta? [http://changealberta.ca/]
The arguments against strategic voting
If people voted strategically in the 2011 election, it would have meant fewer votes for the NDP: “The case against strategic voting in the next federal election” [thestar.com/opinion/commentary/2014/09/23/the_case_against_strategic_voting_in_the_next_federal_election.html]
Also: “…the argument that one has to vote “strategically” for the Liberals to avoid vote-splitting does not hold water…”. “It is time to ditch talk of ‘strategic voting'”