Strategic Voting

Strategic Voting – Does It Work?

Presenter: John Pope

August, 2015

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”:  []

Leadnow runs campaigns on major issues.  For 2015, they are focused on removing Stephen Harper:  []  “How Leadnow Will Push Strategic Voting to Defeat Tories” []

Vote swapping: “Vote swap when your preferred party has no chance to win in your riding.”

Did this organization help the NDP get elected in Alberta?  []

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”  []

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'”


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