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Eye On Olympia: 9th Circuit Sez Vote-Swapping OK

Seven years after one of the closest presidential elections in American history, a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today that it was OK for swing-state voters who wanted to vote for Ralph Nader or Pat Buchanan to agree to “swap” their protest votes with voters in lopsided states (this means you, Idaho) where the outcome was virtually certain. That way, organizers argued, Nader would have a better shot at getting the 5 percent needed for federal funding in future elections while Al Gore’s odds of winning improved in critical battleground states, including Washington — Rich Roesler/Eye On Olympia.

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Question: Would you be willing to vote swap?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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