When you register you will provide:
Your name, Your riding, Your preferred party, Which parties you are willing to vote for
If a suitable match is made:
Pairvote will e-mail you and your match and get you in contact with each other
You’ll have time to be in contact with this person and decide if you want to go ahead with pairing up your vote.
It’s easy to do and it’s legal. Yes, it’s also ridiculous that voters have to jump through hoops to make their vote count.
Can I trust it?
Here are some of the testimonials of pair voters in past elections:
“… make our votes count. We may not have rep by prop (we are one of the world’s most backwards democracies in this regard) but we can fake it. …” Bob Bossin Old folksinger
“I’m 68 years old and I’ve voted in every election since I have been old enough to vote (municipal, provincial, federal) and I have always felt that my vote was lost in the great void of first-past-the -post. I’m willing to take a chance and try something new.” – Marjory McPherson
“I ultimately would like to see the Canadian election system overhauled away from the first-past-the-post fiasco that so poorly represents the actual intentions of voters. Thanks, Gerry, for putting this site together, but in future elections I hope it isn’t necessary because we will be able to vote in a way that does not penalize the plurality of voices on the progressive side of the political spectrum… It is a little ironic that two complete strangers can work together to achieve something worthwhile when our elected representatives seem to have so much trouble.” – Ian Beardsell