We’ve gotten several questions from voters who are using advance polls to cast their ballots for the May 2 election.  Can they still participate in vote swaps?

They can ! … But PairVote.ca is not likely the best choice for you, if this is your scenario.  It’s just because of timing: advance polls are being held on April 22, 23, and 25, and we will not be pairing voters up early enough before those dates to give advance voters time to connect with matches, establish trust, and agree to proceed with a swap.

ALL IS NOT LOST, however!  You still arrange a vote swap in a couple of ways:

  1. You can arrange a vote swap with a friend or colleague in another riding on your own, at any time.  Post on your Facebook wall or send an email to your friends asking if any of them may be interested in a swap.  The advantage of this method is that you’re talking to people you already know and trust, so you can have faith that your vote swap partner will stick to your agreement!
  2. You can try the Voteswap Facebook Application .  This application is separate from PairVote.ca, but will give you a real-time, complete list of people who are interested in vote swapping and who are comfortable voting for your preferred party.  You can browse a list of possible matches, and then contact a possible partner directly through Facebook.
  3. You can leave a comment on this post, asking people to get in touch with you to make a direct swap.

In short: vote swapping is open to everyone, and while we here at Pair Vote love to help voters connect, we’re not the only method for you to “power up” your vote with a swap!

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