Fusion Voting

Q. What does “fusion voting” mean?

A. Fusion voting occurs when a minor-party “cross-endorses” a major party candidate, allowing candidates to run on more than one line in an election. The votes from different parties are tallied separately, but then combined for that candidate’s total. Using fusion, minor parties like SC WFP have the potential to demonstrate in clear and unequivocal terms how much support they can deliver to a candidate by highlighting the number of votes a candidate receives on our line.

A sample ballot might look like this…

Major Party 1 Steady Sue 42%
Major Party 2 Fat Cat Bill 48%
Working Families Party Steady Sue 10%

…where Steady Sue wins with 52% and knows where her votes came from.

Fusion voting lets third parties like the WFP demonstrate support for the issues we’re fighting for. When votes on the WFP’s line help a candidate win, we can hold that politician accountable to working people, instead of special interests.

More about Fusion Voting:

  • Open Ballot Voting, promoting fusion voting across the country.
  • Fusion Voting — An Old Idea That Makes Sense Again” by Josh Mason, policy director of the Progressive America Fund, advocating the restoration of fusion in Oregon.
  • Blog posts by Dan Cantor, Executive Director of the Working Families Party on fusion voting at Talking Points Memo Cafe.
  • Testimony of Adam Morse from the Brennan Center for Justice in favor of fusion.
  • Wikipedia article on electoral fusion.
  • A post by Scott Sheilds at the MyDD blog about fusion.
  • An excerpt Micah Sifry’s history of third parties Spoiling for a Fight.

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