New websites ‘offer hope’ to people who fear their votes are wasted

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People who fear their votes are wasted are being given a “massive ray of hope” by new swapping sites, according to one developer.

Under the system, two people agree to vote for each other’s preferred party in their constituency.

The belief is this will increase the chances of their preferred party securing a seat elsewhere in the country and stop their vote being squandered on a minority candidate in their own constituency who has little chance of success.

Tom de Grunwald, who has helped to develop http://www.swapmyvote.uk, said the idea of putting “people whose votes are wasted in touch with other people whose votes are wasted” – in an attempt to give individuals more influence – emerged at the 2010 general election.

He said: “We built the website and we are getting some really good interest – hundreds to thousands of users and quite a…

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