About Our People Legal Stuff Careers
This photo combo of file images shows U.S. presidential candidates Donald Trump, left, and Hillary Clinton. Income inequality has been a rallying cry of the 2016 election, with more Americans turning fearful and angry about a shrinking middle class. Trump has pledged to restore prosperity by ripping up trade deals and using tariffs to return manufacturing jobs from overseas. Clinton has backed a debt-free college option and higher minimum wages to help the middle class. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, Chuck Burton)

This app lets #NeverTrumpers in swing states swap their vote with Clinton voters



Don't want Donald Trump to win the election, but you just can't bring yourself to vote for Hillary Clinton? There's an app for that. 

It's called #NeverTrump, and it matches third-party voters in swing states with people in states where the vote is more certain, and allows them to "swap" votes. 

Here's how it works:

A Trump-hating voter in Ohio can match with a Clinton voter in California. The Ohioan agrees to vote for Clinton, and the California agrees to vote for say, Gary Johnson. 

This way, Clinton gets a vote in a state where it will matter and Johnson will get a vote in a state where Clinton will likely win anyway. 

The app helps anti-Trump voters feel better about casting their vote for a third-party candidate, knowing they aren't helping Trump win. 

It works both ways

The app also helps out die-hard Clinton supporters in red states by matching them with anti-Trump voters in swing states where a Clinton vote will count more. 

Once the app is downloaded, a bot will ask users questions to determine their location and political leanings. Then the user can enter a chatroom where Clinton voters in blue states propose trades with Johnson, Jill Stein and Evan McMullin voters, according to Vox

Republicans for Clinton

The concept for the app came from the grassroots group, Republicans for Clinton. There's also a website where weary voters can match up and swap votes called TrumpTraders.org. 

"We now have individuals who are willing to cross the aisle thinking strategically about how to affect the outcome of the election for the good of their country rather than the good of their party," Republicans for Clinton co-founder John Stubbs told Vocativ

Would you use an app to swap your 2016 vote?

It's completely legal

Because the swaps are done completely on the honor system they are legal, thanks to a 2007 Ninth Circuit court decision that ruled that vote swapping is protected by the First Amendment. 

Vote swapping has been used before 

The mass vote swapping idea originally came from the "Nader Trader" campaign in 2000, which used websites to pair Democratic Al Gore voters with Ralph Nader voters. 

That vote swapping campaign was less successful since it happened before the time of social media.

Read Comments
Facebook Twitter Instagram Pinterest Linked In List Menu Enlarge Gallery Info Menu Close Angle Down Angle Up Angle Left Angle Right Grid Grid Play Align Left Search Youtube Mail Mail Angle Down Bookmark