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Thursday, May 05, 2005

Tactical Voting

One of the big questions of this election is how much tactical voting will be going on. How many people will vote against party A because it had no chance in their constituency and vote for Party B, in the hopes of defeated Party C? For example, as a supporter of Tony Blair in matters such of Iraq I wanted to vote Labour, but Labour is a wasted vote in Taunton, so I voted Tory because I view the Lib Dems as the worst choice.

In 1997 and 2001 tactical voting was used against the Tories. Will it this time be used against Labour? I know at least one family member has voted tactically this way today up in Birmingham, but that is hardly a representative sample!

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