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Q. What is the Delaware Working Families Party?
A. The Delaware Working Families Party is a grassroots, community and labor based political party. We strive to make elected officials address issues that matter most to working-class, middle-class, and poor families that work hard to make ends meet-issues like jobs, health care, education, and housing.
We are a membership driven party that works on both issue and electoral campaigns. Our organizing strategy is to start local, think long-term, combine campaign work with organizing and education and NOT waste supporters’ votes on candidates with NO chance of winning.
Q. How is the Delaware Working Families Party different from other third parties?
A. We think that constantly running candidates who cannot win is not the best strategy for getting our issues on the table. Too often, the only way for third parties to get attention is by pulling votes away from a candidate they might otherwise support, causing the candidate they favor least to win - often known as the “spoiler” problem. In addition, many voters want to vote for third parties, but they do not want to throw their vote away on candidate who can’t win. Using open ballot voting, we hope to support good candidates who can win, and use the number of votes we get for them on our line to exercise real power over the decisions they make once in office.
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. By cross-endorsing, minor parties like Delaware 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||Fatcat Bill||48%|
|Working Families Party||Steady Sue||10%|
…where Steady Sue wins with 52% and knows where her votes came from.