I’m confident Clinton can beat Trump, but I hope it will be by the smallest margin possible. I want it made clear just how much she needs to do to gain the confidence of a citizenry that would have judged her only marginally preferable to the most unqualified and ill-suited opponent ever to run for president. To advance that possibility, I will be supporting Jill Stein, who has met the requirements to be a certified write-in candidate in my state of North Carolina.
One other possibility I saw on Facebook today. It proposed an online “vote swap” plan, as initiated very late in the 2000 campaign between supporters of Ralph Nader and Al Gore. As in the Nader-Gore scenario, websites would “pair” Stein supporters in battleground states with Clinton supporters in blue states. A Stein supporter, in say Ohio or Colorado, would pledge to vote for Clinton, while the counterpart Clinton supporter, in say Illinois or California, would agree to vote for Stein.
The strategy would avoid Stein tipping the balance from Clinton to Trump in swing states, while allowing Stein’s vote to build up in states where Clinton already has an unchallenged lead over Trump. In red states where Clinton expects to lose, supporters could cast their vote for Stein with no fear of aiding Trump. The other likely result would be to lower Clinton’s overall popular vote margin while having no effect on the electoral college outcome.