What is Fusion Voting?

Bringing Working Families issues BACK

When we say fusion, we’re not talking about nuclear power. We’re talking about a common-sense election strategy that can give working families an independent voice in politics. And we’re bringing it back in Oregon.

Many voters are sick of the narrow choices offered by the two party system. At the same time, most of us understand that casting our votes for an unelectable candidate doesn’t do a whole lot of good — and sometimes helps elect our worst nightmare. In Oregon, it doesn’t have to be that way anymore.

Fusion, sometimes called ‘cross-nomination’, means when more than one party nominates the same candidate. And we think it can be a powerful tool to advance the issues that matter to working families.

In every election, Working Families Party members will interview candidates from all parties — Democrats, Republicans and Independents. We’ll ask them the hard questions on issues like healthcare and good jobs. And then the WFP will nominate the ones who are committed to standing with us, not with Wall Street banks or DC special interests.

You can see which candidates got our stamp of approval: they’ll have the words “Working Families” listed by their name — right on the ballot. Often, those candidates will be listed on the ballot as the candidate of two parties: their own, and the WFP.

When you vote for the candidates with the “Working Families” seal of approval right on your ballot, you’ll always know you are voting your values.

More background

Below are some resources to explain why fusion is so powerful:

What is Fusion? - a basic flyer explaining how it works, and why it’s so powerful.

First Among Thirds - an article from the May 2006 American Prospect about how the New York Working Families Party has used fusion to become the state’s most effective independent political force.

Learn more about fusion voting from the Center for State Innovation.