Terms Glossary

Good Party's Terms Glossary is a list of definitions of words from the political and elections world. These terms are from an independent's perspective with an eye toward reform. If you have a suggestion for a new definition, send it to ask@goodparty.org.

Swing Voter

A swing voter is someone who does not consistently vote for the same political party and whose vote can potentially "swing" an election in favor of one candidate or another. These voters tend to be more independent and less partisan, and they often make their decisions based on the specific issues and candidates at hand rather than blindly following a particular party.

Swing voters can play a significant role in elections, especially in close races where a small number of votes can make a big difference. They are often seen as a key demographic that candidates and political parties try to woo and persuade in order to win their support.

However, swing voters may be a missed opportunity to challenge the dominance of the major parties. By not consistently aligning with a particular party, swing voters may be seen as diluting the power of independent and third party candidates who are trying to break the two-party monopoly.

According to the Pew Research Center, around 40% of American voters identify as independents, which suggests that there is a large pool of potential swing voters in the United States. However, these voters are often overlooked by the major parties, which tend to focus their efforts on energizing their own base rather than reaching out to independents.

In order to create a more diverse and representative democracy, it is important to encourage swing voters to engage with the political process and to consider the full range of candidates and viewpoints available to them. By doing so, we can create a more open and inclusive political system that works for everyone.