A spin-off of the Extra Vote, the Vote Steal is a more powerful version of the advantage, allowing a castaway to prevent another from voting and use that castaway's ballot as their own. The castaway that uses the advantage can vote for one person twice or for two separate people, including the castaway whose vote was stolen. In addition, the vote may still be nullified by a Hidden Immunity Idol. Unlike with the standard Extra Vote, the use of the Vote Steal requires the player to state their intention before any votes are cast.
In Cambodia and Game Changers, the Vote Steal has a distinct margin around all four sides. Beginning in Survivor: David vs. Goliath, by stealing another player's vote, the user of the Vote Steal will cast their vote on a regular parchment, allowing more anonymity as to whom the Vote Steal was used against.
In Cambodia and Game Changers, the Vote Steal is noted as being nontransferable. The advantage can be physically given to another castaway as a sign of trust, but the castaway given it cannot use the advantage and must return it to its original owner. In David vs. Goliath and Winners at War, the transferability of the Vote Steal is not mentioned by the castaways nor is the advantage's rules shown in full.
The advantage cannot cancelled out by the Safety Without Power advantage. If a castaway's vote is stolen then used the Safety Without Power to leave Tribal Council, the owner of the Vote Steal would then have to choose another castaway's vote to steal.
Vote Steal at Revotes
The exact mechanics of the Vote Steal at a revote following a tie are currently unknown.
Stephen Fishbach, who used the Vote Steal in Cambodia, has stated that the Vote Steal carries over to a revote following a tie. If the person targeted by the Vote Steal is not part of the tie, the user of the Vote Steal retains control of the target's vote at the revote.
A variant of the Extra Vote was introduced during the Bermuda Triangles Immunity Challenge on Day 24. While the challenge was underway, host Jeff Probst released a row of buoys, and the first to bail out of the challenge and swim toward their buoy won the advantage. Spencer Bledsoe and Stephen Fishbach raced to their buoys, but it was Stephen who won the advantage. Back at camp, Stephen learned his advantage: he obtained the privilege to vote twice, but in turn, he would deny a tribemate the right to vote. Stephen decided to use his advantage on the Day 29 Tribal Council. He chose to "steal" Joe Anglim's vote, and voted against Abi-Maria Gomes and Joe, but was himself voted out in a 4-3-2 vote.
After the conclusion of the Day 25 Reward Challenge, O-Black Water, Sarah Lacina acquired an advantage that was revealed to be a Vote Steal that could be used all the way until the final five. Another variant of the Extra Vote, this advantage would steal another tribe member's vote, depriving them of voting. She used it at the Day 35 Tribal Council, using it to steal Tai Trang's vote and cast an extra vote against Michaela Bradshaw, who was voted out.
David vs. Goliath
At the merge feast, a clue for the advantage could be seen on the table. However, no one picked up on this clue. Later, on Day 21, Davie Rickenbacker and Nick Wilson searched for an advantage and stumbled upon the same clue. Nick later found the Vote Steal by a palm tree. He used it at the Day 25 Tribal Council to steal Alison Raybould's vote and cast a second vote against Dan Rengering, contributing to his elimination.
Winners at War
On Day 8, Natalie Anderson found an advantage on the Edge of Extinction which she could sell to a castaway still in the game for one Fire Token. This advantage would allow the purchaser an opportunity to sneak into the opposing tribe's camp that night and retrieve the Vote Steal from inside one of the tribe's torches. However, if a member of that tribe found it before the purchaser could retrieve it, they would be allowed to keep it themselves. Natalie sold the advantage to Sarah Lacina of the Dakal tribe, who purchased it. That night, Sarah snuck into the Sele tribe's camp and obtained the Vote Steal. Sarah used it at the Day 25 Tribal Council when, after Jeremy Collins used his Safety Without Power advantage to grant himself immunity and leave Tribal Council early at the expense of not casting a vote, she stole the vote of Denise Stapley to ensure that her alliance would have enough votes to successfully split their votes between Denise and their main target, Tyson Apostol, whom they successfully voted out.
|Season||Location||Episode Acquired||Original Owner||Episode Used||Vote Stolen||Intended Target||Successful?||Eliminated|
|Survivor: Cambodia||Day 24 Immunity Challenge||"Witches Coven"|| |
|"My Wheels Are Spinning"|| |
|Survivor: Game Changers||Hidden at Day 25 Reward Challenge||"A Line Drawn in Concrete"|| |
|"Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow"|| |
|Survivor: David vs. Goliath||Hidden by a palm tree during the merge||"You Get What You Give"|| |
|"Breadth-First Search"|| |
|Survivor: Winners at War||Sele camp||"Out for Blood"|| |
|"The Full Circle"|| |
- Though the Vote Steal has helped eliminate its target multiple times, the individual vote alone has never altered the eventual outcome of Tribal Council.
- Stephen Fishbach is the first castaway to use a Vote Steal advantage to vote for two separate people.
- Sarah Lacina (Game Changers and Winners at War) is the first player to possess a Vote Steal in two different seasons.
- By extension, Sarah is the first player to successfully use the Vote Steal in two different seasons.
- ↑ https://i.imgur.com/9bbNkYN.png
- ↑ "Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow". Survivor: Game Changers.
- ↑ Ross, Dalton (April 23, 2020). "Jeff Probst on Tony's three days of Survivor dominance". Entertainment Weekly. https://ew.com/tv/survivor-jeff-probst-winners-at-war-tony-vlachos-episode-11-interview/. Retrieved April 23, 2020.
- ↑ https://twitter.com/stephenfishbach/status/1029118787092660224