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The Vote Steal (also referred to as Steal-a-Vote) is an advantage that is occasionally available to castaways. It allows players to steal another castaway's vote to vote twice in one Tribal Council.

Overview

A variant 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 stolen vote was cast against.

In Cambodia[1] and Game Changers, the Vote Steal is expressly noted as being nontransferable. The advantage can be physically given to another castaway as a sign of trust, but the castaway to whom it is given cannot use the advantage and must return it to its original owner.[2] In David vs. Goliath and Winners at War, the transferability of the Vote Steal is not mentioned by the castaways nor are the advantage's rules shown in full. In Survivor 41, the rules of the advantage are not shown to mention anything regarding transferability, leaving the assumption that it is now transferable, much like the Extra Vote.

The advantage cannot be cancelled out by the Safety Without Power advantage. If a castaway whose vote is stolen then uses the Safety Without Power to leave Tribal Council, the owner of the Vote Steal is entitled to choose another castaway's vote to steal.[3]

The negational portion of this advantage was spun off into its own advantage, the Vote Blocker, in Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers.

In Survivor 42, the Vote Steal became a part of the Advantage Amulet; should there only be two amulet holders left in the game, the amulets may be played as a singular Vote 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, even if the user is part of the tie.[4]

Twist History

Cambodia

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, which he could use until the final five. 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.

Game Changers

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. 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 its purchaser the 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 for themselves. Natalie sold the advantage to Sarah Lacina of the Dakal tribe, who purchased it. That night, Sarah sneaked 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.

Survivor 41

On Day 6, Brad Reese, Sydney Segal, and Tiffany Seely each found an envelope labeled "Beware Advantage" at their respective tribe camps. The note instructed them to sneak out of their camp that night into a waiting a boat that would take them to an island where they would make a decision. There, they played a game of chicken, having to choose between a tarp for their tribe or a Vote Steal for themselves. If all three chose a tarp, then each tribe would receive a tarp. If they unanimously chose a Vote Steal, they would all lose their votes at the next Tribal Council they attended. But if there was a split decision, those who chose a tarp would get nothing, but those who chose a Vote Steal would obtain one. Tiffany and Sydney chose a tarp, but did not receive one as Brad decided to choose a Vote Steal, usable until the final seven. However, Brad was voted out at the very next Tribal Council without using his Vote Steal.

Survivor 42

During the opening Reward Challenge on Day 1, Drea Wheeler, Hai Giang and Lindsay Dolashewich took the Advantage Amulet. It was later revealed that, if one of them were to be eliminated and the other two of them were on the same tribe together, they may play their amulets at once as a Vote Steal. After Day 19, when Hai was voted out, the Vote Steal power was activated. When Drea was then blindsided on Day 21, the amulet's power upgraded to that of a Hidden Immunity Idol, taking the Vote Steal out of play.

Summary

Season Location Episode Acquired Original Owner Episode Used Vote Stolen Intended Target Successful? Eliminated
Cambodia Day 24 Immunity Challenge "Witches Coven" S31 stephen t.png
Stephen Fishbach
"My Wheels Are Spinning" S31 joe t.png
Joe Anglim
S31 joe t.png
Joe Anglim
No!.png
4-3-2
S31 stephen bw.png
Stephen Fishbach
Game Changers Day 25 Reward Challenge "A Line Drawn in Concrete" S34 sarah t.png
Sarah Lacina
"Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow" S34 tai t.png
Tai Trang
S34 michaela t.png
Michaela Bradshaw
Yes!.png
4-2-1
S34 michaela bw.png
Michaela Bradshaw
David vs. Goliath Hidden by a palm tree during the merge "You Get What You Give" S37 nick t.png
Nick Wilson
"Breadth-First Search" S37 alison t.png
Alison Raybould
S37 dan t.png
Dan Rengering
Yes!.png
6-3-2
S37 dan bw.png
Dan Rengering
Winners at War Sele camp "Out for Blood" S40 sarah t.png
Sarah Lacina
"The Full Circle" S40 denise t.png
Denise Stapley
S40 tyson t.png
Tyson Apostol
Yes!.png
5-2-0
S40 tyson bw.png
Tyson Apostol
Survivor 41 Day 7 Summit "My Million Dollar Mistake" S41 brad t.png
Brad Reese
Never used
Survivor 42 Day 1 Reward Challenge
(Advantage Amulet)
"Feels Like a Rollercoaster" S42 drea t.png
Drea Wheeler
Never used
S42 lindsay t.png
Lindsay Dolashewich
S42 hai bw.png
Hai Giang
N/A

Trivia

  • 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. He is also the only castaway to target the person whose vote he stole, and to use the advantage unsuccessfully.
  • 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.
  • Brad Reese is the first player to be voted out while in possession of a Vote Steal.

References

Survivor Gameplay
 
Challenges
Challenge Advantage · Do-It-Yourself Challenge · Duel · Family Visit · Immunity Challenge (Final Immunity Challenge) · Immunity Idol · Immunity Necklace · Medallion of Power · Reward Challenge · Survivor Auction
Elimination
Edge of Extinction · Ejection · Evacuation · Final Tribal Council · Jury · Quit · Redemption Island · Snuffer · Sole Survivor · Tiebreaker · Torch · Tribal Council · Urn
Strategy
Alliance · Pagonging · Split Vote (Strategy)
Social Dynamics
Final Two · Final Three · Merge · Tribe
Twists
Casting

Battle of the Sexes · Blood vs. Water · Brawn vs. Brains vs. Beauty · Old vs. Young · Returning Players · Schoolyard Pick · Tribes Divided by Ethnicity


Tribal Council-Related

Advantage Amulet · Do or Die · Double Elimination · Double Tribal Council · Extra Vote · Hidden Immunity Idol (History) · Idol Nullifier · Joint Tribal Council · Juror Removal · Legacy Advantage · Knowledge is Power · Shot in the Dark · Vote Blocker · Vote Steal


Miscellaneous

Advantage Menu · Buried Treasure · Day Zero · Exile Island · Fake Merge · Fire Token · First Impressions · Ghost Island · Haves vs. Have Nots · Hourglass · Island of the Idols · Kidnapping · Looting · Mutiny · One World · Reward Steal · Summit · The Outcasts · Tribe Leader · Tribe Switch

Post-Game
Fan Favorite Award · Lawsuits and Legal Action · Ponderosa · Reunion Show
Miscellaneous
Buff · Confessional · Luxury Item · Rites of Passage · Survivor Rulebook · Ulonging
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