Sunday, November 4, 2012

A Vote for a Third Party Candidate Is NOT a Wasted Vote

Most voters have a simple process for selecting who to vote for. In most cases, voters choose to vote for the Republican or Democrat that scares them the least. Most voters are either terrified that Obama will win a second term in the White House or that Romney will be inaugurated in January. So essentially voters let fear dictate who they will vote for.

Most voters are also smart enough to realize that it's not in their best interest to vote for the Republican or the Democrat. Democrats and Republicans have brought our nation to the fiscal cliff. Republicans and Democrats have supported many wars that we should never have started. Democrats and Republicans have allowed the Federal Reserve to significantly devalue the dollar over the past century resulting in the virtual robbery of a huge percentage of our savings.

I think you know that you should stop voting for the lessor of two evils. I think you know that you should choose the candidate that best reflects your views. Have you seriously considered the Green Party candidate Jill Stein or the Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson? If you plan to vote for Romney, then there's a good chance that Johnson more closely reflects your views than Romney. If you plan to vote for Obama, then there's a good chance that Stein or even Johnson more closely reflects your views than Obama.

Vote for the Third Party candidate who would serve your best interest! You probably don't because you don't want to "waste your vote". Stop and think about that logic for a second. You have chosen to let you fear drive you to vote against your interest so that you can help ensure that the election is not won by the candidate you hate most. I can totally understand this logic if you live in one of the tightly contested states. But, I can't understand this logic if you live in one of the states that are solidly blue or solidly red in this election.

Electoral College votes that are solidly Obama/Biden: California, Delaware, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington
Electoral College votes that are solidly Romney/Ryan: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, Wyoming

If you live in one of the states that are solidly Obama or Romney, then your vote for Obama or Romney will statistically have virtually no impact on the election. Your single vote will be recorded in the popular vote for Obama or Romney, but your vote has no other tangible value or affect in this election. If you live in one of these states and you vote for a Third Party candidate, then your vote will send a much clearer message.

Your single vote could help Johnson or Stein win just 5% of the popular vote, which would enable a Third Party candidate to receive federal funding for the next election. Your single vote for Stein or Johnson could help improve a Third Party candidate's ballot access in the next election. Your single vote for Johnson or Stein could also help send a clearer message to the Republicans and Democrats, "I do not approve of what the two-party system has done to my country."

There's a great article on Washington's Blog discussing the views of several popular figures on this topic.

Liberals and Conservatives Agree: Vote Third Party

Preface: Many Americans are waking up to the fact that the Republican and Democratic candidates are incredibly similar.

Many people are starting to realize that Obama and Romney are virtually indistinguishable on war, jobs, freedoms and favoring fatcats instead of the little guy.

Many of us want a third party candidate to win … but are afraid of “wasting our vote”.

Leading conservatives and liberals say that we should vote for a third party candidate.

Read more at Washington's Blog"

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