How to Protest the Major Parties Without Throwing Away Your Vote – Conor Friedersdorf – The Atlantic

26 Jul

If you aren’t crazy about the Republican or Democrat, but think of your vote from a utilitarian perspective and are uninterested in purely symbolic gestures, here’s how to impact presidential elections in two easy steps:

1) Postpone your calculated support for someone you don’t like until you’re standing in the election booth. Before then, support the third-party nominee you’d like to see win. If a pollster asks who you support give their name, not the major-party candidate you may wind up voting for in the end. Doing so doesn’t squander your vote on someone who won’t win, but could be the difference between a Libertarian or Green Party candidate being included or excluded from TV debates.

2) Think about whether or not you live in a swing state. If so, maybe it makes more sense to vote Republican or Democrat. But if you live in a state like California, where the Democrat will obviously win, or a state like Utah where the Republican is obviously going to win, your vote is going to have a lot more impact if you’re part of a third-party surge that signals disaffection to others.

via How to Protest the Major Parties Without Throwing Away Your Vote – Conor Friedersdorf – The Atlantic.

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One Response to “How to Protest the Major Parties Without Throwing Away Your Vote – Conor Friedersdorf – The Atlantic”

  1. Charlie Keil July 26, 2012 at 6:32 am #

    Vote your conscience if you’re lucky enough to have one.
    How is Gary Johnson’s Libertarian campaign shaping up? Getting greener?
    Jill Stein has a veep that doesn’t diversify or balance the Green ticket much.

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