Voting Third Party
I consider this to be one of the most important sections. I have
met many people who have agreed with the ideas and goals of the Libertarians,
but they do not want to vote for them for a couple of reasons. There
are two objections to voting third party that I have run into: wasted vote
and negative voting. The first is the idea that it does no good to
vote for someone who can't win. The second is that "I like what you
are saying, but I don't want Candidate X to win so I am going to vote for
the guy that has a better chance at defeating him"
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Even if we can't win your vote is valuable. In many states, ballot
access is determined by vote totals. By eliminating the need to work
to get on the petition we can put our efforts into getting our message
The more often you vote for someone who does not
support your ideals the less your ideals will be heard from.
Higher vote totals can translate into more media attention in subsequent
campaigns. It will show the world their is real world support for
liberty. This will make the job of getting someone elected next year
that much more possible. (These give people a reason to vote for
you even if you don't have a chance to win)
If voting for someone who is sure to lose is "wasting your vote," then
isn't it just as big a waste to vote for someone who is sure to win?
If you vote for Candidate Y, he isn't going to think your vote was just
to keep someone else out of office. Y will assume you support his agenda,
which will almost always be an agenda of more government.
Continuing to vote for Y gives them no incentive to change. Y will
assume that you think he is doing a good job.
When you vote Republican, nobody knows why you vote Republican. You might be a Christian Conservative, you might
be country-club blue-blood or you might just come from a family which votes Republican because that's the way great, great
When you vote third party, people know exactly what you stand for and exactly who you are.
Your vote counts. And if your numbers ever get big enough, the major parties will adapt their platforms to get your vote. (This can obviously be altered for Democrats)
Voting for a candidate that doesn't support your view is like political
welfare. Its giving him benefits (votes) for not doing productive
work (reducing government)
The problem isn't Al Gore or the Religious Right (you can fill in whatever
party or group they think the problem is). The problem is big government
and neither the Republicans or the Democrats are doing anything to fix
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