Is voting for a third-party candidate just wasting your vote? | The Tylt
Is voting for a third-party candidate just wasting your vote?
Many argue that because the stakes of this presidential election are so high, people need to vote for one of the two candidates that will be president, and that a "protest vote" for a third-party candidate with no chance of winning is selfish and stupid. Third-party candidates like Ross Perot and Ralph Nader and their supporters are held up as spoilers who just siphoned off crucial votes in close elections.
Jill Stein is a terrible candidate and a terrible person. Don't waste your vote on her when we have to fight Trump! pic.twitter.com/cFSgS9FhSq
But critics of the two-party system argue that the real waste is voting for Republicans and Democrats, who benefit from an entrenched system. They say the only way to open the system is to vote outside of it.
In this election, liberals are equating casting a vote for a third-party candidate like Jill Stein and Gary Johnson as essentially voting for Donald Trump. They're warning progressives that now is not the time for protest votes for candidates with zero chance of being elected.