Is voting for a third-party candidate just wasting your vote? | The Tylt
It's tough for third parties to catch a break in America. Especially in presidential elections, voting for the Green Party or the Libertarian Party is often derided as "wasting your vote." But candidates like Jill Stein and Gary Johnson argue that voters are sick of having only two choices, and that the only way to change the system is to vote for someone outside of it.
Is casting your vote for a third-party candidate principled—or privileged?
Read arguments for both sides below — and VOTE!
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.
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.
But many third-party supporters say they refuse to be browbeaten into voting for corporate candidates they don't support. They see voting third party as an issue of principle and conscience.
RT SankofaBrown: Don't waste your time trying to convince me to fear Trump over Hillary, I don't believe in the lesser of two evils. I won'…— Vote Jill Dump Hill! (@WeLoveJillStein) August 5, 2016
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