Vote Third Party

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I’ve seen the sentiment several times lately, from both my liberal friends and my conservative friends, that even though they’re not really on board with their party’s candidate options, they’ll vote along party lines because this election is “too important” to let the “other guys” win.

I’ve written before about how politics is no longer about doing what’s best for our country but about mud-slinging and defaming the “other guy.” It’s no longer, “here’s what I can do to improve things,” it’s “here’s why my opponent is worse than I am.”

And it just seems to get worse.

The two-party system is broken.

I would love–LOVE!!!–to vote for a third-party candidate. I think the quagmire of politics has gotten so bad that both parties are utterly corrupt. Every candidate is spending bazillions of dollars on winning and making grandiose promises of what they’ll do when they’re elected Supreme Chancellor, and none of them actually have the people’s best interests at heart.

Congress is so busy campaigning for reelection that they’re not accomplishing anything, and the presidential race is all about misinformation and who can make the biggest claims. But the top candidates on BOTH sides are rich people who claim they know what’s best for regular people and make impossible claims and tell lies about each other and their own actions.

A third party candidate would solve a lot of problems.

A third party candidate could run on a different kind of platform. They could cross party lines and focus on individual issues on both sides that are important. They could reach both sides on various issues, and while no one would likely agree completely, they’d probably have more in common with most voters than either of the other two-party candidates. They could find middle ground on many issues and they’d have a better chance of getting Congress to be more moderate.

Unfortunately, the way the system is set up, especially with the electoral college the way it is, every vote DOESN’T actually count, and there’s no viable way for a third-party candidate.

A third party vote essentially means throwing your vote away.

We the People could, in theory, vote a third-party candidate into office, but it would mean all of us working together and deciding that’s what we want, and that will never happen, because the mentality of voting against the other guy and keeping your party in power is too strong. No one wants to risk the “other guy” getting into office.

And so we doom ourselves, over and over again, by voting along party lines simply because we believe it’s the better option.

And so it goes, the cycle getting worse every election, the two parties growing more vitriolic against one another, and we the people suffering for it.

It’s time to make it stop. It’s time to get off the crazy, two-party carousel and vote for real change.

Vote third party.

(Okay, realistically, that’s not going to happen, at least this election cycle. And I probably won’t even follow my own advice. But if we start talking about it now and making strides in that direction, maybe next time around there will be enough of us to make it happen.)



About Avily Jerome

Avily Jerome is a writer and the editor of Havok Magazine. Her short stories have been published in various magazines, both print and digital. She has judged several writing contests and is a writing conference teacher and presenter. She writes speculative fiction, her ideas ranging from almost-real-world action/adventures to epic fantasies to supernatural thrillers.

6 comments on “Vote Third Party

  1. I disagree that voting third party is “throwing your vote away.” Voting third party is voting _against_ the two-party system, and I will keep doing it.I honestly can’t remember the last time I voted for either a Rep or Dem presidential candidate. I’m sick of them both, so I won’t grace either one with my vote.

    You’re dead on about the electoral college. I understand why we need it, but each state’s electoral college votes should be divided proportionally between the candidates. So if a state has 8 electoral votes and 49% of the people vote Party B and 48% vote Party 2, then the state’s electoral votes should be split 4 each. The remaining 3% wouldn’t be enough for a third-party candidate to take even one, but it would prevent Party B from getting all the electoral votes when they only had the support of less than half the state’s population.

    Some states do this, but all of them should.

    • I agree completely. It would definitely change the overall outcome in some instances. The electoral college needs a massive overhaul, at a minimum.

  2. Avily, you have spoken the desire of my heart for several elections now, but this election especially! I agree with Kristen, as well: maybe if enough people actually do vote third-party, the two major parties will be shocked out of their campaign-juggernaut modes and pay attention to what people actually want. Following my conscience, I may have to do just what you suggest on Election Day.

    • I am as yet undecided on what my actual course of action will be. But yes, if enough people actually do it, then we can change the system. Eventually.

  3. In general I agree. This election, though, I think we are really beginning to see that desire play out within the parties themselves. In both parties there is a remendous amount of infighting because many of the candidates have dramatically different ideals. Voters seem to be taking note and many are crossing their traditional party lines a little more readily. I think? I don’t know. We’re still pretty early in the process, but this will be an interesting election to watch. There’s a definite stirring.

    • I agree. It seems as though both sides have finally had enough of the politicking and smear campaigns. Even if we disagree fundamentally on what the right thing for the country is, we mostly agree that career politicians aren’t getting it done. We want a change.

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