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ao  ·  2359 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Why are you what you are politically?

I'm young and idealistic. 2016 will be my first year voting and I'm not particularly looking forward to it. I agree with shibbotech, that the political machine in the US will probably not change in the next 20 years. The only person I can actually see myself voting for next year is Bernie Sanders. If he does not make it, it will come down to choosing between the lesser of two evils.

bleb  ·  2359 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Do you live in a swing state? If not, that is if you live in a solid blue or red state, then you've got a little more choice beyond the "lesser of two evils." Your vote won't make a difference who wins, so why not voice your support for a third party? When third party candidates get a lot of votes it sends a pretty strong message to the two dominant parties, because they might get your vote next time if they change their policies. You're danging a carrot in front of their nose rather than giving it to them because you hate them less. Am I making any sense?

Filanyon  ·  2354 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I wholeheartedly agree, and it sucks that more people don't adopt this attitude. My family and I live in Illinois (consistently Democrat due to Chicago), and even they consider voting third party as throwing away their vote, it's frustrating. They even voiced that opinion when I voted Libertarian in the mid-term election solely because I wanted them to overcome the shit the election committee pulls with getting on the ballot.