Four years ago I had a dilemma. I was not going to vote for George W Bush and did not like the other major party candidate, John Kerry, any better. I didn’t like the idea of voting for the lesser of two evils, so I researched the other party candidates and felt comfortable with the platform and candidate for the Libertarian Party and decided that was where I would cast my vote. After making that decision, I heard from everyone that I was wasting my vote. Now, as we head into another election, I find myself again not wanting to vote for either major party candidate and in search of an alternative. This has brought my thoughts to the idea of a wasted vote. In my opinion, a vote for a third party candidate is no more a wasted vote than any of the following:
Voting for a candidate because you dislike him a little less than you dislike the other.
Voting a straight party ticket regardless of the candidates and any knowledge of who they are.
Voting(or not voting) for a candidate based only on their gender.
Voting(or not voting) for a candidate based only on their race.
Voting(or not voting) for a candidate based only on their religion.
Actually, I believe the only true way to “waste your vote” is to not vote at all. Don’t waste your vote. Do a little research into all the candidates(not just the two we see in the news) and go to the polls and vote.