I know that most of us have pretty strong ideas about whether Mitt Romney or Barack Obama would be the worse leader for this country. It seems to me that a lot of people are casting votes not so much for a candidate as against their opponent.
So for my friends living in swing states: I get it. It is a tough decision. Stick with your gut.
But – for my friends who do not live in swing states: perhaps you would consider voting for Jill Stein (Green Party) or Gary Johnson (Libertarian)?
With the crazy electoral college system, you might not think your vote makes much of a difference unless you live in NC or Ohio or Florida, etc — but 5% of the popular vote for a third party is all it would take to get them equal ballot access and access to federal funding. Not to mention that it would make it harder to justify shutting them out of the presidential debates. The Green Party and the Libertarian Party each have a good shot at hitting that 5% figure this year.
That could make a tremendous difference. No matter who ends up in the Oval Office come January.
For sources, see:
The Free Independent-Sun
– “Will the Green and Libertarian Party win 5% of the Popular Vote in the 2012 Presidential Election?”