Last edited by roflpublican; 11-05-12 at 12:25 AM.
Sometimes I think we're alone. Sometimes I think we're not. In either case, the thought is staggering. ~ R. Buckminster Fuller
First, you still count toward the popular vote. While Obama will likely win the popular vote, I can still play my little part in ensuring that he does not have a mandate. Whoever wins, Obama or Romney, I want them to know that most people who voted did NOT vote for him.
Second is money. The more support a third party gets the more likely they are to be eligible for matching fund in the future, thus increasing the likelihood of getting the word of their agenda out.
Third, while it is a foregone conclusion that a third party candidate will not win the Presidency, that is far from the only race on the ballot. There are plenty of more local elections going on in which the odds of a third party winning are not so long. So if you are already going to be at the ballot box voting in those, how much extra work is it to slide your hand over and mark the box for the Presidency as well?
Which, unfortunately, is just as ridiculous. A third party has to get over 5% of the popular vote to qualify and the biggest, most powerful third-party, the Libertarians, have never gotten more than 1% of the vote and that percentage is dropping every election. Last time, they got 0.4% The best they've ever done is the Perot campaign in 1992, but even then, they lost their official party status following their failure in the 1996 election to maintain more than 5% and have never come remotely close again. Unless an independently wealthy candidate comes along again and buys into the election, the chances of a third party getting funded in the future is zero.Second is money. The more support a third party gets the more likely they are to be eligible for matching fund in the future, thus increasing the likelihood of getting the word of their agenda out.