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    Re: Protest/novelty voting

    If you haven't done this then you've been politically lucky as hell to always have candidates you can agree with.
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    Re: Protest/novelty voting

    Quote Originally Posted by lysander View Post
    yes pretty much every time i voted. Ron paul in 2008/2012. Gary johnson in 2012 for president. Write myself in for local offices sometimes...
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    Re: Protest/novelty voting

    Voted for myself for President in both '84 and '88. A few friends voted for me too.
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    Re: Protest/novelty voting

    Quote Originally Posted by Perotista View Post
    I do not know if you could call it a novelty, but in 5 of the last 6 presidential elections I voted for Perot twice, for Browne twice and for Johnson. Why, I thought Perot would make the best president, Browne, although I thought he left a lot wanting, he was certainly better than Bush II, Gore and Kerry. In 2012, I lost faith in one major party candidate and didn't trust the other. Gary Johnson seem to be the one that actually would solve some of the problems this nation faced, so I voted for him.

    Now I have written in names when those lower down on the ballot had no opposition or just skipped their names entirely. But for president I always voted for who I thought was the candidate which do the best job, it just so happens in 5 of the last 6 presidential elections, it was for a Republican or Democrat. I do not think at would qualify as a protest vote, voting for whom you thought was the best candidate available. No, I have written in Mickey Mouse or any none human.
    By novelty voting I meant voting for someone like the guy running on the Rent is Too Danm High ticket or an entertainer running as a publicity stunt.
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    Re: Protest/novelty voting

    Quote Originally Posted by polgara View Post
    Probably a good choice! I'm curious as to why there was such a big time lag between payment, and receiving what you paid for. Sounds like the jokes about the old USSR...pay today for a car, get car three to five years from now. BTW, did the levy pass?

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    I don't know the final numbers, but the logistics didn't even work on the surface.

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    Re: Protest/novelty voting

    Quote Originally Posted by Smeagol View Post
    By novelty voting I meant voting for someone like the guy running on the Rent is Too Danm High ticket or an entertainer running as a publicity stunt.
    No, nothing like that. It is just a lot of folks think when one votes for a third party candidate one does so as a protest against the two major parties and they fail to see where one might have just determined that a third party candidate was a whole lot better than the two bums they nominated.
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    Re: Protest/novelty voting

    Quote Originally Posted by Smeagol View Post
    Have you ever voted for a candidate you knew wasn't going to win out of protest against the stronger candidates or because you didn't care one way or another? Have you ever written in your own name?

    I'm seriously thinking about writing in Mickey Mouse for Governor. The incumbent carters to the extreme right-wing such as blocking White House initiatives in the state that would have created jobs just to oppose the President and try to cause his presidency to fail, sending the federal funding to other states that tax-payers in my state paid into the federal treasury. He also tried a little voter suppression in 2012 and it failed. The other supports policies that violate my conscience.

    In my state write-in candidates still need to be registered/certified as office seekers so writing in Mickey Mouse would be a wasted vote other than to make a statement. I wish disqualified write-ins were reported in the news but I think our elections office doesn't even report them as votes so the media has no information on those votes.
    I always base my vote on who I think will be the best president of the United States. I dont factor in things like chance of winning/party or anything like that. I wouldnt never write in something like mickey mouse. I see that as a mockery. You'd be better off not voting IMO.
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    Re: Protest/novelty voting

    i guess Perot would be considered a protest vote, but i really supported him at the time.

    as for voting for a candidate who had no chance of winning, i did that this past election. the wingnut that won had been basically guaranteed the governorship for four years, and Democrat who ran against him ran the poorest campaign i've ever seen. i had to ask myself a few times if he was throwing the race on purpose; you should have seen the commercials. anyway, i voted for him because that was the only way to vote against the other ****head.

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    Re: Protest/novelty voting

    Quote Originally Posted by Kreton View Post
    I always base my vote on who I think will be the best president of the United States. I dont factor in things like chance of winning/party or anything like that. I wouldn't never write in something like mickey mouse. I see that as a mockery. You'd be better off not voting IMO.
    It would be like a "none of the above" type statement. Writing in Mickey Mouse would, which I have only thought about doing, would be more to emphasize my strong displeasure with the candidate field.
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    Re: Protest/novelty voting

    Quote Originally Posted by Smeagol View Post
    It would be like a "none of the above" type statement. Writing in Mickey Mouse would, which I have only thought about doing, would be more to emphasize my strong displeasure with the candidate field.
    I've 'abstained' a couple times and wished I hadn't. I feel better voting for the 'protest vote' candidate (Rhino Party, Marxist-Leninist, off-the-wall independent, whatever) than not voting at all. It's saying something, even if no-one's listening.
    Never tried a write-in, though.
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