View Poll Results: Would you vote for a third-party candidate, regardless of their chance at winning?

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  • I hardly even consider voting for a third-party candidate

    5 13.51%
  • I don't usually vote third-party, but would consider it

    7 18.92%
  • I usually vote third-party, but would consider voting otherwise

    9 24.32%
  • I almost always vote for third-party candidates

    6 16.22%
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Thread: Third-Party Candidates: Worth Your Vote?

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    Re: Third-Party Candidates: Worth Your Vote?

    Voting for a 3rd party candidate who you know can't win isn't "throwing away your vote."

    Voting for the lesser of 2 evils because you know one of them will win isn't "throwing away your vote."

    Voting for the opposite party so that one party won't dominate the whole show isn't "throwing away your vote."

    I think the only way you can truly "throw away your vote" is to choose not to vote in the first place.

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    Re: Third-Party Candidates: Worth Your Vote?

    Well you don't specify the US so I voted. I generally vote forthird party candidates, in England I'd specifically vote for the Wessex regionalists or the Greens and perhaps UKIP. But I wouldn't completely rule out the Tories.
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    Re: Third-Party Candidates: Worth Your Vote?

    Quote Originally Posted by Wessexman View Post
    Well you don't specify the US so I voted. I generally vote forthird party candidates, in England I'd specifically vote for the Wessex regionalists or the Greens and perhaps UKIP. But I wouldn't completely rule out the Tories.
    Here election laws and the presidential debates are tailored to keep everyone else out.

    America does not have open and honest elections.
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    Re: Third-Party Candidates: Worth Your Vote?

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Guerrilla View Post
    Here election laws and the presidential debates are tailored to keep everyone else out.

    America does not have open and honest elections.
    In England it is much the same at national level there are three main parties and only tow of those have formed gov't for almost a century.

    A proof of the moribund nature of our parliamentary system has to be the EU. Most Brits aren't happy with the way it has been going and haven't been for a long time but none of the three main parties will do anything about it.
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    Re: Third-Party Candidates: Worth Your Vote?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dav View Post
    Simple question: Which is more important,
    voting for the person who you would rather win of those who have a chance at winning,
    or voting for someone who most closely embodies your personal beliefs, whether they have a chance of winning or not?
    I would have to say the candidate regardless of party affiliation you feel is the best man or best woman for the job is worth your vote. I saw many people however vote for a sellout like McCain because they felt he had a better chance of winning and that a liberal republican was much better than a liberal democrat. As far as I am concerned a liberal rat is still a liberal rat regardless of which party he claims to belong to.
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    Re: Third-Party Candidates: Worth Your Vote?

    I would consider voting for a third party if and only if they have a chance of winning (or if the election is going to be so lopsided that my vote doesn't matter anyway). But in a reasonably close election between the two major party candidates, there's no way I'm voting for someone else.

    "Sending a message" is simply nowhere NEAR as important as electing the candidate that more closely mirrors your views. "Sending a message" rarely produces the desired result, whereas electing the better candidate often does.
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    Re: Third-Party Candidates: Worth Your Vote?

    "voting for someone who most closely embodies your personal beliefs, whether they have a chance of winning or not"

    The above is most important. Whether or not someone can win an election is never a factor in my decision to vote for them. I vote for who I want in office, I vote my conscience. I would never in a million years squander my vote for some second rate choice simply because s/he has a better chance at winning. I have far too much respect for my vote and for all the men and women who have died to make sure I continue to have one. I would never tarnish their efforts by selling myself out for "someone who has a better chance of winning".

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    Re: Third-Party Candidates: Worth Your Vote?

    I would vote for a candidate I could support, but since none of those ever runs in any election, I vote for the major candidate that I could stomach the best. Since candidates that would represent my views simply do not run these days, I never worry about the third parties because they've got no chance in hell. As much as you can vote your conscience all you want, you still have to live under the administration of the party that wins.
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    Re: Third-Party Candidates: Worth Your Vote?

    I will only vote for a third party if neither of the two party candidates at least holds a decent majority of the same views as I do that I trust they will uphold and there is a 3rd party member that matches my views almost uniformly
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    Re: Third-Party Candidates: Worth Your Vote?

    Be realistic about your vote. If your vote for third party candidate means the Democrat gets into office, when you could have voted for the Republican and stopped that horrendous occurence, you've wasted your vote.

    Most of the time your vote doesn't mean squat. Look at Minnesota. No one's vote means anything, since Franken is going to get into the Senate using made up votes.

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