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  • commented 2016-07-28 05:34:41 -0500
    A Case for the Third Party Vote


    The #1 argument I hear against voting for a third party is that it’s a “wasted vote,” that any vote against the Republicans is a vote for the Democrats, and vice versa. We feel that if we don’t vote for the “lesser of two evils” then we run the risk that the “greater of two evils” might win the election. Those statements would be true if our election process was based exclusively on the popular vote. But it’s not. Our founding fathers didn’t trust the general population to responsibly elect a president, so they established the electoral college.


    By present count, 34 of the 50 states, representing approximately 63.5% of the population, are categorically “red” or “blue” states. This means that all the electors from these states will vote Republican or Democrat, respectively. One would have to move mountains to change the electoral votes in those states. Thus, when we go to the polls in November and cast our vote for president, our votes don’t matter for much if we’re voting for one of the two major parties. Our electors are already lined up in one camp or the other, and they vote their conscience. They don’t have to change their votes based on how we vote. That’s how presidents can lose the popular vote and still win the election. While this setup can make us feel rather insignificant in the political process, it also gives us the unique privilege of being able to vote for whoever we want – even for a third party candidate – without running the risk that “greater of two evils” will win the election.


    By living in a “solid” state, we can vote without fear that we will negatively affect the election…whatever “negatively” means to you. Voting for a third (or even fourth) party is a way to give the proverbial finger to both the electoral college and the two-party system at once. By voting for a third party in large numbers, we send a message to the two larger parties that we’re tired of business as usual; that we reject their fear mongering antics; that we do not approve of either of their candidates; that the candidates themselves must earn our votes on their own merit, not just because he or she isn’t the other guy.


    Historically speaking, there is power in the third party vote. The Socialist Party ran a presidential candidate in every campaign between 1900 and 1916, winning anywhere from 0.62% to 5.99% of the popular vote. They never won a single electoral vote, but by 1932, the vast majority of their platform had been adopted by the Democrats – including issues like ending child labor, guaranteeing overtime pay, safety inspections in the workplace, and an end to monopolies and trusts. Another example is the Prohibition Party, which won 1.19% to 1.92% of the popular vote over the same period. By 1919, the Republicans had adopted their platform and passed the Eighteenth Amendment, prohibiting the production, transport, and sale of alcohol. While these issues may or may not have stood the test of time, the point is that voting for a third party in greater numbers demands attention from the two main parties in the long run.


    Over the last century, we’ve been conditioned to think that voting for a third party is foolish, dangerous, or both. Not so. If you live in a solid red or solid blue state, the likelihood that your third party vote has any effect on the electoral vote is next to nil. The factor that will have a greater impact on electoral outcomes over the next few voting cycles is the demographic make-up of your state.


    I’ve heard so many people say that they’re displeased with both candidates that we’ve been presented with — and not just in the usual, “I’m not a big fan of either of them” way, but rather in an “I’m truly disgusted with both of them” way. They’re both counting on the fact that we’ll vote for someone we find repulsive out of fear that the other guy might win. When you live in a solid state and remove fear from the equation, you can communicate to both parties who you really want to vote for, who actually reflects your values. That’s how you refine future Democratic and Republican candidates to be a reflection of the people they claim to represent. If you don’t take this opportunity, then what motivation do the main parties have to change their approach? How else will they know that you don’t approve of their antics? And later down the line, when state demographics do make your state likely to become a swing state, the big parties will know what you stand for and that they have to adopt some of those third party platform items if they want to keep or win your state. This is a communication process, and we must take advantage of this opportunity to communicate. All they hear is votes.


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  • commented 2016-07-27 21:26:57 -0500
    I do not believe that Nolan COunty is organized. Yes it is a small county, but it is where I live. I would love to see an LP organization effort here. I will help out by being a precinct chair. I’m a school teacher, so I am not sure I can be a good county chair for an upstart party. I’m hoping to get into contact with a party official to see what can be done here in Nolan County.
  • commented 2016-07-26 16:56:36 -0500
    I am voting Libertarian for President and Vice-President, and will consider others down-ballot as we get closer to the general election. I would like a bumper sticker if available. I will make a contribution. (Yesterday or day before, I left a feedback [non-public] and thanks for the reply. This time going public.)
  • commented 2016-07-22 14:19:43 -0500
    Need information about a Dallas County location. Willing to hand write letters to registered voters in Dallas County to promote Johnson Weld. Also need yard signs and bumper stickers and will go door to door.
  • commented 2016-07-22 06:12:14 -0500
    I want to get involved!!
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  • commented 2016-07-18 18:55:29 -0500
    How can I help in North Texas
  • commented 2016-07-18 07:51:52 -0500
  • commented 2016-07-11 13:44:44 -0500
    My name is Steven Childs I live in Bowie County, Texas.

    There is no Libertarian Party prescence here. I want to fill that void. How do I do this?
  • commented 2016-07-10 14:04:20 -0500
    On your volunteer page

    http://www.lptexas.org/get-involved

    it says get involved by looking on the column to the left. There is no column to the left. clicking on Texas County affiliates link, Mozilla will not connect because “the web page is not configured with secure features” or something like this. I want to get involved with the Libertarian party but your website is making it as difficult as possible.
  • commented 2016-07-07 11:14:56 -0500
    I am interested in learning more about the Libertarian Party. I will not be voting Republican or Democratic this election cycle.


    If you have a Presidential candidate (Johnson?) you may put a sign in my front yard, here in Corpus Christi, Tx.


    Regards,


    Mike Malloy
  • commented 2016-07-01 12:56:18 -0500
    I would like to volunteer some but I work 6 days a week. If you could email me about what types of volunteering are possible, maybe I could figure out a way to take part some. Thanks #LEGALIZEFREEDOM