Why You Should Vote For A Third Party
Start writing a post
Politics and Activism

Why You Should Vote For A Third Party

It's not just "throwing away your vote."

Why You Should Vote For A Third Party

I know I’m not alone when I say I’m watching the 2016 presidential election through my fingers, wincing at both the Democratic and Republican candidates. I’m disappointed that out of the millions and millions of people in this country, including a whole field of solid (or at least halfway decent) Republican nominees, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are apparently the best choices we could come up with. Honestly, I’m a little scared for what the outcome -- either outcome -- will mean for the United States and for the world.

I know I’m not alone because I hear similar sentiments every day: things like “Watching this election makes me so depressed.” “I don’t like either candidate.” “I have no idea who to vote for.”

To cap it off, even though there is an alternative -- voting for a third-party candidate -- there might as well not be. After all, the common argument goes, the political system in America is so dominated by the two major parties there’s no way a third party could make more than a microscopic difference.

I already know that I can't not vote. We could debate that issue, but to my mind, voting is what makes a democracy work, and I'm not about to squander a freedom that so many people have died for (or would die for).

So, third parties.

Voting for a third party is “throwing away your vote,” according to many. Or, as I hear even more often, it’s “helping _______ (fill in the blank) win.”

But is that really what voting is all about?

I keep hearing, particularly in this cringe-inducing election, that “it’s not about voting for; it’s about voting against.”

But what if you’re against both choices? What then?

I believe that voting is not just about picking the winning racehorse. It’s not just about settling for the lesser of two evils, or about denying power to one party even though you don’t agree with your own party's pick either. It’s not just about going with the way the two-party system works and trying to make your vote “have a real impact.”

It’s about living with integrity. It’s about putting your vote where your morals are, as best you can. It’s declaring with my vote that I’m extremely unhappy with both political parties, and I’m not going to vote blindly for someone just because they’re wearing a GOP sticker or because they’re not Trump. I could vote for Clinton because I find Trump’s demeanor distasteful at best, downright disastrous at worst. I could vote for Trump because of Clinton’s own sketchy past and extremely dubious morals. But do I want to? Do I feel that’s right? No. I don’t.

If you’ve already made up your mind on one candidate or the other, then this probably doesn’t apply to you. I’m voicing what I’ve heard over and over again -- neither candidate is worthy of my support. I tend to lean more to the conservative side in my views, as many of you do. This doesn’t mean I couldn’t stomach voting for a Democrat (I would if it seemed like the best option available), but it does mean I want my faith and my values to affect who I vote for.

To those who say it's the outcome that matters, not your ideals or conscience, I reply that I was taught to do the right thing even when it means the outcome of doing the right thing isn't pleasant. For me, a vote is me saying that I give my support, and some measure of whatever trust and power I possess, to a candidate.

I intend to vote my conscience this election. And I cannot in good conscience support either Clinton or Trump.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Health and Wellness

Exposing Kids To Nature Is The Best Way To Get Their Creative Juices Flowing

Constantly introducing young children to the magical works of nature will further increase the willingness to engage in playful activities as well as broaden their interactions with their peers


Whenever you are feeling low and anxious, just simply GO OUTSIDE and embrace nature! According to a new research study published in Frontiers in Psychology, being connected to nature and physically touching animals and flowers enable children to be happier and altruistic in nature. Not only does nature exert a bountiful force on adults, but it also serves as a therapeutic antidote to children, especially during their developmental years.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

5 Simple Ways To Give Yourself Grace, Especially When Life Gets Hard

Grace begins with a simple awareness of who we are and who we are becoming.

Photo by Brooke Cagle on Unsplash

If there's one thing I'm absolutely terrible at, it's giving myself grace. I'm easily my own worst critic in almost everything that I do. I'm a raging perfectionist, and I have unrealistic expectations for myself at times. I can remember simple errors I made years ago, and I still hold on to them. The biggest thing I'm trying to work on is giving myself grace. I've realized that when I don't give myself grace, I miss out on being human. Even more so, I've realized that in order to give grace to others, I need to learn how to give grace to myself, too. So often, we let perfection dominate our lives without even realizing it. I've decided to change that in my own life, and I hope you'll consider doing that, too. Grace begins with a simple awareness of who we are and who we're becoming. As you read through these five affirmations and ways to give yourself grace, I hope you'll take them in. Read them. Write them down. Think about them. Most of all, I hope you'll use them to encourage yourself and realize that you are never alone and you always have the power to change your story.

Keep Reading... Show less

Breaking Down The Beginning, Middle, And End of Netflix's Newest 'To All The Boys' Movie

Noah Centineo and Lana Condor are back with the third and final installment of the "To All The Boys I've Loved Before" series


Were all teenagers and twenty-somethings bingeing the latest "To All The Boys: Always and Forever" last night with all of their friends on their basement TV? Nope? Just me? Oh, how I doubt that.

I have been excited for this movie ever since I saw the NYC skyline in the trailer that was released earlier this year. I'm a sucker for any movie or TV show that takes place in the Big Apple.

Keep Reading... Show less

4 Ways To Own Your Story, Because Every Bit Of It Is Worth Celebrating

I hope that you don't let your current chapter stop you from pursuing the rest of your story.

Photo by Manny Moreno on Unsplash

Every single one of us has a story.

I don't say that to be cliché. I don't say that to give you a false sense of encouragement. I say that to be honest. I say that to be real.

Keep Reading... Show less
Politics and Activism

How Young Feminists Can Understand And Subvert The Internalized Male Gaze

Women's self-commodification, applied through oppression and permission, is an elusive yet sexist characteristic of a laissez-faire society, where women solely exist to be consumed. (P.S. justice for Megan Fox)

Paramount Pictures

Within various theories of social science and visual media, academics present the male gaze as a nebulous idea during their headache-inducing meta-discussions. However, the internalized male gaze is a reality, which is present to most people who identify as women. As we mature, we experience realizations of the perpetual male gaze.

Keep Reading... Show less

It's Important To Remind Yourself To Be Open-Minded And Embrace All Life Has To Offer

Why should you be open-minded when it is so easy to be close-minded?


Open-mindedness. It is something we all need a reminder of some days. Whether it's in regards to politics, religion, everyday life, or rarities in life, it is crucial to be open-minded. I want to encourage everyone to look at something with an unbiased and unfazed point of view. I oftentimes struggle with this myself.

Keep Reading... Show less

14 Last Minute Valentine's Day Gifts Your S.O. Will Love

If they love you, they're not going to care if you didn't get them some expensive diamond necklace or Rolex watch; they just want you.


Let me preface this by saying I am not a bad girlfriend.

I am simply a forgetful one.

Keep Reading... Show less
Student Life

10 Helpful Tips For College Students Taking Online Courses This Semester

Here are several ways to easily pass an online course.

Photo by Vlada Karpovich on Pexels

With spring semester starting, many college students are looking to take courses for the semester. With the pandemic still ongoing, many students are likely looking for the option to take online courses.

Online courses at one time may have seemed like a last minute option for many students, but with the pandemic, they have become more necessary. Online courses can be very different from taking an on-campus course. You may be wondering what the best way to successfully complete an online course is. So, here are 10 helpful tips for any student who is planning on taking online courses this semester!

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments