Shelby Cross, Online Reporter
American voters think they only have two choices in the election: Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton. In reality there are so many more candidates who aren’t running for the Republican or Democratic party.
Voting was meant to be for the candidate the voter likes the most. This election, many Americans are planning to vote for who they think would be considered a lesser-evil instead of who seems the most qualified. This election has turned into voters playing tug-of-war between only two people.
There are three names guaranteed to be on all 50 state ballots who are third-party: Gary Johnson of the Libertarian party, Jill Stein of the Green party, and Darrell Castle of the Constitution party.
Currently Gary Johnson is polling 8.4% of the popular vote in the U.S.
Many voters feel as though voting third-party would be a waste of their vote because everyone else they know is either voting for Clinton or Trump, so one of the two would win. However all it’s doing is endorsing the actual opinion of the voter. So a third-party vote is not a vote for Hillary Clinton nor is it a vote for Donald Trump. It’s a vote for whichever candidate the voter chooses.
Another concern voters have is whether or not their ballot would get tossed out if they didn’t vote for Clinton or Trump.
This is due to the idea that if the candidate they choose is not on their ballot, a candidate has to register to be voted for as a write-in candidate. The rumor ranges from only certain states needing write-in candidates to register, to write-in candidates needing to register to be voted for at all.
The truth is that no states require candidates to “register” as a write-in candidate in order to be voted for. Just as no nominated Democratic or Republican candidate had to register to be voted for. The only requirements for a person to run for president are that they must be a natural born citizen, have lived in the U.S. for 14 years and must be at least 35 years old, regardless of their party.
This grants every U.S. citizen the right to vote for any candidate they choose.
The only case in which a ballot may get thrown away is if there is no signature or the person was legally restricted from voting. If a signature is not provided, a voter might be contacted and asked to sign their ballot.
Voting third-party is an important vote, as it shows the government that the candidates who citizens vote for don’t have to be Democrat or Republican.
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