Tag Archives: protest vote

Does the ‘Safe Protest Vote’ Syndrome Negate the ‘Wasted Vote’ Syndrome?

Thomas Sipos writes at Libertarian Peacenik:

Third parties often fantasize that their vote totals are the tip of the iceberg. That for every vote they receive, there’s a large pool of Silent Supporters who would vote for them, but that these Silent Supporters don’t want to waste their vote on a third party that can’t win.… Read more ...

Albany Times-Union Capitol Confidential column predicts bigger than usual third party vote

Jimmy Vielkind, Albany Times-Union:

Third-party protests. If you consider the system a farce, the campaign bogus, our government a joke, then give it the leader it deserves: Jimmy McMillan. I can think of no better embodiment of a protest vote than him. And more seriously: the other third-party candidates like Warren Redlich, Howie Hawkins, Charles Barron (and, to a lesser extent, Kristin Davis) are offering less mainstream positions that still have a significant following.… Read more ...

Springfield IL State Journal Register: Green Whitney and Libertarian Green are better choices than Scott Lee Cohen

Journal-Register article sent to us by Scott West:

On Election Day, some people will be tempted to mark their ballot for Scott Lee Cohen, the independent candidate for governor.

They will look at their ballot and see the names of Republican Bill Brady and Democrat Pat Quinn and think about all the negative advertising the two have lobbed at each other.… Read more ...