I’ve been reading a bit about how some voters plan to vote for Gary Johnson or Jill Stein as a “protest vote” and I feel I need to talk about why that term bothers me so much.
I’m not bothered because they are voting for Johnson or Stein. That is absolutely their right. If someone is voting for either candidate because they honestly believe that candidate will do the best job as President, I’m completely behind their vote. Cast that fucker and be proud!
The protest vote movement, however, is a movement born of ignorance and – I’m going to get real here – laziness.
It takes virtually no effort to vote for a third-party candidate. In fact, you don’t even have to tell anyone you’ve done so. You can walk into a voting booth, check off a candidate so you can stick it to the two major parties, and walk out knowing your vote is completely private and nobody has to know.
Congratulations, welcome to the anonymous minority. Nobody is going to spend more than five minutes thinking about what you just did.