Raider Echo Votes Third Party

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Raider Echo Votes Third Party

Lisa Abitbol

Lisa Abitbol

Lisa Abitbol

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According to the Huffington Post, many voters are not excited by the prospect of electing either remaining major candidates, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. This level of indifference is disappointing. However, voters may be seeing another option on their presidential ticket this coming November: a third-party candidate.
So, as the presidential race nears a close and polarization increases between the two major parties, the Raider Echo believes Jill Stein is the necessary choice for the presidential seat.
This election year, the likely presidential candidates are the least appealing options to ever run for presidential office. Trump is regarded as a strong-mouthed capitalist who admires authoritarian governments and publicly encourages violence on his opponents. He is also the center of a hot mic scandal involving vulgar comments toward women. Clinton is regarded as an untrustworthy politician at the center of an ongoing email controversy and the subject of a scandal regarding the finances of her Clinton Foundation. Neither of these faces are ones we want to see standing on the presidential pedestal next year.

Jill Stein is the nominee for the Green Party. According to their website, the party promotes social justice, equality, and environmentalism. These are all things we need as a country right now. The Green Party, and Jill Stein, is the answer our country needs.

Current poll majority fluctuates between the two candidates on an almost day-to-day basis. Neither one of the candidates are supported by a landslide. It is as though voters choose Hillary Clinton just to prevent a Donald Trump presidency and vice versa. This is not the way America’s electoral system was initially set up. This current political race, in reality, leaves voters with no choice at all. It is un-democratic. Even our first U.S. president, George Washington, warned against the formation of political parties. These have led us down a dangerous path of public dispute and disregard between the two major parties.

The United States has a population of over 300 million people. The two major parties have won in every election since the 20th century. So, these two political parties are expected to represent the views of the American people? It is impossible to completely support and pick a side.

Several Americans do not intend to vote at all this year. This is due to the increased pressure for voters to “pick a side.” About 93 million voters did not turnout in 2012 according to a report by the Bipartisan Policy Center. That number is expected to increase this election. Essentially, the presidency will be handed over to either Trump or Clinton, because of a lack of third party votes. However, if third party supporters diminish this non-voter turnout, they may have a realistic chance of winning this political election. Don’t allow yourself to be pushed into voting for or against a certain candidate nor scared into not voting at all this election season.

It is clear that this election has left us jaded and confused on who to vote for for commander in chief. But, Election Day is fast upon us. The two major parties no longer offer us serious presidential choices. It is time to look elsewhere for credible nominees for office. It is time to admit that, this year, Jill Stein is the only remaining genuine option.

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