Meanwhile, in a small town in the middle of America...
By Joliet Jake
November 7, 2016 2:43am CST
...someone is drinking coughee and questioning the validity of allowing uninformed citizens to vote. *sips coughee* Sadly, I feel too many people are just going to do what always happens...follow their particular 'herd' and vote for whomever is leading the 'flock'. At first, it was funny watching all those people spouting the same old tired arguments in favor of their candidate. But it stopped being funny several months ago. *sips coughee* And of course, there are the same old statements being made about 'wasting' your vote by some people because you don't believe either of the two top-runners in this election deserve to be in office. These people appear to think that you should vote for someone you do not want in office, and if you don't vote for someone you don't want in office, you are 'wasting' your vote. NEWSFLASH - Using a vote to vote AGAINST a candidate, instead of FOR a candidate, is wasting your vote. But you just go ahead and believe the crap you are spouting. Just do me the favor of not complaining when things don't change because people won't change the way they think. Yes, at the moment, I would get the (expletive deleted) out of Dodge if I could. Just because America is going to Hell doesn't mean I want to go there. But it looks like I am stuck on this ride and can't get off.
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7 Nov 16
I think the reason it's said that a third party vote is a vote wasted is because no third party candidate has the slightest chance of winning unless the main parties actually start losing voters. Which doesn't look likely, especially as the distressingly large number of fanatics will vote for their candidate no matter what and will be able to justify all their flaws. Most of the people who decide the election are those who vote depending on the candidate, and by themselves they lack enough votes to elect anyone (I estimate they are around 20% of the electorate). The flaws of this are being amply shown this time.
• United States
7 Nov 16
While the candidate I vote for may not have the slightest chance of winning, I am not 'wasting' my vote by using it to say I think they should be the one elected, which is exactly what most people who vote for the two 'major' parties claim I am doing.
7 Nov 16
The Italian Facebook has many discussions about a possible implementation of a test to take before voting, for making sure the voters know what they're doing, what the projects of each party are or what a referendum is about. That would be unfair against the dumb people though, as they must be free to vote as well! So yeah, that's the disadvantage of being in a country of freedom.