(The following was originally published in Green Papers.)
Green Party of Ohio
By Bob Fitrakis & Suzanne Patzer
September 29, 2016
Voters beware! Don’t let mainstream shills for the Democratic Party masquerading as non-partisan progressive journalists or pundits bully you into believing you can’t decide for yourself or that the fallout from your vote will topple our nation.
First of all, let’s get something straight. No vote is a “wasted” vote. Anyone who tells you this does not have respect for you or our democratic system. All Votes Matter. A person who takes time to think about issues or candidates and goes to a polling site to cast their vote is NEVER wasting their time or their political opinion. They are being a responsible citizen participating in the democratic process. They have every right to do so, and to vote for who best represents their beliefs and values.
Second, anyone who suggests that a vote for any minor party candidate is simply done to “give a message” to major political party has a incredibly narrow mindset only able to comprehend a two-party political system. No one voting for a minor party candidate does so merely because they want it to have an effect on the major party. This is an insulting and offensive suggestion. People involved in minor parties genuinely endorse and support their candidates and the parties they represent. They listen to what their candidate will do if elected and if they agree, they vote for that candidate.