Don’t Waste Your Vote

Kylie Bolter, Opinion Editor

Kylie Bolter

I’m with her. Sorry if that grinds your gears. This election, the most common phrase I’ve heard is ‘lesser of two evils.’
I have friends who once considered themselves Democrats, but so vehemently despise Hillary Clinton that they’re voting for Trump and visa versa.
And then there’s the Bernie Sanders, Jill Stein, and Gary Johnson supporters who haven’t given up hope.
I’m here to tell you that although you might agree with a third party candidate more than either major nominee, you shouldn’t vote for them.
I’m strongly opposed to just about everything that Trump says. I think he’s a fear mongering, orange tyrant who somehow managed to trick people into electing him.
So if you’re like me and don’t want Trump in office, then you can’t vote for a third party candidate.
First Lady Michelle Obama said, “If you vote for someone other than Hillary, or if you don’t vote at all, then you are helping to elect Hillary’s opponent,” referring to Trump.
And if you’re thinking that Sanders specifically still has a chance with a write-in vote, then you’re wrong and you’re causing Hillary to lose.
“I want anybody who’s thinking about voting against Hillary Clinton, and casting a protest vote because she is not all they would like her to be, to understand what the consequences for the country and the world will be,” said Sanders.
This isn’t the first time in history that a third party candidate swayed the voters and directly influenced the loss of the election. In fact, this happened in the 2000 election
when Green Party Nominee Ralph Nader caused Vice President Al Gore the election and handed the office to President George W. Bush. Bush, the same man that said, “The vast majority of our imports come from outside the country,” was elected President.
According to CBS News, over a third of voters ages 18-29 said that they would vote for either Johnson (26%) or Stein (10%).
If you don’t want Trump, DO NOT VOTE FOR ANYONE BUT HILLARY.
“If people want to run as third-party candidates, God bless them! Run for Congress. Run for governor. Run for state legislature. When we’re talking about president of the United States, this is not time for a protest vote. This is time to elect Hillary Clinton,” said Sanders.
Similarly, voter apathy this election is particularly high. People feel that they are just one vote, they don’t matter. If they don’t like anyone, why should they vote?
If only offered the choice between Clinton and Trump, 10% of people ages 18-29 said they wouldn’t vote at all according to New York Times. This is more than double of any other age group.
If you recall Brexit (the nickname given to the United Kingdom leaving the EU) you may remember the anger from youths afterwards. Did they have the right to be?
Voter turnout under 40 was only 65% according to a London School of Economics analysis. While voters over 65, the group most likely to vote Leave, turnout was 90%. “Had turnout among younger voters been a few points higher, Brexit would have lost,” said Eugene Robinson on the TruthDig.
This goes back to our own election. If you don’t want Trump, a hot headed, tax evading, woman hater, as president, then don’t vote for anyone but Hillary Clinton as our next president. And don’t think that because you’re one person that your vote doesn’t matter. A vote for Stein, Sanders, Johnson, or no vote at all, is a vote for Trump.