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WASTING YOUR WRITE-IN VOTE

Posted by Tim Bryce on September 5, 2012

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– Now is not the time to be foolish with your vote.

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The Presidential election of 2012 has finally come down to a two horse race: President Barack Obama representing the Democrats and Governor Mitt Romney representing the Republicans. Frankly, there are a lot of people who are not happy with either candidate and are threatening to write-in a third party instead. Although one can understand the people’s dissatisfaction with the two party system, that the Democrats and Republicans possess too much power and no longer produce strong candidates, the reality is we live in a two party system and supporting a third party candidate has never proven effective. To illustrate…

In 1992, millionaire Ross Perot from Texas ran as an independent in the presidential election where he helped defeat incumbent George H.W. Bush and hand Bill Clinton the election. More than anyone else, Perot turned the country over to Clinton.

In 1980, Republican Congressman John Anderson from Illinois ran as an independent where he helped defeat incumbent Jimmy Carter and elect Ronald Reagan. Reagan would have narrowly won without Anderson, but the independent sealed Carter’s doom and helped the Republicans retake the Senate for the first time in 25 years.

In the 1912 election, two term President Theodore Roosevelt failed to gain the Republican candidacy (going to incumbent William Howard Taft instead) and, consequently, created a third party known as the Progressive Party (aka the “Bull Moose Party”). This split in the GOP allowed Democrat Woodrow Wilson to win the election.

There are of course other political parties, such as the Libertarian and Green Parties, as well as other smaller organizations. Cumulatively, they represent a miniscule proportion of the voting population and, as such, do not pose a viable challenge to the two party system.

Splitting either party in this presidential year will prove disastrous for the Democrats as well as the GOP. The Democrats have been rumbling about having a write-in candidate to oppose the president, but this will likely not come to fruition. On the other hand, the Republicans experienced a hard fought primary campaign with twelve candidates, finally resulting in Mitt Romney getting the nod. Some hardline conservatives are still hopeful Rep. Ron Paul of Texas will run as an independent but this would inevitably prove devastating to unseat the president from office.

As we all know, this will be a tough campaign which will likely go down to the wire. Every vote will be important. Although politicians like Ron Paul appreciate the support of their diehard fans, the harsh reality is anyone casting a vote in their favor will be wasting it.

A write-in vote is not a protest, it is a vote for the party you do not want to see elected. The wrong candidate will inevitably win.

Keep the Faith!

(A tip of the hat to S.C. in Orlando).

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Tim Bryce is a writer and the Managing Director of M&JB Investment Company (M&JB) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 30 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb001@phmainstreet.com

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7 Responses to “WASTING YOUR WRITE-IN VOTE”

  1. Jenn said

    I think writing in a candidate that doesn’t have the electoral representation is a huge mistake anyway. The libertarians wanted Ron Paul to convert to their side until they put Gary Johnson as their front man for the Presidency. I align with many libertarian ideas–(not all) but I know voting that direction–whether on the ballot or not–would be wasting my vote because Libertarians don’t have the representation in the electoral college.

    Cheers, Jenn.

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  2. Tim Bryce said

    A J.D. of Tampa, Florida wrote…

    “The “wasting your vote” mantra was something I often debated against. Your vote is not wasted when you do not care which of the primary candidates wins. I voted Libertarian in the 90’s, because I had no dog in the fights of Bush Sr, Clinton, Dole or Perot. They were all “fine” and in retrospect, I don’t think any of them would have had too major of an impact over any of the others. So I “wasted” my votes on Libertarian candidates because I wanted to help get Libertarian numbers up for viability. Both sides sneered at the wastefulness. I sneered back.

    But when 2000 came around, I realized that I had to make my vote “count” as I began to see the evils involved with rampant liberalism. I care now, more than ever, to end or even reverse the march towards larger gov’t and socialism. I do not think I will be wasting my votes any more, although I will say my vote is still more about saying “no” to one candidate, rather than a heartfelt “yes” to the other. As this particular election is all about the economy, and hence all about socialism, a resounding NO must be heard around the world.”

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  3. Tim Bryce said

    A G.L. of Tampa, Florida wrote…

    “Tim I always enjoy your articles, but this one is kinda scary. I feel this is an extremely important election, and if we re elect the current President, we are on a down hill path. I remember the Russian (but not his name) who said we would be destroyed from within. That appears to be the road we are traveling.”

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  4. Tim Bryce said

    An O.B. of Macon, Georgia wrote…

    “As you have probably read these words before, they apply here as well

    Men do not so often become the abused instruments of crafty dictator through ignorance but by the blind readiness with which they surrender thinking for themselves. Few people realize how many write in votes it would take to elect a president. And even though the write in vote might make a majority, it would not affect the electoral vote.

    Alas, we live in a dumbed down society, (and if it were not for the fact that those of us who do think for our selves have to live with the decisions made but people who don’t think) , I would say they will get what they deserve.

    Do you believe that we are on the very edge of financial and social collapse? Very few people around me believe it can happen. Their words….”The government just won’t let that happen”

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  5. Tim Bryce said

    A J.S. of Skidway Lake, Michigan wrote…

    “You’re right, Tim. A write-in vote or a vote for a third party candidate is wasting a vote and probably the same as voting for the democratic candidate. How discouraging, considering the lackluster candidates in recent elections.

    Right now, I’m asking myself why we the people have allowed ourselves to be put in the position of having only two choices of parties. Why do the citizens of a free country roll over and accept such limits?
    When I learned about American government in grade school, teachers pointed out that we, as a free country, can choose our own leaders. In Russia, by contrast, only two candidates were on the ballot. Both were Communists and the choice for the people was between the lesser of two evils. We students were horrified, yet we’ve let a similar situation evolve here and not stopped it….yet.”

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  6. Tim Bryce said

    A K.E. of Sacramento wrote…

    “Sadly, you are right…”

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  7. Rick said

    If you do not vote than you loose you gave up your chance to be heard. I understand that everyone will not be totally happy with everyone that is running. President seeking a second term need to be looked at harder than the one seeking to be elected. The one running for a second term needs to be evaluated on whether they were a team player that represented everyone for the greater good!
    If they did and worked with all other senators and congressmen and women or who would work with them, than they should be in the top running. If they only represented the people on one side or special interests only, than they should not be considered.
    Parties should only exist for birthdays and other celebration time. For representing all the people of their state or country no party should exist. That fails under race or discrimination by separating who who fails in one group or another in a sense.
    Promises are political talking points and need to be looked on a great scale to see if what they are saying fails inline with what they are saying from one time to another. Some time they make promises toward one group and another toward another group.
    When you have the chance to vote make it count, since you don’t vote all the time do your research and vote who feel is right. Your future may right on that day whether you vote or not.

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