Third parties split votes
“A vote for a third party is a vote for the (Republican or Democrat) party candidate,” equals “You must vote for the (Republican or Democrat) party candidate.”
First, the two parties do not “own” any votes. Therefore, a vote for the Veterans Party of America’s candidate does not take a vote from either party as it was never theirs in the first place. Just because a group of voters pushed a candidate in the primary does not obligate everyone else to vote that way.
Think about it, would all registered Republicans, as well as conservative and Independent voters seriously be expected to vote for Michelle Obama if she ran as a Republican and received the nomination? No. Because the individual owns their vote.
If a party loses this election, it is their own fault for the selection of candidates. But didn’t the People select them by the primary process? No. Let’s start with the fact that there will be numerous FEC filed Democrats and FEC filed Republicans running for President. The two parties will choose which would be on the stage and in debates. In fact, there are several States where the party submits the only names which will appear on the primary ballot. If a candidate appears on the ballot in those States, it is because the party wants them on the ballot. Then consider the whole delegate awarding system and “superdelegates” all controlled by their party’s respective Central Committee.
“Do third parties help the ‘other’ party win?”
The “split votes” is a myth perpetuated by the two parties to stay in power. The two parties need you to do one of two things: vote against the “other” party or stay home. The two parties fear a strong third party turn out.
Here is why the two parties fear you voting third party:
If the Veterans Party of America’s candidate falls short of the 270 electoral votes, but receives 5% (about 7 million) of the popular vote, the Veterans Party of America becomes a federally recognized political party. Currently there are only two recognized parties.
With 7 million votes, America wins. The Five Percent Rule.
Now for the “split vote” myth itself.
Unless a party owns your vote, a third party is not taking a vote from anyone. Many cite Ross Perot as the reason Bill Clinton won the Presidency.
That’s what the two parties want you to believe. Here is what really happened:
Bill Clinton had only 6 million more votes than George Bush, Sr. and approximately 20 million registered Republican voters refused to cast a ballot.
Don’t forget that Perot received zero electoral votes.
It was the 20 million Republicans that gave Clinton the White House by not voting.
“A third party vote is a ‘wasted’ vote.”
Don’t waste your vote by voting AGAINST the “other” party. Make your vote actually count and become a Five Percenter.
Additionally, 3 out of 5 voters feel unrepresented by the two parties. That’s about 65 million Americans that are planning to cast a ballot and not happy with the two parties’ candidates.
There’s another 100 million voters predicted not to vote this year, feeling uninspired.
This gives us 165 million voters which can put our candidate in the White House.
The last third party candidate to win the election was Republican candidate Abraham Lincoln-in their first Presidential election as a new political party.
In fact, there have been 5 third parties to hold a majority in the House of Representatives, the US Senate, and a President.
Your vote is NOT wasted if cast FOR the best candidate. If the two parties must face us in future elections, we may not have won the Presidency, but America will win their electoral freedom.
“A strong third party will take electoral votes and let the ‘other’ party win.”
Under the 12th Amendment, a strong third party turn out which denies either candidate the 270 votes would send the top three candidates in the election to the House of Representatives where each State gets one vote only. The Republicans have maintained control over more than 26 States for over a decade. This means a strong third party would give the Republicans the White House.
Poor candidates “split” the two party voters.
Just imagine an election year with JFK and Reagan on the ballot. Voter turnout would exceed 90% from both parties. Third parties would receive such a minimal amount of votes, they would not even count as a combined 1% of total votes. Independent voters would be courted by both parties and regardless of the outcome, America would not be in horrible shape.
Now imagine a potential reality in 2016, Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush. Voter turnout would be at a record low, at least for Republicans. Third party votes will skyrocket, taking over 30% of the vote. Independent voters will join the Republican voters at the bar, or researching third party candidates. Whether Clinton of Bush wins, America will be on a downward spiral.
No, a third party does not split votes. An effective third party forces other parties to run great candidates, not mediocre candidates like voters are receiving now, or face extinction.