There’s No Such Thing As A Protest Vote
Clay Shirky

The U.S. electoral college system renders all of this false. Anyone in deep red or blue states, which is the majority of the voter population, is effectively throwing their teardrop of a vote into their electoral college sea — literally no one else will notice its effects. If enough people vote for a third party, then that party will begin to receive public funding in future elections, which is a better future outcome than can be guaranteed by any one candidate. This makes the party vote much more important than the candidates themselves, so voting for a particular candidate remains the best way to throw your vote away and render it meaningless.

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