Voting for a non-major party candidate is not throwing your vote away

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  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    Nov. 3, 2012 9:15 p.m.

    Re: USA Salt Lake City, UT
    "Joseph Smith was a "third party" candidate (as an independent) in the 1844 presidential election."

    I don't think his name is on the ballot this year. May I suggest that the liberals all throw their support behind Ross (Rocky) Anderson. He could use the moral support.

  • Independent Thinker West Jordan, UT
    Nov. 3, 2012 1:05 p.m.

    Austen has made some good points.

    The majority of Republicans in Utah seem to rally around the banner of abiding by "Utah values" and supporting candidates who espouse so-called conservative "principles". It seems to me that abiding by a set of principles would vary from individual to individual.

    There is a broad range of third party candidates, each offering specific and identifiable platforms based upon their values. Whatever your political and life-focus may be, there is probably a non-major-party candidate out there who would more closely match your own vision than the major party candidates do.

    If adherance to a set of political and life principles is important, don't settle for less. Make a statement with your vote. It will be enormously satisfying.

  • J Thompson SPRINGVILLE, UT
    Nov. 3, 2012 12:39 p.m.

    If we have integrity as citizens of the United States, we are honor bound to vote for the person that we think will do the elected job best. It doesn't matter if that person has the best chance of winning. It doesn't matter if others tell us that we're just throwing our vote away.

    We expect each elected official to have complete integrity in doing his job. If we show less than complete integrity in doing ours, we have failed to fulfill our responsibility as citizens.

  • USA Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 3, 2012 6:14 a.m.

    Joseph Smith was a "third party" candidate (as an independent) in the 1844 presidential election.

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    Nov. 2, 2012 11:54 p.m.

    I heard that Ross "Rocky" Anderson was running for president. And yes, voting for him is throwing your vote away.

  • Linus Bountiful, UT
    Nov. 2, 2012 8:20 p.m.

    You really think it is more intelligent to vote for Gary Anderson than Mitt Romney? Do you jest? I can only guess that you have lost your way in this contentious and confusing world. I am truly sad for you.