[quote="St_Francis, post:13, topic:285896"]
During the last election, The last election, I went through a lot of thinking. I finally determined that if one believes in conscience that they cannot vote for either one of the major party candidates, the pragmatism that rears its ugly head and suggests voting for the lesser of two evils should be avoided.
(This is not to say that it would be sinful to vote for either, even for pragmatic reasons bit that some people's conscience might differ)
I realized that one's vote is not only a contribution to a corporate action but even more it is an individual act between oneself and God. We have to do what God calls us to do more than what any person tells us to do.
Hence, I think voting without worrying about the greater of two evils' winning and all that is fine. The most important thing is doing what God wants you to do.
However, if one decides not to vote, one is precluding having a say. If there is a way to vote a write-in name, I would suggest doing that. If not, I would suggest going to the poll and entering a blank ballot.
I believe that the parties ignore non-voters and assume they are not interested. The parties do not get the idea that they need to respond to non-voters. So I suggest if you want to send a message that you are not voting *because... *
then vote write-in or blank. Then you will not be an ignorable non-voter but a person who needs to be won over. If a lot of disillusioned people did this, it would have more of an effect than just staying home.
Of course, our most powerful weapon is prayer, so that should definitely be part of theday, and every day.
I very much agree with this. However - I would suggest that, instead of turning in a blank ballot which IMO would have about the same effect as staying home, vote for a viable third party.
The reason I say this is because - it is my belief that - the political parties DO pay attention to how many votes third parties garner. The do this for the simple reason that most elections are won by only a few percentage points and the "Third party voters" could swing an election - if they could be "won over".
If sufficient numbers of people voted for a third party candidate, the main parties would be looking at the third party platform to see what the attraction is and then they would try to tailor their own platform(s) to appeal to these voters.
Granted - Third parties in the US generally don't garner anywhere near that high of a percentage...but I think that is mainly because people have bought into some old and widespread lies like - "There are only two parties" or "A third party vote is a wasted vote" or "They are all crooks so why vote at all"....
Anyway - thought I'd toss that out there for the consideration of all...