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Posted 10/15/16 , edited 10/16/16
As an independent I was already inclined to sit this election out. After being bombarded by both candidates disgusting attack ads. I absolutely am staying home. Both party candidates are revolting so the best way to protest is to make voter turn out so low that whichever one of those two bottom feeders win, it will be clear that they do not have a "mandate" and the only reason they hold the office is because they managed to drive enough of their party's rabid dogs to the polls to squeeze out a win.
I think this is the year to "protest the vote". Maybe, just maybe, if voter turnout is low enough. The two parties will stop trying to force feed us shit options.
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bernardwheelerjr wrote:
I think this is the year to "protest the vote". Maybe, just maybe, if voter turnout is low enough. The two parties will stop trying to force feed us shit options.


Actually, if you don't vote, they can force feed you all the shit they want. After all, you aren't saying no. You're not saying anything.

That said, I refuse to vote for anyone I don't want to win. So I'm sitting this one out. I don't want Clinton OR Trump in office. But I also don't have any illusions that the major political parties will be somehow hurt or upset that I didn't vote.
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I haven't voted once since turning 18. It's whatever.
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Honestly, I just got my Absentee, and I'm using the Write-In area for a Protest Vote.

It has other important stuff on it though. Choosing not to vote at all is an awful idea.

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While the thought of sitting it out has often crossed my mind, I don't think that is making any kind of difference singularly. While I suspect low voter turnout, people are still going to vote, and one or the other will win barring some unheard of turn of events.

I just can't believe this is even happening. I don't want either of them as president. However, there are other votes to be made, so I will be there.
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Not me. In fact, I would encourage you to vote for someone- but not a Democrat or Republican. Pick a third party candidate.

Am I throwing my vote away? In my view, no. Maybe Hillary or Donald will win, but if there was ever a year for third parties to have some impact, this is it. Even if they don't win, it would be best if we can show as many votes for people OTHER than the frontrunners as possible.
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you guys need to vote for anybody besides trump - straight up. we don't want a world where he's our leader, don't be ridiculous!
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Not me. I don't like either candidate but I think it would be highly irresponsible if I didn't throw a vote out there to at least try and help make Trump lose since I view him as the worst possible option. Both parties already know we hate these candidates. A low voter turnout isn't going to do anything at all. While Clinton is more accepted by the Democratic party, Trump isn't accepted by the Republicans. If you try and send either side a message in this particular election it will just give them a reason to sit back and say "look! the people agree with us!" instead of "oh shit, we fucked up." I think a message can only successfully be sent to both parties when they have solid candidates again that are fully supported because then it will be a big "eff you" to the parties themselves and not just the candidates.

IMO at least anyway.
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I have to agree with the feeling that you should vote regardless. Now, if you're really offended by the choices they are offering you then you should at least spoil your ballot somehow. Use the write in section. Leave the ballot completely blank. Whatever, but actually go to the polling station and basically pick "none of the above." That sends a much more realized and statistically trackable protest than just being one of the X% who just didn't happen to get the polling station for whatever reason.

Basically, would you rather be counted as a "None of the above" or would you rather just be lumped in with that stupid person who somehow didn't even realize that today was voting day or that person who was too busy getting their nails done to go out and vote?
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Yes, better to spoil your ballot than let the DNC change it into a hillary vote. If Hillary gets elected, we're going to war. Sad to see the media doing such a thorough job "educating" people. You guys dont realize you're voting against global fascism , there's a reason why all the big money wants hilllary, even the Kochs are supporting her. Too much evidence that Trump is not going to let their gravy train keep running.

You guys dont realize that this is the first election since...like Kennedy...that we've had an actual non bankster approved candidate run. Romney? McCain? Dole? W? HW? All neocon bankster candidates. Obama, Kerry, Clinton, Gore, all fkn crooked, all of them.

The media is doing its job to make you think the non bankster approved candidate is the worst thing since satan was invented, and they're convincing too many of you.
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You have 6, yes 6 presidential candidates on that ballot (just grab your dice). Your state/county/township have elections at the same time (mayors, county clerks, judges, sheriffs/police commissioners, state government officials). You even get the chance to vote on local taxes. So remember you could have voted against a tax hike when you complain about your taxes being high.
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bernardwheelerjr wrote:
I think this is the year to "protest the vote". Maybe, just maybe, if voter turnout is low enough. The two parties will stop trying to force feed us shit options.

Definitely not the year. Just a reminder that Donald Trump caused a record breaking voter turn out during the primaries. I won't be surprised if voter turn out for the general election is even higher.
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Who cares, Hillary's gonna be the president anyways
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I would rather you voted for someone I absolutely hated than to see you not vote for anyone at all.
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I'm going vote on the props i want some to pass & fail as far as the president I will write a random name in
both these candidates fail to impress me!
* I'm voting to keep death penalty I voted yes last time going due it again.. it passed before then Aclu. went on a crying spree
* it's back on the ballot screw it i am eye for eye when it comes to death penalty.
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