Voters that can’t stand either Clinton or Trump have another choice in this election. Both Gary Johnson and Jill Stein are still running for President of the United States. Johnson will be on the ballot in all 50 states, and Stein will appear in 44 states. As the 2016 campaign continues to race to the bottom, voters can make a statement by casting their vote for the Libertarian ticket of Gary Johnson and Bill Weld or the Green Party ticket of Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka.
Slim chance of winning
There is only the slimmest of chance that a Johnson – Weld ticket could win the White House and even less for the Stein – Baraka team. In the most recent Real Clear Politics poll averages, Johnson is attracting support from 6.6 percent of voters with Stein at 2.3 percent.
Is it a wasted vote?
There are those that argue that voting for one of the third party candidates means “throwing your vote away.” The argument is that since neither Johnson nor Stein has a realistic chance of winning, it’s important to vote for one of the major candidates that does have a greater chance of winning.
Does voting for a third-party candidate mean wasting your vote? Or is it a productive way to participate in our democratic process while expressing dissatisfaction with the major-party candidates? — The New York Times
Bernie Sanders, who for much of the election cycle represented a powerful voice for protest, has advised his supporters not to vote for a third-party candidate.
When we're talking about President of the United States, in my own personal view, this is not the time for a protest vote. — Sen. Bernie Sanders
Effective way to protest
However, not all of Bernie’s supporters agree with his message. There are some who argue that if you believe the system is corrupt there is no better time or way to register your protest than by exercising your right to vote for someone other than the mainstream choice of Trump or Clinton.
Recent revelations from hacked emails of Clinton staffers have reinforced the stance of Jill Stein that Hillary Clinton will be nothing more than a “corporate Democrat” who is beholden to the needs of Wall Street and other special interests.
Unlike the Democrats and Republicans, we don't cuddle up to Wall Street and special interests with our "public" and "private" positions. I sure won't sleep well at night if Donald Trump is elected, but I sure won't sleep well at night if Hillary Clinton elected. — Jill Stein
Johnson draws votes away from Clinton
Gary Johnson could prove troublesome for the Clinton campaign as he tends to draw more votes away from Clinton than he does from Trump. In at least five states where Johnson has strong support, he could deny a win for Hillary Clinton. The five states are New Mexico, Missouri, Colorado, Utah, and Alaska.
Democrats are so worried about Gary Johnson they’re running an attack ad. — Vice News
Could force the decision to the House
If Johnson manages to win his home state of New Mexico, there is the potential of denying either Clinton or Trump a win in the Electoral College where 270 votes are needed to win. If neither candidate gets to 270 votes, then the House or Representatives would end up deciding the election by choosing between the three Presidential candidates who got the most Electoral votes. Presumably, that would mean a win for Donald Trump.
A vote for Johnson or Stein is not a wasted vote. Rather, it is a means for voters to express their opinion on the future direction of the country. Even if your vote is a protest vote against the two major candidates, it sends a message that some voters feel the country could do better than either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton.