With the presidential elections quickly coming up, I, along with the majority of the population have witnessed constant drama between the two main presidential candidates, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. With Bernie Sanders out of the campaign, many people feel stuck choosing between the lesser of two evils or voting for a third party candidate where they do not have a high chance of winning. However I read an article by The Heavy called, Where Can You Write In Bernie Sanders for President on Election Day?, which discussed writing Bernie Sanders’ name on the ballot. There are a lot of misconceptions on the issue so the article explained the process. One misconception is that any person can write in on their ballot. Only a few states such as Alabama, California, Iowa, New Hampshire, and Pennsylvania to name a few can actually write in a candidate’s name on the ballot. In California and a few other states, his name has to be written as Bernard Sanders rather than Bernie Sanders. With this in mind, the article also explains the possibility of Bernie Sanders actually winning in this election. Sanders does have a chance of winning but that would only be if nobody wins the majority vote and he receives enough votes via write ins, the Electoral College would choose between Trump, Clinton, and Sanders. This leads to another question for me: is there a point in voting for a third party candidate or Bernie Sanders considering either Trump or Clinton will most likely win the majority vote?
This election is really important and seems to be one of the most controversial ones in history. This is the first presidential election that I will be able to vote in and I am really passionate about voting and specifically not voting for Donald Trump. Towards the beginning of the presidential campaign, I took a quiz called “I Side With” which helped me figure out which presidential candidate I aligned with most. The results came back as me aligning most with Bernie Sanders but I also closely aligned with Hillary Clinton and Jill Stein. So at this point, my options are voting for Clinton, Stein, or writing Sanders’ name on the ballot. My dilemma is that while I agree with Clinton ideally, I still have a hard time with the controversy surrounding her campaign. I could vote for Stein or write in Sanders’ name but their chances of winning is pretty low. My other concern is that by not voting for Hillary, is that giving Trump a higher possibility of winning and I think many people can relate to my current situation.
I'm aware that this was written before the election and since the election is over now, it doesn't really mean anything but I'd like to touch up on this subject. Originally, I was for Bernie Sanders. I attended his rally in Santa Monica and I really was quite impressed with the guy. To me, Bernie demonstrated a strong passion and dedication to helping less fortunate Americans. I didn't see that sort of integrity or commitment from any other candidate on either side. Although some of his ideas were a little unrealistic, I voted for him in the primaries.
BUT, when Bernie lost I turned my support towards Hillary. Why would I do that? Why would I conform to supporting a "corrupt campaign"? I hate to be the bearer of bad news but a write-in for Bernie Sanders is a WASTED VOTE and here's why.. Among the democrats who supported Bernie and supported Hillary, if all of those Bernie supporters wrote in his name while the rest of the democrats voted for Hillary, that would split the democratic vote and you know what that means? Trump wins. And sure enough, he did.
Bernie endorsed Hillary. He publicly told all of his supporters to stop supporting him and vote for Hillary. Hopefully most of them listened but to all of the democrats who believed the conspiracies and voted for Jill Stein or Gary Johnson, I hate to break it to you but you are the reason that Donald Trump won the 2016 Presidential Election.
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