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Why you shouldn’t vote third party

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Re­gard­ing Han­nah Tom­boulides’ col­umn — “I’m vot­ing third party in the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion. Don’t tell me I’m wast­ing my vote” — I com­pletely un­der­stand her logic and ra­tio­nale. And, in a per­fect world, our democ­racy needs mul­ti­ple po­lit­i­cal par­ties that can re­spond to the di­verse is­sues this na­tion faces, now and in the fu­ture.

I’m a reg­is­tered Demo­crat, but I have voted third party sev­eral times in the past. Un­for­tu­nately, to­day the United States stands upon a crum­bling precipice. A dark abyss yawns be­fore our trem­bling toes to re­mind us that we are not liv­ing in a “per­fect world.”

Should Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump win re­elec­tion this Novem­ber, I’m pretty con­fi­dent that his reck­less, chaotic and care­less be­hav­ior will change the po­lit­i­cal land­scape for­ever.

Remember, along with many other wild claims, this is the man who has com­plained re­lent­lessly about elec­tion fraud and has pub­licly teased the no­tion of ex­pand­ing his term lim­its, as in Pres­i­dent For­ever.

His sup­port­ers love his id­i­otic ideas. They es­pe­cially love chant­ing.

Ms. Tom­boulides’ third-party vote won’t have any im­pact on Trump, but his re­elec­tion will have a fairly sub­stan­tial im­pact on her.

If Trump is re­elected, by 2021, she won’t be able to find the Lib­er­tar­ian Party, let alone vote for it. But hey, vote your con­science.

Kevin Bai­ley

Colum­bus, Ohio

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