About a week and a half ago, I voted. In a comment, Bob wrote:
John, I appreciate your views and your vote for libertarians I value my vote to much to waste it on third party candidates. The last major third party candidate was Ross Perot unless you count Nader.So what happened when masses of people voted for Perot they ended up electing someone further removed from their own view points.While the lesser of two evils isn't the optimum way to choose it's still less evil.
I dispute the idea that minor party votes are wasted. In the Montana US Senate race, the voting margin between the Republican and Democratic candidates was 2,874 votes. The Libertarian candidate won 10,324 votes. In the Missouri US Senate race, the margin between the Republican and Democratic candidates was 41,537. The Libertarian candidate won 47,007 votes. Had those Libertarians voted for the Republican candidate, the GOP would control the US Senate. That was a very real possibility, had the Republican Party at any point in recent history supported small government. So when advocates for small government perceive that the GOP no longer represents their views, they vote Libertarian, and their departure is enough to cost the Republicans elections. Consequently, libertarian-minded voters are a punitive stick against Republican tendencies to support expanded government. Therefore minor party votes are not wasted.
Notice how Al Gore is not President of the United States? Enough people voted for Ralph Nader of the Green Party to result in the election of George W. Bush. Had Gore not been perceived as moving too far toward the political Center, then those votes might have been his, and the history of that Presidential term might have been drastically different (for good or ill).
That was the impact that those Green Party voters had on the course of American (and world) history. How can their votes -- or any minor party vote -- be seen as wasted?
Now it may be argued that third party voters often end up with a worst result that that which they voted for. If, for example, an advocate for small government votes for a Libertarian candidate instead of a Republican, s/he may end up with a Democrat instead, who openly advocates expansionist government. Well, I for one can see no difference between the government expansionist tendencies between either party. If Libertarian votes cost the Republicans elections, it's not the fault of the Libertarian voters; it's the fault of Republican public policy. Periodically, libertarian-minded voters give the GOP a good, hard spanking. And the GOP deserves it every time.