Why Vote Third Party

Adam Hunt
25 October 2015
Dr. Nowlin
POLI 205

Motivations of Voters to Vote for Third Party Candidates in Major Elections Including possible Mental Illness Related Motivations Along with the possible effects of believing in Conspiracy Theories.
There has never been a winner of a presidential election in America who has run as an independent. Rarely, if ever, do third-party candidates ever win even one single electoral college vote. The way that they system of voting for president, in America, is set up makes it nearly impossible for third party votes to significantly impact an election. Obviously there have been rare instances in which the outcome of an election is altered by third ...

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are actually examples in which voting third party is not just a "throw away" vote; however, it actually hurt the political actions of the people voting for third party. This is because the major third party candidate in the 2000 election was Ralph Nader, more of a left leaning person, and the winner of the election was the conservative George Bush. In the hypothetical situation where Trump runs third party, the votes taken away from the Republican party would likely lead to a Democratic victory in the presidential election. With these observations, the question of, "why would anybody vote for a third party candidate" should be reviewed. With this question, two extra caveats should be added to the question, simply because these are topic that have had little research done on, "do mental illnesses affect a person's likelihood of voting for a third party, and are people who have beliefs in conspiracy theories also more likely to vote for a third party candidate?"
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beliefs in conspiracy theories are major proponents of voting motivation?
Much of the current literature has to do with distrust of the government. A specific example of this is the article authored by Geoff Peterson and J. Mark Wrighton. The two men sought to measure trust levels of voters and find a correlation between that and choosing to vote for a third party candidate. The duo used a table to determine trust levels created by some journalists to do their research. They found that there has been constant decreasing in trust levels since the mid 1980s (Peterson 3). Through their research, they came to the conclusions that low levels of trust in government not only affected voters ...

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