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If Conditions Were Right, Would You Vote Third Party?

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If Conditions Were Right, Would You Vote Third Party?

     If the next election allowed something like instant run-off voting, so you could vote for your first choice AND your second and third choice candidates, would you vote for a third party candidate?


With instant run-off voting, you specify your first, second and third choices. Then, the votes are tallied and the candidate with the least votes is dropped. Any voters who had that candidate as first choice then have their second choice applied to the vote.  That is, there's a re-tabulation and the candidate with the least votes is dropped and second choices are added in. 

This approach makes certain that the winner has at least 50% plus one vote and makes it a lot more likely that voters have a say and can not only vote for the candidate they like the most but also the one lesser of two evils candidate they usually would vote for.

The question is, if you could vote with this kind of system, would you vote for a third party contender, knowing you had a back-up choice? 

Yes, I'd vote third party for my first choice
No. I'd vote for a Democrat or Republican even the lesser of two evils
not sure

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Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind.  Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives  one person at a time was too slow, he founded Opednews.com-- which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big)  to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization Project. 

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