Does writing in Ron Paul just guarantee the two party status quo?Submitted by freethink2012 on Sat, 10/13/2012 - 21:46
The more I think about this the more I'm convinced that both the democratic and republican parties would prefer you write in Ron Paul than vote for a third party especially if your vote ensured that 3rd party gained automatic ballot access in future general elections. For both of them your write-in vote would be considered wasted as it has no effect in 2012 and no effect on the future either whereas the libertarian party on the ballot in 2016 would annoy them both.
But I'd like to hear your take.
I'd also like to add that I'd totally sympathize with anyone who wanted to write in Ron Paul. If I could, I probably would. So I'm not criticizing anyone or telling them how to vote but I'd like to know what the effect would be if Ron got the biggest write in vote ever versus a third party getting on the ballot automatically in 2016.
edit: My dream is for the libertarians to win ballot access in every state for 2016, appoint Ron Paul party chairmen and then who knows. I'm neither a libertarian nor a Gary Johnson supporter btw.