My final decision: Gary Johnson for President of the United StatesSubmitted by pawnstorm12 on Wed, 10/24/2012 - 09:17
After weeks of arguing with myself on whether to write-in Ron Paul or vote for Gary Johnson, I came to a decision I can live with.
Since I wanted my vote to count (in WA State), and since I wanted to send a message to the 2-party strangle-hold on the American political process, I concluded a vote for the Libertarians was the best option.
But in one last attempt to vote for Dr. Paul, I spoke with Washington State's Secretary of State office to see how they handle write-ins.
Even if a candidate registers here (which Dr. Paul didn't do), they will not even look at write-in names unless they feel they might affect the outcome of the election.
And even if they DO count them, they won't publish the actual names unless a write-in candidate were to miraculously win.
As much as I wanted to write in Dr. Paul, I felt it was more important to support a viable candidate, who was on the ballot in the most states, and who I liked well enough to vote for.
We all know Gary Johnson is not Ron Paul (but then who IS other than Dr. Paul himself?!).
But Johnson has said on more than than one occasion that his hero is Ron Paul (he said it again in the 3rd party dabates).
There is no doubt that the Libertarian Party would have welcomed Dr. Paul with open arms as their candidate.
Top that off with Ron having stated recently that Gary Johnson is a "wonderful candidate who everyone should take a look at."
So in the end, I felt the very best use of my vote (even after years of supporting the Ron Paul campaign with my money, time and effort), was to choose Gary Johnson.
Ever since seeing all the cheating done by the republicans this entire campaign season, I have promised that "I'll Remember In November" and remember I did.
Gary Johnson 2012!!!