If you need to have it explained why you're voting for the lesser evil between Democrats and Republicans, this thread probably isn't for you. However, if you're like me, you're sick of having to choose between a giant douche and a turd sandwich.
I was going to wait until we were closer to the election before posting this, but I'm insomnia-cranky enough to go for it now. Here's my plan for trying to fix this:Find someone within your state who you trust but who's going to cancel your vote.
If you're going to hold your nose and vote for Obama, find someone who's going to hold their nose and vote for Romney. Make sure that you're in the same state, and if your state divides up the electoral college by region, you want to be in the same region as well.Both of you vote for another party.
This is where the "trust" aspect comes in. Both of you vote for someone other than Democrat or Republican. This can be Libertarian party, Socialist party, Toga party, whatever. Vote for who you really want, not the lesser evil. If you don't really trust the person, maybe you can both vote absentee, showing each other the ballots.
Because of the way the electoral college works, you effectively haven't wasted your vote any more than you would have otherwise. In most states, the victor gets the spoils, but no matter how many people do this, both the Democrat and Republican candidates lose an equal number of votes.
Although it would arguably be easier just to have both people not vote, I don't think that would give the right message. We already have atrociously low voting participation in this country. I want the numbers to spike on the other parties and show that we have more choices, that we're not just the unthinking slaves of the biggest and evilest.Get the non-voters to vote third party also.
There's a lot of people who don't want either Democrat or Republican, who aren't going to vote because it doesn't make a difference. We need to get them in on this too. If we all start doing this, it'll be our chance to get out of the two-party trap.
In 2012, we'll be lucky to get 10,000 people willing to do this. If people like the idea, they can start spreading it through Facebook and similar methods. Now, 10,000 by itself isn't going to seem like a lot, but people will notice. Commentators will have heard of this movement and mention how we got a decent number of people, and we continue to get others interested.
In 2014, we keep this up. House Representatives are by county and Senators are by state, but the method works the same. Only now, people are familiar with the concept. When we have more than just a few congresspeople who aren't either Democrat or Republican, we can start actually fixing this country.
By 2016, maybe the idea's taken off, maybe not. The brilliant part is that you lose NOTHING by trying it. Normally, third-party candidates take votes away from the candidate who they're most like, but if your vote would've been canceled anyway, your vote is now free to give it to the person who deserves it.
Anyone who likes this idea is free to spread it. If you see an honest mistake of mine which would hamper the idea, please let me know and I'll fix it up.
If you think the idea could work but that we'll never get enough people to make a difference, please don't bother posting.