Episode
October 24, 2012

Voting against the machine

Could third-party voters decide the US presidential election?
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Polls show the US presidential election is a close contest. Yet a number of voters argue Obama and Romney are so similar that there’s no point in casting a ballot. Others say they will back a third party with no real chance of winning. By refusing to endorse Obama or Romney, could these citizens decide the next president and what would that mean?

In this episode of The Stream, we speak to:

Michael Moschella @MikeMoschella
Founder, New Leaders Council
newleaderscouncil.org

Jason Brennan
Professor at Georgetown University, author of "The Ethics of Voting"
jasonfbrennan.com

Kevin Gosztola @kgosztola
Blogger, Firedoglake.com

What do you think? Are Americans who are voting for third-party candidates wasting their vote or changing the system? Leave your thoughts in the comments.
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