I had flirted with the idea of voting for Obama off and on for the past several months. After the nomination of Joe Bidden for VP, however, I am officially off the bandwagon and stuck with voting for a 3rd party candidate for the 4th time in a presidential election. As a mater of fact, I am likely to return to my old voting strategy, which is both reflective of my opinion about politics and, if it were to carry, the most likely to produce good results:
1. If a 3rd party candidate is on the ballot, vote for them.
2. If there is no 3rd party candidate, but an incumbant is matched against a challenger, vote for the challenger, no matter the party.
3. Evenly divide the rest of your votes among the remaining offices: half R, half D.
4. Vote all bond issues down. All. Down.
This voting strategy also carries with it the advantage of not requiring much research ahead of time.
Of course, if there is a candidate whose policies you think are especially good, because you have done the research, by all means vote for them.
I am stuck in limbo, however. I just moved from NC, where there are several such candidates whom I already know about, to VA, where I know next to nothing, but must register in order to qualify for in-state-tuition next year.
As if my vote counted, anyway…