By Nicholas Perugini, Trending Writer
This election year, many Americans have become disillusioned with the two front running candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. According to USA Today, they are the most unfavorable presidential candidates in U.S. history. Fear not undecided voters presented with such a difficult choice, there are other options!
Governor Gary Johnson is running on libertarian ticket this year and he will be on the ballot in all 50 states. Johnson is the former Governor of New Mexico and running with his longtime friend Bill Weld, also a former Governor. When it comes to political views, Johnson stands in the middle. He believes in fiscal responsibility such as cutting spending, lowering taxes, and limiting the role of the federal government. He is also socially liberal, touting ideas like gay rights, pro-choice, and the legalization of marijuana. Johnson takes ideas and issues from both parties and merges them together. According to the Cato Institute, his platform has the potential to reach a lot of voters this election year.
Unfortunately, Johnson has suffered from anonymity among most voters. During the first few months of the campaign, his slogan was “google me.” His message has reached out to some. A Johnson/Weld sign is currently taped to one of the dorm widows in Xavier Hall. Though Johnson has gained name recognition with some Americans, he failed to get on the debates this year. Combined with his gaffes on not knowing of the city of Aleppo or being able to name a foreign leader he admired, Johnson has dropped in the polls. Still some voters have been persuaded by his message and will be voting for him in November.
Jill Stein, the Green Party candidate will be on the ballot in 45 states this year. Her main platforms are helping make college more affordable and the American economy more environmental friendly. There is also Evan McMullin who is running as an independent. He will be on the ballot in 11 states and a write in candidate for another 30 states. According to the site 538, a highly regarded poll analysis website, McMullin could win the state of Utah which could potentially bring this election to the House of representatives. If you still miss Bernie Sanders, I have good news for you; he is available as a write-in candidate in the State of New Jersey.
There are more than two choices this election cycle. People should not be forced to vote for someone they dislike. Vote your conscience this year.
A version of this article appeared in the Tuesday, October 25th print edition.
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