As Libertarians, we've all heard of the “wasted vote.” The argument goes that if a voter votes for a Libertarian, they are wasting their vote, because the Libertarian can’t win. There are many good arguments for voting one’s conscience, but that’s not the wasted vote we should be worrying about.
The real wasted vote problem we have as Libertarians is the vote we leave behind. At this point in America, there are voters who are hungry to vote Libertarian. Voters who are fed up with the old parties. Voters who go into the booth excited and ready to vote for a Libertarian candidate.
If we don’t have a candidate in a race, we’re like a company who spends lots of money on marketing, but can’t get their product on to the store shelves. We need to give as many voters as
possible a Libertarian option on the ballot, so their votes are not
Libertarian votes are like rain. Rain comes down on your house.
Sometimes a little, sometimes a lot. It rolls off the roof and into
the gutters. It comes out of the downspout. If you don’t put a rain barrel under your downspout, that rain is going to spill out onto the ground and be wasted. Every Libertarian candidate who steps up to give the voters a Libertarian option is like a rain barrel.
Don’t waste votes. Step up to run for office as a Libertarian.
C. Michael Pickens
C. Michael Pickens is the CMO and Co-Founder of CannaSales, Inc., former Northern Vice-Chairman of the LPCA and Chairman of the LPWA, and author of the book, "Libertarian Leadership."