Dylan Blair was devastated when Bernie Sanders lost the Democratic primary. Blair isn’t a fan of Democrat Hillary Clinton, so the 23-year-old from Wilder, Vermont, is throwing his support to Jill Stein, the Green Party candidate for president.
“The American people shouldn’t be held hostage to a two-party system and forced to accept the lesser of two evils,” Blair says, explaining his enthusiasm for a third party.
Blair isn’t alone. Dissatisfaction with this year’s major-party nominees, Clinton and Republican Donald Trump, is driving some voters to at least consider voting for a third-party candidate.
With third parties getting little attention from the media, you may be unaware that names besides Clinton’s and Trump’s will appear on the ballot on Election Day. Voters could choose Stein, whose Green Party emphasizes environmental issues. They could support Gary Johnson of the Libertarian Party, which favors smaller government and more individual liberty. They could pick Evan McMullin, a former CIA official who’s running as an independent and wants to give mainstream Republicans an alternative to Trump. And there are other, lesser known candidates.