Nicole Nesrsta thinks voting for the lesser of two evils is a waste.
That’s why the 28-year-old didn’t cast her ballot for Hillary Clinton (who she has never been fond of) or Donald Trump (who, “as a human,” she cannot select). Instead, Nesrsta, who lives in the crucial swing state of Florida, opted to vote for thirty-party candidate Gary Johnson.
“I was, like, this can’t be it, these can’t be my only options,” she said. “When I saw Johnson’s Facebook page, I felt like he was a viable option.”
Polls have shown Clinton’s lead over Trump shrinking in key battleground states like Florida
in the wake of FBI Director James Comey’s letter to Congress, which resurrected the Democratic nominee’s email scandal in the final weeks of the campaign.
Given the high stakes, supporters of both major-party nominees fear that a vote for Johnson, the Libertarian Party’s pick, or the Green Party’s Jill Stein could siphon votes away from their candidate of choice.
For Democrats, the scenario brings back bad memories of the 2000 election, when third-party presidential candidate Ralph Nader
was widely blamed for taking votes away from Democratic candidate Al Gore, whose razor-thin loss in Florida handed the election to George W. Bush.