To the editor:
I am alarmed by the trend among young adults and voters who are unenthused by Trump or Clinton drifting toward a third-party candidate as a “protest vote” or a way to “vote their conscience.”
Americans must have awfully short memories! Only three months ago, Great Britain narrowly voted to leave the European Union, not believing the vote to exit would carry. When it did, there was a great deal of remorse, a “what have we done?” awakening, and many admitting their leave vote was intended only as a protest.
Have Mainers forgotten that votes for independent dark horse Eliot Cutler twice saddled us with the LePage administration? Does no one remember the chaos of the presidential election of 2000, when it took a month and a half of wrangling, recounting, and a Supreme Court decision to determine that Gore had lost the election to Bush by 537 votes in Florida?
Significantly, Green Party candidate Ralph Nader garnered more than 93,000 votes in Florida. In post-election polls, Nader voters overwhelming stated they would have chosen Gore over Bush.
It is high time to face the reality that either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump will become president. As Bernie Sanders recently said, think hard about what a Trump presidency would mean before casting a protest vote that could very well hand Trump the election.
I am supporting the person who broke records last December when voted the most admired woman in the world, for the 20th year, including the last 13 consecutive years, in the national Gallup poll. She also happens to be light years ahead of her three opponents in terms of qualifications and experience. Cast your vote for the one candidate who can actually win and will move America forward with a dynamic, progressive, Sanders-influenced presidency.