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Mailers Target Third Party and Write-In Candidates

November 2nd, 2016 by flanews

If you haven’t voted and you’re still undecided you may be thinking about casting  a third party ballot.  But as Matt Galka tells us, a third party vote worries candidates…and they’re trying to convince you otherwise.

Pro-Hillary Clinton mailers from the LCV Victory Fund not only bash Donald Trump…but third party candidates Gary Johnson and Jill Stein as well.

The mail pieces targeting millenials tell people not to vote for a candidate that has no chance to win.  They’re based on a worry that a vote for a third party candidate is a vote against Clinton.

And if you’re not satisfied with any of the names on the ballot and want to write someone in, there are six qualified candidates that will make your vote count.

“If you vote for Jeb Bush, or Bobby Bowden, I’m sorry the vote doesn’t count and it won’t be recorded, it is as if you didn’t vote in that race,” said Leon County Supervisor of Elections Ion Sancho.

We reached out to all six of the qualified write-in candidates for Florida. Three got back to us.  Economist Laurence Kotlikoff wasn’t satisfied with the coverage of his campaign.

“I think I’m a serious candidate, I’m the only economist to ever run for president, and I think that alone should have attracted a lot of press but most of the press decided right from the get go that only someone from the parties was going to win,” he said.

Tony Valdivia who works finance in San Antonio, TX said he’s happy to be getting his message out.

“I think it starts with what I believe my mission is and that’s to improve the lives of those in my community and throughout the nation,” he said.

And journalist Zoltan Istvan – who’s also a transhumanist – meaning he’s focused on advancing humanity through science and technology – said he’d be ok with playing spoiler.

“I’m not that fond of either of the candidates, and if I end up spoiling it and some news coverage comes to the transhumanist movement, I’d call that a victory even if that makes me hated for the next 50 years,” said Istvan.

To be a write-in candidate in Florida you don’t need to pay a fee or collect any signatures, you just need to fill out paperwork.

 

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