While I greatly applaud how thoughtful and well researched the post was about your desire to vote for the green party candidates, it will simply be a wasted vote. I say this not as simply a Democrat who hopes you will reconsider and voting for a president, but as someone who would like to see real election reform. While I think the best thing for the American electoral system would be to revise the Electoral College so that the popular vote is truly the vote that ends up deciding the presidency, we must work within the system we have presently. In our current system, it is extremely challenging for third party candidates (especially ones that are underfunded to gain access to the ballot in all fifty states. Additionally, the United States’ public financing of campaigns which comes along with fundraising and vote requirements, make it very hard for anyone thats not a Democrat or Republican to remain in the race. Although I respect finding and eventually voting for the candidate who most aligns with your views, the best way to affect change is to do it from within each of the two major political parties. Before the days of primaries, nominees were picked by party bosses in “smoke filled rooms” and were usually the result of political patronage. Through the progressive and other social movements, all nominees are now required to participate in the primary elections so that the voters have a real say. My long winded point with this post is continue to be involved in grassroots social movements, particularly ones that are within either of the major parties so that you can potentially become a delegate at the conventions and have the party platform reflect what is in the hearts and minds of the grassroots voters of the party.