It’s late summer 2016 and a barely known former CIA agent Evan McMillan has just announced his candidacy. He is aiming to take votes from both Trump and Clinton. You’re probably thinking: “how did this happen?” We have two candidates with high unfavorables and high amounts of baggage. Whether you agree with their platform or not maybe it’s worth considering your other options. I am going to give you a few easy steps to finding out who you mostly identify with.

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Step 1. Identify your Positions

Before you start to consider your views on many hot button issues such as guns, immigration and LGBT rights think about what you have believed in the past. What issues do you have, opinions and which do you not. An example would be do you think there should be more or less gun control? How important is this issue to you? Rate it with either a less, medium, or high grade level of importance. Then, that grading will help you in the process of deciding what issues you are willing to compromise on when you find the candidate closest to you.

Step 2. Identify the Candidates

Take some time to research each candidate and what their positions are. Some examples of third party possible candidates are Gary Johnson and Jill Stein. Also, consider their experience, former campaigns, as well as donations/donors. A full list of third-party, independent, and write in candidates can be found at lesserknowncandidates.wikia.com.

Step 3. Identify the Party and Party Platform

This is not a complicated task if your candidate is an independent or write in. If your candidate or candidates you like are within a political party known as a third-party then you will have to look into that party. Do you agree with the party and candidate or just the candidate? Is there a party you identify with but do you dislike the current candidate?

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Step 4. Narrow it down

By this stage you should have about two or three candidates who you’re really interested in. They should all meet at least a large majority of what your qualifications are for the office. Think about which person you identify with most? Which candidate are you most passionate about? Which one do you think has the best personality and or temperament?

Step 5. Your Candidate

Once you have a candidate, begin considering some of the vast ways of supporting them and their campaign. Whether through bumper stickers, volunteering, or just defending them on Facebook day-to-day you can influence the race. Whatever you decide to do, take some time and give it your all for your candidate.

presidential-candidatesIf the campaign is small as most of the third party, independent or write in candidacy’s are then look at possibilities to help the campaign fund-raise and gain name recognition for your candidate. That is, of course, if you want to go the volunteering route. If not still look for ways to tell others about the candidate. If you can swing some people then you will be helping the cause. As they say “every note counts.” No matter how big or small your candidate and campaign is they are still relevant as is your vote because it is your vote.

Now you can actually say “I support this candidate because.” You will have a reason that isn’t just because the candidate is your party’s nominee. You will have a true connection with the candidate. For more information on third-party, independent, and write in candidates as well as a small dose of inspiration follow us on Instagram David.Sharper as well as on Twitter @RealDSharper.

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