With less than two weeks remaining before the election most national public opinion polls place Hillary Clinton squarely in the lead. Her odds of winning are extremely high, although Donald Trump may still win. However, both Clinton and Trump are disliked by a majority of Americans. Over 60 percent of Americans believe we are on the wrong track. Voter turnout may decline due to the high amount of disaffection and dissatisfaction voters demonstrate towards these candidates and this election cycle. In fact, approximately 15 percent of the electorate are undecided on their vote choice. This is a 10 percent increase from the same point in 2012. A sizable section of the electorate still see this as a race between “the lesser of two evils”.
However, in this contentious election it is important to remember the third-party candidates. Candidates which may present a viable alternative to those voters who cannot bring themselves to cast a vote for one of the major party nominees. However, many American voters have never heard of these candidates. Therefore, with little time remaining it is important the American electorate become educated on these alternative options.
First up was Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson. The next third-party candidate to be considered is Green Party candidate Jill Stein. Stein is currently polling at approximately 2 percent, is polling between 2 and 5 percent in several battleground states, and is on the ballot in 44 states plus the District of Columbia, and is eligible for a write-in vote in an additional 3 states. Those interested in reading all of Stein’s issue positions and policy proposals may go here, but a brief primer on his stances is below.
Jill Stein on the issues:
- Wants to rewrite the tax code, including raising taxes on the wealthy while cutting taxes for the poor and middle class.
- Believes in the expansion of LGBT rights.
- Believes the United States should not provide any foreign aid to state’s deemed human rights violators.
- Would cut U.S. military spending by at least 50 percent and close more than 700 foreign military bases.
- This spending cut would be placed into social programs.
- Believes there should be a legal path to citizenship for immigrants, and would immediately stop deportations that she says are tearing families apart. Also, would offer subsidized health care and education to undocumented immigrants.
- Believes in the legalization of marijuana.
- Believes public education from preschool through college should be tuition-free for all Americans.
- As part of her “Green New Deal” she would fight climate change through the end of America’s use of fossil fuels and transition to 100 percent clean, renewable energy by 2030.
- Believes free health care is a right for all Americans would provide this through a “Medicare for All” single-payer program.
- Believes the minimum wage should be $15 per hour.
- Doesn’t believe vaccines should be mandatory.
- Doesn’t believe that genetically-modified organisms are safe.
- Would forgive all student debt, except her plan makes no sense.
Jill Stein also really wants your vote.