It’s no secret Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are two of the most disliked major party nominees to ever run for President. That has some Texans searching for other options…any options…when it comes to our next commander and chief. Austinite Kaia Tingley asked: “Can we vote for either Libertarian or Green Party candidates in Texas?”
Third party candidates and write-ins are today’s topic in our #TXDecides series. All this week, public radio stations across the state are answering your questions ahead of Election Day. So can Texans vote for third parties? And how easy is it for third parties to get on the ballot?
In French bakery near Austin, Kaia Tingley is busily answering emails on her laptop. Tingley is a digital marketing consultant, a mother of two, and an unenthused voter. She’s researched Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton — and says she doesn’t like either of them.
“I’m actually still undecided, I mean I know I’m not voting for Trump,” she says.
But when she talks to friends and family about possibly voting for someone else, she gets push back.
“If you talk about voting for a third-party candidate there’s an enormous wave of peer-pressure coming back to say, ‘Oh, you can’t do that or the other guy will win,’” she says.
Disapproval of her peers aside, Tingley could easily vote for Libertarian Gary Johnson or the Green Party’s Jill Stein. Johnson’s on the ballot in all 50 states, Stein’s included in 48 of them.