Third-Party Candidates Struggle to Secure Voter Involvement in Recent US Politics
As recent US politics has come to the forefront of voters' minds, many have looked to third-party candidates in order to express their views.
As recent US politics has come to the forefront of voters‘ minds, many have looked to third-party candidates in order to express their views. However, the unfortunate truth is that third-party candidates have had a difficult time garnering the necessary support to gain the same footing as the two prominent parties.
With the current election, the majority of the attention has been placed on the two major contenders, Joe Biden and Donald Trump. While many are debating who will come out on top, third-party candidates have become an afterthought. Historically, independent candidates have not had the same influence as the two major parties, yet many had hoped for a shift to occur this year.
The failure of third-party candidates to gain the proper traction can be attributed to the structure of the American political system. Voters often feel that a vote for a lesser known candidate would be a wasted vote, so they choose to settle with the two main contenders. Those who actively choose to vote for third-party candidates are too few to make a difference.
Organizations such as No Labels have been created to spark a nationwide conversation about bipartisanship and to promote the belief that the two-party system is a flawed system. Their goal is to reduce the partisan divide between Democrats and Republicans, and encourage the voting of party-independent candidates.
Unfortunately, No Labels and other similar organizations have had difficulty mobilizing their message. It seems that the majority of the population still remains attached to the two-party system. With the overwhelming occurrence of the two most popular parties in US elections, it has become increasingly difficult for third parties to gain traction.