Friday, November 4, 2016

Making Your Vote Count When You Don't Support Either Trump or Clinton: Evan McMullin

So I intended to spend the month of October writing about money, but that didn't happen for a variety of reasons (all of them painfully boring).

But I'm back here in my writing space today because there's something I need to say. As we are all excruciatingly aware, there is an election next week, and I, like most Americans, just want it OVER. Come what may, I just want it done.

Regardless of our individual feelings about the candidates, this election cycle has left many of us feeling resigned about politics in general. It's hard not to feel cynical when the people running for POTUS won't even conduct themselves with the basic decorum expected of Little League players (ie: to shake hands).

I'm not voting for Hillary or Trump. My reasons are myriad, and I'm not going to list them here because I don't think that at this point they'll convince anybody of anything. Sufficient to say, I don't believe that either of the major party candidates is deserving of my vote. I don't need a president who agrees with me or who passes a litmus test on some single issue. I need a president who—irrespective of party affiliation, religion or gender—shares at least some of my core beliefs about the fundamental role of government, both in the big picture and in everyday life. Neither candidate does that for me.

Repeatedly over the last few days, we've heard Republicans say things like, "I'm voting for Trump, but I'm not endorsing him." Come again? What is a vote if not an endorsement?  This is the kind of troubling double speak that only politicians can spout with a straight face. It's reminiscent of the now infamous "I smoked pot but I didn't inhale" or "I voted for it before I voted against it."

I can not and will not vote for Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump, to do so violates my principles, my values and my ideals. So where does that leave me?

That leaves me voting for third party independent candidate Evan McMullin. A candidate who called my vote what it is - "a sacred thing." Evan McMullin's candidacy is a (very) long shot. It is premised upon him winning in the state of Utah to tie the electoral votes and sending the vote for president to the House of Representatives (where he has no guarantee of winning either).

Do I expect Evan McMullin to win? I do not. But I don't think that a vote for him is "throwing away" my vote. I think it's a vote for a man who has served for over a decade in the CIA, including as an operative hunting for Bin Laden; who has worked in the business sector in the investment banking division of Goldman Sachs; and who most recently was a senior advisor on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.

I'm voting for Evan McMullin because I like his policy positions, but also because he doesn't think that being President of the United States is a trophy or an entitlement or a bully pulpit. He believes that it is a position worthy of respect, dignity and unbridled expectation, and the America where the president is both a mighty leader and a humble public servant is the America I want to live in.

NOTE: McMullin is not on the ballot in every state. He's a write-in candidate in many states. Go here to figure out how to vote for McMullin in your state.


  1. I cannot WAIT to have this election over. We did early voting last weekend, so I plan to hunker down and avoid the news as much as possible tomorrow. - K.

  2. We could not wait to get the election over also. We have not heard of your man, so it had to be Trump for us, not that we wanted him either. I just hope it stops the terrible late term abortions (all of them would be perfect). Regardless, God is in charge and we have been praying for a very long time in our church for His Will to be done with this election. I think He spoke last night.

  3. With few words you expressed what so many feel. I think everyone was weary and ready for election day to come. What a tangle of emotions we had to go through. Thanks for your input