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The Moral Status of "Protest Votes": Three Theories

According to new polls from the Pew Forum, two-thirds of Americans are dissatisfied with the presidential candidates this fall. (In 2008, by comparison, only twenty-eight percent were dissatisfied at this point in the election cycle.) The hazard here is very real. Low turnout plus "protest votes" for third-party candidates can swing the election. What should these dissatisfied voters do this November? And why? What assumptions underlie those choices? This is not your ordinary election, after all.
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