Sid Salter: Should unhappy voters ‘park’ presidential votes?

First and foremost, I’m not advocating the whole notion of voters taking a powder on choosing between the Democratic presidential ticket of Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine or the Republican ticket of Donald J. Trump and Mike Pence and “parking” their votes with a third party or independent.

The Electoral College renders the notion of third party voting or “parking your vote” as a protest of the major party candidates a moot and futile point in most cases. The electors for the party that gets the most votes in Mississippi will get all the state’s six electoral votes, even if that total for the winning candidate/ticket is less than 50 percent of the state’s popular vote.

So voting for a third-party candidate or “parking you vote” is, in reality, a rather narcissistic exercise that will accomplish little more than making you feel good about being able to say later on that you voted for neither Clinton nor Trump in 2016 — despite the fact that one of them will be living in the White House for the next four years.

Clarion Ledger