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Green Party Elections, The Spoiler Myth, Voter Suppression & Ballot Access

Why Vote Green

Ballot Access








The Spoiler Myth

Defining the Spoiler Effect

Democrats Should Abandon the Third-Party “Spoiler”

Why The Democratic Party Fights To Keep Greens Off The Ballot

The myths that just won't die (Repeat after me: Ross Perot didn't cost George H.W. Bush the election)

Debunking The “Spoiler Effect”

  • As of 2020, the Republican Party has won Utah in 17 of the last 18 presidential elections. ( Recent national surveys show Utah to be one of the most Republican states in the nation.

  • Elections are spoiled by the current structure of the elections system, not who runs.

  • Third-party candidates have rarely received any Electoral College votes

  • The data do not support the spoiler argument, e.g., 

    • Studies compiled at the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research at Cornell University show that in recent presidential elections, between 7 to 11 percent of registered Democrats abandoned their party allegiance and voted for the GOP candidate instead. In 2016, around 8 percent of Democrats nationwide actually voted for Trump, while the third-party candidates Stein, Libertarian Gary Johnson and Independent Evan McMullin combined received merely 4.93 percent of the popular vote.

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