Voting Liberally in 2016: Map Shows Where To Vote For Jill Stein, Where To Vote For Clinton
UPDATE: The polls indicate a tightened race, so please, don’t follow the map you see here. Instead, use the new map indicating this shift.
You’ve heard the categorical condemnations liberal activists are hurling at each other this year: “A vote for Jill Stein is a vote for Donald Trump!” “A vote for Hillary Clinton is a vote for corporate oligarchy!” “If you vote Green Party, you’re throwing your vote away!” “A vote for Clinton is a waste!”
The flaw with all such statements is that they’re categorical, speaking to all Americans, declaring simple strategic truths that apply to everyone everywhere. That’s not how presidential elections actually work in the United States.
A presidential election chooses a candidate for a national office, but it is not a national election. Presidential elections take place at the state level. On Election Day, voters choose delegates to go to the Electoral College, who then elect the next President.
Intelligent political strategists therefore think state-by-state. Intelligent political activists do too.
What all liberals ought to be able to agree upon is that electing Donald Trump as President would be a disaster for our country. However, many liberals are also deeply concerned about what Hillary Clinton will do with the power of the White House.
The vital strategic question for American liberals in 2016 is how to use their votes most effectively to advocate for more liberal policies, whether through negative action that prevents the anti-liberal Donald Trump from gaining the White House, or positively, by showing support for the most liberal candidate, Jill Stein. Hillary Clinton is in the middle as a corporate establishment candidate, neither liberal nor strongly anti-liberal.
In the abstract national election, it can seem like a confusing choice for liberals. Do they vote for the candidate who best supports their values, or vote for the candidate who best prevents the election of the candidate who is in profound opposition to their values?
Considered state by state, the choice becomes much more clear. In some states, Donald Trump could actually win some Electoral College votes. In other states, there’s no chance in hell that Donald Trump will win any Electoral College vote.
If you’re a liberal living in a state where Hillary Clinton has a large lead over Donald Trump, the most effective use of your vote is to support the Green Party candidate, Jill Stein. In the map below, these states are colored green. They are: Hawaii, Washington, Oregon, California, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
On the other hand, if you’re a liberal living in a state where Donald Trump has a reasonable chance to win, the most effective use of your vote is to support Hillary Clinton. In the map below, these states are colored blue.
If you’re a conservative living in any of these states, the most effective use of your vote is to stay home.