Below is an excerpt from an article that originally appeared on Medium
Donald Trump is the Republican nominee. Hillary Clinton is the Democratic nominee. I can’t vote for either of them.
There is still a narrow path to a better option. It is time sensitive and difficult. But, it’s also doable.
We run an independent/third party conservative candidate---but in a different way than anyone is expecting. We need a massive election bailout, and this 0ur last chance. We need the Delorean to hit the wire while going exactly 88 miles per hour, just as lightning strikes the clock tower. But, as Doc and Marty proved...we can do it.
Running an independent/third party conservative presents several hurdles:
1. Getting on 50 ballots (or close to 50) costs way too much money.
2. It’s way too late to get on all of those ballots anyway.
3. Even if you did get on all of those ballots, you’d never get to 270 electoral votes.
It will only help Hillary. In a state like Florida, every vote for the conservative will take one away from Trump and hand the state and the White House to Hillary.
For all of these reasons, no better option is going to want to run.
How do you solve these issues?
First, don’t try to get to 270 electoral votes. If no candidate gets to 270, then the Constitution dictates that the incoming House of Representatives would vote for President. Each state delegation would get one vote. The good news? Republicans currently hold over 30 of the state delegations, and therefore would select the next President from the top three candidates with electoral votes. You must have at least one electoral vote to be considered.
There are plenty of logistical problems with this, which we can address in a moment. But, let’s address the most pressing first. How does this NOT help Hillary Clinton?
The answer: You have to be very selective. Don’t try to get on the ballots of 50 states, or even 25. The goal is to get on the ballot of a few deep red states that Hillary Clinton has no chance of winning anyway. Essentially, you hurt Trump without helping Hillary.
Again: we never take one vote from Donald Trump in a state that Hillary Clinton can win.
Featured Image: This combination of file photos shows Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton(L)on June 15, 2016 and presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on June 13, 2016. (Photo by DSK/AFP/Getty Images)