I am amazed at the large number of Republicans who claim: "If you vote third party, you are voting for Obama."
No, the truth is, if you vote third party, you are voting for a third party. If you vote for Gary Johnson, you are voting for Gary Johnson. If you vote for Virgil Goode, you are voting for Virgil Goode.
If you look at the two candidates, find them both lacking and vote third party in protest; you are actually saying out loud: "A pox on both your houses!"
There are only a few swing states in play. For most of us, the vote we cast is just a statement. A Democrat who feels let down by Obama and votes Green or Libertarian is not voting for Romney anymore than a Tea Partier who votes Gary Johnson.
A vote for third party is not a vote wasted. Political pundits have been obsessing over polls throughout the year. They will obsess even more over the vote count. A large third party vote would show extreme displeasure with the state of the debate.
Good will come from a sizable third party vote.
IMHO, the worst possible outcome is Romney winning the electoral college while Obama wins 50% plus of the vote. In this case, Democrats will rail that Romney was an illegitimate president. A massive third party vote will temper this claim.
If Romney wins in the face of what he perceives as a massive voter defection from the Republican Party, Romney would be forced to listen to the much maligned libertarian vote.
No matter how you go about it, voting third party is not a wasted vote but a loud statement against the corrupt and captured parties.
If you vote third party, you are neither voting for Obama or voting for Romney. If you vote third party; you are making a statement against the political machine. As political pundits will obsess over the election return, your vote for a third party will be heard and will affect the structure of the political platforms for 2016.