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    Wasted Vote (Letter to the Editor)  echo $newRAM;
    added Wed October 04 2006 at 8:40 PM
    When some of my friends find out that I'm voting for Pete Ashdown for U.S. Senate, they ask why I would throw my vote away for a little-known candidate. After all, Senator Orrin Hatch (R, UT) has been a Senator for 30 years and has 2.5 million dollars to spend on the campaign. Hatch is currently leading in the polls, and has thus far held this position by ignoring the opposition and pretending that Ashdown doesn't exist.

    My reply is that whether Ashdown wins or loses, the only way I could "throw away" my vote would be to vote for a candidate that I feel is trying to lead the country in the wrong direction. If I were to choose my candidate based only on who I think will win, then I truly would waste my vote. I'm still hopeful that enough people will actually research the issues and find that Ashdown is the proper candidate. If on November 8th, however, I find that Hatch has been elected yet again, at least I will know that my vote was not wasted because I will have done everything in my power to elect an honest, open, and untainted Senator.