I am tired of the simple-minded assertion that Green Party voters will tip the election in favor of Donald Trump. The standard argument used to support this idea – that Al Gore lost the 2000 presidential race to George Bush because folks voted for Ralph Nader – is patently false.

Remember: the 2000 election came down to Florida, and Bush won by a debatable 537 votes. The highest court in Florida demanded a recount, which would’ve favored Gore. However, the Supreme Court overturned this decision, and handed Bush the presidency.

The disenfranchisement of voters made the difference in that election. Florida is one of several states that prohibits inmates and ex-felons from voting. In 2000, there were roughly 750,000 people who could not vote because of their criminal history in Florida. Most of the people behind bars and with criminal records are black. Historically, black people vote overwhelmingly for Democrats (over 90%). So it is reasonable to assume that if inmates and ex-felons were able to vote in Florida, Al Gore would have won the election.

Nearly 6 million people will not be able to vote in November due to a felony conviction. Instead of wagging their fingers at Green Party voters, Democrats should be fighting to end felony disenfranchisement. The problem is not people’s choice, the problem is that people have no voice.

It is also worth noting that the Clintons implemented racist criminal justice policies; resulting in the disenfranchisement of potential voters. Hillary shot herself in the foot. As the Bible says: “whoever digs a pit will fall in it”.

If Trump wins the election, do not blame Green Party voters. You should blame the corporate two-party system which has fallen out of favor with a large segment of the population.

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