Is Voting for a Third Party a Wasted Vote?

Are you considering voting for a third party candidate in the 2016 Presidential election, but aren’t sure if its the right choice to make? Come listen to seasoned debaters take on the topic.  Members of the Pacific Lutheran University Speech and Debate team will partner with local policy experts, including our own Prof. Ben Meiches (left) to publicly debate the question “Is a vote for a third party a wasted vote?” on. Oct. 4.

Democratic Communication Specialist Aaron Sherman and student debater Mariah Collier will speak for the yes side of that proposition, while Prof. Meiches and student debater Tate Adams, will argue for the no side.

“I think that the viability of a third-party vote is one of the most important problems that we face, as Americans, in the context of this upcoming election,” Adams said. Prof. Meiches commented that he is “looking forward to this opportunity since the debate format encourages members of the audience to participate.  We rarely get the opportunity to openly discuss different strategies of voting and party support in this kind of competitive, but inclusive forum.”

Event Details:  7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016 at Eastvold, Karen Hille Phillips, Pacific Lutheran University.  Admission is free, and the program also will be streamed live online via

Postscript:  Read about the debate in the News Tribune!