Don’t waste your vote. Vote Green!

So says Noah Baron in a column posted to Columbia Spectator. His arguments in support of a vote for Green Party Mayoral nominee Rev. Billy Talen are common to many Green campaigns.

Those of us who are working on the campaign have the goal not only of getting our candidate elected, but also of bringing attention to important issues which are not being addressed by the main candidate and his Democratic challenger. (I say there is only one main candidate because most polling shows Thompson about twenty points behind in support, and tens of millions of dollars behind in fundraising.)

In what I think is a very wise comment, Baron points out

And, more importantly, the argument of a “wasted vote” falls immediately by the wayside: if the victory of one candidate appears inevitable, then the election serves largely as a means by which to express preferences — and why express any preference other than your actual preferences?