At least according to this article: [http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/05/never-trump-liz-mair-independent-candidate]
In 2012 approximately 65 million votes won the election for President out of about 125-130 million votes in all. If a variety of candidates each received 30 million votes then what would happen — based on that link it would not be a do-over where people got to re-vote, instead the party in control of the House of Representatives would pick a President.
As a nutrition expert I have no idea about electoral colleges or do-overs in contested elections. Fact checker has to look into it for me (aka: the search engine).
Update, Fact checker found more info on the House of Representatives role in contested elections, though the article suggests that the consensus among people who’ve been approached regarding a third party run is that it is already too late in the campaign season due to ballot access deadlines:
“One related objective is to prevent both Clinton and Trump from clinching a majority in the electoral college and thus throwing the presidential election to the House of Representatives, under the provision of the 12th Amendment of the Constitution.” [https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/inside-the-gop-effort-to-draft-an-independent-candidate-to-derail-trump/2016/05/14/1b04682e-1877-11e6-924d-838753295f9a_story.html]
What I have learned though is that a write-in vote for someone who hasn’t filed with the state where the vote is cast will not count. A vote for a third party candidate who is listed on the ballot would count but for it to really count approximately 45-60 million people would need to pick a third party candidate. If only 10-20 million or so avoided the main party tickets then it might shift the election in favor of one of the two main nominees and possibly end up helping get a candidate elected whom they would rather not have won.
An either/or choice is easiest psychologically. Having a lot of choices can seem like a good idea but marketing and psychology research suggests that people are less likely to buy a product when offered samples from a wide range of choices. They were more likely to buy a product if offered samples when there were only a few choices to sample.
Too Many Choices: A Problem That Can Paralyze: [http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/27/your-money/27shortcuts.html?_r=0]
An election is more important to our nation’s future and our children’s future and our planet’s future than what flavor jam or jelly seems best. Staying home and not voting is not a good choice for our future. This could be the year to transcend the either/or options of manipulative party politics and look closer at third party choices. (Depending on how the primaries turn out — go vote in the primaries.)
Citizen’s United open campaign budget brought us the very good question: “How do you bankrupt a casino?” [http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/california/2016/05/8599019/guys-big-hands-top-gop-ad-man-launches-campaign-unsell-trump]
Do we really want to find out how to bankrupt a country?
The House of Representatives were involved in “shutting down the government” in 2013 but fact checker suggests that it was actually a team effort. They approved a budget for everything except the Affordable Care Act and the Senate and President didn’t want a partial budget, they wanted everything they wanted. However budget control is role assigned to the House of Representatives per this link: [http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2013/10/04/who_shut_down_the_government_120206.html]
Disclosure: I have never been a fan of an 11000 page act that wasn’t really even available for legislators to try to read before they were asked to pass it. It gave away the government’s ability to negotiate for lower pharmaceutical costs and has ended up greatly increasing profit for the pharmaceutical and health insurance industries while making the workload for physicians and other health professionals more complicated with requirements for paperwork and conversion to computerized charts. There was already a shortage in health care professionals and there has been an increase in physicians and other healthcare workers leaving the insurance market and setting up private practices or retiring. Health insurance is not the same thing as access to health care (never mind the question of effective health care, access to health care at all is limited in many rural areas. Mental health and nursing professionals are in short supply as well as primary care physicians.) [http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2014/03/the-impact-of-the-affordable-care-act-on-the-health-care-workforce]
- World Health Organization: [http://www.who.int/trade/glossary/story073/en/]
- Forbes: [http://www.forbes.com/sites/johnlamattina/2014/07/29/do-drug-companies-make-drugs-or-money/#6c5b5d967fcf]
- Health Care for America Now: [http://healthcareforamericanow.org/2013/04/08/pharma-711-billion-profits-price-gouging-seniors/]
Health Insurance Industry, may have made less profit then the pharmaceutical industry:
- Forbes (2014): [http://www.forbes.com/sites/theapothecary/2014/06/27/profits-in-health-insurance-under-obamacare/#e7fae8b4c42a]
- Forbes (2014), from a different angle: [http://www.forbes.com/sites/peterubel/2014/02/12/is-the-profit-motive-ruining-american-healthcare/#36f54d9fa0ce]
- Health Care for America Now – not only the health insurance companies but also their CEOs increased their take home pay significantly: [http://healthcareforamericanow.org/ourissues/health-insurance-industry/]
/Disclaimer: Opinions are my own and the information is provided for educational purposes within the guidelines of fair use. While I am a Registered Dietitian this information is not intended to provide individual health guidance. Please see a health professional for individual health care purposes./