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Third parties are political groups that reside from the two primarily involved parties (democrats and republicans) within the 2016 presidential election. There are three third party candidates that I am going to touch upon because they appear on more than 20+ state ballots.These three third parties are: The libertarian party, green party, and the constitution party.


FILE - In this Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011 file photo, former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson speaks at a news conference during which he announced he is leaving the Republican Party in favor of seeking a presidential nomination as a Libertarian, at the State Capitol in Santa Fe, N.M. Something's going on in America this election year: a renaissance of an ideal as old as the nation itself - that live-and-let-live, get-out-of-my-business, individualism vs. paternalism dogma that is the hallmark of libertarianism. But what looms are far larger questions about whether an America fed up with government bans and government bailouts - with government, period - is seeing a return to its libertarian roots. (AP Photo/Albuquerque Journal, Eddie Moore, File)

Name: Libertarian party
Ballot: In all 50 states + DC
Presidential Nominee: Former Governor Gary Johnson (New Mexico)
The libertarian party promotes civil liberties, non-interventionism, self-ownership, and laissez-faire capitalism.

Abortion: Supports pro-choice.
Death penalty: No stand. Believes in rehabilitative justice that focuses on the victim rather than the aggressor.
Civilian gun control: Does not support. The government does not have the right to control guns.
Foreign policy: Supports a non-interventionist policy and ending all foreign aid.
Healthcare: Does not support universal government health care. Healthcare should be separate from the state and deregulated.
Immigration: Supports open borders.
Environment: Does not support governmental involvement.
Education: Supports private schools with tax credit for tuition.
Economy: Supports a laissez-faire government.
Progressive taxation: Does not support government imposed taxes.




Name: Green Party

Ballot: In 40+ states including DC

Presidential Nominee: Dr. Jill Stein (Massachusetts)

The green party focuses on principles of green politics, such as social justice, environmentalism, social democracy, and respect for  peace, diversity, and nonviolence.


  1. Abortion: Supports.
  2. Death penalty: Does not support.
  3. Civilian gun control: Supports more regulations and background checks.
  4. Foreign policy: Supports sustainable development, human rights, economic justice worldwide. Carries a non-interventionist policy.
  5. Healthcare: Supports universal health care and preventive care for everyone.
  6. Immigration: Supports the right for all U.S. residents to have social justice and the right to grant legal status.
  7. Environment: Supports tax policy and market incentives that improve sustainability.
  8. Education: Supports equal access to education and an increase in financial aid for college students.
  9. Economy: Supports decentralization, reduction of power for large corporations, and human and ecological needs alongside profits.
  10. Progressive taxation: Supports. Encourages the elimination of “loopholes” for the rich.



Name: Constitution Party

Ballot: In 22 states

Presidential Nominee: Darrell Castle (Tennessee)

The constitution party is a conservative Christian political party that focuses on the interpretation and understanding of principles set forth in the constitution and the bible.They believe in a reduced government, nonintervention of other nations, and conservative libertarianism.


  1. Abortion: Does not support in any given situation.
  2. Death penalty: Supports the right to execute criminals.
  3. Civilian gun control: Does not support. Citizens should have no restrictions on gun control and should be able to uphold the right to bear arms.
  4. Foreign policy: Does not support intervention with other countries, foreign aid, or international financial institutions.
  5. Healthcare: Does not support the regulation of medicine and the FDA.
  6. Immigration: Does not support and seeks more restrictions toward immigration.
  7. Environment: Does not support federal environmental protections and rejects global warming.
  8. Education: Supports the right for parents to provide education for their children.
  9. Economy: Supports a return to the monetary system.
  10. Progressive taxation: Does not support.

Written by Megan Tuohey, Peer Educator

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