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Isn’t Binary Choice The Wrong Term?

In this election I have been told over and over and over again that I have a binary choice, so I must vote for either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton for president.  But I obviously have more than a binary choice as I could vote for a third party candidate or I could choose to not vote on the presidential line or I could choose to write in a name for president.  It is obvious I have more than two choices.


Of course, I understand what someone means when they say I have a binary choice, it is meant that one of these two people, and no one else, will be elected as the president of the United States.  But that is not a choice, that will be the result on November 8, 2016, that one of these two people will be the president of the United States. 

So, shouldn’t the term be that there will be a binary result or outcome?  It will be one of those two who will be president no matter which one of my “muti-choices” that I choose.  

If that isn’t the case, then does that mean if it becomes obvious that only one of these candidates can win [because they are so far ahead in the latter stages of the race-or on election day itself] that the binary choice then becomes a single choice?  Let’s say Hillary Clinton has such a commanding lead with only a week left in the race that only she can win, will those of you for Donald Trump vote for her because the result [or as you would say “choice”] is now a single one? 

I remember voting for Bob Dole in 1996 even though it was obvious he was going to lose to Bill Clinton.  Did I waste my vote?

So, just a little pet peeve…no biggie, but the next time you ask me to vote for one of these candidates just say, there will be a binary result on November 8, not that I have a binary “choice”.  🙂 

Now here is a binary choice

Authored By Tales from a tribble