Mr2001 (90979) on 2009-11-05 11:02:
For example, let's say I'm opposed to torture, and I'm voting in a race between a pro-torture candidate and an anti-torture candidate.
How likely is that with America's Republican and Democrat parties, though? They're both pro-torture, as can be seen from the Senate voting record. Seriously, your choices range from cartoonish villains to cartoonish super-villains over there.
If I cast my vote in such a way that it makes the greater of the evils candidate more likely to win (the outcome I don't want!), Americans would say I'm "throwing my vote away". What do you call it in your country?
Hope you don't mind the edit, as it doesn't change the intent. If you're voting for an lesser evil, you're throwing your vote away by perpetuating the election of evil.
Luckily, my country has a modern preferential voting system so we're not prone to these prehistoric ballot box conundrums. Hope to be live long enough to see the US at least catch up to the 20th century in this particular area, but, it's not looking too likely so far.