A third party vote is a wasted vote

The Ruth Anderson Public Debate pairs experts with debaters to discuss contemporary issues. In the United States, the term “third party” applies to any political party not one of the two major political parties. These parties haven’t always held a majority, though: Abraham Lincoln, the last third-party president, was elected as a member of the then-minority Republican Party. The Constitution Party, the Green Party, and the Libertarian party are the largest third parties today, each with a voter registration of more than 75,000. Third parties offer diversity of thought and purpose, centering on everything from traditional political ideologies to single-issue advocacy.

The Experts


Mariah Collier, proposing the resolution

In her sixth year as a competitive debater, Collier is in her sophomore year at PLU majoring in business finance and economics.

Aaron Sherman, MPA, proposing the resolution

PLU alum Sherman holds a position as a communication specialist in the state legislator after years working with democrating campaigns.

Ben Meiches, PhD, opposing the resolution

Meiches works as assistant professor of security studies and conflict resolution at the University of Washington-Tacoma.

Tate Adams, opposing the resolution

In his sixth year as a competitive debater, PLU sophomore Adams is majoring in political science and communication and minoring in sociology.

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About the Series


The T.O.H. Karl Forensic Forum is committed to enhancing and invigorating community debate on matters of public concern. As part of that mission, the Ruth Anderson Public Debate series, brings experts to campus to discuss contemporary issues relevant to our community. If you are unable to make it to PLU, watch the event online. We will be streaming and live tweeting!