“I remember thinking, ‘That’s what I am,’” Klopfenstein said.
Soon after, he got involved with the Indiana Libertarian Party’s 1994 effort to win “ballot status,” which meant turning out enough voters to meet Indiana’s tough ballot-access laws. No other minor party has been able to do that.
Boneham and Klopfenstein believe their campaign has had impact. They’re convinced the final vote tally will be several points higher than election forecasters predict.
Until then, they’ll continue campaigning in their low-budget way: traveling around the state in a loaned RV, asking for campaign contributions to help pay for the gas to keep going, and making their case that a vote for third party candidate – no matter how long the odds – is still a vote that counts.
“The only way you can waste your vote,” said Boneham, “is to not vote at all.”
• Maureen Hayden covers the Statehouse for the CNHI newspapers in Indiana. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org