According to polls, many Americans find both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump unacceptable candidates for the presidency [“2016 election is vexing voters,” Letters, Aug. 7]. Yet many still feel compelled to vote for “the lesser of two evils.”

But if this nation was founded on idealism and sacred honor, then we should not be given the choice between evils. Voters have alternatives. We can vote our consciences. I plan to vote for the Libertarian ticket of Gary Johnson and William Weld.

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I realize that Clinton or Trump, as the nominees of the two dominant parties, have the best chances to win, so I can be accused of throwing away my vote. But, as I believe both are unacceptable, then by voting for one of them, I would be perpetuating the two-party system.

Raymond Boivie, Kings Park