I find it discouraging sometimes, the choices we are presented with at the ballot box. A parliamentary system would allow one to vote their real choice and, since it is not winner take all as here, your choice, green party for example, would be represented to the degree that it got votes.
North Carolina, I’m told, is instituting an instant run-off system which is a really good idea: you vote first and second choices and if your first choice doesn’t win and there’s no clear winner your second choice is counted… opens up the process – though I’ve heard the e-voting machines don’t know how to handle this so we’ll see what happens.
On the presidential and senatorial level we tend to get two corporate-approved candidates, one they are enthusiastic about, one they’ll settle for, so for corporations it’s pretty much win-win and for us it’s lesser of two evils. Worth the effort though since the difference between candidates can be significant in some areas and thus create or reduce real suffering and damage vis a vis peace, justice and ecology.