Since the end of the Civil War in 1865, the two major political parties in America have been the Republicans (GOP) and the Democrats. During this time, the two parties have become rivals. Often out-shadowed by the major parties are the minor parties, a minor party is a party that has a smaller impact than major parties in a country’s politics.
In the United States, independent studies have existed since the inception of modern American politics. In 2016, the largest minor parties are the Libertarian and Green parties. Both have presidential candidates, but, in most cities, are not included in the ballot. Although they may seem like they have a minuscule impact in modern politics, their impact is larger than most think. They often influence elections by taking away votes from larger candidates, allowing them to have an impact.
-by Zach Hanson