I usually deplore, or at least look askance at people using political causes as a method of signalling what moral/intelligent/worldly wise/spiritual/reasonable people they are. It's a bit offensive, certainly. Even when I do it. I should say "especially when I do it," but that would just be virtue signalling, because I don't fully mean it. Maybe 30%. Most of the rest of you are just embarrassing.
But this election everything changes. I live in a state that might turn out to be close, so I will have to hold off on the wild chance that my hanging chad will turn out to be meaningful, but for almost all people in America, no. This autumn you will understand clearly that your vote has no practical effect in your state, and only has value as a signal about yourself that you can share with your friends and neighbors. SO GO FOR IT. Vote third party. Go full-throat for your evil candidate over the other evil candidate. Dither endlessly to show how hard you are trying to look at all possible angles. Pick a single issue that you refuse to bend on. Whatever. This year, it's all signalling. Embrace it. In the deciding which funny hat you want to wear, you will see yourself more clearly. Not that it matters this year, but it might come in handy in the future.
The only effect of your vote this year will be on your reputation with your peers. You will not influence them. No matter how much they ordinarily respect you, they are going to vote for whoever they damn well please, for reasons neither you nor they can articulate clearly, because honestly, there are no good answers and we are all monkeys angling for bananas this time around.
And I hate you for which banana you will choose, of course; but I'll get over it.