While most Americans were barbecuing, spending time with loved ones, and remembering the sacrifices our service members made for this country, a hotly contested nomination process was raging down in Orlando, Florida.

The convention didn’t revolve around Hillary or Trump, instead it was to pick the nominee for the Libertarian Party – a party which has turned a lot of heads amidst the growing dissatisfaction with Trump being encouraged by the #NeverTrump movement and left leaning moderates who don’t consider the scandal ridden Hillary Clinton a trustworthy candidate.

The Libertarian Party started in 1976, and ever since, has been sporting the title of the number one party-alternative in American politics. And if you are thinking such claim sounds puffed up, you wouldn’t be entirely incorrect. While it may be the third most popular party outside of Democrats and Republicans, it has historically captured dismally small numbers at the polls.

Last cycle, the Libertarian ticket received less than 1 percent of the voting population. That may seem insignificant, but it was almost double the amount from 2012 – a year which only saw a .1 increase from the previous cycle.

Now, present Libertarian candidate, Gary Johnson, a former two term governor of New Mexico and 2012 LP nominee, is reportedly polling at 10 percent nationally according to a few well respected polling firms.

If Johnson were to increase that percentage another 5 percent he would conceivably be allowed a platform during national debates, which would be a complete game changer for the way we have conducted presidential races in recent memory.

These days the term ‘libertarian’ has become common place in American politics. Big-name figures such as Ron Paul, Rand Paul, Glenn Beck, and Judge Napolitano have given the movement a face and created a brand. It’s an affiliation many in both the left and the right have come to attribute to certain policy positions. It’s not uncommon for a politician or commentator to say, “I’m a bit of a libertarian on this issue,” – a statement which typically means they believe the government should be more hands-off in a particular area of society or culture.

Like its rivals, the Libertarian Party is far from being unified on a host of hot button issues. Over the weekend, the nominees sparred vigorously over the Second Amendment, abortion, gay rights, and taxation. The eventual victor, Johnson, took more of centrist view on all the controversial topics, although, he opted to sway more left on the issues of gay rights and abortion – two issues which have created stark divides within the party.

Accompanying Johnson on the LP ticket is another former governor, Bill Weld of Massachusetts. This is the first time the Libertarian Party has had candidates with such accomplished pedigrees. And with their unconventional views drawing supporters from both sides, there is little opportunity for Republicans or Democrats to claim they are siphoning votes from their base, which makes this cycle a scenario wholly unique in our lifetime.

The question moving forward is simple: does the national polling actually reflect a legitimate “Libertarian movement” in the Unites States, or is this a reflection of voters’ contempt for the presumptive outcome between the two established parties?

Many have predicted that once the conventions for both the GOP and the Democrats have concluded, most “undecided” voters will fall into one of these two established camps: voting in reluctant protest either against Trump or against Hillary.

There is a good chance that, given the polarizing nature of both candidates, a larger than usual swath of voters will venture into previously uncharted political territory; the Libertarian Party. And this is exactly what Johnson and Weld are hoping for.

Regardless of how you feel about Trump or Hillary, most voters have cried aloud for years that the two-party system is stifling. Despite the fact Johnson and Weld have almost zero chance at winning the presidential election, it is none the less exciting to see the possibility of a third voice – an alternative option.

At the very least, should the LP ticket do reasonably well, the two major parties will have to adopt many of the policy positions within the Libertarian Party as effort to reach their sector of the voting block. Such a move could potentially cause millions of more Americans to be represented.

Whether it would be a positive change is yet to be seen.

What do you think? Do you see the inclusion of the Libertarian Party as good thing for American Politics, or is it a distraction?