Not Voting for President as an Act of Conscience

Some voters say they will vote in the upcoming election, but not for president.

— -- Some Americans are considering not casting a vote for president in this year's election in what they say would be an act of conscience.

Jake Shockley, 22, is one of them.

Unsatisfied with the presidential candidates, Shockley said he may not vote for any of them while casting a ballot in other races.

But high unfavorable ratings for both Trump and Clinton may also mean that a number of people, like Shockley, will choose to leave the presidential section of the ballot blank.

"I've been working for Republican candidates for 32 years. I have voted in almost every election unless there was some specific reason why I couldn’t," Kochel told ABC News. "If in this one case, where you have a line on the ballot where neither of the choices of the major parties is acceptable, I think it’s a perfectly legitimate way to express dissatisfaction with both nominees."

His advice to other dissatisfied voters in 2016 is to vote their conscience.

Even some members of Congress, such as Republican Rep. Mike Coffman of Colorado, are contemplating the no-vote option.

"I’m struggling with it like many Americans," Coffman said of the question of who to back for president in an interview with a Colorado NBC affiliate station.

"I don’t know if I’ll cast a vote for president," said the congressman, who represents a swing district outside Denver with a large Hispanic community and who has aggressively distanced himself from Trump in 2016.

At least one former presidential candidate may have found a creative way to express his conscience on this year's ballot.

ABC News Ben Siegel contributed reporting.