Are you in favor of stopping the influx of illegal aliens into the country? Want to cut out low skilled immigration? Want tough enforcement of immigration laws? If you are a Kerry supporter living in a solid Bush state (a so-called "Red" state) then write in Congressman Tom Tancredo (R CO) for the Presidential ballot. If you are a Bush supporter in a solid Kerry state (a so-called "Blue" state) then, again, write in Tom Tancredo.
Note that I'm not proposing anything that will "waste" your vote in a way that will change the outcome of the election in a way that you disfavor. If you live in a state which is very heavily leaning in a way against your wishes your vote isn't going to change that. But if you are in that category you could use your ballot to send a symbolic message.
My own view is that Bush and Kerry are both so bad in their own ways that it is hard to strongly support either of them. It is hard to tell which will be worse because there are too many factors that will determine what they can manage to do. Perhaps a Republican Congress will prevent Kerry from doing too much damage. Maybe the continuation of the Iraqi Debacle will cause great public opposition to Bush that it will prevent Bush from getting into more misadventures abroad. I'm not sure. Still, you may see things differently and yet still agree with that immigration policy is badly broken and that it is time to stop the illegal alien influx.
If you live in a state that is heavily leaning against your Presidential preference then you really lose nothing by using your ballot to make a protest vote.
For example, suppose you are for Bush but you live in Calfornia. Well, Bush has a snowball's chance in hell of winning California (or Illinois or New York for that matter). A Bush supporter who votes for Bush in California will have no effect on the outcome of the election. So I have a suggestion: write in Tom Tancredo on the ballot. A large count of people writing in Tancredo will be noticed. National politicians need to learn that there are voters out there who want a Presidential candidate who is an immigration restrictionist.
The same advice holds a Kerry supporter in Texas, most of the plains state, Georgia, Alabama or other Bush strongholds. If you are an immigration restrictionist and Kerry supporter and you live in a "Red" state then your vote for Kerry has no chance of helping to close a small margin in the Texas state vote. The Texas, Wyoming, Montana, Alaska, and Oklahoma electoral college votes are going for Bush. You can bet on it.
So where is your state in the polls for Kerry versus Bush? Noah Millman has his own guesses on how the states will go for the electoral college. Also, check out the Rasmussen electoral college predictions by state. If you want to be sure you are not going to waste your vote check out the RealClearPolitics electoral college chart that shows whether each state is leaning or solid for each candidate. Check out where the Presidential candidates stand in the polls in this election. Any immigration restrictionist who is living in a "Solid" state who is opposed to the candidate who is "Solid" in that state ought to use their vote to file a protest. Why not?
Update: If writing in a candidate's name does not appeal then consider voting for Constitution Party candidate and immigration restrictionist Michael Peroutka. Read about Peroutka on immigration. Peroutka is on the ballot in 37 states. But I can not find a list of which states those are. If anyone has a source for such a list please post it in the comments.
Also, surprisingly, while Ralph Nader is not an immigration restrictionist to the extent that Michael Peroutka is Nader wants to cut back on illegal immigration. (more here) However, Nader sends some pretty mixed messages with support for what sounds like a big Mexican work permit guest worker program. Also, see this map for whether Nader is on the ballot in your state.
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