2004 October 04 Monday
Symbolically Vote For Immigration Restriction In Some States

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.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2004 October 04 01:05 AM  Immigration Politics

Invisible Scientist said at October 4, 2004 5:26 AM:

We must see that the power of the USA is derived from its intellectual, scientific, and technological
supremacy, which is in serious danger of declining. And this decline can threaten the existence of the US.
What we need is an improved version of the point system of immigration Canada and New Zealand are using.
We must encourage the immigration of high IQ (high value) immigrants, while discouraging the immigration
of those who are not productive. Already, there is a danger of brain drain AWAY from the USA to other
places in the Far East, where scientists and engineers can be lured with privileges, and this can
actually cause the destruction of the USA in this century.

Proborders said at October 4, 2004 8:55 AM:

Many Democrat activists will say that Gore received more votes than Bush. If a voter in California decides to write in Tancredo rather than vote for Bush, Bush will have one less vote. If a voter in Texas decides to write in Tancredo rather than vote for Kerry, Kerry will have one less vote. The President is elected by the electoral college system, not by the popular vote. However, to some a President who didn’t win the majority or plurality of the popular vote isn’t as legitimate as a President who won both the electoral college vote and the popular vote.

It is possible that votes for Tancredo may not be counted or listed in election results. This may vary from state to state or even from election office to election office. Randall, you could call your local elections office and find out if votes for write-in candidates will be counted and listed in elections results. There may be a difference between “qualified” write-in candidates and “non-qualified” write-in candidates.

Randall, Bush voters in California could consider voting for Peroutka, the American Independent Party candidate for President. Kerry voters in Texas could consider voting for Nader or Cobb.


Will a vote for Tancredo really be counted?

Proborders said at October 4, 2004 9:10 AM:

Former Congressman John LeBoutillier’s “Next Debates Crucial for Bush Campaign” is posted at http://www.newsmax.com/archives/articles/2004/10/4/91632.shtml.

According to a Newsweek poll Kerry leads Bush (http://www.newsmax.com/archives/articles/2004/10/3/93949.shtml). Another poll shows that Bush and Kerry are tied (http://olympics.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=6405360).

ldoolin said at October 6, 2004 1:07 PM:

A good resource on which states Peroutka and Nader will be on the ballot is

mmmdonuts said at October 6, 2004 11:19 PM:

Invisible Scientist, rather than trying to lure intelligent immigrants, I believe we should close our borders completely and throw out the stupid Americans. Let's cull the weak and worthless and build a stronger nation.

Proborders said at October 18, 2004 1:47 PM:

Valerie Richardson's "Tancredo rules out write-in campaign" is posted here.

Congressman Tom Tancredo is a candidate for reelection to the US House of Representatives.

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