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Just how important is this election?

Well, as far as I'm concerned it's important enough to put my life on hold for a few more hours. If anyone has an excuse to skip voting tomorrow, it would be me. But that's simply unthinkable, especially this year.

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Without boring you with the sordid details, let's just say my life is in a serious state of flux right now. I've been emotionally and financially stretched to the breaking point the past couple months. My campaign work has been limited to serving as the treasurer for Debbie Holmes; I simply can't take on anything else at this point. In stark contrast to six months ago, right now I'm not optimistic at all about making a run of my own in '10.

I'm temporarily at my parents' house in Twin Falls, Idaho. The equipment I need to do my job is strewn across two cities. I don't even have a change of clothes available at the moment. In short, I have a lot more on my plate than just anticipating the end of the election.

My job, and indeed my life in general, is increasingly in Boise these days. It is not at all in my interest to sit down here in Twin Falls today, yet I am for one simple reason: I'm registered to vote in Twin Falls. Even though it will undoubtedly cost me time, money and business, I'm not budging until polls open. Gas prices are better in Idaho than they were before (under $3 at last), but I still can't justify an up-and-back trip.

So tomorrow I'm picking up my three-year-old daughter from preschool, then we're both going to the polls (I want her to see this, and she thinks Obama looks more like a "Daddy" than McCain). Once that's done, and once I've "completed my arrow" for Barack Obama, Larry LaRocco, Debbie Holmes and other deserving down ticket candidates, then I'm going to Boise. Only then. You'd better believe I'm going to STFIL. All this in a tilting red county in a solid red state.

Yeah, it's that important. I know it's that important to each and every one of you as well. See y'all at the finish.

Originally posted to W Lane Startin on Mon Nov 03, 2008 at 12:03 PM PST.

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