08/03/2004: "Your Vote Can Still Matter!"
Alaska is a red state with zero chance of bestowing its *gargantuan* prize (of three electoral votes) to Kerry. This has always depressed me, because if you compound this with the fact that there is a 4 hour time difference between Alaska and the East Coast, the winner is usually already declared (sometime erroneously) before I can even get to the polls.
This year however, there is an extremely close race (perhaps the closest in the country) for a seat on the US. Senate. It all started when Frank Murkowski (R) was elected as the new governor of Alaska while still serving his term on the US Senate. He turned around and appointed his daughter Lisa, as the new US. Senator to take his place.
Now she's going to have to get re-elected on her own steam, against a very popular two term governor, Tony Knowles (D). So far the polls are very close, many showing that Knowles has a slight lead. And so, for the first time since I took 7 hours to intricately carve a Halloween pumpkin (stolen only hours after it's grand lighting ceremony) to say "Vote Ulmer" (Frank Murkowski's competition for governor), I have a chance to do some hard core campaigning for a candidate who stands a good chance at winning, possibly (hopefully) even leading to a shift in control of the US senate. There will be 34 United States Senate races in 2004, fifteen Republican seats are at risk and nineteen Democratic seats are at risk. The current division is 51(R) to 48(D) with one Independent.
So, if you are a US citizen with the ability to vote, check here to see if there is a senatorial race going on in your state, and what you can do to get involved. (I'm making a leap here that you're liberal...if you aren't, just ignore this post with my apologies)...
I am going to get involved in this race in a big way, go to meet-ups, read Knowles's Blog for Alaska, make phone calls, take out flyers, put up signs, bumper stickers, contribute money to his campaign, convince every person I know in the state to vote, give rides to the polls, register voters, whatever it takes. If he loses, at least I'll have fought the fight.