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A final reminder

Dear Editor:

On behalf of the Pitkin County Democratic Party, I want to acknowledge and thank the many, many volunteer organizers who worked together to make our Early Vote Festival in Paepcke Park, our Early Vote Parade from the Cantina to the Courthouse and our Early Vote Rally with Congressman Salazar at the Cantina such a success, particularly Ann Owsley, Georgia and Andy Hanson, the musicians who donated their time at the Festival, the Cantina, and, of course, our inexhaustible, committed, endlessly creative and utterly effective vice chair, Blanca O’Leary.

We are not there yet! As you know, Colorado is a critical state in this election and is still on the edge. Small as our county is, Pitkin County is a vital part of the margin of victory for Colorado together with Boulder and Denver. We need to generate an even higher vote than we usually produce in order to get Colorado into the BLUE. There is only one day left to vote early: Friday. The hours have been extended to 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. There is no early voting on Monday, Nov. 3. If you vote early you will save time and most important you will save time for another voter on Election Day and you can help us get out the vote that day.

All early and absentee votes will be counted no matter what. However, only those absentee ballots can be counted that are received by or before Nov. 4 (received, not postmarked). Please hand them into the clerk’s office on Main Street at the court house annex (where car registrations are processed) or mail them with two stamps. If you have not yet received your absentee ballot, please tell the clerk. Due to the extremely conscientious and organized clerk’s office in Pitkin County every vote really does count. In two state mandated recounts in recent years, Pitkin County has not been off by even one vote.

The first election I worked on was Jack Kennedy’s campaign when I was in high school. I have worked on every Democratic presidential campaign since then. I remember vividly the thrill and excitement when JFK won the election after a long and contentious campaign. JFK was young, good looking, eloquent, inspiring, visionary, charismatic and a major breath of fresh air and promise for the future of our country. He was also endlessly attacked for being too young and inexperienced and he was a Catholic. The day he won the newspaper ran a full page add that read “Today Kennedy is everyone’s president.” JFK brought the county together and made America once again an inspiration and beacon of hope to the world.

For the first time in my lifetime we now have the opportunity to elect a person with all of the intelligence, vision, eloquence and charismatic leadership of JFK. He has shown his executive skills and judgment throughout his flawless national campaign. If we can elect him, he will truly be president of all the people. Do not loose the opportunity to be part of this historic election; do not let us lose this chance to bring a better future to our county. Vote for Barack Obama now. Your vote never counted more.

Camilla Auger

Chair, Pitkin County Democratic Party

Aspen


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