Help us tell the story of the campaign where you live by sending The Atlantic photos, video, audio, or anecdotes about what you are seeing on the ground.
Do you know what I saw today while driving on the road from Menlo Park, Calif., to Santa Cruz? A man in a sedan covered with political bumper stickers. Even in traffic I could tell that he was a type more frequently stereotyped than covered by the national media: a leftist who is as disgusted with President Obama as he was with George W. Bush. I wanted to ask him about that, and the local Occupy movement, and other things too, so I shouted a request to pull over.
In due time, more about the encounter.
But for now, I offer the photos of his car as an example. All of us run across things like these from time to time. A collection of bumper stickers. A political phone call that gets recorded on an answering machine. A flyer left on a doorknob, or received in the mail. A YouTube video of a local campaign commercial, or an ad playing on your own TV that no one announced publicly, because it is so tough, or locally-targeted. A notable yard sign, or a hand-scrawled one in a window. A citizen's video offering a plea to fellow voters.
These are campaign stories as much as what Mitt Romney or Barack Obama says in a canned speech on a given day, but they are very difficult to cover, for they're spread out all over America, often times reflecting a particular place.
We'd love to tell your stories here.
Whether it's a video, photos, audio, or a scanned document -- really, anything you can email -- we'd love to see Election 2012 the way it looks where you live, and share the results with readers here at The Atlantic. Please email submissions to Conor Friedersdorf. I'm grateful for anything you send.
I leave you with the same car from a different angle -- one view of what politics looks like in America.