Get Out And Vote, Backpackers!

Think of poll lines as a very slow, important hike

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It ends today, people: The blood, sweat, and endless news cycle of perhaps the two craziest presidential campaigns in history come to a close today, as we all join in an orgy of civic duty to head out to the polls and vote. But it also begins today, too: We’ll hopefully elect a president who can steer us out of some serious storms and maybe, just maybe, have the best interests of backpackers at heart when making the decisions that change our world.

To learn more about what John McCain and Barack Obama think about the issues that matter to us, we stole a few moments of their time and asked them ten probing, outdoor-centric questions. From the environment to national parks to their favorite hiking spots, we tried to cut through the spin and get the straight dope on who would make the best backpacking president. And we also polled 989 of you, the readers, to find out what matters to you.

So if you haven’t beaten the crowds and voted early or already stood in line, take second look at the candidates and their answers. Then go vote before the polls close, dammit!

If you’ve already made your decision, we’d love you to share your choice and the reasons why you voted the way you did in the comments section below.

Happy voting day!

—Ted Alvarez