Iowa and New Hampshire residents, you're no strangers to candidate attention during an election year—or even before an election year, thanks to the nation's first presidential caucuses and primaries being held in your states. And the attention hasn't stopped now that they're both in play for the general election.
The rest of us want to know what it's like, and here's your chance to show us! Share your stories and photos with Yahoo News, and we might feature them in a series we're doing about 2012 swing states.
Here's what we're looking for:
1. Share your firsthand observations, stories and anecdotes of what it's like to be in a battleground state. Write between 200 and 400 words, and remember to include colorful details to paint a picture of what it's really like in your state.
Here are some possible topics on which to touch:
-How many political commercials do you see per day? Which ones stick in your mind and why?
-Are you going to candidate rallies?
-How many of your neighbors have Obama-Biden or Romney-Ryan yard signs?
-What's the best political bumper sticker you've seen?
-Do you know who you're voting for? What about your friends and family? Is there political tension in the air due to differing opinions?
-If you haven't decided who to vote for yet, tell us what could change your mind.
2. We're also publishing readers' photos from the campaign trail, so snap away and share those, too! If you're at a campaign event or you've spotted interesting political paraphernalia (think: yard signs, bumper stickers, street art and more), snap a picture and send it to us.
You can submit your content several ways: Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org (please include your full name and city of residence); join the Yahoo! Contributor Network; tweet your photos to @YahooTicket using the hashtag #SwingStateStories; or join our Election 2012 Flickr group. Please send your content by Thursday, Oct. 11.