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Obama Wraps Up The Miss USA Demographic

Have you voted yet, or are you still clinging to that sorry I’m-too-busy excuse? If it’s the latter, then shame on you. Listen, if Missouri City-born Miss USA Crystle Stewart can fly back to the Houston area from NYC to vote, then you can walk, ride, bike, or thumb it to your voting location.

“Doesn’t matter how busy your schedule is, or what work routine you have, you have to get out there and take the time to vote, and I think that will show by what I’m doing,” the 27-year-old Stewart told Hair Balls this morning. When she won the crown in April, Stewart took up residence with Miss Universe and Miss Teen USA in a midtown Manhattan apartment, per pageant policy. (Why hasn’t anyone made a reality show out of that yet?)

Not only does Stewart stress the importance of voting, she can speak firsthand about knowing where to vote. She waited until the last minute to vote in the 2004 election, and she wound up going to the wrong location – with not enough time to get to the right one. (And while we don’t know for sure who she was going to vote for then, it might have been the one vote that would’ve put Nader over the top!)

While Stewart’s voting for Obama, her main concern is not how you vote, but that you vote – given how historic this election will be.

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“We can either have a woman for the first time as vice president, or an African-American as president, so I think everyone should contribute to this time in history,” she said.

Hear that? No excuses, people. Now if you’ll excuse us, we’re going to see if there’s an open apartment near those three beauty queens….

-- Craig Malisow

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