1. Dear Sir or Madam,

Confused about how American Democracy works? You are not alone. The University of Maryland, Baltimore County and its political Cartoonist-in-Residence, Kevin KAL Kallaugher, want to decipher our crazy democratic system.

We’re building a website called www.usdemocrazy.net dedicated to explaining the quirks and quandaries of our political process in a fun and engaging way. As part of the site, we will have a page dedicated to each of the 50 states. These pages will attempt to give useful info on the state but more importantly give a sense of the personality of the state including its political and demographic idiosyncrasies.

We’re tapping the expertise of people smarter than we are – such as you -- to help us capture the color and character of all 50 states. Please take a moment to answer the following questions. If you are fortunate enough to have roots in more than one state, don’t hesitate to provide answers for both. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions, suggestions or just want to learn more about this crazy project.

(Please try to limit your responses to 150 words or less.)

* 1. Please tell us your email, full name and state and provide a sentence describing who you are for our readers. (emails will not be published)

* 2. What makes your state distinct?

* 3. If your state were a person, describe its, his, or her personality: