Upcoming Deadline to Vote in 2012 Elections

Voters of Eugene hurry to mail in their ballot before the deadline
by BRANDON SANDBERG

By now, people in Eugene have received their mail-in ballots for the upcoming 2012 presidential and local elections. The only thing left to do now (for some) is to sit down, go over the candidates and initiatives and pencil in their vote.

The presidential election seems like it will come down to the wire as both President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney look to win over the remaining undecided voter’s vote. Only one question remains, who exactly is the undecided voter?

In a video from The Colbert Report, Stephen Colbert pokes fun at, while still accurately depicting the average undecided voter in America.

According to CNN (as seen in the Colbert Report video), the average undecided voter is a single (female) between the age of 18-29 without a college degree. The majority of students at the University of Oregon fit this demographic.

J361 surveyed a small number of student-drivers in Eugene to find out if their preferred method of transportation had any correlation to their vote in the 2012 elections.

“Honestly, I’ve never liked Obama’s policies” said Angelyn Hall, a current student at the University of Oregon who is leaning towards voting for Mitt Romney.

When asked if she knew what policies she did want to vote on, Hall stated, “Not exactly, but I hear my dad and mom arguing about it all the time, so I’m sure I’ll figure it out.”

This seems to be common talk about the undecided voter – they are unaware or uninformed on what they are voting for.

Fortunately for America, not everybody who fits the demographic of an undecided voter is confused.

Talia Davis, a sophomore at the University of Oregon, listed, “education, the situation in Iran and probably stuff with women” as policies she thought were important in this year’s election.

Unlike Hall, Davis has already submitted her ballot. Her vote to reelect President Obama is assumed to be in the majority for Oregon voters.

In J361’s final survey, Quinn Peterson, another University of Oregon student, admits to being uninformed on certain measures in the ballot. “I ended up skipping over a lot of the measures just cause I didn’t know what they were about.”

Like Davis, Peterson fits the demographic of an undecided voter, but he too has already submitted his ballot.

Peterson was quick to tell J361, “honestly, there wasn’t that much in the ballot that I was interested in.”

These words would surely echo through a politician’s head for days. It is possible that the undecided voter is not uninformed, but rather simply not interested in specific policies or candidates.

The results from the J361 survey have Obama favored two to one. Still, it is tough to judge how much (if at all) a preferred method of transportation has on a person’s vote.

With only ten days until the election, it will be interesting to see how influential the vote from “the undecided” is.

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