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What Does "Undecided" Really Mean?

Reported by Nancy - October 22, 2004 -

This is not a formal analysis of that mis-used, ab-used & over-used word -- just a personal rant. Read at your own risk.

I am sick to death of hearing about allegedly "undecided" voters. Frankly, I doubt there really are any, especially at this late date in the campaign. If there are, I honestly don't understand why. All these "undecideds" can't have been hiding under a rock for the past year -- there just aren't that many isolated rocks. The candidates & parties have been campaigning actively for months (sometimes seems like years). There have been endless programs on TV & radio -- & not just news programs: candidates or their representatives have appeared on daytime & late night talk shows. There are websites (official & unofficial), & newspaper articles, & campaign literature, & outreach efforts. Chances are you belong to an organization (church, union, school, civic group, bowling league, club) that is involved with at least some of these efforts. Candidates & their representatives have held innumerable "events" with speeches & position papers. Eventually, some of that had to sink into even the hardest skull, didn't it?

So don't hand me some bogus excuse about not knowing where a candidate stands on an issue. You can read virtually every major newspaper in the world, for free, every day on the Web or in your local public library. Instead of renting the latest action/thriller or chick flick, listen to the BBC. Or watch Al Jazeera. Or follow the news wires. Or something. Anything.

If you still don't know, it's YOUR problem. Don't make it my problem. Take your responsibilities as a citizen seriously. Invest just the tiniest bit of effort in educating yourself so you can make an informed decision when you go to the polls on Nov 2.