The Undecideds: Could These Women Tip the Election?
These six women could decide the election.
The debates are over. In less than two weeks, the United States votes in a too-close-to-call presidential election. Many pundits believe that the result will come down to still-undecided voters in the nine swing states (or "purple" or "battleground" states, where polling and previous voting is mixed). These are Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia, and Wisconsin.
These undecided voters, in these states? They're popular. Both candidates are giving up sleep trying to meet as many of them as possible in the next two weeks; they're getting blitzed with TV ads and polls. In the "most crucial" state of Ohio and high-stakes Florida, the glare is extreme: multiple daily polls, county-by-county vote speculation, and door-to-door campaigning.
These voters also attract a different kind of attention. Friends who made up their minds long ago wonder how anyone could remain in doubt. Journos speculate that most voters who say they're undecided know, but they're not telling; that the "true" undecided voter is "like a unicorn." Slate published a sarcastic letter to the undecided voter titled "Do You Exist?" while Saturday Night Live mocked undecideds mercilessly as stupid and shallow.
We put out a call, and (though voters in Ohio and Florida aren't talking just yet) we had conversations with six women who -- yes -- are still undecided, for personal, complex, and important reasons that rang with truth. Meet them now.