April Delozier said she probably wouldn’t have registered to vote in time for the Georgia Presidential Primary on March 6 if it hadn’t been for a politically active classmate.
“A fellow student urged me to vote, and I got registered just in time,” she said on Saturday, a little over two weeks until the Super Tuesday primaries in 10 states. “He inspired me and now I’m excited about it.”
But knowing about the candidates — and issues — will take more time, Delozier confided.
“I’m very ill-informed and I don’t have any political knowledge, so I’m not sure who to vote for,” she explained. “Everybody around me is saying (President) Obama is wrong, but I’m going to do some research in the next two weeks, and on local issues too. I’ve got some homework to do.”
Others are also undecided about whom to vote for two weeks from Tuesday.
“I’ll vote, but I don’t know yet who to vote for,” said Lane Clelland. “I haven’t researched the candidates yet, and I’ll tell you that I don’t always vote for candidates in one party. I’ll look at their platforms and decide on that.”
Maria Salaices also hasn’t decided who she’ll vote for, but there are two candidates she said she will not consider — former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Georgia Congressman and House Speaker Newt Gingrich.
She was asked why those two are already scratched off her list.
“Because I am looking for somebody who will help the Hispanic community, to help preserve our human rights and civil rights,” Salaices replied. “I don’t think either one of them are focusing on the Hispanic community.”
What about the other candidates?
“I haven’t looked up (former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick) Santorum, but I will,” she said. “I’ll also consider Obama since he’s already in office. Of all the options, I’m not saying he is the best one and I’m not saying I’m going to vote for him.”
DeeDee Lawrence said she is likewise undecided.
“Being black, I don’t want to say I’m voting for Obama just because of who he is,” she said. “I’m not focused on popularity, but who has a strong head on their shoulders and can deliver the product, like health care and jobs. I can’t say that I’ve made a decision yet, and I’m not really leaning one way or the other.”
Other voters have their minds made up.
“I’m voting Democrat because I was born and raised a Democrat, because that’s what my mom and dad did,” said Viola Akins. “Later I found out about causes and issues and what the candidates stood for, and the Democrats are more in line with the way I think. I do believe both the Democrats and Republicans tell lies, but Obama has come very close to doing what he said he was going to do.”
Dianne Beach also believes Obama is on the right track.
“The economy is starting to pick up,” Beach said. “You can’t be in there the first four years and do things overnight — he came into a mess and it takes awhile to get out of a mess. I don’t think any of those running against him would be any better.”
Woody Fletcher is on the other end of the spectrum.
“Newt’s positions now are the same as they were years ago,” he said. “He hasn’t had to look for an answer — he is the answer for conservatives. Sure, he has baggage, but everybody does. We don’t need to send someone to Washington for on-the-job training. Both Santorum and Romney are afraid to debate him.”
Fletcher is referring to Santorum’s and Romney’s decisions not to join the CNN-sponsored debate in Georgia five days prior to the Super Tuesday primary. CNN canceled the debate when notified of their decisions not to attend.