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Inside the Cascade Inn in Canton. Photo: Natasha Haverty
Inside the Cascade Inn in Canton. Photo: Natasha Haverty

Hearing from the female swing voter herself

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Both presidential candidates are placing a lot of their attention on women voters as the election draws near. Women make up more than 52 percent of the vote. And according to at least one Democratic pollster, blue collar women may be the last swayable part of the electorate.

We spoke with women of different ages and experiences about the issues they most care about, and whether or not they'll be voting this year.

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“My name’s Roxanne Coffee. Probably what matters to me most is Obamacare. I haven’t read a lot about it but what I have read about it, I don’t think it’s going to help.”

“This is Amanda Jones. The economy matters, but also international relations.”

“My name is Beverly Ewart. For me that’s the primary issue, is how we’re perceived in the world.” 

“Samantha Combs, Brooke Kallenberg. I think the whole abortion issue matters, Plan B, stuff with birth control Planned Parenthood. I think even though I’m not gay I also think gay rights do matter. Equal rights—there really should be a separation of church and state so I think it should go by that!” 

“I think health care has a lot to do with it, but other than that, retirement, stuff like that.”

“My name is Krista Briggs. I would say that the issues I’m more concerned with are the social issues, that I feel shouldn’t be political. Issues sucvh as gay marriage, abortion, you know the things people don’t want to talk about.”

“My name’s Connie Chase and I’m not voting this year.”

“My name’s Gloria Jennings and I’m not voting this year.”

“I will be voting.” (Beverly Ewart)

“I’m not really political and I do feel like my vote really doesn’t matter that much. And I really didn’t know that much about it so I feel like I shouldn’t vote because I haven’t been following it so I thought it would be silly for me to vote on something I wasn’t completely sure about what was going on.” (Samantha Combs)

“Oh, I will definitely vote. Who I’m going to vote for, I have no idea. I’ve gottta google more or something. I have no idea who I’m going to vote for. But I definitely vote.” (Roxanne Coffee)

“I will be voting this year. As a matter of fact this is the first election I will be voting in. I have always believed the political process has come down to a choice of the lesser of two evils. This is the first election I would say where there’s a clear choice, whether that be a clear choice of who should be president or a clear choice of who should not!" (Krista Briggs)

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