Debate Could Sway Undecided Voters

Debate Could Sway Undecided Voters

By Heather Burke. CREATED May 25, 2012

A sunny day in downtown Green Bay feels gloomy for John Buzzell.

That's because down the street people line up to cast an absentee ballot. While he remains undecided.

"It'd be nice to be a part of history, say you voted in this election. But at the same time, I don't want to do it, not knowing who I'm voting for," said Buzzell.

But he hopes watching the candidates face off Friday night will change that.

"People could really tune in and see something in a candidate that a commercial or ad just doesn't show you," political analyst James Morrison said.

He believes the debate could push the small percent of undecided voters to the polls.

"It may affect turnout on election day to some extent. If someone really hears a hot button issue they haven't heard before and say you know I never realized that," Morrison said.

But for voter Dave Koshalek, the debate won't sway his vote.

"I've been pretty well committed on the way I'm going to vote," Koshalek said.

So are many others. The G.A.B. tells us more than 113,000 people have requested or voted absentee.

A vote Buzzell wants to make after the debate.

"I hope there's good questions to clear up everything. Hopefully, they don't fight up there. I want to learn some things about the candidates," Buzzell said.