In the run up to the American presidential election we have been asking a panel of voters to share their views on the key issues. Here they give their final opinion before election day.
Nancy O'Leary Pew
MEET THE PANEL
Name: Nancy O'Leary Pew
Lives: Seattle, Washington
Current voting intention: Democrat
In 10 words or less: "Concerned American wife, mother, grandmother, librarian, friend, neighbour, activist"
Never before in my 28 years of voting has an election been so important to me.
It is imperative that John Kerry be elected president and that Democrats and progressives wrest control from the hands of Republicans.
During the reign of George W Bush we have strayed far from the America I believe in - an America devoted to social justice with opportunities and protections for all.
Civil rights, respect for the law, cooperation with the international community, respect for the rights of women and minorities, education, health care and the environment are core principles for the Democrats.
John Kerry is a good and decent man who shares many of my views.
Bush has set us on a course of destruction, leading us into a disastrous and poorly managed war under false pretences.
He has curbed the rights of citizens and prisoners of war alike, given big tax cuts to rich individuals and corporations, eroded laws protecting the environment and isolated us from the rest of the world.
I am concerned about all the stories of fraud and deceit in this election already. I feel I am living in a Third World country which should have the United Nations monitoring our elections.
If the election is fairly administered, Kerry will win the presidency. We need a change and cannot legitimise the actions of the past four years by re-electing Bush.
I believe the voters in key swing states will look into their hearts, souls and pocketbooks on voting day and vote for a fundamental change in the direction our country is heading.
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