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Voter switch off in US elections?

By Tom Bateman
Newsbeat politics reporter in Atlanta, Georgia

Barack Obama and John McCain
More than 100 million people will vote for either Obama or McCain

It's the biggest job on the planet. The most powerful position there is. The person who gets it makes decisions that end up affecting us all. Decisions that could see our troops going to war, or see us losing jobs in a recession.

Next Tuesday, more than 100 million voters will pour into polling stations across the US and choose between Barack Obama from the Democratic party and his rival John McCain from the Republicans.

But it seems some Americans have just had enough of the race to be president.

The campaigning has been going on for more than a year. Switch on a TV, click onto YouTube or tune in your car radio. The election. It's everywhere.

And it's big money stuff. In the last 30 days alone, the candidates have blown 17m on TV ads. It's just a month's worth of money, but if they spent that kind of cash in Britain, the two men could sponsor Coronation Street for a year each.

'Trash talking'

So how are Americans reacting to all this? We caught up with two very different voters.

Lance Burage, 31, is the mid-morning DJ at 94.9 The Bull. It's a country music station broadcasting from Atlanta.

"I'm really just fed up and exhausted of seeing all these negative ads on TV, the trash talking... and most of it's not true anyway," he said.

Lance Burage
Lance says the election is dragging on and he's keen for it to be over

Lance slips off his headphones as he tells us how tired he is of the tit-for-tat campaigning.

"You hear the talk-radio people going on about it. I'm just really ready to get it over with and move on with our future.

"It seems like it's been dragging on for a long, long time," he added.

Plenty of the TV and radio ads focus on the candidates' plans for taxing Americans, as well as their plans for healthcare.

But Lance can see through it.

"One ad says McCain's going to tax your health benefits. That's technically true, but he's also going to hand back thousands of dollars in tax. So the average taxpayer would actually save money."

"It's just a lot of back and forth. You get to where you don't know who to believe."

'Energy and excitement'

But for voter Gina Simms, it's not so tiring. We spoke to her as she was heading into a downtown Atlanta bar to celebrate her 31st birthday.

"I think there's so much energy around this election, I think that's fantastic," she said.

Gina Simms
Gina is enjoying the energy of the election and is a fan of Obama's

"I'm really excited about that. I think it's a good time."

Gina told us she wants a change, and gave us a clue as to who she'll be voting for.

"I think Barack Obama is doing a good job with some positive ads. I think he's a great role model for so many."

With just days until the polls open, many Americans are deciding if they agree. And those decisions are critical in the state of Georgia.

It usually goes for the Republican candidate. This time around things aren't so certain, with Democrat Barack Obama making up ground in the polls.

And for one of Gina's birthday friends, voter boredom just isn't a factor. She thinks politics is like having family.

She said: "We need to keep talking to those people who haven't decided. You got to keep talking. It's like raising children - just keep talking."

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