90 Years Later: Women Vote More Often Than Men

Aug 26, 2010 5:47pm

ABC News on Campus reporter Candace Smith blogs: On this day, 90 years ago, the 19th Amendment became law, allowing women in the United States to vote. That fall, in the presidential elections, even with their newfound suffrage, women still turned out in fewer numbers than men. Nowadays, women, especially young women, turn out to vote in higher numbers than men. In fact, in 2008, almost 55 percent of women ages 18 – 22 voted in the presidential election, about 8 percentage points more than men of the same age group, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Since the eighties, voter turnout for women of all ages has been higher than for their male counterparts according to the Center for American Women and Politics. "It's great to see young women voting in higher numbers than their male counterparts. Hopefully this trend will continue and young women can build upon the work of the incredible women that came before them," said Sara Haile-Mariam, a spokesperson for Campus Progressive, a group within the Center for American Progress. But will the trend continue as we head into primary season? We want to know: Do YOU vote? And if not, why?

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