At an October 9 meeting of the Chemung County LWV and the Elmira-Corning branch of the AAUW, we heard an interesting presentation on “Current Issues and Answers” by Sky Moss, Assistant Professor of History and Government at Corning Community College. Moss gave a state-by-state analysis of Senate races, discussed political demographics and campaign advertising. One startling fact: single women will make up 25% of the electorate in the near future. Their votes are crucial.
According to the “Women’s Voices Women Vote” article cited:
Unmarried women — single, separated, divorced, or widowed women — are one of the fastest growing demographic groups in the United States:
- There are 53 million unmarried women in the U.S.
- One out of every two women in America is unmarried.
But their electoral and policy involvement has not kept pace.
- Unmarried women made up 25.2 % of the voting-eligible population but only 23.6% percent of the electorate in 2010.
- 39% of unmarried women were not registered to vote in 2010.
To combat low turnout, WVWV “develops and implements effective registration and mobilization programs and innovative approaches to help millions more unmarried women and other underrepresented groups — people of color and young people — become active participants in our democracy.”
In the NPR report cited, Mara Liasson informs us:
In a midterm election that’s expected to hinge on the demographic composition of the electorate, single women could be the key to Democratic chances to hold on to the Senate in November. While Republicans have a longstanding problem with female voters, this year it’s Democrats who have the more urgent problem: how to get their most reliable female supporters to become more reliable voters.
For those who are not registered, I believe it is still possible to register today at the Election Commission office or by mailing the registration form. My suggestion: encourage young women you may know to register and vote.
© William Hungerford – October 2014