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The women's vote: Turnout historically higher than men

Posted by on Fri, Oct 19, 2012 at 10:22 AM

We may not be in binders, but we are in ballot boxes: If trends in 2008 and 2010 elections hold, more women than men will vote in North Carolina this fall.

According to a report, "The Status of Women in North Carolina," released by the N.C. Department of Administration, in 2010 47 percent of women who were U.S. citizens, age 18 and older and reported voting in the state cast ballots. That's equivalent to 1.6 million women. In 2008, the last presidential election, 69 percent of eligible women voters—or 2.3 million—did so.

We showed the full numbers in a graph in this week's Indy. INDY-101712-5.pdf

Women currently hold a higher proportion of elected positions in the executive branch—50 percent of the 10: superintendent of public instruction, treasurer, secretary of state, labor commissioner and auditor, plus the governor.

That's the good news. The bad news is that there are fewer women being elected to the legislature. Women hold just five of 50 Senate seats and 33 of 120 House seats, ranking North Carolina in 29th place for its proportion of women in the legislature, the report states.

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