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This story was originally published by The 19th.
More than 90 million Americans – a record number – have already voted by November 3, surpassing the number of people who voted in early 2016 by more than 32 million. And more women vote than men in the mainstream States of the battlefield.
In Pennsylvania, for example, women made up 57% of absent and early ballots, according to data from the HQ ruling office, which tracks election results. In Wisconsin, Ohio, Michigan, Iowa, Georgia, Maine, Minnesota and North Carolina, they accounted for 56%. In Texas and Florida, women make up 55% of the primary voters.
Colleen Loper, director of political strategy at Way to Win, a progressive campaign fundraising organization, said female voters nearly doubled their turnout in 2020 compared to 2016.
“The numbers are insane,” Loper said. “I’ve worked in politics in Texas, Nevada, Florida, nationally and no one has ever seen numbers like these… I think this election is a referendum and people are not ready. not to speak.
“There’s a direct line that women are more engaged,” Loper said. “And I think about how it affects us as we gain more political power.”
The gender gap between President Donald Trump and Joe Biden has grown to double digits in some key battlefield states, favoring Biden, with white female voters in the suburbs and countryside in the spotlight. During the election campaign, Trump recently made overtures to suburban women, in one instance asking, “Do you want to love me?” Please. Please. I saved your fucking neighborhood. It comes amid some reports and polls that indicate white women nationwide have doubts about the president.
Women – who tend to outlive men – have made up the majority of the electorate for decades and reported voting in greater numbers than men for years, according to data collected by the Center for American Women and Politics.
Amanda Brown Lierman, chief executive of women’s advocacy group Supermajority, said women have always been “on the front lines of our democracy” as poll workers, but there has been an “explosion” in the activism of women after the last presidential election. Millions of people participated in the 2017 Women’s March and a record number of women ran for office in 2018. (A historic number are currently running for candidacy in this electoral cycle.) Now, the coronavirus pandemic and protests after George Floyd’s death are disproportionately impacting women.
“The desperation and rage of women over these impossible choices about how to put food on the table, how to teach their children, how to care for their parents, how to juggle childcare – the everyday makes it really difficult. be a woman in America right now, ”Lierman said.
Polls show female voters are more likely to trust Biden to handle the public health crisis. For months, women have also taken more precautions to fight COVID-19: they are more likely to wear face masks and fear that a vaccine will be rushed for approval before it is safe and effective. .
Lierman said his organization conducted research earlier this year to identify key issues that engage female voters. According to the results, women are most concerned about ending the pandemic and providing short and long-term economic assistance; affordable access to health care; end systemic racism; and ensure that every American has the right to vote.
More Democrats are voting at the start of this electoral cycle, Lierman said. Trump has repeatedly disseminated misinformation and denounced the validity of postal voting, a process that has been used successfully in several states for years. And during the first presidential debate, Trump told a far-right group that endorsed the violence to “step back and stand ready” and urged volunteers to monitor polls for any fraud on election day. .
Women could vote early for fear of going to the polls, Lierman said. The Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project has tracked more than 80 militias across the United States – the majority of which are right-wing armed groups – and in a recent report warned that these groups “pose a serious security threat. and the safety of American voters. “
The women are excited and are waiting for this moment, Lierman said.
“I think women feel the pain of what’s going on in the world around us on such a deep level that you have no choice but to make sure your voice is heard at the polls,” said Lierman. “It’s something you can control.”
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