Va's Single Women Encouraged to Vote
A non-profit, non-partisan group created to urge single women to get involved is sending out more than 23,500 information packets to new voters in Virginia to encourage them to vote next Tuesday.
Women's Voices Women Vote is mailing more than 325,000 packets to women in 18 states, including battlegrounds Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania. Packets include Election Day information, such as polling hours and sources to find identification requirements.
"Making sure they have the information they need on Election Day will ensure more single women make their voices heard in our democracy," said Page Gardner, president of Women's Voices Women Vote. "For the first time in history, unmarried women are equal in number to married women, yet historically they register and vote less."
Unmarried women are potentially 26 percent of the electorate yet they are 9 percentage points less likely to register and 13 percentage points less likely to vote than married women, according to the group. In the 2004 election, 20 million unmarried women were absent from the polls.
According to 2006 U.S. Census data, more than 522,400 unmarried women in Virginia were not registered, and more than 286,030 unmarried women were registered, but did not vote.
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