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Saturday, April 27, 2019

Voter Turnout in 2018: Gender Gap

Jordan Misra at the Census Bureau:
A record number of women were elected to the House of Representatives in the November 2018 election. Additionally, women continued to vote at higher rates than men, just as they have in every midterm election since 1998.
In the 2018 midterm election, 55 percent of women voted compared with 52 percent of men, a 3 percentage point gap.
In 2018, among those age 65 and older, voter turnout was 65 percent for women and 68 percent for men. In contrast, 38 percent of women 18-29 years old voted and 33 percent of men of the same age group voted.
Voter turnout for non-Hispanic black women was 55 percent, compared with 47 percent for non-Hispanic black men, an 8 percentage point gap.
Hispanic women voted at higher rates than Hispanic men, with 2018 voter turnout rates of 43 percent and 37 percent, respectively.

In 2018, 49 percent of unemployed women and 40 percent of unemployed men voted, a 9 percentage point difference.
The gap between employed men and women is smaller than the gap between unemployed men and women. In 2018, 57 percent of employed women voted compared with 52 percent of employed men.
Among those who were not in the labor force, 53 percent of women voted compared with 51 percent of men.