Why Don't Single Women Vote?

February 22, 2006

There is power in numbers, which is why I found this piece of information baffling: Even though unmarried individuals will make up a majority of U.S. households in 2008, unmarried women are less likely to vote than their wed counterparts, according to a survey released by the activist group Women’s Voices. Women Vote..

To their credit, unmarried women did increase their share of the electorate from 19 percent in 2000 to 22.4 percent in 2004, according to the exit polls. But 20 million unmarried women did not vote in 2004 compared to 19 million unmarried men.

Unmarried women represent 46 percent of all voting-age women and could have a huge impact on upcoming elections. Still, many are reluctant to vote because they are cynical about politics — “Elected officials in Washington lose touch with the people pretty quickly” — and don’t know the candidates or issues.

These findings are tragic considering that single women — including single moms — have much to lose in the way of healthcare, job security, childcare and other benefits. Come on, ladies! If Iraqi women can dart bullets to go to the polls, surely you can carve out a little time to fill an absentee ballot?