The female nonvoter is ignored by politicians, parties, pundits, and professional consultants, who seem obsessed instead with â€ślikelyâ€ť or â€śswingâ€ť voters. In the 2004 presidential election, more than half (54.5 percent) of women between the ages of 18 and 24 did not vote. However, women in this age bracket voted at a higher rate than their male counterparts, only 40 percent of whom cast ballots. At the other end of the age spectrum, only 29 percent of women aged 65 to 74 did not vote, compared to 26.1 percent of men in the same category. The top reasons women offer for opting out include â€śillness/disabilityâ€ť (19.8 percent), â€śtoo busy/scheduling conflictâ€ť (17.4 percent), â€śnot interestedâ€ť (10.7 percent), and â€śdid not like candidates or campaign issuesâ€ť (9.7 percent). Excluding the final two responses, it is important to note that nearly nine in ten women didnot participate for reasons other than a lack of feeling engaged.
The doctor admonished the men: 'Courage in women is often mistaken for insanity.'
Junior-Seniors: Women aged 50 to 64, many with children living at home, are expecting entitlements and eternity (the quest to extend life), seeking solutions and sophistication.
If a woman bristles, â€śI hate politics,â€ť what she is saying in effect is that she cares not who manages the public schools and what is taught there; how health care is accessed, delivered, and paid for in the United States; whether the nation is safe, prosperous, and globally competitive. Yet clearly she does not mean that. Politics and governance are the vehicles through which change in these areas is accomplished but not necessarily the prism through which women interact with them.
At one time, a woman could not be a teacher if she had a family.
In some cases, no vote is better than a vote for the wrong person or even the wrong reason.
The Write in vote can be given to anybody at all, but it only counts if the recipient is qualified to serve. Some persons have voted for Snoopy, the cartoon dog, among other things.
I donâ€™t know if they even make people like that anymore.