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Opinion/Editorial: Young women voter sign-ups lag prior years

For those who think the Supreme Court’s destruction of women’s reproductive rights is the most important issue of the 2022 election season, new voter registration data in Virginia could signal a crisis. The number of new female voters registered since June, when the justices killed women’s constitutional right to choose to have babies, lags sharply behind the June-July-August time frames of 2021, 2020 and 2019.

Young women 18 to 34, who have the most to lose to forced pregnancy policies if Republicans regain control of the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate in the Nov. 8 election, are registering in shockingly small numbers.

In the June-August 2022 timeframe, 9,548 additional Virginia females ages 18 to 34 added their names to voter rolls, the state Department of Elections website shows. More than twice that many—19,735—signed up from June through August in 2019.


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