Increase in female voter registration for midterms

Kaylie Norris, Reporter

Female voters are heading to the polls in larger numbers than years past to defend their rights.

“Midterms aren’t usually seen as a big deal, but this one is,” said Jocy Holtsberry, president of Kent State College Democrats.

A big issue affecting women in this election is abortion and bodily autonomy rights due to the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade earlier this year.

In 10 states with voter registration data available, 55% of newly registered voters were women after the early leak of the ruling. This was up from under 50% of newly registered voters being female in the months before.

Holtsberry warns women and the general population that this issue is bigger than abortion because there will be a domino effect. If a case like Roe v. Wade can be overturned, what does that mean for other landmark cases?

Female students across campus are concerned about this midterm election as well.

“I literally never vote, and have never cared to until Roe v. Wade became a major issue on the ballot. This election will be my first time voting,” said Maddie Lamb, a junior hospitality management student.

“I’m voting to protect my rights. Voting is our right as an American, so it’s important to exercise that and work to make the changes you want to see happen in society,” said Isabella Fletcher, a senior peace and conflicts major.

“The best way to act on your emotions is to get out and vote,” Holtsberry said.

Everyone deserves to have their voice heard and voting is the way to do just that, she said.

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If you are interested in becoming a member of Kent State College Democrats, meetings are held Tuesdays at 7 p.m. in room 314 of the student center.

Kaylie Norris is a reporter. Contact her at [email protected]