Women continued to vote at higher rates than men in the 2022 midterm elections, as they have done for more than four decades. However, understanding why women turn out at higher rates than their male counterparts – across age and racial/ethnic groups – is at least partly context-dependent and specific to particular groups. In 2022, abortion was a mobilizing issue for young women and women of color. And it remains salient; earlier this month, women and young people turned out to oppose Ohio’s Issue 1, which sought to stymie an effort to strengthen abortion rights by making it harder to amend the state constitution. As we look forward to the 2024 elections, Democrats can tap into the energy generated by Republican attempts to restrict abortion access. If recent history is a guide, this strategy will mobilize young women and women of color voters, both essential to Democrats’ success.
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