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July 29, 2016

It’s sadly ironic to learn that even as the first woman candidate for president has been nominated by a major party, fewer than 50 percent of the women in New Jersey actually vote, according to new data from Status of Women in the States. In fact, the 47.3 percent who voted according in 2015 is only 2 percent better than the number who did so in 2004 (45.3 percent).

There are a few other statistics regarding political participation that are equally disturbing: Just 30 percent of the seats in the state Legislature. And New Jersey has elected only one black woman representative to the U.S. Congress.

All this helps explain why Status of Woman awarded New Jersey a “D” for political participation.

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