Roe v. Wade election impact: Wave of Pennsylvania women registering to vote after Supreme Court decision

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — With the midterm elections less than two months away, Pennsylvania is seeing a surge in new voters, particularly among women and those under 25.

Those who follow the statistics trace this back to one thing: the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. to fall Wade.

The state has recorded 65,000 new registered voters since late June, according to the Committee of 70 of the Election Monitoring Group. Pennsylvania only had 25,000 at this point last year.

Of these, 55 percent are under 25 years old, around two thirds are women.

In Philadelphia, the City Commissioners’ Office announced that as of August 31, there were 10,000 new registrations. More than 3,400 of them identify as women.

“This is very typically close to a 50/50 split. It’s just a constant thing. So this is also unprecedented,” said Lauren Cristella, chief program officer at the Committee of 70. “People understand the power of their voice and their vote. Elections have consequences and this November there is a clear choice on the ballot.”

While abortion isn’t specifically on the ballot, Republican gubernatorial candidate Doug Mastriano has said he would ban abortion at the onset of a heartbeat.

Democrat Josh Shapiro would retain access to those services

The state legislature, long controlled by Republicans, could also be up for grabs.

The question is: How do you keep this type of civic engagement going after November?

“I think once you go to the polls and when an overwhelming turnout is the road to victory for your side, I think that’s very motivating,” Cristella said. “I think that’s something you’ll practice over and over again.”

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