Orange County

How women voters in Florida could help sway the presidential election

ORLANDO, Fla. — This year marks the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote.

Some political analysts believe that the anniversary will drive more women to the polls in this election.

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Washington Shores community activist Stella Lewis is doing her part to get communities of color to the polls by passing out flyers that remind residents to vote early.

“We as women feel we’ve got to get out and do our job we know we can influence other women in the way we want to go providing we are giving them the info that they need,” Lewis said.

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According to recent statistics, in central Florida, women make up 51% of the vote, a small margin with a potentially powerful punch.

Aubrey Jewitt, a political science professor at the University of Central Florida, said some polls suggest that there is a 15-point gender gap between men and women in Florida, with men more likely to support President Donald Trump and women more likely to support Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.

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Jewitt said it’s that slight gap that could sway the race.

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Posted by Central Florida Urban League on Monday, October 19, 2020

Karen Parks

Karen Parks,

Karen Parks is a reporter at WFTV.

Sarah Wilson

Sarah Wilson,

Sarah Wilson joined WFTV Channel 9 in 2018 as a digital producer after working as an award-winning newspaper reporter for nearly a decade in various communities across Central Florida.