Women vote more often than men
Women had higher voter turnout than men in 2004, 2008 and 2012. In 2012, for example, 77% of registered women voted, compared to 72% of registered men.
Women have also registered to vote in higher numbers than men, though the gap is closing. In 2004, 1.24 million women in the 23-county region registered to vote, compared to 981,000 men. In 2016, the number of men and women registered to vote is about the same, at 1.49 million.