30 percent of registered voters are millennials
ROYSTON JONES JR.
Guardian Staff Reporter
Published: Mar 20, 2017
Bahamians ages 18 to 25 make up the largest group of registered voters, according to data provided by the Parliamentary Registration Department.
The data also shows there are far more women registered than men — 16 percent more.
As of March 10, 78,494 women had registered to vote, compared to 56,801 men.
A total of 135,295 people had registered to vote as of March 10.
Of that number, 17,610 were in the 18 to 25 age group, representing 13 percent of the total number of registered voters.
The next largest grouping of registered voters was comprised of those between 51 and 55, with 14,764 people registered — 6,473 men and 8,291 women.
Millennials (those between the ages of 18 and 35) totaled 41,195 — 30.45 percent of the total number of registered voters.
Baby boomers (those between 51 and 70) totaled 43,195 registered voters — 31.9 percent of the voter registration list as of March 10.
Registered voters ages 41 to 45 (13,423 people) and 46 to 50 (14,626 people), account for approximately 21 percent of registered voters.
As of last Friday, there were 139,294 people registered to vote in the next general election, representing around 80 percent of the total number of people who registered to vote in the last general election.
Ultimately, 172,000 people registered to vote in the 2012 general election.
Women outnumber men registered across each age category.
According to last week’s data, women represent 58 percent of registered voters, while men represent 42 percent — 56,801 men and 78,494 women.
Among those ages 18 to 25, 57 percent were women, representing 10,202 women, compared to 7,408 men.
There is a gap of 20 percent between registered men and registered women ages 26 to 30.
In this group, there were 4,748 men registered and 7,122 women registered.
The same percentage gap existed between men and women ages 31 to 35.
Here, 4,597 men registered and 7,118 women were registered.
As reported by The Nassau Guardian last week, Killarney has the highest voter registration rate — 5,113 people registered of the estimated 5,163 eligible voters.
This represents 99 percent.
Free National Movement (FNM) Leader Dr. Hubert Minnis represents Killarney.
The Progressive Liberal Party’s candidate, Reneika Knowles, and the Democratic National Alliance’s candidate, Arinthia Komolafe, will challenge Minnis in the election.
The lowest number of registered voters as a percentage of the department’s estimate of eligible voters on New Providence as of last week, was Bains Town and Grants Town, where 2,775 people (61.5 percent) have registered, out of the estimated 4,508 eligible voters.
Dr. Bernard Nottage is the MP for Bains Town and Grants Town.
It remains challenging to make concrete conclusions about voter demographics or the sluggish or high voter registration in varying constituencies.
However, the data may have implications on potential voter turnout in the next general election.