How Guam’s and NMI’s governments measure up in gender balance

BY ANNA SCHEIBMEIR

Electoral representation has not always been, and still is not today, a certainty for residents of the Northern Mariana Islands. It was not until 1978 that the islands could elect a powerless resident representative to the U.S. Congress. Only in 2008 did the position evolve to that of the current Congressional delegate, who can debate with other members of the House of Representatives but cannot vote on legislation. Unfortunately, the Congressional delegate’s inability to vote is not the only way that the NMI lacks representation.

Although women today constitute a majority of voters . . .

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