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  • Civil and political liberties: Civil and political liberties
    Units: Index Ranging from 7 (High Levels of Liberties) to 1 (Low
    Units: This is the average of two indicators - civil liberties and political liberties.
  • Democratic institutions rating: Democratic institutions
    Units: Scale ranging from -10 (autocratic) to +10 (democratic)
  • Female candidacy: Year in which women received the right to stand for election. Data refer to the year in which right to vote or stand for election on a universal and equal basis was recognized. Where two years are shown, the first refers to the first partial recognition of the right to stand for election.
  • Female ministers: Women in government at ministerial level in 2000 (as % of total). Data were provided by states based on their definition of national executive and may therefore include women serving as ministers and vice ministers and those holding other ministerial positions, including parliamentary secretaries.
  • Female parliamentarians: Seats in parliament held by women (as % of total). Data are as of 8 March 2002. Where there are lower and upper houses, data refer to the weighted average of women's shares of seats in both houses.
  • Female suffrage: Year in which women received the right to vote. Data refer to the year in which right to vote or stand for election on a universal and equal basis was recognized. Where two years are shown, the first refers to the first partial recognition of the right to vote.
  • First female parliamentarian: Year first woman elected or appointed to parliament.
  • Parliamentary elections > Registered voter turnout: The proportion of registered voters who actually voted.
  • Parliamentary elections > Total vote: The total number of votes cast in the relevant election. Total vote includes valid and invalid votes, as well as blank votes in cases where these are separated from invalid votes. More information on valid, invalid and blank votes can be found at aceproject.org
  • Parliamentary elections > Turnout: The number of votes divided by the Voting Age Population figure, expressed as a percentage.
  • Parliamentary elections > Voter registration: The number of registered voters. The figure represents the number of names on the voters' register at the time that the registration process closes, as reported by the electoral management body.
  • Parliamentary elections > Voting age population: International IDEA has chosen to use not only the reported registration rate to calculate turnout percentages, but also the voting age population (VAP) which includes all citizens above the legal voting age
  • Parliamentary elections > Voting age population per 1000: International IDEA has chosen to use not only the reported registration rate to calculate turnout percentages, but also the voting age population (VAP) which includes all citizens above the legal voting age. Figures expressed per thousand population for the same year.
  • Secret ballot > Date of introduction: Date voting by secret ballot was introduced in different countries around the world.
STAT Italy United States HISTORY
Civil and political liberties 5.5
Ranked 29th.
6
Ranked 6th. 9% more than Italy
Democratic institutions rating 10
Ranked 21st. The same as United States
10
Ranked 9th.
Female candidacy 1,945
Ranked 101st. 9% more than United States
1,788
Ranked 161st.
Female ministers 25.6%
Ranked 26th. 4 times more than United States
7.1%
Ranked 92nd.
Female parliamentarians 9.1%
Ranked 102nd.
13.8%
Ranked 60th. 52% more than Italy
Female suffrage 1945 "1920 ,1960"
First female parliamentarian 1946 (elected) 1917 (elected)
Gender Parity Index in primary level enrolment 0.995
Ranked 51st. About the same as United States
0.991
Ranked 52nd.

Parliamentary elections > Registered voter turnout 81.4%
Ranked 36th. 28% more than United States
63.8%
Ranked 101st.
Parliamentary elections > Total vote 40.2 million
Ranked 9th.
99.74 million
Ranked 3rd. 2 times more than Italy
Parliamentary elections > Turnout 84.9
Ranked 21st. 82% more than United States
46.6
Ranked 93th.
Parliamentary elections > Voter registration 49.36 million
Ranked 12th.
156.42 million
Ranked 2nd. 3 times more than Italy
Parliamentary elections > Voting age population 47.33 million
Ranked 12th.
213.95 million
Ranked 2nd. 5 times more than Italy
Parliamentary elections > Voting age population per 1000 821.68
Ranked 7th. 11% more than United States
737.5
Ranked 40th.
Secret ballot > Date of introduction 1861 1891

SOURCES: Freedom House, Freedom in the World 2000-2001, New York: Freedom House, 2001; Polity IV Project, University of Maryland, at Polity IV Project; IPU (Inter-Parliamentary Union). 1995. Women in Parliaments 1945-1995: A World Statistical Survey. Geneva and IPU (Inter-Parliamentary Union). 2001. Correspondence on year women received the right to vote and to stand for election and year first woman was elected or appointed to parliament. March. Geneva; IPU (Inter-Parliamentary Union). 2001. Correspondence on women in government at the ministerial level. March. Geneva; calculated on the basis of data on parliamentary seats from IPU (Inter-Parliamentary Union). 2002. Parline Database. March 2002; IPU (Inter-Parliamentary Union). 1995. Women in Parliaments 1945-1995: A World Statistical Survey. Geneva and IPU (Inter-Parliamentary Union). 2001. Correspondence on year women received the right to vote and to stand for election and year first woman was elected or appointed to parliament. March. Geneva.; Source: Millennium Development Goals Database | United Nations Statistics Division; Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance 2003; Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance 2003. Population figures from World Bank: (1) United Nations Population Division. World Population Prospects, (2) United Nations Statistical Division. Population and Vital Statistics Report (various years), (3) Census reports and other statistical publications from national statistical offices, (4) Eurostat: Demographic Statistics, (5) Secretariat of the Pacific Community: Statistics and Demography Programme, and (6) U.S. Census Bureau: International Database.; Various sources compiled into Wikipedia's Secret ballot

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