## Elementary Algebra

Let x represent the number of women who voted. The number of men who voted is 1500 - x. Now, let’s set up a proportion with the ratio given and a ratio which compares the corresponding number of people who voted. So, $\frac{7}{5}$ = $\frac{x}{1500\ -\ x}$ To solve this equation, we equate the cross products. 7 $\times$ (1500 - x) = 5 $\times$ x 10500 - 7x = 5x 10500 = 12x Divide both sides by 12. x = 875 875 women voted.