“50+ Americans are the nation’s most powerful voting bloc — and it’s important we stay that way.”
AARP Nevada has launched a voter engagement campaign to get people 50-plus to vote in this years elections. “Be the Difference. Vote” is a campaign to inform AARP members and 50-plus voters about the importance of federal and state issues. The campaign is also designed to compel candidates and elected officials to pay greater attention to the concerns of those 50-plus.
Barry Gold, AARP Nevada, Director of Government Relations, says 50-plus voters decided the 2016 presidential election, with 90.5% of registered voters aged 50-plus participating. “The power of older voters is real, but many don’t vote in most midterm elections,” he said. During the recent primary election only 22.87% of active Nevada voters cast ballots, a total of 329,863 votes of the 1,439,953 registered voters. “We want to compel candidates to address our issues,” Gold told AARP Nevada members at a recent gathering at the Sierra View Library, in Reno.
AARP is interested in Medicare, Social Security, prescription drugs, caregiving and Medicaid, all issues that affect senior voters. To stimulate voter participation in this years November 6th General Election, AARP will provide voters with an online tool featuring voting information, AARP position on issues, and links to candidate websites to provide an action opportunity. AARP state offices will also invite candidates to speak directly with voters, make available video voter guides featuring candidate interviews, sponsor candidate debates/forums, and invite candidates to tele-town halls.