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Voter Guide Identifies Candidates’ Positions on Key Issues

As the election season heats up, AARP wants Hawaii residents to know where candidates for state legislative office stand on issues that matter to them. We’ve asked all 186 candidates who filed for state House (129) and Senate (57) races to state their positions on issues related to health care, long-term care, the state budget, and tax reform – areas of particular concern to older voters heading to the polls in 2012.

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Candidates’ responses have been compiled into a web-based Voter Guide. This is one of several resources AARP is making available to the public, including 150,000 members in Hawaii, so residents can choose candidates that best represent their individual views and personal values.

“The stakes for Hawaii’s people and the future of our state are especially high this election,” said AARP Hawaii State Director Barbara Kim Stanton. “Older residents are the strongest voice and voting group in Hawaii and across the country, and we want to make sure that candidates address their issues and their concerns. We encourage people of all ages to learn where the candidates stand on critical issues before casting their ballots in the primary and general elections.”

As in previous years, older voters are expected to play a pivotal role. In 2010, nearly seven in 10 votes (69.4 percent) were cast by Hawaii residents age 45 and older, though they represented just over half (53 percent) of the voting age population.

Following the primary election, AARP will also publish the positions of Hawaii candidates for the U.S. House and U.S. Senate on Social Security and Medicare. Hawaii residents age 50+ identified health and financial security issues among their top concerns in a recent survey.

AARP’s focuses its voter education efforts to best inform its members and the general public on candidates’ positions on issues important to older voters.  AARP has a 25 year history of non-partisan voter engagement and voter education.  We do not endorse candidates or give money to candidates, campaigns, or a Political Action Committee.

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