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50+ Voters Are An Agent of Change In This Year’s Elections

New Yorkers will elect a new governor Nov. 2 and voters age 50+ will play a key role in deciding who it is. Before you head out to vote on Election Day, AARP’s voter guides can help you make informed choices at the polls. The voter guides focus on key issues for all state and Congressional races in New York, including the governor’s race.
 
The 50+ voter has been dubbed an agent for change in this year’s elections. A recent poll conducted by Pew Research/National Journal Congressional Connection found that 32 percent of people age 65 and older, and 27 percent of 50 - 64 year olds polled said they would be more likely to vote for someone who had never held public office before. Compared with voters age 18 - 29, those over 65 were twice as likely to vote for someone who has never held public office.

Older people also vote in greater numbers than any other age group, and they vote based on issues – not just sound bites or slogans. According to a May Census Bureau report, 72 percent of those 55 - 74 voted in the 2008 presidential election, compared with just 49 percent of those 18 - 24.
 
The federal voter guides feature the candidates in their own words on key issues like Social Security, economic security, deficit reduction, ensuring access to doctors, and preventing Medicare fraud. The state voter guides feature the candidates telling you how they weigh in on issues like long-term care, prescription drug affordability, making New York State’s electricity market pricing more accountable to consumers, and creating more livable communities so that New Yorkers can age in their own home and communities.
 
AARP is nonpartisan — we don’t support or any political candidates or contribute any money to campaigns or political action groups. We want you to have the facts so you know how the candidates stand on the issues before you vote.
 
If you are not registered to vote in New York State, your application to the New York State Board of Elections must be postmarked by Oct. 8 and received by Oct. 13 to be able to vote on Nov. 2. Get the facts. Use the Power. Vote.

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