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AARP Announces Presidential Primary Voter Education Activities

New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary activities are in full swing and AARP volunteers are busy tracking the candidates and asking them about their views on issues important to 50+ voters and their families.

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“We are committed to providing AARP members and all Granite Staters with information on the candidates and key issues that matter most to them, like Social Security, Medicare and the economy,” said AARP New Hampshire State Director Kelly Clark. “There’s a lot at stake in this election and our voter education activities are designed to help voters make informed choices on Election Day.”

A number of activities will take place in the weeks leading up to the primary. For an up-to-date listing of activities, check out our Facebook page you can even “like” us or follow us on Twitter. Or, make our state web page a favorite; there you can find stories, resources, and a variety of blog postings dedicated to the elections.

Volunteers are key to our success. Want to bird-dog candidates, attend events, or interview voters? Review the list of opportunities below and contact AARP New Hampshire Associate State Director for Outreach Sarah Kelsea at skelsea@aarp.org if something sparks your interest. “There are many ways to get involved,” added Sarah. “You can devote a little time or a lot of time. Presidential primary activities are very rewarding. And the entire country is watching!”

You’ll see AARP and our volunteers out and about, doing a variety of things:

  • Candidate Tracking: Volunteers are tracking presidential candidates and attending town hall meetings, rallies and other public sessions to ask key questions about job growth, retirement security, Social Security and Medicare.
  • Listening Posts: We want to hear your thoughts and questions for the candidates! Throughout the primary season, AARP staff and volunteers will be setting up “listening” posts where we will record Granite Staters sharing their thoughts, opinions and questions for the candidates. These videos will be posted on our Facebook page to keep the conversation alive.
  • Debate Watch Party: Join AARP Jan. 7, from 7:30 pm to 11 pm, for a debate watch party. Begin the evening with food and fun, play trivia games, win prizes and then watch the nationally-televised WMUR debate starring the GOP presidential primary candidates. Plans are still under way but Sarah Kelsea skelsea@aarp.org can give you up-to-date information and tell you how to get involved.

And then there are the AARP Video Voters’ Guides, a series of one-on-one interviews with four of the GOP presidential candidates. All candidates polling 5% or higher were invited to participate and Michele Bachmann, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul and Rick Perry chose to share their views on Social Security, Medicare, jobs and the economy, and retirement security. You can watch all of the interviews online. Or, send us an email nh@aarp.org to request your own DVD.

“New Hampshire voters are known for their diligence in interviewing presidential candidates,” concluded Clark. “We are confident AARP members will get the facts, use their power, and vote on Jan. 10.”

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