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Educating Voters and Candidates about Aging Issues

This fall, Maine will elect a new governor. But prior to the election, AARP Maine will be busy educating voters in Maine on where the candidates for governor stand on issues of importance to residents age 50 and older. This year, AARP will be asking gubernatorial candidates how they plan to address four major issues: improving access to home and community-based long-term care; the rising incidence of elder abuse in Maine; improving access to affordable, quality health care; and the opportunities and challenges of a governing a state with a rapidly aging population.

To help further our voter education efforts, AARP conducted a poll this summer where residents of Maine were also asked how much of a priority it should be for the next governor to address these key issues. Candidates for governor will be provided with the results of the poll along with information about AARP’s position on health care, home-and-community based services, elder abuse, and the aging population.

AARP Maine is producing both written and video voter’s guides so voters can see where the gubernatorial candidates stand on each of these issues. In addition to the voters’ guides, AARP Maine, in conjunction with the Maine Association of Area Agencies on Aging, is sponsoring a candidate forum in September where candidates will also have a chance to tell the audience how they plan to address each of these issues if elected as Maine’s next governor.

The voter’s guide, footage of the candidate forum, and poll results will be made available online at AARP.org/me. To request more information about AARP’s voter education efforts in Maine send an email to AARPME@aarp.org.

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