It is hard to believe, but we are now just weeks away from the 2012 elections. Your phones are probably ringing with calls from the candidates. You probably see dozens of election advertisements during your favorite TV shows. It can be hard to cut through the noise to hear what the candidates are actually saying about the issues.
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If you are having trouble making up your mind about the candidates, a good place to start is to find out where they stand on the issues that matter the most to you.
For more than 26 years, AARP has worked to make sure the candidates address the issues that are important to older voters.
As in past years, in 2012 AARP has produced online and print versions of our Voters’ Guides which provide responses from presidential and congressional candidates in answer to key questions.
This year, the questions posed are the following:
- How would you protect Social Security for today’s seniors and strengthen it for future generations?
- How would you put Medicare on stronger financial ground and protect today’s seniors and future retirees from the burden of rising health costs?
- How would you help Americans build a financial nest egg for their retirement?
The candidates’ responses are culled from publicly available information and excerpts from their own campaign sources. Printed alongside their answers are AARP’s non-partisan principles on each of these issues. The Voters’ Guides provide unbiased information that can help voters make informed decisions when they go to the polls.
The Voters’ Guide can be found online or if you prefer to receive a print copy, you can call our office: 1-866-554-5380.
It is worth noting that Maine has a very strong history of voting, especially with residents over 50. According to the US Census Bureau, Maine had the nation’s highest eligible voter participation in 2010 and the third highest rate of participating voters between the ages of 65-74. In a presidential election year, it is expected that the numbers will be even higher.
Options for voting in Maine are varied, offering opportunities to accommodate every schedule. You can request an absentee ballot, for example, up until Thursday, November 1, 2012. You can also vote early at designated voting places, in the same manner as Election Day, starting 30 days before the elections. For all questions related to voting, including registration, go to the Maine Division of Elections at www.maine.gov or call 207-624-7650.