CHEYENNE, Wyo - The age 50 and over voter is the group most likely to vote in the 2018 election, both nationally as well as in Wyoming. Sam Shumway from AARP Wyoming joined us on the morning show to discuss was AARP is doing to let you know where candidates lie on issues important to voters over 50.
AARP is a non-partisan organization, which does not endorse candidates, nor does it have a political action campaign (PAC) for the purposes of donating to candidates at any level of government.
AARP also does not allow political advertising to its membership in its social media channels, its newsletter, or other publications it produces. In other words, they don’t make money on elections, and don’t give money to candidates.
According to the US Census, 90.5 percent of all registered voters age 50 and over participated in the 2016 election and 75.2 percent of voters participated in the 2014 midterm election.
In Wyoming those numbers are lower, but remain impressive with 76 percent of voters age 60 and over voting in the 2016 election.
This year, AARP Wyoming is working to make sure candidates for local, state, and national offices understand what is important to voters, age 50 and over in the Cowboy State. Among those efforts are:
Video Voter Guide: In July, AARP sat down with each candidate running for Governor and asked them the same five questions. They offered them one minute to respond to each question and cut up that video to let you see how each candidate responded. The questions included queries on landline telephone service, retirement savings, telehealth, home and community-based services, and finally, the state budget. Those videos are on the AARP Facebook page.
Candidate Webinar: In August, AARP hosted an online presentation for candidates, for local through national seats, to discuss why the 50+ voter should be a focus of their campaign and how to reach this segment of the population. This will allow the candidates to better understand who the 50+ voter is and what issues they care about.
Teletown Halls: After the primary election season, expect to hear from AARP Wyoming regarding teletown halls for candidates ahead of the general election. This is your chance to talk directly to the candidates about your concerns.
Prior to the general election, look for a special edition of the AARP Wyoming Newsletter in your mailbox.
Once the election season has passed, we hope to work with our local senior centers to - bring winning candidates to the centers to get a better sense of what our local facilities do and the need that exists in Wyoming.
For more information on how AARP is helping those over 50 with the election check out the interview from the morning show.