Challenge to Texas Voter ID Law Goes to Trial

Discrimination against older voters is a focus of a trial in federal court this month over a strict voter ID law in Texas. Although the challenge to the 2011 law chiefly targets its impact on racial minorities, the opening of the case in Corpus Christi featured elderly witnesses who complained that the new requirements impose undue logistical and financial burdens on them. >> AARP Voter Education Guide   Sammie Louise Bates, who was born in 1940, said that she couldn’t …

Age Makes a Difference in This Year’s Senate Races

Recent surveys of all of this year’s Senate contests clearly show that the older voters are, the more likely they are to support Republican candidates. But the patterns vary from state to state, and some Democrats in battleground contests are doing better than others with older voters. >> AARP Voter Education Guide The results were based on more than 100,000 online interviews conducted in all 50 states from Aug. 18 to Sept. 2 by YouGov of Palo Alto, Calif., for …

Cut Social Security? Say Goodbye to Older Voters

Seventy-nine years after its creation, Social Security remains a vital key to Americans’ retirement security. And with the 2014 elections less than three months away, strengthening the program is a top priority for older voters, according to a new AARP survey of voters 50 and older. The message to candidates is clear: Stop treating Social Security like a line item in a budget. Older voters have earned their benefits through a lifetime of hard work and paying into the system. …

Older Voters Will Determine Who Wins in 2014 and 2016

Voters age 50-plus decide elections. They turn out to the polls at a much higher rate than voters of any other age group, particularly for non-presidential years. And, at this point, they’re up for grabs. Neither party today has a clear advantage. One reason: Older voters are shifting back to the center, with a mere 1-point advantage separating Republicans from Democrats, according to an Economist/YouGov poll. Another reason: Boomers. Yes, the last of the generation born between 1946 and 1964 …

How Will Older Voters Lean in 2014?

Older voters are hot commodities as both parties gear up for next year’s mid-term elections. After all, they tend to vote in disproportionately higher numbers, especially in midterm elections. Though traditionally identified as Democratic, the group voted heavily Republican in the 2010 midterm and, to a lesser extent, in 2012. But recent surveys by a Democratic polling firm might show early signs of the pendulum swinging back, political analyst Charlie Cook writes for the National Journal. In the most recent …

Congress – The Branch of Government Everyone Loves to Hate

Everybody hates Congress. Not exactly a news flash, is it? These days the frustration with – and outright dislike of – Congress is accepted background not only for the voting public, but also for lots of congressional candidates, who routinely disparage the performance of the government they hope to join. But there’s also evidence that voters 50 and older, in particular, are just plain fed up with government. And that dynamic could have an impact on close races this fall. …