Older Voters Will Determine Who Wins in 2014 and 2016

Posted on 02/3/2014 by | AARP Executive Vice President | Comments

PoliticsVoters 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 …

Pennsylvania Voter ID Law Has Another Day in Court

Posted on 07/30/2013 by | Legal Grounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayJust a month before the presidential election last year, a lawsuit brought by 94-year-old Vivienne Applewhite temporarily blocked the key component of a Pennsylvania law requiring strict photographic identification to vote. Now the challenge to the constitutionality of the law is back in state court for a more permanent ruling. Thirty-seven states have laws requiring registered voters to show ID when they arrive at the polls. Some of these – like the strict laws requiring photo ID cards in Georgia, Indiana, …

Justice Dept. Forges a ‘New Front’ in Battle for Voting Rights

Posted on 07/25/2013 by | General News | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsBy Keith Collins and Pete Yost of The Associated Press The Obama administration said Thursday it will open a new front in the battle for voter protections, a response to last month’s Supreme Court ruling that dealt a major setback to the Voting Rights Act. In a speech to the National Urban League in Philadelphia, Attorney General Holder said that as its first move, the Justice Department is asking a federal court in San Antonio to require the state of …

The Takeaway: Older Adults Disenfranchised Under New Voter ID Laws

Posted on 07/19/2012 by | Brooklyn, NY | Comments

Bulletin TodayNew voter identification laws in 10 states could make it difficult for millions of Americans to cast ballots, according to a new report from New York University’s Brennan Center for Justice. Older adults and minorities are especially likely to be left out: About 18 percent of Americans 65 and older, 25 percent of blacks and 16 percent of Hispanics lack the type of ID required by the new voting laws.

Vote for Martina!

Posted on 03/19/2012 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentAARP’s Fitness Ambassador Martina Navratilova is on Dancing with the Stars tonight! Martina and her partner, Tony Dovolani are Team Sweet Spot.  Let’s get out the vote for her and Tony! Voting is easy – via phone, text or online – and you can vote 12 TIMES for Martina and Tony! •       Call to vote at 800-VOTE-409 (800-868-3409) from 8pmET on Monday 3/19 through 10:30pmET on Monday 3/19 •       Text the word VOTE to 800-868-3409 from 8pmET on Monday 3/19 through 10:30pmET …

How Much Does Your Candidate Give To Charity?

Posted on 03/6/2012 by | Giving & Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringIt’s Super Tuesday and voters in 11 states are waking up to the opportunity to help determine who will be the republican candidate for president of the United States. From job creation to the deficit to the future of Social Security and Medicare, we put the candidates under our own microscopes in order to help us figure out which lever to pull. But what about their character? With all the mudslinging and canned debate rhetoric, how do you tap into …