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Nov 04 2013

Seniors Expected To Dominate Election

your_vote_counts_button_3The AARP predicts 74% of senior citizens, aged 50+, will be casting a ballot tomorrow in one of the largest voting blocs in NYC.

Press Release: AARP Analysis: Strong Turnout for 50+ Voters as Group is Poised to Dominate NYC Elections

Assoc. Finds 75% of 50+ Voters Say They’ll Hit the Polls – 80% of Members Likely to Vote 

NEW YORK, New York – An AARP analysis flies in the face of predictions of low voter turnout in New York City tomorrow, at least in regards to one group, voters age 50 and older. The voting bloc is a powerhouse in every local, state and national election – and, according to an AARP analysis of New York City voters, tomorrow’s elections will be no different, the predicted numbers, however, may surprise even the most astute of political observers. 

 Based on a recent survey by the Association, over 75% of 50+ voters in New York City say they’re very to extremely likely hit the polls tomorrow. Of AARP’s 743,000 members in New York City, 80% vote in big races, such as those for Mayor – meaning 594,400 indicate they’ll cast their ballots tomorrow.

 “Everyone is pointing to a low turnout across the board; our numbers show the exact opposite for 50+ voters in New York City. There always tends to be some variation between what people say they’ll do on Election Day in a survey, and whether they actually vote – however, one thing is for certain, the 50+ vote and AARP members will be the group that selects the next Mayor, City Council members, Borough Presidents and all other offices on the ballot tomorrow,” said Beth Finkel, State Director for AARP in New York.  “While the 50+ vote is a force on Election Day, AARP members within the group are the uber-voter – we expect to see this in New York City tomorrow.” 

AARP broke 50+ voter turnout down by borough, with the following reporting they are very to extremely likely to vote in the city wide elections:

  • 72% in the Bronx
  • 72% in Brooklyn
  • 84% in Manhattan
  • 74% in Queens
  • 72% in Staten Island 

AARP members by borough and likely voter turnout:

AARP Members by Borough

Anticipated AARP Member Voting Turnout

Bronx: 99,607 79,686
Brooklyn: 182,646 146,116
Manhattan: 187,742 156,194
Queens: 206,127 164,902
Staten Island: 66,400 53,120

“We know the top of mind issues 50+ voters are carrying with them to the polls in New York City are those impacting their kitchen table economies,” added Finkel.

According to recent AARP research, 50+ voters in New York City are very concerned about age discrimination, being able to pay their rent and utility bills, and retirement.

For the first time, AARP has brought its massive voter engagement push to local elections in New York City, working to bring key issues to the attention of the Mayoral and City Council candidates in NYC, holding a series of debates, voter engagement efforts, and grassroots activities. The Association will be holding voter engagement activities across New York City tomorrow.

While AARP does not endorse candidates, have a PAC, or give money to campaigns or political parties, the non-partisan membership organization does provide straight-forward information on the issues to 50-plus voters, the media and the general public.

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Aug 30 2013

AARP Presents Top Issues For Political Debate

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Includes top issues and debate schedule below.

[Press Release] Top Issues for City’s Most Powerful Voting Bloc on Agenda for AARP Queens City Council Debate 

Queens 50+ Voters Concerned About Retirement, Age Discrimination, Safety, Caregivers, Health Care, AARP Survey Finds; Seek Answers From Candidates

QUEENS, New York – With a new survey showing Queens voters age 50 and above have major concerns about key issues facing older city residents – and with voters 50+ expected to account for more than half the electorate in this fall’s elections – candidates for the open 27th City Council District seat will debate the issues at an AARP-sponsored debate next week.

The debate for the seat currently held by Democrat Leroy G. Comrie Jr. will take place from 10 a.m. to noon on Thursday, Sept. 5 at York College, 94-20 Guy R. Blvd., Queens, 11451.

The event is one of five City Council debates AARP is sponsoring next week ahead of the primary elections Sept. 10 and general elections Nov. 5 – and following the successful mayoral town hall forum AARP co-sponsored on August 6.

recent AARP survey found about three quarters to four fifths of the 50+ Queens voters surveyed said they’re “extremely” or “very” likely to support candidates who’ll work on:

-          Cutting health care and health insurance costs (82 percent),

-          Supporting New Yorkers who provide care at home for an adult loved one who is ill, frail, elderly or disabled (79 percent),

-          Safeguarding New Yorkers against consumer scams, identify theft or fraud (79 percent),

-          Helping New Yorkers have enough money for a financially secure retirement (80 percent),

-          Ensuring work opportunities for New Yorkers as they age (75 percent),

-          Maintaining safe and independent mobility around town for New Yorkers of all ages (73 percent),

-          Ensuring New Yorkers can afford to stay in their homes  (82 percent)

-        Nearly three quarters of Queens respondents (73 percent) expressed concerns about age discrimination at work, while nearly half (48 percent) said they expect to delay their retirement for financial reasons.

The survey also showed big majorities of Queens 50+ voters think city elected officials should make it their “top” or a “high” priority to work on: 

-          Laws, regulations and policies that support older workers (70 percent),

-          Promoting age friendly living in New York City (72 percent).

-          Strengthening laws and regulations and funding services that support family caregivers (77 percent). In fact, of the 36 percent of Queens 50+ voters who have provided care to an adult relative, friend or spouse who is ill, frail, elderly or has a disability in the past five years, 58 percent said caregiving put a strain on the quality of life for themselves and their family, including financial hardship, emotional stress and stress at work.

“New Yorkers will get a new mayor next year, but many neighborhoods will also get a new City Council representative who will have an important say in the future of the city,” said Beth Finkel, State Director for AARP in New York. “Research shows AARP members will likely make up half the electorate, and our goal through these City Council debates is to ensure the candidates address issues of importance to older New Yorkers – through the campaign and once in office.”

Candidates will answer questions posed by a moderator.

AARP conducted the telephone survey of 1,302 registered city voters age 50 and older, including 309 in Queens, between May 17 and June 30. The total survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.7 percent.

Other AARP-sponsored City Council debates will be held in districts:

- 7, seat currently held by Robert Jackson, D-Manhattan (6:30-8:30 Sept. 4 at City College’s Aaron Davis Hall, 138 Convent Ave., Manhattan, 10031),

- 15, seat currently held by Joel Rivera, D-Bronx (10 a.m.-noon Sept. 4 at Fordham University, 441 E. Fordham Road, Bronx, N.Y., 10458),

- 34, seat currently held by Diana Reyna, D-Brooklyn (4:30-6:30 p.m. Sept. 5 at United Methodist Parish In Bushwick, 1139 Bushwick Avenue, Brooklyn, 11221), and,

- 35, seat currently held by Letitia James, WFP-Brooklyn (10 a.m.-Noon Sept. 6, Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church, 85 S. Oxford Street, Brooklyn, 11217).

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