Shaping America: The Power of The Senior Vote
Posted on October 19, 2016
Seniors tend to be rock star voters. They show up on
Election Day and cast their ballots in record breaking numbers. If you
are over 65, you are a part of this age group. But, not all seniors register to
It is time to make
sure you are registered to vote. After all, you do not want to be one of the
27.6% seniors who are unregistered on Election Day. You may have a reason (or
two) for why you have chosen not to participate. You may think that your
vote doesn’t matter, and you have not been staying up to date on election
issues. These are all valid reasons, but they do not change the fact that you
should be voting. It is still important that every single senior vote.
If you have never voted before, it is not too late to start. You,
too, can be part of
the seniors-who-vote group. All it takes is registering, getting informed
Decisions made during elections have a huge impact on the
lives of millions of seniors. There is a lot at stake for seniors in each
election, this one is no different. You have the ability to add to the strength
of the senior vote. So, here are the 4 big reasons why you should go out and
The Diversity of the Senior Vote Protects Your Interests
Do you still wonder if you even need to vote? After all, your
friends are politically like-minded and they plan to vote. You
assume that most seniors are likely to vote in line with your views too.
However, this may not be true. Studies show the senior vote is just as diverse
as the general population’s.
At Alert1, we believe the senior vote is diverse
because of the differing opinions on solving political issues.
Most seniors agree that social services and veteran care should be
protected. However, seniors disagree with how to protect those services.
It is important to voice your own opinion on these issues. Voting in line with
those beliefs helps protect what is important to you.
Seniors are Vulnerable When Policies Change
change has a huge impact on the senior population and America as a
whole. Imagine if our next president changed Medicare and Social Security. That
would have an incredible effect on many people. According to the Social
Security Administration, about 18% of the American population is currently
receiving Social Security. That means 36 million people could be affected.
Changes in policies after an election are potentially life
altering for seniors. Changes in benefits could leave millions of seniors
vulnerable and unsure of how to pay for medical bills or other expenses. You
can stand up for what you think is right by voting. If you do not receive
these social services yet, there is a good chance that you will at some point
in your lifetime. By voting, you are able to help protect yourself and other
seniors from big changes.
The Senior Vote is for Future Generations Too
You may feel the outcome of the election won’t really affect you. In some
respects, this may be true. Energy and foreign policy may not affect you much.
Yet, you should vote with your country’s future in mind. Seniors who vote
do so for their children’s and grandchildren’s future. Your vote will help
maintain a safe, prosperous country for generations to come.
You have an insight on the past that younger generations do
not. This knowledge helps to steer America’s future. There are things senior
Americans, like you, understand that younger generations cannot. Your wisdom
should not be overlooked. Share your experiences and insight by voting with a
brighter future in mind.
Senior Civil Participation is Important
Many people around the world are fighting for the right to
vote. This is something we tend to forget here in this great country. Americans
are lucky to have the luxury of voting, and that should not be taken for
granted. Participating in your civic duty is a way of giving back to a system
that guarantees us a safe, free country.
Get Registered and Vote
Each senior brings a different perspective to political
issues. Your life experiences have led you to form certain ideas and beliefs
about the way things should be. Seniors who have different life experiences
view things differently. That is why each vote is important. Every American
perspective should be represented, aging Americans included. By voting, seniors
and Americans everywhere are able to make sure their voice is heard.
If you do not know where to begin in the voting process,
check out the “Every
Smart Seniors Guide to Voting” blog. This has everything you need to know
about getting started. Once you are registered, you are on your way to voting.
Congrats! You are now ready to join the largest voting demographic in
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