— ACT 633, regarding Voter ID, requires a voter in Arkansas to “verify his or her voter registration” before casting a ballot.  That means you’ll have to show some form of identification when you head to the polls. This new Voter ID Law is currently under judicial review and could be changed or removed from voting procedure.  But in the meantime, here are some Frequently Asked Questions about the new requirement that will help you prepare for upcoming elections.   QUESTION:  What …

— The documentary film Hot Coffee explores the famous McDonald’s hot coffee case and presents a side of the case you may not be familiar with.  Filmmaker and public interest lawyer Susan Saladoff uses the legal battle that began with a spilled cup of coffee to investigate what’s behind America’s zeal for tort “reform.” To view the film’s trailer, click here. AARP is showing the film at multiple locations. See details and registration information below. The film is free to view …

— AARP Pennsylvania is urging state residents to register to vote by April 16. That’s the deadline to register to vote in the May 15 primary elections. Pennsylvania seats up for election this year include one U.S. Senate seat, all 18 U.S. House seats, governor, lieutenant governor, all 203 state House seats, and 25 state Senate seats. AARP does not endorse candidates but does take a stand on issues that affect people 50-plus and encourages civic engagement. People 50-plus made up …

— By Kelly Ganski At 59, Rosanna Márquez of Chicago has the same concerns as other 50-plus voters. As the AARP Illinois president, Márquez is in a unique position to hear from older residents about issues important to them. Turns out they’re the same issues she’s passionate about: taxation of retirement income, home- and community-based services and, mainly, the Illinois fiscal crisis. “I’ve heard a lot of seniors say, ‘We’re so concerned, and we’re so frustrated, and we’re fairly scared about …

— Volunteering with AARP can be fun and rewarding, but it’s even more fulfilling when volunteers come together and make an impact as a team.   Meet our featured volunteers and college sweethearts, Ronald and Elouise McLaughlin. The couple met at Alcorn State University in Lorman, Miss. and had careers in education. After retirement, the two decided to get involved in their community and become volunteers for AARP Mississippi. Here is what they had to say about volunteering, working together, and AARP: …

— The Arkansas Legislative Session wrapped up its work in March with two important issues regarding health care.  One, Arkansas Works,  a program that uses federal funds to help low-income people buy health insurance on the private market, was approved with an appropriation to continue funding the program.  Arkansas Works provides insurance coverage to over 250,000 low income Arkansans. Another issue addressed by lawmakers was the passage of the Arkansas Pharmacy Benefits Manager Licensure Act.  This act will allow the Arkansas Insurance Department to provide …

— Are you eager to help your community? Do you want to meet new people? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you should consider volunteering with AARP Mississippi. Being a volunteer is a fulfilling experience that allows you to give back to your community in a meaningful way. All that is required is a genuine interest in helping the community by donating your time and skills, said Associate State Director for Community Outreach Ivory Craig. Once you have …

— With gubernatorial and congressional races on the horizon this year, AARP Maine is planning a series of listening sessions across the state before the elections in June. AARP staff will ask members and community leaders to identify the issues they consider important. In addition, AARP Maine will share its platform and discuss the issues it is tracking. As a nonpartisan organization, AARP does not endorse candidates, but does take a stand on issues that affect its members—and urges candidates to …

— By Philip Lentz Most New Yorkers of color over age 50 retire near the poverty line. They are more than twice as likely as older white residents to spend over half their income on housing. And 330,000-plus New Yorkers 60 and older are eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (commonly known as food stamps) but have not signed up for it. These are a few of the troubling findings in three briefs issued by AARP New York that highlight …

— Nashville is growing by about 100 people a day, increasing traffic congestion dramatically. That’s why AARP Tennessee is supporting a mass transit referendum on the May 1 ballot in Nashville. The referendum would fund a transit plan proposed by Mayor Megan Barry. The $5.4 billion plan would raise taxes to pay for light rail transit; expanded hours and frequency for bus routes; a fully electric, rapid bus system; a downtown transit tunnel for speedy bus and train passage, nearly two …