— More than 118,000 Montanans care for older parents, spouses, children and adults with disabilities, or other loved ones, helping them to live independently in their homes and communities, where they want to be. A labor of love, family caregiving can be exhausting and overwhelming. That doesn’t change on Election Day. It can be incredibly difficult for many family caregivers to take a break from their caregiving responsibilities to get to the local polling station. And if a caregiver’s loved one …

— AARP North Dakota is sponsoring candidate debates beginning Sept. 4 on Prairie Public Broadcasting. The debates feature candidates for the U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Public Service Commission, and Secretary of State. Here is the debate schedule. All of the debates will be broadcast live on Prairie Public’s television network and all times are Central. Public Service Commission Unexpired 2-year-term Casey Buchmann (D) and Brian Kroshus (R) 7-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 4 Public Service Commission 6-year-term Jean Brandt …

— AARP Hawai‘i is sponsoring a live televised debate between the major Democratic candidates for governor  — Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa and Governor David Ige — on July 16 from 7 to 8 p.m. at the KHON2 studios. The debate is part of AARP’s “Be the Difference. Vote.” Campaign to urge all candidates to address issues important to to voters 50 and older and to hold politicians accountable for their promises. Americans 50+ are the nation’s most powerful voting bloc. KHON2’s Gina …

— By Mary Van Beusekom To raise the profile of issues important to Minnesotans age 50-plus, AARP is encouraging older voters to study candidates’ stances and to cast ballots in this year’s high-stakes elections. “It is very important to us to make sure our issues are being focused on and that candidates are providing relevant information to 50-plus voters,” said Seth Boffeli, AARP Minnesota communications director. “The candidates need to reach out to these voters, motivate them to vote and say …

— In cases of personal injury or wrongful death in a medical setting, Arkansas residents and their families can sue for damages. But a proposed state constitutional amendment—known as Issue 1—would limit noneconomic damages (for pain and suffering) to $500,000. Punitive damages (which punish wrongdoing) would be limited to the greater of $500,000 or three times compensatory damages. Attorneys’ contingency fees would be capped at one-third of the award. AARP Arkansas opposes Issue 1 because it puts a finite price on …

— In keeping with a nationwide AARP campaign, the AARP state office is urging Michiganders to “Be the Difference. Vote.” Michigan is one of 36 states in which the governor’s seat is up for grabs. Voters will go to the polls Aug. 7 to cast ballots in the primary election for that race, as well as congressional and legislative offices. A photo ID is required at the polls, and if you arrive without one, you must sign an affidavit before voting. …

— The Iowa State Fair in Des Moines is the largest event in the state and one of the oldest agricultural and industrial expositions in the country. The 2018 fair runs Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 9-19, and about a million people are expected to attend. AARP Iowa welcomes visitors of all ages to its booth in the Varied Industries Building. Visitors can pick up information on voting in the midterm elections, as well as resources for caregiving, fraud prevention and livable …

— In keeping with a nationwide AARP campaign, the state office is encouraging Virginians to “Be the Difference. Vote.” Virginia has races for one U.S. Senate seat and 11 U.S. House seats, as well as many municipal elections, all to be decided on Tuesday, Nov. 6. Are you ready to participate in the midterm elections? The deadline to register is Monday, Oct. 15. And remember: On Election Day, you will need to carry a valid photo ID to the polls. To …

— Primary elections are coming soon, and AARP Delaware is encouraging voters to mark their calendars. The date for primary elections was moved up this year—to Thursday, Sept. 6, instead of the following Tuesday—to avoid holding elections during Rosh Hashanah. The deadline to register for the primary is Saturday, Aug. 11. Delaware allows absentee voting for a variety of reasons, including caring for a parent, spouse or child who is injured, ill or disabled. “Caregivers have busy lives,” said Lucretia Young, …