Voters age 50 and older were the deciding factor in last year’s midterm elections, according to the National Election Pool Exit Poll results. The findings confirmed that 50-plus voters made up the majority of voters 62% in Ohio and 56 percent nationally. Candidates who ignored older voters, Ohio’s most powerful voting group, paid a price on Election Day.
It’s been just about two weeks since I attended the AARP Ohio 2018 Volunteer Summit and I’m still feeling the excitement. A fellow Cincinnati volunteer had to convince me to make the trip and I’m glad she did.
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Americans 50+ are the nation’s most powerful voting bloc – and it’s important we stay that way. The power of older voters is real, but many of them don’t vote in most midterm elections. In the 2016 Presidential Election, 2.9 million Ohioans age 50+ voted but in the 2014 Midterm Election, only 2.1 million Ohioans age 50+ voted. That’s a difference of almost 900,000 drop-off 50+ voters. AARP wants to change that.
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