The Official Poverty Statistic Mask the Economic Vulnerability of Seniors, a new report written by the Carsey School of Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire and released last week at the Maine Summit on Aging, measures the difference between official poverty measures and the new Supplemental Poverty Measure when determining the poverty of Maine seniors.
The numbers don’t lie: seniors are the largest and most active voting demographic in the United States. These voters matched expectations for the 2010 midterm elections: those age 50+ provided nearly six of every 10 votes, and voters 65+ cast nearly a quarter of all ballots -- the highest percentage since 1994. How will that voting power extend to political power now that the election is over?
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