VIDEO: AARP West Virginia State President Rich Stonestreet talks about the Mountain State’s most powerful voting bloc – 50+ voters – and how we can hold politicians accountable on critical issues like Medicare and Social Security by pledging to vote this November.
AARP has launched “Be The Difference. Vote™,” a comprehensive voter engagement campaign to support Americans age 50-plus as they vote in the 2018 midterm elections. The campaign provides information on where politicians stand on the issues and help these decisive voters hold politicians accountable for their positions this November.
AARP’s effort will seek to get the largest possible turnout of 50-plus voters at the polls in the general election in November. It will also work to ensure issues of particular importance to older voters are front and center—issues like Medicare, Social Security, financial security, prescription drug costs, and caregiving.
The “Be The Difference. Vote” campaign includes a one-stop online portal — aarp.org/vote — that will provide people with the information they need about this year’s elections, including:
- a pledge to take action
- voter guides
- issue briefings
- poll results
- and how federal elected officials voted on key issues, like the health care repeal bills last year.
A centerpiece of AARP’s voter engagement efforts is an online voter pledge. The text of the pledge is as follows: “I pledge to be the difference and VOTE in the election this year. Every vote counts, and together, we the people can hold politicians accountable and make them pay attention to important issues like Medicare, Social Security, prescription drugs, caregiving, and financial security.”
In battlegrounds across the country, AARP will track key races, sponsor debates, and host candidate forums, issue forums, and tele-townhall events. Election information will be provided through a full-scale digital effort, including aarp.org/vote, the AARP Now app, social media outreach, graphics, and news alerts. AARP will also use direct mail, phone banks and transportation assistance to help people get to the polls.