Your Vote Counts

[September 2020 | By Eva Veitch, Region 10 Community Living Services Program Director]

This is an excerpt from AARP “Immense Power of the Older Voter” April 30, 2018. By Dena Bunis.

Beyond senior issues

Veteran pollster, Ed Goeas (1) says older people are more likely to view voting as a responsibility and to care about a broad range of issues, not just those commonly associated with aging. They are more connected to their communities, which also makes them more likely to vote.

Celinda Lake (2) agrees and adds that the agenda for senior voters has been expanding. For example, older voters have started to pay more attention to student debt as they try to help grandchildren who have record amounts of student loans. Lake believes concerns over whether Medicare will be restructured or Social Security will be cut will still be on older voters’ minds this election.

To make sure they are heard on all the issues they care about, older people need to be more active during this election season, Lake says. “If there was ever a year where their activity should pay off, it’s this year.”

“In today’s world, it’s really hard to be clear about where the candidates stand on the issues,” Lake says. “It’s so chaotic. There’s so much news, so much fake news, that activism is important. One-third of senior women say they rely on friends and family for political information.”

The combined percentage of older adults in Montrose, Delta, and Ouray counties is over 78%.

The percentage of people over the age of 65 in Montrose is 24.1%, Delta 26.8%, Ouray 27.3%. When we look just at the impact of the votes in these three counties it is huge, why wouldn’t you want to be heard? The decisions made in the upcoming election will impact all of us for many years to come at every level of government, National, state and local. The outcome has the potential to impact Medicare and other health insurance programs, prescription drug prices, social security benefits and other important issues that those who we give power to will be given the authority to address.  Be informed, watch the debates, do your homework about the issues, fact check, be aware of fake news.

Encourage your friends and neighbors to vote, it has never been truer that if you don’t vote you don’t get to complain about the outcome.   VOTE! YOU NEED TO BE HEARD!!!!!

(1) Ed Goeas, veteran Republican pollster who produces the George Washington University (GWU) Battleground poll with
(2) Democratic consultant Celinda Lake.