AARP, in collaboration with the Los Angeles Aging Advocacy Coalition and the League of Women Voters, is working to ensure that older Hispanics, African Americans and Asian Pacific Islanders get registered to vote and participate at the polls. The voter registration drive in Los Angeles County comes at a time where nearly 3 million voting-age residents who are eligible to vote, are not registered. Each of these communities combined represent almost three quarters of the county's population.
Over the next few weeks, AARP will hit communities across Los Angeles County to remind voters to get the facts and become more informed about the issues, especially as the next President and Congress will determine the future of Medicare and Social Security.
Beginning September 25 – October 22, the public is encouraged to visit AARP's voter registration sites located at senior centers throughout the county. There they can get registered to vote and pick up voter guides and other educational handouts. A list of voter sites can be found at http://tinyurl.com/d8yj84w
"AARP members, like most California voters, have some tough issues on their minds this election season, and they are looking to the candidates to get answers before hitting the polls in November," said Katie Hirning, State Director for AARP in California. "AARP's voter guides are one tool that will help not just the 50+, but all California voters become more informed about key issues."
Voters will also be reminded to visit AARP's on-line Presidential and California State Congressional voter guides, available at www.earnedasay.org. The "You've Earned a Say: Vote for Retirement Security" 2012 Voters' Guides features information from presidential, senatorial and congressional candidates – in their own words – on their plans to strengthen Social Security, Medicare and financial security.
AARP's voter education efforts in California will also include candidate debate forums across the state, educational events on issues important to older Americans, informational mailings and Presidential debate watch parties.
Older Americans vote in greater proportion than any other group and are crucial voting bloc in congressional and Presidential races. AARP efforts focus on informing and educating all voters as well as encouraging them to vote. AARP is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, and does not endorse political candidates, or contribute money to political parties or political candidates' campaigns. AARP is California's largest membership organization with 3.1 million members.
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of more than 37 million, that helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial to them and society as a whole. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to either political campaigns or candidates. We produce AARP The Magazine, the definitive voice for Americans 50+ and the world's largest-circulation magazine; AARP Bulletin, the go-to news source for the 50+ audience; AARP VIVA, a bilingual lifestyle multimedia platform addressing the interests and needs of Hispanic Americans; and national television and radio programming including My Generation and Inside E Street.
The AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. AARP has staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Learn more at www.aarp.org.