AARP, in collaboration with the Los Angeles Aging Advocacy Coalition and the League of Women Voters, hosted a November Ballot Tax Initiative forum on Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012 at The Expo Center. Local residents heard in-depth analysis of the proposed measures and their fiscal impact as well as having the opportunity to ask specific questions to the panel of experts.
The forum was set to inform voters on this year's November elections, focusing on Proposition 30,Proposition 31, Proposition 38, and Proposition 39 and their possible impact on programs and services affecting older Americans. The discussion was moderated by Val Zavala, SoCal Connected anchor, KCET, with the panel of experts including Dr. Steven Wallace PhD, Chair, UCLA School of Public Health, Dr. Karen Lincoln Associate Professor, USC School of Social Work, and Tom Carson director of League of Women Voters, who lead a detailed and informative open discussion on the mentioned Propositions.
Dolores Sanchez, Associate State Director of Advocacy for AARP, said the event was part of AARP's efforts 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. AARP had 22 sites throughout Los Angeles County registering seniors to vote and providing them with information on the initiatives.
"Along with registering people to vote, our duty is also to inform registered voters of the importance of their vote, especially when key measures are being proposed that could impact their future. We want seniors to get informed and head to the polls on November 6th," said Sanchez.
Along with the panel presentations, AARP distributed informational material and made the issue experts available to the audience.
Older Americans vote in greater proportion than any other group and are crucial voting bloc in congressional and Presidential races. AARP's 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. Learn more at www.aarp.org.