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Importance of the Senior Vote
A senior black man casts his ballot on election day.

The role of seniors in every election is important, the senior vote holds power.

With every winter comes elections, the time when American citizens discuss policies, personalities, and preferences most often, and seniors are no exception. The importance of the senior vote in every election is very essential, their collective participation holds power. First, in a close election, every vote counts.  Second, despite significant ideological diversity within the senior population. Seniors are able to come together and defend their interests by contacting their elected officials, donating money, and yes, voting. With demographics in their favor, there is every reason to believe that seniors will continue to make their voices heard. Moreover, they play an active role in shaping the policies that directly affect them and our great nation.

The first thing to keep in mind is that retired people are especially vulnerable to any changes in policy made by elected officials. Social Security constitutes the majority of a senior household’s income for 53% of married couples and 74% of unmarried persons, according to the Social Security Administration. Medicare is practically the only health care option for the 50% of beneficiaries with an annual income below $22,000, according to the Kaiser Foundation. When a person’s health and livelihood are so heavily dependent on government assistance. Voting becomes much more than a mere exercise in civic duty; it can make a very tangible difference in one’s quality of life.

Previous stats of Votes

The senior vote is quite diverse, and statistics from past elections actually confirm that voting preferences among the elderly do not differ significantly from those of the general population. The lesson for the rest of us is that democracy can work. When politicians know that their actual bosses (their constituents) are paying attention, keeping them accountable, and exercising their patriotic right to vote, they will listen. If we only spent less time watching American Idol and spent more time learning about the issues that matter most to us as a nation. Then, we would have a government that actually works for and responds to “We, the people.”

In this, as in so many other things, we would be wise to follow the example of our elders.

With the 2020 Presidential elections approaching very soon. It is imperative that senior citizens understand the importance of making their vote count! The registration deadline is Monday, October 5th. In order to assist those who may not know how to get themselves registered. From the Heart Home Care, is hosting a voter registration drive on Saturday. October 5th, from 12 pm to 6 pm at 501 W. Butler Rd (West Butler Pointe) Greenville, SC 29607.

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