The senior vote
Did you know that older Americans have been at the forefront of all voting elections, with more voting participation than any other age group? This means that the senior vote has long time mattered and will continue to matter. However, the recent introduction of Covid-19 and its highly contagious nature couple with long polling lines, has left many wondering how this will affect the vulnerable senior age group and their voting participation this election. Many are wondering will they vote at all, wear face masks in polling lines, and or turn in more absentee ballots? Some experts predict that although the way seniors submit their vote this year may vary, overall senior voter turnout will not. While other experts believe that Covid-19 will in fact decrease senior voter turnout.
Aside from making up a large portions of the voter population, seniors also tend to represent a large portion of poll workers as well. According to a Pew Research Center analysis of government data from 2018’s Election Administration and Voting Survey “around six-in-ten U.S. poll workers (58%) were ages 61 and older, including roughly a quarter (27%) who were over 70”. The question remains how will this year’s election be impacted as we continue to navigate through covid-19. Some individuals wonder whether a new/safe method of voting will soon be introduced. Currently, here are some long-time used methods for voting available to all seniors:
- Absentee Voting
- Early Voting
- Mail-in Ballot
Each of these voting methods may vary by state as well as individual circumstances however, each is worth looking into. To determine if you are eligible for any of these voting methods you can contact your local voting center or inquire online. For more information on the voting methods available to you and which may suit you best, click here. If you or someone you love is interested in Long Term Care or Long Term Care Insurance be sure to visit: LTC TREE for more information.