Midterm elections are coming up soon and I hope seniors everywhere are getting ready to make a difference.
Voting is important and seniors, more often than not, are often the first in line at the polls. This is a good thing because they are teaching by example as well as making a statement.
I’ve heard some seniors say that they don’t bother anymore because they think the country is going to “hell in a hand basket,” and that they don’t think their votes count. I hope you don’t feel this way. Political changes are won one vote at a time. Individual citizens still choose who gets into office and who gets booted out.
If all you do is complain that you don’t feel that you can influence something, you are right; you won’t. If you think your politicians are useless but you don’t bother to fighting for your interests you deserve what you get.
If you are indifferent or too busy to be involved in community affairs you don’t get the right to complain.
Why do politicians appeal to seniors? Sheer numbers perhaps; the senior population is growing faster than any other demographic and they will soon be a voting majority.
But that isn’t all. Older people are savvy voters. Seniors are more likely to pay attention to what is going on in the world, and they tend to be more knowledgeable about politics than most.
Why seniors make a difference:
- Seniors are more diligent about voting, not just in national elections but in state and local contests.
- Seniors contribute to and work for political campaigns
- Seniors are more apt to write letter to their representatives
- Seniors are more apt to be members in politically active organizations
- Seniors are more actively involved on local public advisory boards and councils on aging.
As you can see seniors have the tools, the time and hopefully the interest to make a difference. It isn’t so much whom you support; it is about supporting someone or something in the first place.