Elections are coming up soon. Kalamazoo Senior Citizens and Senior Citizens from all across the nation will likely have a significant impact on the upcoming election. Senior citizens are the most conscientious of voters. Read a few of the statistics compiled by the Seattle Times Newspaper.
The 2008 general election drew 91 percent of Washington voters age 65 and older, compared with 68 percent of voters younger than 25. The gap was even wider in that year’s primary, which drew 72 percent of senior voters and 18 percent of those younger than 25.
Midterm elections, such as this year’s, typically draw fewer voters than a presidential election, magnifying the effect of the senior vote.
That could prove worrisome for Democrats, considering that Barack Obama won the White House in 2008 with the support of 66 percent of voters younger than 30, but only 45 percent of those 65 and older, according to Edison Research, which conducts exit polls for national news networks.
A different litmus test
Janice Workman, of Auburn, says she looks not just at a politician’s stands on issues, but how he or she comes across as a person and as a leader.
“I hate mudslinging, so I’m not likely not to vote for somebody who has dirty ads,” said Workman, 72.
She says deficit spending and the wars are the top issues for her. “I have a grandson who’s in the Marines, and that’s worrisome. … He’s on a supply ship, so I never know where he’s at,” she said.
In this year’s Senate race, she says she’s intrigued by Republican Clint Didier’s call for people to take more responsibility for their situation, not rely so much on government.
“If I think he’s for real, he could very easily get my vote,” she said. But if Didier loses to Rossi in the primary, Workman says, she’ll likely hop across the political fence and vote for Murray, simply because Rossi doesn’t inspire her.
The idea that a voter could go from a tea-party conservative in the primary to a liberal Democrat in the general election may not follow a script political analysts would write, but it goes with the territory among these voters in this independent-minded district.
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