December 1, 2012
Article on Elderly Citizens and Voting
Wesley E. Wright (Partner, Texas) and Molly Dear Abshire (Partner, Texas) recently published an article entitled, Voting for Texans 65 and Better, Senior Living Section, Houston Chronicle. Provided below is the introduction to their article:
In this presidential election year, older voters are expected to be the decisive segment of voters, and therefore their votes are highly prized. Of all eligible voters, nearly a quarter are aged 60 plus.
Elder voters understand that issues such as Social Security and Medicare reform directly affect them and are concerned about the issues of health care and economy.
There are still numerous challenges for eligible older voters and voters with disabilities, including difficulty moving or driving, inability to sign one’s name or to read a ballot. These issues have always presented problems for the exercise of their civil right to vote.
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