With campaign season nearing the finish line, AARP Georgia is fighting to make sure that voters 50-plus voices are heard on the issues that matter like protecting Social Security, Medicare, and ensuring that you can vote safely from home or in-person. 

In September, we released a poll on The Political Landscape and the 50+ Voter Mindset. The results show that 46 percent of Black Voters 50-plus in Georgia will participate in early in-person voting, while 31 percent of Black voters 50-plus in Georgia will vote by mail. 

Early voting has already begun and runs through Friday, Oct. 30. All registered voters are eligible to cast an absentee ballot. It is simple, secure, and it’s available for every voter. You can go to www.sos.ga.gov/elections to apply for your absentee ballot. Or click here https://www.mvp.sos.ga.gov/MVP/voterDetails.do# to check the status of your ballot.

Once you’ve received your ballot, fill it out completely, and mail it in as soon as possible. You can check the secretary of state’s website for information about ballot boxes available in your county. Whether using the mail or drop box, ballots must be received by 7 p.m. on Election Day. 

AARP Georgia will demand action from candidates to make sure they talk about protecting Social Security and Medicare. The poll showed that voters age 50 and over say that Social Security (85 percent) and Medicare (92 percent) are important issues when deciding their vote for the U.S. Senate. 

Within six years, Medicare is projected to run short of funds needed to pay full hospital benefits, primarily due to rising health care cost, rapidly increasing prescription drug prices, new technology, and increased enrollment. AARP Georgia is also dedicated to strengthening Social Security, which is projected to pay full benefits until 2035. At that time, projections are for the program to pay 79 percent of its current benefits. 

For more information on voting safely and the AARP Georgia election poll release, please visit www.aarp.org/gavotes. Finally, learn where candidates David Perdue and Jon Ossoff stand on issues including Social Security, health care, prescription drug prices, unemployment and the Covid-19 pandemic. U.S. Senate Special Election candidates Kelly Loeffler and Raphael Warnock have also offered their positions on these important issues.

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