you a GrannyVoter?
grandparents have unparalleled political power for they are part of the
most sought after voter demographic in American politicsthe 55 plus
55 and older lead all other age groups both in percentage of those registered
to vote and those who do vote. In the November 2000 election, 70.1% of
voters age 55 to 64 population went to the polls as did 72.2% of those
65 to 74.
would happen if grandparents would vote the interests of their grandchildren
who can't vote for themselves?
seeks to answer that question. We want to inform, inspire, and engage
grandparents so that they vote for sustainable policies protecting the
quality of their grandchildren's lives decades into the future and the
stability of the America they will inhabit.
believe the following five issues will be critical in ensuring better
lives for our grandchildren:
What programs will candidates champion to increase access to education,
employment and dependable healthcare over the next twenty years?
How do candidates plan to protect the earth for our grandchildren from
pollution, depletion, and climate chaos?
What will candidates do to lift the burdens of public debt and resist
programs that make our life easier today but must be paid for in the future.
What steps will candidates take to guarantee hard-fought freedoms and
strengthen our civil liberties?
What will our elected officials do to promote international cooperation
among nations so that our grandchildren will not inherit a world of resentment,
rage and violence?
POLITICAL CONVERSATIONSARE READY FOR GRANNYVOTERS.
Recent polls show that older voters don't simply cast their vote depending
on a candidates' position on traditional senior issues such as pensions,
Medicare and Social Security.
2003 survey by Lake Snell Perry & Associates and the Tarrance Group
shows that older voters say they would prefer a candidate who goes after
younger voters to one who focuses on older people like them. Large majorities
(88%) of voters say a candidate who "talks to younger voters about
his or her stand on issues that are of concern to voters of all ages
like education, crime and health care" is one they would be more
likely to support.
AARP 2004 New Hampshire Primary Survey of voters ages 55+, older voters
said that, when it comes to issues considered very important in selecting
a presidential candidate, strengthening the economy and creating jobs
(79%) and improving education (61%), issues critical to America's future
generations, ranked higher than strengthening and preserving traditional
Medicare (59%), and expanding Medicare to cover prescription drugs (56%).
demographics of the "new" grandparents and their roles in their
grandchildren's lives are shifting.
a record number of Americans are grandparentsabout one-third of
all adults, or 70 million Americans, to be exact.
is expected to rise to 80 million by 2010 as more of the baby boomers,
the 76 million people who were born in post-World War II America between
1946 and 1964, become grandparents.
- The average
age of a first-time grandparent today is 47.
that grandparents have in their grandchildren's lives is changing.
of children who are living with and being cared for by their grandparents
has increased by 30% over the last decade. Over 6% of America's children
live with their grandparents today.
time for the GrannyVote is now.
It is time for grandparents to become vocal and visible, and to speak
out for their grandchildren and their future.
the GrannyVote can frame and define a new generation of grandparents who
are taking action on their grandchildren's interests, and as trustees
of America's future