Will Alzheimer’s Disease Affect Voter Turnout by Seniors?

Will Alzheimer’s Disease Affect Voter Turnout by Seniors?
We're in an election year in the U.S., no news there. If your mail experience is similar to mine, you already are more than aware of this. A few years ago, a retiring mailman explained to me that election year deliveries are more taxing on his colleagues and him than holidays like Christmas and Valentine’s Day. That was surprising. Think about it: Your mail carrier may deliver more political flyers than Christmas and Valentine’s Day cards and packages. Maybe that’s a good thing.

Candidates usually court senior votes

Candidates try to draw attention to their platforms while vying for our votes. Every election year, we’re lectured about the importance of the quickly approaching vote. Regardless of the year, political pundits will insist that the current election trumps all former ones (no pun intended). This may or may not be true, but what we can always count on is that candidates will court the senior vote. Senior Americans show up in the voting booth more than younger Americans do. Compared with other age categories, seniors 65 and older turned out in larger numbers and at a higher rate than any others in 2016, with a turnout of nearly 71 percent. Seniors are predicted to continue to play a pivotal role in the 2020 elections, too, though there’s some concern that COVID-19 might be a contributing factor in senior voter turnout.

Alzheimer's and voter turnout

Though seldom discussed, Alzheimer’s disease could affect voter turnout. This is a logical conclusion. Current and future candidates
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