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Illinois Voters Encouraged to Get the Facts Before Election Day

November 3, 2008

Chicago, IL - Voters over the age of 45 may hold the key to change in Washington. According to AARP, older Americans vote in greater proportion than any other age group in state legislative, congressional and presidential races. In fact, in the last presidential election, 90 percent of citizens 45 and older in Illinois turned out to vote. AARP Illinois communications manager David Irwin says this an important group of voters that holds a lot of power at the ballot box.

"The key issues for them, the issues that are going to be on top of their minds as they head into that voting booth, are going to be economic security and rising health care costs. And those are the same issues that are facing the majority of voters."

Irwin says every voter should find out where the candidates stand on issues that matter to them before they cast their vote.

"They're the ones that are in charge of making a change on election day, they are the ones that are in charge of breaking gridlock in Washington. They are the ones in charge of getting the facts and voting for the candidate that is right for them."

AARP is reaching out to all citizens with guides outlining candidate positions, and a video to help educate voters about how they can make a difference. More information is available at www.aarp.org.

Mary Kuhlman/Steve Powers, Public News Service - IL