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PHOTO: Many Kentuckians will take their concerns about their financial future to the voting booth a week from today. AARP Kentucky has published a voter's guide on financial security to help voters "size up" candidates running for office. Photo credit: Greg Stotelmyer.
PHOTO: Many Kentuckians will take their concerns about their financial future to the voting booth a week from today. AARP Kentucky has published a voter's guide on financial security to help voters "size up" candidates running for office. Photo credit: Greg Stotelmyer.
October 28, 2014

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - A week from today, Kentucky voters will go to the polls to make their picks in local, state and federal races in the 2014 midterm elections.

With next week's vote in mind, AARP Kentucky has put together a voter's guide on financial security.

Scott Wegenast, AARP Kentucky associate state director for engagement and outreach, says the guide can help a voter cut through the glut of campaign ads so he or she can appropriately "size up" those running for Congress.

"We collected comments and remarks from the candidates in their own words and published them in their entirety," he says. "There was no spin, no hype."

Wegenast notes AARP does not endorse candidates nor contribute to political parties or political action committees.

AARP Kentucky state president Jim Kimbrough says their research indicates the concerns of voters 50 and over cuts across party lines, and their primary worry is their financial future. Kimbrough says thousands of Kentucky AARP members voiced their "frustrations" with candidates during a televised town hall last week.

"The candidates weren't talking about issues that are really important to people who are retired or who are close to retirement," he says. "That is, they weren't talking about how Social Security needs to be strengthened, Medicare needs to be strengthened."

Kimbrough says you don't have to be retired or a baby boomer to put the voter's guide to use, because the issues swirling around financial security impact all generations. But, take note - at 64 percent, nearly two-thirds of Kentucky's registered voters are age 50 or over.

"The political science guys will tell you persons age 50 and over are disproportionately active in midterm elections," he says. "It's odd that candidates aren't paying more attention to the people who are actually going to be voting."

AARP posts its voter guides for all 50 states at www.aarp.org/yourvote.

Greg Stotelmyer , Public News Service - KY