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Older voters expand their focus

October 24, 2004

Albany-- It's predicted that voters over the age of 65 will have a big impact on this presidential election.

Although, you might think health care would be their biggest concern as the world changes many older voter's outlook on what's important is also changing.

Senior Georgians at an Albany community center take their bingo seriously. And in the sea of eager players, there are also dozens of eager voters, looking forward to casting their Presidential ballots.

76-year old Wesley Robertson, a retired federal employee, voted absentee for John Kerry Friday morning. For him medicare and social security took a back seat to the War on Terror.

"Bush should been after the man who did the terrorism and Osama Bin Laden not Saddam Hussein-- that was the main objective," says Robertson.

95-year-old conservative Mary Taylor is voting for George Bush. She says having a president who recognizes we live in a global society is important for her 12 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

"We are more connected to the world now than we have ever been before. Now it's a whole world and our leader needs to be going in the right direction," says Taylor.

Make no mistake these seniors say health care and prescription drugs mean a lot to them but they aren't their only concerns.

Many of them share the same concerns of younger voters. For Della Cook age has brought clear direction for choosing a candidate.

"I think everyone has their life to live and they should know that God will take care of him if we follow him," says Cook.

An although these older voters may not have the energy to debate they are wise enough to know their vote is the loudest voice they need.

In the 2000 election, 72 percent of citizens age 65 to 74 voted.

posted at 6:13PM by scott.hunter@walb.com

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