The AARP is taking a van around eastern Iowa emblazoned with the message “Don’t Vote.” But AARP’s associate state director for advocacy, Anthony Carroll, says that’s not exactly what the organizations wants you to do. He says the full message is “don’t vote until you get the facts on where the candidates stand on the issues that are important to you.”
Carroll says they don’t endorse candidates, but they want people to find out where the candidates stand and get the candidates to talk about the issues. Carroll says AARP’s website at “Don’tvote.com” has voter guides that include surveys of the candidates on their stands on things such as Social Security and Medicare.
Carroll the candidates filled out the questionnaires and put in their own words what they plan to do on the issues. He says they have the surveys for all the congressional races and the race for governor, so people can be informed when they go to vote. Carroll says you don’t have to be an AARP member to use the information.
Carroll says issues like Social Security, Medicare or retirement savings aren’t jut for people who’re retired, they also impact people who pay into the system. Carroll says they want to help get the information out. Carroll says they’re nonpartisan and are not going to endorse any candidate and want to make sure they come across as credible as a resource of information. Carroll encourages everyone to visit the website to find out more about the candidates.
Carroll says the website has detailed information on the issues and also has some information some open state legislative seats. AARP has over 370-thousand members in Iowa.