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Older voters dominate New York primaries: AARP survey

An analysis of Election Commission ballot records by Gotham Relations, NYS chapter of the Association of American Retirees, found that two-thirds of voters who cast ballots in New York City on June 28 were reserves. The election was over 50.

Of the 532,563 Big Apple residents who voted in the June primary, 353,000 — 66.3% — were over the age of 50. 

New Yorkers over the age of 50 dominated the polls in recent elections. June primaries Governors and state legislatures — Likely to play an outsize role in next week's Congressional and state Senate primaries,new report released Wednesday became clear.

The political power of older voters was most pronounced in the Bronx and Staten Island, where about 80% of voters were over the age of 50.

Older person votes in New York.

Percentage of older voters who voted in Nassau and Suffolk counties, Long Island Investigation found thatwas even more skewed.

Suffolk residents over the age of 50 make up a staggering 89% of primary voters, nearly nine out of ten.

In Nassau, residents over the age of 50 accounted for her 79% of the turnout in her June primary.

Although the overall turnout in the June primary was terrible, it was the older voters who voted, not the younger ones.

In both cases on Long Island, older voters outperformed actual registration. Just over half of all registered voters in Suffolk are over the age of 50, and 57% of voters in Nassau are.

Both Democrats and Republicans held gubernatorial primaries in his June.

Voter casts ballot in New York.
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Governor Kathy Horchul defeated rival New York City public advocate Jumaan Williams and Long Island Rep. Tom Suozzi in the Democratic primary.

Long Island Rep. Gee Zeldin easily won the Republican primary for governor over challengers Andrew Giuliani and Rob Astrino.

Research shows that older voters cast more votes in non-presidential elections than many younger voters during presidential elections.

"Voters over the age of 50 have consistently participated in far more polls than younger voters, and a New York City voter confirmed this in June," said AARP New York State. Director Beth Finkel said.

"This very strong voting bloc is committed to such things as protecting and strengthening Social Security and Medicare, and helping people live in their own homes for as long as possible with independence and dignity. We made it clear that important issues are powerful motivators when it comes to voting.It is clear that any candidate who wants to win must pay attention to issues that are important to the 50+ voters." she said.

She said voters over the age of 50 will be the "2022 electoral deciders" in the August 23 congressional and state Senate primaries and the fall general election.