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AARP Wyoming offering webinar to political candidates to discuss 2020 elections

Jim Trantham casts his ballot after voting in the 2018 midterm elections in the Industrial Building at the fairgrounds on Tuesday, Nov. 6, in Casper. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City File)

CASPER, Wyo. — AARP Wyoming will be holding a webinar at 10 am Thursday, June 18 open to any Wyoming candidate seeking national, state or local political office.

The webinar will “discuss the power of the age 50+ vote in Wyoming, as well as the priorities of AARP Wyoming during the 2020 election cycle,” their Monday, June 15 release states.

“AARP has a large constituency in the state and during election years we are commonly contacted by candidates for political office asking for AARP’s priorities,” says AARP State Director Sam Shumway. “This year we thought we would make it easy and reach out to all those who are running for office to let them know, proactively, how to reach out to the state’s age 50+.”

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AARP Wyoming says that citizens 50 and over have typically turned out to the polls in Wyoming at a higher rate than those under 50.

“During the 2018 midterm election, over 77 percent of Wyomingites between the ages of 70-79 voted, with 68 percent of eligible voters between 60-69 going to the polls in 2018,” the release states. “That compares to 19 percent of those ages 18-24 and 23 percent of those 25-29 in 2018.”

People can join the webinar through this website. It will be recorded and sent to all candidates listed on the Wyoming Secretary of State’s roster after the conclusion of the webinar.

“AARP is a non-partisan organization, which does not endorse candidates or donate to the campaigns of candidates at any level of government,” the release says. “There are 83,000 members of AARP Wyoming with every congressional and legislative district represented. To see membership numbers by legislative district in Wyoming, click here.