In the run-up to the Tuesday, May 15, Idaho primary, AARP is reminding candidates that its membership is key to the 50-plus voting bloc, which "will likely determine the winners."
In its first-ever primary voters' guide, AARP said that in the latest four primary elections in the Gem State, the 50-plus voting bloc accounted for more than 75 percent of all votes cast.
The primary voters' guide focuses on issues that are key to seniors, including what it calls "unfair utility rate hikes." A recent AARP survey found more than 80 percent of Idaho's 50-plus reported difficulties paying their utility bills, with nearly 70 percent supporting the creation of a utility consumer advocate office.
The guide also reports that a state-based health insurance exchange "is supported by 72 percent of Idaho voters aged 30-64," according to its survey.