Politics of Aging

Postal Service audit finds gaps in timely processing and delivery of election mail

How ready is the U.S. Postal Service to process and deliver election mail on time come November? Not ready enough, the agency’s watchdog says in a new report. In its audit of election mail processing, the agency’s Office of Inspector General listed several potential trouble spots, including ballots mailed without bar codes used for tracking; […]

Appeals court blocks order that would have expanded vote-by-mail amid pandemic in Texas

A federal appeals court in Texas on Thursday blocked a lower court ruling that would have allowed people to mail in their ballots to avoid being exposed to the coronavirus. Thursday’s ruling by the 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals stalls a ruling that would have let Texas voters request mail-in ballots based on fear […]

America’s seniors ebb away from Trump as coronavirus response disappoints

At a ceremony in the White House Rose Garden last week, a maskless Donald Trump appealed directly to a constituency that could determine his political fate in November’s election: America’s seniors. “This is a big day for seniors,” Trump declared, unveiling a plan to lower the cost of insulin for many Medicare recipients. He touted […]

Trump’s poor handling of the crisis may lose him the GOP’s most reliable voters

One of the most durable political assets that Republicans have enjoyed throughout the 21st century is their edge among Americans 65 and older, who tend to turn out at the polls more reliably than any other group. But with President Trump’s inept and erratic handling of the novel coronavirus pandemic, he is rapidly losing support […]

Donald Trump’s problems with senior voters started long before the coronavirus

In recent weeks, reporters and political analysts have centered on the challenge that President Trump currently faces with one particular group of voters: seniors. According to the 2016 National Exit Polls, those voters had favored Trump over Hillary Clinton by a 52-45 margin. But now a number of polls (although not every one) show Trump […]