AARP research indicates that adults 50-plus will likely comprise up to 70 percent of all voters in the majority of 2022 races. Credit: GettyImages

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It has been more than 20 years since a new candidate was elected as Bexar County Judge. First appointed in 2001, then re-elected for five terms, current County Judge Nelson Wolff is not seeking reelection.

Facing off to replace him are former Bexar County District Court Judge Peter Sakai, a Democrat, and former Bexar County Commissioner Trish DeBerry, a Republican.

In a joint effort to inform voters on where the candidates stand, NowCastSA and AARP are presenting the Bexar County Judge Candidates’ Forum on Thursday, Oct. 13 at the Palo Alto Performing Arts Center from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Recognized as an advocate for older Americans, AARP provides trusted election information to voters and fights to make sure candidates keep their promises.

“The power of the 50-plus voter is real and at the same time, they’re experiencing rising prices, dealing with the pandemic, struggling to pay for food, gas, medical care, rising property taxes and other essentials,” said Ismael Herrera, AARP state director for Advocacy and Engagement. “They want to know how candidates will address the issues facing them and their families because they plan to vote. That’s why AARP is sponsoring this forum.”

Elaine Ayala, Metro columnist for the San Antonio Express-News, will moderate the discussion. Questions will be posed to each candidate and each will be able to respond and address the audience. The event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited and forum-goers are encouraged to RSVP. They can submit questions for the candidates at the same link.

Herrera said the forum informs the public and is a good showcase for the candidates to show a growing base of older voters that they understand and will tackle the issues facing them.

“Candidates who don’t address the needs of the 50-plus population are missing the boat,” he said. “One out of three Americans is age 50 or older and by 2030, one out of every five Americans will be 65 or older. The real moment of change is in 2035, when for the first time ever, the U.S. will be a country comprised of more older adults than children. It’s becoming even more critical for candidates to listen and respond.”

The size of the 50-plus adult population and their voting habits underscore its power. People 50 and older vote more than any other age group. AARP research indicates that even with the recent changes to voting laws, adults 50-plus will likely comprise 60 to 70 percent of all voters in the vast majority of 2022 races, including local elections.

Here are some important dates for voters to keep in mind for the upcoming general election:

  • Tuesday, Oct. 11: Last day to register to vote
  • Monday, Oct. 24: First day of in-person early voting
  • Friday, Oct. 28: Last day to apply for mail ballot (received, not postmarked)
  • Friday, Nov. 4: Last day of in-person early voting
  • Tuesday, Nov. 8: Election Day
  • Tuesday, Nov. 8, 7 p.m.: Last day to receive a mail-in mallot if the carrier envelope is not postmarked
  • Wednesday, Nov. 9, 5 p.m.: Mail-in ballots (postmarked) must be received.

AARP has compiled details on voting in Texas and the changes introduced by a new 2021 state voting law.

Save the date for the Bexar County Judge Candidates’ Forum on Oct. 13. For those unable to attend in person, the event will be live-streamed by AARP Texas on Facebook and by NowCastSA on YouTube.

AARP is the nation’s largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering people 50 and older to choose how they live as they age.