Powerhouse seniors wield hefty influence in Florida vote

Seniors already account for more than half the 4.5 million ballots cast so far in early voting in FloridaPeople older than 60 represent a powerhouse voting bloc in the battleground state of Florida, and their zeal for the hotly contested US presidential election could tip the scales, experts say. At The Palace retirement home in south Florida’s Coral Gables, election season has been a big deal, with residents holding debate-watching parties to discuss — and sometimes argue about — the candidates’ positions. It could push it one way over the other,” said Pamela Parker, who manages entertainment for the 200 elderly residents, 85 percent of whom are registered to vote.

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