Will seniors 'make the difference' at the polls on election day?

Older voters have sway at the polls because they tend to show up and vote

By Geoff Nixon, CBC News 

Seniors. They're an increasingly big group and they tend to show up on election day.

They're the group of people aged 65 and older, who now account for nearly one in six members of the population, according to Statistics Canada.

In Windsor, Ont., this group comprises one in five residents. That means local seniors loom even larger at the ballot box, as they make up nearly a quarter of the city's voting-age population.

John Meyer, the chair of the local CARP chapter in Windsor-Essex, said federal parties are well aware of the heft this group has at the polls.

"The vote is very strong from the senior population," Meyer told CBC News in a recent telephone interview.

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