Gearing up for November 8

Lantern Hill prepares for 58th quadrennial presidential election

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October 14th, 2016

For the politically minded, 2016 is a prime year to move to Lantern Hill. The pioneers who have been moving to the Erickson Living community in New Providence, N.J., since July have the opportunity to create clubs based on their interests—including political interests.

In March, Lantern Hill Executive Director Patricia Swan hosted a meeting for more than 70 pioneer residents to discuss how to organize and launch resident-driven clubs.

“Our pioneer residents’ efforts to meet and take leadership will allow us to open the campus with some fun activities and programs for everyone to enjoy, right from the start,” says Swan.

Political awareness clubs

Many Erickson Living communities across the country have been preparing for the presidential election for months through Republican and Democratic clubs. 

For example, residents at Cedar Crest, Lantern Hill’s sister community in Pompton Plains, run a Democratic club that has been lauded by the Morristown Democratic Committee as the largest and most active Democratic club in Morris County with about 120 active members at each meeting.

Cedar Crest’s newly formed Republican club is 100 members strong and growing.

“With such an important election upon us in November, we expect our new residents to follow the path of our sister Erickson Living communities and form political awareness clubs that represent all viewpoints and provide opportunities to talk about political issues in an open and forthright way,” says Swan. 

Historically, the most politically and civically active demographic, seniors are most likely to vote and voice their opinions. 

Ready to vote

Candidates frequently visit Erickson Living communities to speak and answer questions. Invited by political awareness clubs at each campus, visiting candidates help to educate residents about their choices and current issues. 

“It takes three minutes to vote, but it takes time and energy to get educated. The Democratic club helps educate our community members,” says Cedar Crest Democratic Club President Fred Palace. 

In preparation for the election, Lantern Hill encourages and assists residents with voter registration and absentee ballots. Come Election Day, staff will provide transportation to the polls.