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Title: Center for Self Advocacy Leadership Partnership for People with Disabilities Virginia Commonwealth University


1
Center for Self Advocacy Leadership Partnership
for People with DisabilitiesVirginia
Commonwealth University
www.VirginiaSelfAdvocacy.org
The Partnership for People with Disabilities is a
university center for excellence in developmental
disabilities at Virginia Commonwealth University.
VCU is an equal opportunity/affirmative action
university providing access to education and
employment without regard to age, race, color,
national origin, gender, religion, sexual
orientation, veterans status, political
affiliation or disability. If alternative formats
of this document are needed, please contact the
Partnership for People with Disabilities at
804/828-3876 or 800/828-1120 (TDD Relay).
This project is funded by grant number 90DN0226
from the Administration on Developmental
Disabilities, US Department of Health and Human
Services. The contents do not necessarily
represent the policy of the U.S. Department of
Health and Human Services, and you should not
infer endorsement by the Federal government.
Please include this disclaimer when copying or
using all or any part of the materials in
dissemination activities.
2
10 Good Reasons Why YOU Should Vote
  • And How to Register

3
  • People often say that, in a democracy, decisions
    are made by a majority of the people. Of course,
    that is not true. Decisions are made by a
    majority of those who make themselves heard and
    who vote a very different thing.
  • Walter H. Judd

4
Why Should I Vote?.
  • You live in a democracy and that means that you
    get a say in who runs your country and how your
    country is run.
  • Voting shows your pride in your nation and its
    government.
  • The only way democracy works is if citizens,
    young and old, are active participants.

5
  • Our country is a beacon of liberty for the rest
    of the world, stand up and be counted!
  • A government, by the people - for the people,
    just cant work without the people!

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NUMBER 10
  • If you dont vote you really have no right to
    complain about government decisions you dont
    like
  • (no matter how bad those decisions are)

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NUMBER 9
  • It sets a positive example to your children, your
    neighbors and your friends.

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NUMBER 8
  • Voting means you believe in the democratic
    process
  • It represents your right to freedom of speech

9
NUMBER 7
  • Failing to register to vote is the same as saying
  • I dont care!

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NUMBER 6
  • If you do not register to vote, you are missing
    out on a great national privilege and a
    significant personal freedom!

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NUMBER 5
  • When you vote, you honor the sacrifices that our
    ancestors made and that todays Soldiers make in
    fighting for our freedom!

12
NUMBER 4
  • You should vote
  • because you can!

13
NUMBER 3
  • The reality is,
  • your vote counts!

14
NUMBER 2
  • It is an HONOR
  • as well as a RESPONSIBILITY

15
Number 1 Reason to Vote
  • If you are old enough to die for your country,
    You are old enough to decide who makes the
    decisions!

16
VOTE!!!
  • Never surrender your right to speak your mind via
    the vote on election day

17
How Do I Register
  • Get a registration form from either the local
    election official in your county or city, or
    through registration outreach programs
  • You can also register to vote when you renew you
    drivers license or state ID at the Department
    for Motor Vehicles (DMV)

18
To be eligible to register to vote in Virginia a
person must  
  • Be a Permanent resident of Virginia  
  • Be a U. S. Citizen
  • Be 18 years
  • Does not claim the right to vote in any other
    State
  • Not currently declared mentally incompetent by a
    court of law
  • If convicted of a felony, your right to vote must
    have been restored
  •  

19
Where Do I Vote
  • After you register to vote you will receive a
    voting registration card.
  • This card will inform you where you will vote in
    all elections

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Special Considerations for Voters with
Disabilities
  • An explanation of instructions in simpler
    language
  • A friend or family member to accompany the
    individual into a voting booth
  • Assistance in casting a ballot
  • Ballots that are available to individuals with
    visual impairments.

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Absentee voting
  • Absentee voting means that a voter can
    participate in upcoming elections even though
    they may not be able to go to the polls on
    election day.
  • Absentee voting in person begins approximately 45
    days before a November General Election and
    approximately 30 days before other elections and
    ends  on the Saturday before the election 

22
Curbside Voting
  • An election official will bring your ballot to
    your car outside the polling place.
  • Simply call ahead to notify the early voting
    clerk that you want to vote from your car.
  • Curbside voting is available during early voting,
    and on Election Day.

23
YOUR RIGHTS(AT THE POLLING PLACE)
  • To be treated with courtesy and respect by
    election officials
  • To be notified if your registration has been
    accepted or denied
  • To get help from election officials if you are
    unsure about the voting process
  • To be shown how the voting equipment works

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YOUR RIGHTS(AT THE POLLING PLACE)
  • To have a ballot brought to your vehicle instead
    of entering the polling place if you are 65 years
    of age or older, or if you are disabled
  • You may have an officer of election or another
    person help you vote if you are physically
    disabled or unable to read or write
  • Blind voters may have any person assist them.
    Other voters may have anyone who is not their
    employer help them
  • To be allowed to vote even if you do not have
    identification with you at the polling site. You
    must sign an Affirmation of Identity statement
    before voting if you have no ID.

25
YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES (AT THE POLLING PLACE)
  • To treat election officials with the same
    courtesy and respect they must give you
  • To show a valid identification document (ID)
  • To ask for help
  • To make sure your ballot is correct BEFORE
    casting it. You cannot cast another ballot, even
    if you think you have made a mistake, once a
    ballot has been cast

26
Transportation to the Polling Place
  • If you check around near election time you will
    often find organizations that will pick you up
    and take you to vote and home again.
  • Call your place of worship, the ARC, your local
    CIL, etc. -- often they can help you find
    transportation

27
  • Nobody will ever deprive the American people of
    the right to vote except the American people
    themselves and the only way they could do this
  • is by not voting.
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt

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  • Thank You!
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