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What is NYLN? A youth-led, youth-run national organization that serves as a voice for and
What is NYLN? A youth-led, youth-run national organization that serves as a voice for and

What is NYLN?

A youth-led, youth-run national organization that serves as a voice for and network of young leaders with disabilities.What is NYLN? Our members are youth and young adults with disabilities (age 16-28) and allies

Our members are youth anda voice for and network of young leaders with disabilities. young adults with disabilities (age 16-28)

young adults with disabilities (age 16-28) and allies (siblings, friends, parents, teachers, etc.).

You can register to be an NYLN gister to be an NYLN

member at www.nyln.org. As a

member you will get great info and be connected to other young leaders and allies around the country.

to other young leaders and allies around the country. IMAGE: Picture of the NYLN logo. It

IMAGE: Picture of the NYLN logo. It has a hand imprint on it, and it reads: National Youth Leadership Network.

Why vote? • Voting is a very important right. • If you are 18 years
Why vote? • Voting is a very important right. • If you are 18 years
Why vote? • Voting is a very important right. • If you are 18 years

Why vote?

Voting is a very important right.

If you are 18 years old and a US

citizen, you have the right to vote.

People fought hard so we could vote.

Your vote helps decide what rights we have and who serves as our political leaders.

Voting makes our democracy work.

IMAGE: Two people calling for candidates under a big sign that says VOTE!

Laws That Make Voting Accessible • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 • Help
Laws That Make Voting Accessible • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 • Help
Laws That Make Voting Accessible • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 • Help

Laws That Make

Voting Accessible

Americans with

Disabilities Act (ADA) of

1990

Help America Vote Act

(HAVA) of 2002

IMAGE: Picture of a blind man voting. He is wearing headsets and typing his vote. A

woman is standing over his

shoulder supporting him.

Registering to Vote • In most states, you have to register as a IMAGE: A
Registering to Vote • In most states, you have to register as a IMAGE: A
Registering to Vote • In most states, you have to register as a IMAGE: A

Registering to Vote

In most states, you have to register as a

IMAGE: A hand holding an ID card. There are flag pictures on voting boxes in the background.

voter before the election. You have to fill

out a voter registration form and mail it to your County Clerk. The mailing address and deadline is usually listed on the back of

the registration form.

Contact information for your County Clerk can also be found at the front of your local phonebook.

IMAGE: A check mark to specify what you vote for. Methods of Voting • There
IMAGE: A check mark to specify what you vote for. Methods of Voting • There

IMAGE: A check mark to specify what you vote for.

IMAGE: A check mark to specify what you vote for. Methods of Voting • There are

Methods of Voting

There are many different ways to vote. The way

that you vote may depend on what state you live in.

Make sure you find out which ways you can vote in your state before it is time to vote.

A few different ways to vote are:

o

o

o

Paper ballot voting at the polls

Electronic voting at the polls

Mail in and absentee ballots

ways to vote are: o o o Paper ballot voting at the polls Electronic voting at
IMAGE: A polling place where people are voting by writing on paper ballots. All we
IMAGE: A polling place where people are voting by writing on paper ballots. All we
IMAGE: A polling place where people are voting by writing on paper ballots. All we

IMAGE: A polling place where

people are voting by writing on paper ballots. All we can see is the back of the stands they are using and their legs.

Voting at the Polls

All states have polling places where

you can go to vote. Usually they are in your community. By law, polling

places should be accessible.

If you are voting at the polls, you will be voting on election day. You need to go to your assigned polling place.

This can usually be found on your voter registration card.

Once you are at your polling place, you may or may not be asked to show identification (I.D.). Different states have different rules.

If your polling place is not accessible… • You should contact your STATE’S Secretary of
If your polling place is not accessible… • You should contact your STATE’S Secretary of
If your polling place is not accessible… • You should contact your STATE’S Secretary of

If your polling place is not accessible…

• You should contact your STATE’S

Secretary of State. This person

handles state business and has a whole office of people. They work for your state government. They are

IMAGE: A flag, hat,

balloons, streamers, and vote button. It is very patriotic.

responsible for the voting process

in your state.

IMAGE: A hand touching a button on the screen of an electronic voting machine. Voting
IMAGE: A hand touching a button on the screen of an electronic voting machine. Voting
IMAGE: A hand touching a button on the screen of an electronic voting machine. Voting

IMAGE: A hand touching a button on the screen of an electronic voting machine.

Voting at the Polls

Once you check in, you will be

handed a ballot or shown to a VOTING booth.

If you are handed a ballot, follow the directions to fill it out.

If you are shown into a booth, you may be voting electronically.

Electronic Voting Machines • If you vote electronically, you will be asked to either touch
Electronic Voting Machines • If you vote electronically, you will be asked to either touch

Electronic Voting Machines

If you vote electronically, you will be

asked to either touch a screen or pull

a lever after looking at each candidate.

Electronic voting machines are not all the same. It is important to follow the

directions or ask for help to make sure

your vote is counted.

There are volunteers to help you at each voting place, but YOU make the choices.

to help you at each voting place, but YOU make the choices. IMAGE: A hand is

IMAGE: A hand is touching a big button on an electronic voting machine.

Mail-In or Absentee Ballot • Mail-in or absentee ballots have to be requested ahead of
Mail-In or Absentee Ballot • Mail-in or absentee ballots have to be requested ahead of

Mail-In or Absentee Ballot

Mail-in or absentee ballots have to

be requested ahead of time. Each

state has different rules about this so always check with your county clerk if you want to vote that way.

Once you get your ballot, you will need to mark a box next to your choice. You will then mail it to the address given. Make sure you

mail it in by the date listed on the

ballot.

to the address given. Make sure you mail it in by the date listed on the

IMAGE: A hand filling out a

paper ballot.

Mail-In or Absentee Ballot • It is ok to have someone help you fill out
Mail-In or Absentee Ballot • It is ok to have someone help you fill out

Mail-In or Absentee Ballot

It is ok to have someone help you fill out your

ballot. The person who helps you may have to sign his/her name on the ballot saying that he/she helped you.

If you go to school away from where you

permanently live, it’s a good idea to get an absentee ballot so you can still vote away from home.

away from where you permanently live, it’s a good idea to get an absentee ballot so
Knowing the Candidates and the Issues • You can find out more about each candidate
Knowing the Candidates and the Issues • You can find out more about each candidate

Knowing the Candidates

and the Issues

You can find out more about

each candidate by visiting

his/her website, reading the op-ed column in the newspapers, or going to town forums.

Most states have a non- partisan (not in favor of either side) voter’s guide that talks about the issues on the ballot.

voter’s guide that talks about the issues on the ballot. IMAGE: A politician standing at a

IMAGE: A politician standing at a podium and speaking with his hand in the air.

See You At The Polls! IMAGE: A sign that reads: “Feel the power of the
See You At The Polls! IMAGE: A sign that reads: “Feel the power of the

See You At The Polls!

See You At The Polls! IMAGE: A sign that reads: “Feel the power of the disability

IMAGE: A sign that reads: “Feel the power of the disability Vote.” Stars surround the words.

For more information, or to become a member, contact us: National Youth Leadership Network (NYLN)
For more information, or to
become a member, contact us:
National Youth Leadership
Network (NYLN)
www.nyln.org
1-866-480-6565
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