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1 VOTING RIGHTS Help America Vote Act (HAVA)

2 Purpose of HAVA  “To establish a program to provide funds to States to replace punch card voting systems, to establish the Election Assistance Commission to assist in the administration of Federal elections and to otherwise provide assistance with the administration of certain Federal election laws and programs, to establish minimum election administration standards for States and units of local government with responsibility for the administration of Federal elections, and for other purposes.”

3 HAVA Provisions  To view the full text, go to:  a/HAVA_2002.htmlwww.usdoj.gov/crt/voting/hav a/HAVA_2002.html

4 Other Information  For more information on HAVA, just click here: 

5 Self-Advocacy Training Program  The following material was developed by Margaret Jakobson.  This training meets the requirements for OCRA annual self-advocacy training.

6 YOUR RIGHT TO VOTE Margaret Jakobson Protection & Advocacy, Inc.

7 Introductions  Name  If you started a political party what animal would you use as your mascot?

8 Why Vote/Why Not Vote  Why? To make a change Can’t complain Set an example I care about the issue  Why Not? Inconvenient Takes too long Don’t understand what I am voting for

9 What Do You Want to Change  What would you like to change in your community? More affordable housing More transportation More jobs And?

10 What Happens When Some of Us Do Not Vote?  Stand by the issue you care about most  In November 2002 election only about 1/3 of the people who could vote – actually voted  Voting is easy!

11 Voting Eligibility  To register to vote you must be 18 years old or older A U.S. Citizen Not in prison or on parole for a felony Not on a conservatorship that took away your right to vote  Get a form from Library, Regional Center, Post Office, PAI

12 Voting Registration  When do I sign up? At least 15 days before an election You need to sign up again if you move, change your name or change your party  Do I have to join a political party? There are seven parties in California You can pick one or “decline to state”, which means “Independent”

13 What are the Parties?  American Independent  Democratic  Green Party  Libertarian Party  Natural Law Party  Peace and Freedom Party  Republican

14 Regional Center & Voter Registration  Regional Center must help you register  Can’t tell you what party to register under  Can’t tell you how to vote  What to do if you have problems?

15 People with Disabilities Have a Right to Vote!  You have a right to vote unless a court has said you cannot!  If you use a wheelchair or have other mobility disabilities, the voting place must be accessible to you  If you cannot read the ballot, you can have someone help you read the ballot Remember though, they cannot decide how to vote for you! You must decide yourself!

16 What Types of Things Do We Vote On?  People Candidates who are running for elected office  Plans Ballot measures (propositions) that make or change state or local laws

17 Quick Vote Game  Ice CreamYes ___ No ___  Toxic WasteYes ___ No ___

18 Quick Vote Game (cont.)  We should put a tax on ice cream Yes ___ No ___  We should clean up toxic waste Yes ___ No ____ Why did your vote change?

19 Some Tools to Help Decide How to Vote  Nonpartisan – just gives the facts and does not take sides – Examples: newspaper article, sample ballot, official voter information guide, easy voter guide, candidate's voting record  Partisan – tries convince you how to vote – Examples: newspaper editorial, TV campaign advertisement, family, friends, endorsements from groups, mail advertisements

20 Go Vote! Two ways to vote 1.At polling place 2. At home with an “absentee ballot”

21 What Happens When I Go Vote?  What happens at the polling place? You will be asked to state your name and sign a book You will get a ballot to mark in private or a card to put into a voting computer  What if I want to vote at home? You have to apply for an absentee ballot in writing at least 1 week before the election Mail in the ballot before election day or take it to any polling place in the county where you are registered to vote

22 Quiz  You can vote at any polling place on election day?  You do not have to bring an ID?  You cannot bring any notes with you?  If you make a mistake you can start over?  Anyone can choose to apply to vote at home?  If you vote at home you cannot also vote at the polls?  You put your absentee ballot in the mail on election day?

23 The End!


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