Andrew Uses his Voice to Vote

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Variety Teen Andrew, Adventure Camp intern, always seems to have an opinion. Although he is non-verbal, he isn’t afraid to use his communication device to speak his mind.

“Andrew loves being part of any conversation,” says his mom, Ann. “He has always paid attention to what is going on in the world and getting the details right so that he is able to participate. The Variety (Adventure Camp) counselors will be the first to tell you that Andrew has an opinion about everything, especially sports!”

This year, Andrew is very excited to express these famous opinions and to make his voice heard using his ballot. The 2020 election is the first time he will be voting for president and vice president of the United States, and he’s not letting the pandemic stop him!

Since turning 18, Andrew has voted in every election available to him. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, he voted in-person in June for the postponed April elections, taking many health and safety precautions. When the election officials there suggested absentee voting for Andrew for the August primary so that he could feel safer, he and Ann registered right away – primary care givers are eligible to vote absentee along with those with disabilities.

The two have also requested their absentee ballots for the general election in November so that Andrew can stay safe. They have been busy closely following the candidates so that they can be sure to make informed decisions, watching the local and national news every day. Andrew has enjoyed keeping up with everything to do with this year’s election.

“We watch the news as a family and discuss what is going on locally, nationally and in the world,” says Ann. “We like to talk about the candidates and issues, especially issues surrounding respect for all life, diversity and those with disabilities.”

“Andrew is very thoughtful and has definite opinions,” Ann continues with a smile. “His favorite part of the news is still sports!”

Andrew is making his voice heard this November – are you? Don’t forget to vote, whether via absentee, mail-in or in-person voting, so that your opinions can make a difference.