Fit To Vote? The Answer May Surprise You
As you head to the polls this week consider this: Nearly every state has laws limiting the right to vote for people deemed incompetent. For those with disabilities that can mean losing the right to vote simply for having a conservator or being in a mental hospital. And in some cases laws are so vague that it’s up to the courts to decide who is and is not eligible to vote. Advocates are pushing for greater rights for those with mental disabilities and worry that vague laws could yield situations where eligible voters are challenged at the polls, reports The Associated Press.