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Often Disenfranchised, People With Mental Disabilities Can Assert Their Voting Rights
Date:10/7/2008

of a Veterans Administration nursing home that refused to permit volunteers to help residents register (noting that the VA recently modified that policy).

"Only a court can decide that someone is not competent to vote," the guide points out. It recommends that a voter who is told by a poll worker that he or she may not vote "ask to vote a provisional ballot before leaving the polling place."

Accompanying the guide are two flyers: one explaining their voting rights to people with mental disabilities and another informing election officials and service providers how help can be provided to a voter with mental disabilities, and by whom.

Vote. It's Your Right. And the flyers are available as PDFs to download from the Bazelon Center's website at http://www.bazelon.org/issues/voting. Print copies can be purchased online via a link from that page, with bulk discounts available, or by contacting pubs@bazelon.org for information.

The Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law (http://www.bazelon.org) is the leading national legal-advocacy organization representing people with mental disabilities. It promotes laws and policies that can enable people with psychiatric or developmental disabilities to exercise their life choices and access the resources they need to participate fully in their communities.


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