The Capacity to Vote of Persons with Alzheimer’s Disease
28 Pages Posted: 11 Feb 2011
Date Written: February 9, 2011
The right to vote can be abrogated when persons become incompetent to cast a ballot. This is a particular issue for people with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) who at some point will lose capacity. A recent federal court decision offered the first clear criteria (the “Doe voting capacity standard”) for determining competence to vote, focused on understanding the nature and effect of voting, and the ability to choose. This paper explores the impact of these criteria on persons with AD.
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