The Capacity to Vote of Persons with Alzheimer’s Disease

28 Pages Posted: 11 Feb 2011

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Richard J. Bonnie

University of Virginia - School of Law

Paul S. Appelbaum

Columbia University

Jason Karlawish

University of Pennsylvania

Date Written: February 9, 2011

Abstract

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.

Suggested Citation

Bonnie, Richard J. and Appelbaum, Paul S. and Karlawish, Jason, The Capacity to Vote of Persons with Alzheimer’s Disease (February 9, 2011). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1758758 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1758758

Richard J. Bonnie (Contact Author)

University of Virginia - School of Law ( email )

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Paul S. Appelbaum

Columbia University ( email )

NY State Psychiatric Institute
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New York, NY 10032
United States
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646-774-8633 (Fax)

Jason Karlawish

University of Pennsylvania ( email )

Philadelphia, PA 19104
United States

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