Across America, some individuals are becoming disenfranchised because they’re unable to vote due to a mental or developmental disability.
In many states, if you’re an adult who requires guardianship (a.k.a. conservatorship), you give up the right to vote. However, the rules don’t take into account, necessarily, the reason for guardianship.
Many group home facilities required guardianship for medical safety, others opt for guardianship to manage personal finances or payroll tax obligations for personal care attendants. This doesn’t mean the individual is incapable of choosing elected leaders.
Here is an in-depth article from VICE.com.
Disabled and Disenfranchised: The voting rights fight you haven’t heard of. By Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani