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The right to vote can be abrogated when persons become incompetent to cast a ballot. This applies particularly to people with Alzheimer's disease, who at some point will lose capacity. A 2001 federal court decision offered the first clear criteria ("Doe voting capacity standard") for determining voting competence, focused on the nature of and effect of voting and on the ability to choose. This article explores how persons with Alzheimer's disease perform on these criteria.
Appelbaum, P. S., Bonnie, R. S., & Karlawish, J. (2005). The capacity to vote of people with Alzheimer's disease. Retrieved from http://repository.upenn.edu/neuroethics_pubs/17
Date Posted: 03 April 2007
This document has been peer reviewed.