Neuroethics Publications

Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version

November 2005


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.


Postprint version. Published in American Journal of Psychiatry, Volume 162, Issue 11, November 2005, pages 2094-2100.



Date Posted: 03 April 2007

This document has been peer reviewed.