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Voting Rights If You Are Under a GuardianshipYou have the right to vote if you are under guardianship, conservatorship or if someone else has power of attorney, as long as a judge did not restrict your right to vote. You do not lose your right to vote if you have a brain injury, a developmental disability, cognitive impairment, or experience severe memory loss.
Only a Judge Can Decide if You Are Not Competent to VoteNo one else can make this decision on your behalf, including a spouse, children, caregivers, doctors or nurses.
Voting is Not Covered by Power of AttorneyA person with power of attorney cannot vote on your behalf. You do not lose the right to vote when you give someone power of attorney.
Voter Assistance at the PollsIn the polling place you have a right to get help from election judges or any person you choose, except an agent of your employer, your union or a candidate.
Rules for Those Marking a Ballot for YouPeople who go with you into the voting booth to help you mark your ballot must follow certain laws.
Individuals or organizations that want to provide assistance to voters may consider creating safeguards to avoid any appearance of wrongdoing. This could include having two individuals provide assistance to voters together.
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