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Cognitive Impairment or Under Guardianship

You 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 just because you have a brain injury, experience severe memory loss, have a developmental disability or have a cognitive impairment.

Only a judge can decide if you are not competent to vote. No one else can make this decision on your behalf, including a spouse, children, caregivers, doctors or nurses.

Voting is not covered by power of attorney. A person with power of attorney cannot vote on your behalf.

You do have the right to get help marking and casting a ballot. A person who is helping you mark your ballot cannot try to influence how you vote.  Learn about how to get help when voting at the polling place.

Last updated: 7/11/2014 9:34:22 AM