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Thousands lose right to vote under states’ ‘incompetence’ laws

When he turned 18, Greg Demer lost his right to vote because of his autism, joining thousands of other people with mental disabilities who were stripped of the right during guardianship proceedings. More than a decade later, a different judge returned to him the right to vote.(Linda Demer)

Laws in 39 states and Washington, D.C., allow judges to strip voting rights from people with mental disabilities ranging from schizophrenia to Down syndrome who are deemed “incapacitated” or “incompetent.”

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