Ensuring Voting Rights for the Aging and Mentally Ill

A Commentary by Arthur Caplan, Ph.D. Originally Posted on MSNBC at 5:39 p.m. ET Sept. 14, 2004 At what point is someone too impaired to cast a ballot? Many Americans with dementia or other mental impairments are not given the right to vote even if their impairment does not interfere with their ability to understand the positions of candidates and to make a choice. Many people believe that those who plan to vote for President Bush in the upcoming election are crazy, while a large number of other people think those who plan to vote for Sen. John Kerry...

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