LDI Senior Fellow Jason Karlawish, MD, is featured in an article in The Atlantic exploring the voting rights and restrictions of people judged to be "mentally incompetent." Thirty states have laws that can bar people with mental disabilities from voting if they have been ruled "mentally incapacitated" by a court. Karlawish, a Professor of Medicine at Penn's Perelman School of Medicine who specializes in medical ethics, aging and health care policy, said state officials should provide proper assistance to mentally challenged voters. "The focus should be on maximizing access to voting and maximizing assistance for people who need it," he said. See Issue Brief of Karlawish's earlier work on this topic.
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