Addressing the Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues Raised by Voting by Persons with DementiaCenter for Bioethics Papers
Document TypeJournal Article
Date of this Version9-1-2004
AbstractThis article addresses an emerging policy problem in the United States participation in the electoral process by citizens with dementia. At present, health care professionals, family caregivers, and long-term care staff lack adequate guidance to decide whether individuals with dementia should be precluded from or assisted in casting a ballot. Voting by persons with dementia raises a series of important questions about the autonomy of individuals with dementia, the integrity of the electoral process, and the prevention of fraud. Three subsidiary issues warrant special attention: development of a method to assess capacity to vote; identification of appropriate kinds of assistance to enable persons with cognitive impairment to vote; and formulation of uniform and workable policies for voting in long-term care settings. In some instances, extrapolation from existing policies and research permits reasonable recommendations to guide policy and practice. However, in other instances, additional research is necessary.
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Citation InformationJason H Karlawish, Richard J Bonnie, Paul S Appelbaum, Constantine Lyketsos, et al.. "Addressing the Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues Raised by Voting by Persons with Dementia" (2004)
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