National Association for Rights Protection and Advocacy

Voting Rights of People with Psychiatric Labels

Jennifer Mathis

This workshop will discuss the ways in which many people with psychiatric labels have been disenfranchised, and strategies that can be used to try to prevent this disenfranchisement and/or restore people's right to vote. People with psychiatric labels may lose the opportunity to exercise their right to vote as a result of state voter qualification standards or of the actions of election officials and/or service providers. In addition to knowing their rights under federal and state laws, people with psychiatric labels and advocates can take some practical steps to try to protect their right to vote.