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Marty Block

An unreasonable restriction on the right to vote

An unreasonable restriction on the right to vote

One of the most fundamental rights of an American citizen is the right to vote. And though not nearly as many citizens take part in elections as we'd like, no one should be stripped of that right without clear cause. But thousands of Californians with developmental disabilities have been barred from voting without full consideration of their capabilities and, according to a complaint filed with the Justice Department, likely in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Although voting is a constitutional right, most of the mechanisms for determining eligibility are left to the states, which has resulted in a patchwork of restrictions. For instance, most states, including...