Resistbot Petition: Protect Voting Rights of Missourians with Disabilities & Under Guardianship (Mo. only)

An open letter to State Governors & Legislatures (Mo. only)

Protect Voting Rights of Missourians with Disabilities & Under Guardianship

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I strongly urge you to support SB 1136 (Arthur). This bill holds immense significance as it endeavors to safeguard voting access for individuals with disabilities and to reinstate fundamental voting rights for those under guardianship. Firstly, SB 1136 mandates that polling places must provide accessible voting machines for local elections, in addition to the ones already required by the ADA for federal and state elections. This extension ensures that every eligible voter, regardless of their abilities, can exercise their right to vote effectively. Secondly, the bill seeks to clarify Missouri law concerning the voting rights of individuals under guardianship. While voting is a cornerstone right protected by both the U.S. and Missouri Constitutions, current federal law permits states to limit voting access for those labeled as "mentally incapacitated." This has led to a situation where individuals under guardianship, not necessarily due to mental incapacity but often for other reasons, are unjustly stripped of their voting rights. The ambiguity in Missouri's Constitution regarding the definition of "mentally incapacitated" has resulted in inconsistent interpretations and has unfairly equated guardianship status with mental incapacity. This has led to the erroneous disenfranchisement of individuals solely based on their guardianship status, undermining their rights without just cause. SB 1136 aims to rectify these injustices by ensuring that individuals under guardianship retain their voting rights unless clear and convincing evidence proves their inability to participate in the voting process. This bill is not just about legal technicalities; it's about upholding the democratic principles that form the bedrock of our nation. As leaders of Missouri, it is your duty to safeguard the rights of all citizens, especially those who have been historically marginalized. SB 1136 represents a crucial step towards ensuring that every eligible Missourian can participate in our democracy without unwarranted barriers. Thank you for your attention to this vital matter.

▶ Created on April 11 by MO Residents

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