A unique political issue has emerged that involves voting rights and people who have been found not guilty of crimes by reason of insanity. Lawmakers in Rhode Island are pushing to take away voting rights for these people, which has sparked some very interesting debate that drawns in politics and psychology. I think this is a pretty complex issue, and one of the largest concerns for me is whether this sets a precedent that people with severe mental illness who are not even involved in criminal litigation could be in danger of losing voting rights in the future.
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Meek, W. (2007). Mental Illness & Voting Rights. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 17, 2014, from http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2007/06/27/mental-illness-voting-rights/