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Mental Illness & Voting Rights

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.

Mental Illness & Voting Rights

Will Meek, PhD

Will Meek PhD is a psychologist in Vancouver, Washington, and writes weekly at his blog: Vancouver Counseling.


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Meek, W. (2018). Mental Illness & Voting Rights. Psych Central. Retrieved on February 19, 2019, from https://psychcentral.com/blog/mental-illness-voting-rights/
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