Preserving the right to vote under limited guardianship

Arizona Center for Disability Law (ACDL)
DDNN Summer 2018

 

Your Vote CountsArizona law changed in 2012 to allow those under limited guardianship to retain their right to vote if they petition the court to retain that right in guardianship proceedings. In 2017, ACDL conducted a review of all 15 Arizona counties to evaluate the information provided to the public regarding retention of voting rights under limited guardianship. ACDL’s review revealed that multiple Arizona counties did not include information regarding the option to retain voting rights in limited guardianship in self-service form guardianship petitions or related documents. Thereafter, ACDL partnered with several organizations in the community, including the Arizona Developmental Disabilities Planning Council, the Arc of Arizona, and Raising Special Kids, to send letters to the Administrative Office of the Courts and the superior courts in the counties that lacked updated information in their self-service forms. In response, several counties and the Administrative Office of the Courts agreed to update their self-service forms provided to the public, to ensure there is information included about the right of those under limited guardianship to petition the court to retain voting rights. We will meet with the Administrative Office of the Courts in March to provide feedback on the new forms and discuss outreach to the community on this issue.