In a democracy the right to vote is an essential way for citizens to participate in civic life. Our vote is our voice in government. This is true for all adult citizens, including people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). Yet before a recent change in the law, many people who are under conservatorship had this right taken away. The good news is that you may be able to have your right to vote reinstated by the court.
If you or someone you know is under conservatorship and want to check their eligibility to vote, or learn how to have their right to vote reinstated, visit the Voting Rights: Persons Subject to Conservatorship page of the Secretary of State’s website and read this fact sheet from Disability Rights California. As the process of having your right to vote reinstated may be time consuming it is a good idea to start the process as soon as possible.
You are eligible to vote in California if you are:
- A United States citizen;
- A resident of California;
- 18 years of age or older on Election Day;
- Not currently imprisoned or on parole for the conviction of a felony; and
- Not under a conservatorship where a court ruled you are not allowed to vote.
If you are eligible to vote in California and want to register or check to make sure that your registration is correct you can do so online at the Secretary of State’s webpage, www.registertovote.ca.gov.