Keeping the ‘Mentally Incompetent’ From Voting

Roberta Blomster, 37, lives in a suburb with her parents and sister outside of St. Paul, MN, where she interns with Congressman Keith Ellison’s campaign and testifies at her state capital on behalf of people with disabilities. During her free time she knits and spends time with her family and their two dogs.

Doctors have diagnosed her with mild mental retardation and epilepsy, and she is under limited guardianship, meaning that her mother manages her health and financial decisions.

The decision about whether to vote, however, is hers alone — a reality that might be different if she lived in another state. She gets her news from the local paper, television and social media. “It feels wonderful knowing that I’m able to make informed decisions about who I’m voting for,” she says. “It’s a very satisfying feeling knowing that you’re making a difference.”

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Keeping the ‘Mentally Incompetent’ From Voting

2 Responses to “Keeping the ‘Mentally Incompetent’ From Voting”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    Why would that be? If Roberta Blomster has the capacity to make an informed decision on who to vote for, then why doesn't she have the capacity to make health and financial decisions?I am glad her Mother is her guardian, but my question is why did the Mother have to apply for guardianship? Why couldn't Roberta give her Mother durable power of attorney instead?

  2. StandUp Says:

    I agree with what you're syaing Anonymous

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