Resource: Missouri P&A and Scaletty v. Carnahan

By: Bazelon Center

August 23, 2007

Bazelon Center

On August 23, 2007, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit held that Missouri law allows citizens who are under full guardianship to retain their voting rights if they demonstrate a capacity to vote.

The case was filed on behalf of Bob Scaletty, a retired electrician diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, and Missouri Protection and Advocacy Services, which represents people with mental disabilities. Mr. Scaletty had voted consistently until November 2004, when he received a letter saying he could not. The case challenged Missouri laws barring voting by citizens a court has declared are incapacitated and for whom it has appointed a guardian.

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