SAN DIEGO (AP) - A California judge has ruled that a former NPR producer who had a traumatic brain injury has failed to demonstrate he is qualified to vote despite a new state law that makes it easier for people with developmental disabilities to keep and restore the right.
The judge held out the possibility that David Rector can still vote in the November presidential election but said his conservator had to provide more information to prove that is what he wants. The 66-year-old San Diego man was disqualified from voting in 2011, two years after an injury left him unable to walk or speak.
Under California’s new law, people who are assigned conservators can vote unless there is “clear and convincing evidence” that they cannot express a desire to exercise it.
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