Adult Ward Should Have Right to Vote

Adult ward should have right to vote: court

Tokyo District Court ruled unconstitutional the provision in the Public Offices Election Law that strips the right to vote from adults helped by guardians. The trial focused on whether the rights to vote and to run for office can be regulated based on intellectual disabilities, and whether it is reasonable to restrict an adult ward’s rights, as the adult guardianship scheme is intended to protect their rights.

Author(s): Japan Times Reporter
Publication Date: March 14, 2013