AUGUSTA – You might remember the story last fall where a woman was upset her mother with alzheimer’s disease filled out an absentee voting ballot.
That happened in the nursing home where her mother lived. The daughter was shocked her mother was allowed to vote, without the daughter’s knowledge.
Now a legislator, who was in a similar situation recently, has introduced a bill protecting the voting rights of those with dementia.
Senator Jeff Timberlake, R-Turner, said “When the nursing home was going to allow absentee voting or someone was going to come in to do absentee voting, that the power of attorney would be notified. For that person. And they could give consent over the phone of they would have the option of being there.”
Timberlake also stated he wants to make sure no one jeopardizes anyone’s voting rights. The legislature is expected to consider this bill within the next few weeks.