Facts About Guardianship, Competency and Voting ....

In Wisconsin, anyone over age 18 is legally an adult and is presumed by law to be able to manage all personal and financial affairs, including the ability to vote. However, an adult may not have the right to vote if a court of law has taken that right away. Get details on competency, guardianship and the voting process as described in a document currently being developed by Disability Rights Wisconsin (formerly Wisconsin Coalition for Advocacy).

In Wisconsin, anyone over age 18 is legally an adult and is presumed by law to be able to manage all personal and financial affairs, including the ability to vote. However, an adult may not have the right to vote if a court of law has taken that right away. The competency and guardianship process is described below.

Competency:

Guardianship:

Protective Placement:

Power of Attorney:

How can I find out if I have the right to vote?

If you are under a guardianship, you can find out whether or not you have the right to vote from your Determination and Order Form. You may ask your guardian or the Office of the Register in Probate (Probate Court) for a copy of your Determination and Order form. Each copy costs approximately $2.

You can also ask your attorney, or another person who has a signed release from you or your guardian, to request a copy of the Determination and Order Form.

You or another person requesting a copy of the Determination and Order Form should do so in the Probate Court where you receive services, or in the county that is paying for your services. If neither county has the form, try contacting the county in which your guardian resides.

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