Guardianship and Voting: Preserving and Restoring the Right to Vote

A ballot with a checkmark is sticking out from a box that says "Vote."

Join us on Zoom to learn about voting rights for people under guardianship. We will discuss how voting rights are addressed in the guardianship process, and the process for restoring the right to vote. This training will provide information to support people with disabilities and older adults to retain or restore their voting rights.

Registration is required for this Zoom event. Register here.

ASL Interpreters and captioning will be provided. Other accommodations may be requested when registering.

View and share the Zoom event flyer (accessible PDF).


Opening Remarks: Barbara Beckert, Disability Rights Wisconsin

How I Got My Right to Vote Back, a video message from Jennifer Kratsch, voter and self-advocate

Retaining & Restoring the Right to Vote: Ellen Henningsen, Director, Voting Rights & Guardianship Project, Disability Rights Wisconsin (DRW)

Panel and Moderated Questions:

  • Mitch Hagopian, Managing Attorney, DRW
  • Peter Navis, Judicial Court Commissioner, Walworth County
  • Polly Shoemaker, Wisconsin Guardianship Support Center Attorney

Resource Materials

Competency, Guardianship and Voting in Wisconsin
Available in English and Spanish.

Program Sponsors

Disability Rights Wisconsin in partnership with the Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities and the Wisconsin Disability Vote Coalition.

Program Co-Sponsors

  • CIL Western Wisconsin
  • Employment Resources, Inc. (ERI)
  • Greater Wisconsin Agency on Aging Resources, Inc.
  • League of Women Voters of Wisconsin
  • LOV Inc. – Living Our Visions Inclusively
  • Milwaukee County DHHS Aging and Disability Services
  • My Choice Wisconsin
  • People First Wisconsin
  • Survival Coalition of Wisconsin Disability Organizations
  • The Arc Wisconsin
  • Wisconsin Coalition of Independent Living Centers
  • Wisconsin Guardianship Association
  • Wisconsin Guardianship Support Center

Who should attend?

This statewide training is for:

  • Person with a disability/older adult
  • Family member and/or guardian of a person with a disability or older adult
  • Aging and Disability Resource Center Staff
  • Managed Care and IRIS staff; Department of Health Services staff
  • Department of Public Instruction staff
  • Educators
  • County and State Children’s Long-Term Care staff
  • Health Care Providers
  • Service Providers

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