This page includes information on:
- the basics about guardianship and voting.
- how to keep the right to vote in a guardianship case.
- how to get the right to vote back if lost in a guardianship case.
- additional resources.
The Basics about Guardianship and Voting
- Guardianship and Voting: The Basics of Wisconsin’s Guardianship Law and its Impact on the Right to Vote (accessible PDF).
- Competency, Guardianship, and Voting Brochure
How to Keep the Right to Vote in a Guardianship Case
How to Get Your Right to Vote Back
In Wisconsin, people under guardianship retain the right to vote unless the court expressly removes that right. These resources explain how to determine if you have the retained or lost the right to vote, and, if you have lost the right to vote, how to petition the court to restore your right to vote.
- Full Guide: Guardianship and Voting: How to Get Your Right to Vote Back – A Disability Rights Wisconsin Guide (accessible PDF)
- Note: The full guide does not have fillable form fields; for fillable forms, please use the Word document versions below.
- Summary Guide: Guardianship and Voting: How to get Your Right to Vote Back (accessible PDF)
- Print-Friendly Guides
- Forms and instructions on how to fill them out are also included in the full Guardianship and Voting guide.
- Form 1: Ward’s Petition to Restore Ward’s Right to Register to Vote and to Vote
- Form 2: Petition on Behalf of Ward to Restore Ward’s Right to Register to Vote and to Vote
- Form 3: Order to Restore Ward’s Right to Register to Vote and to Vote
- “Allegations of Incompetency and the Right to Vote” published in The Guardian, the newsletter of the Wisconsin Guardianship Support Center; starts at page 7.
- “Restoring the Right to Vote for People under Guardianship” published in The Guardian, the newsletter of the Wisconsin Guardianship Support Center; starts at page 4.
- Guardianship and Voting: Keeping and Restoring the Right to Vote (Youtube)
- How I Got My Right to Vote Back: A Message from Jennifer Kratsch (YouTube)
Guardianship and Voting: Preserving and Restoring the Right to Vote Training
- September 14, 2022 Training Presentation (accessible PDF)
- September 14, 2022 Training Recording (Youtube)
Guardianship and Voting Resources for Attorneys
For resources on voting rights of proposed wards and wards for attorneys serving as GALs or advocate counsel in guardianship cases, Disability Rights Wisconsin (DRW) has a resource page on this topic.
Disability Rights Wisconsin Voter Hotline
- Phone Number: 844-347-8683
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Wisconsin Guardianship Support Center (GWAAR)
- Phone Number: 855-409-9410
- Email: email@example.com