The proposed amendment question No. 2 prohibiting the Kansas
Legislature from prohibiting the mentally ill from voting should be
more specific. The way I read the proposed amendment, any mentally ill
person should not be refused the right to vote regardless of the
severity of their illness.
Does this mean even those with a less than eight or nine years of
mental capacity should be allowed to vote? Does this present the
possibility of "the person entering the voting booth with the mentally
ill patient to help them vote" get another chance to vote his or her
wishes each time he or she helps a mentally ill person to vote?
At what age capability can a person's name be used to stuff the ballot box?
The amendment doesn't speak to that. It takes away the right of the
public through their legislature to express an opinion on the subject.
We should not interfere with the voting rights of those who are
capable of reading and understanding news and making sound decisions on
private and public matters.
CARL S. HELMLE,