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A Mental Patient's Right To Vote: An Analysis Of The Wild Case, Lawrence O. Gostin Jan 1976

A Mental Patient's Right To Vote: An Analysis Of The Wild Case, Lawrence O. Gostin

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This article is an analysis of the Wild case that was heard on 15 June 1976 by Judge Lloyd Jones of the County Court, Warrington.

In order to vote, the person's name must appear on the register of electors as a resident of a particular locality. Any place where the elector legitimately resides (even a hostel, a general hospital or a university) may be used as an address which qualifies a person for entry onto the register. The one exception is found in section 4(3) of the Representation of the People Act 1949, as amended by the Mental ...