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Judge Says Mentally Ill Man May Not Vote


Jefferson City, Mo. – A federal judge won't allow a mentally ill Missouri man to vote in next week's election.

He has agreed to hear the man's challenge later.

In Jefferson City Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Ortrie Smith said it would be risky to presume the man is competent to vote.

Steven Prye says he moved to St. Louis from Illinois earlier this year and tried to register to vote. He wasn't allowed to because he has a court-appointed guardian in Illinois.

A court is considering whether to appoint a guardian for Prye in Missouri.

Under the Missouri Constitution and state law, those who have a guardian because of mental incapacity cannot vote.


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