"Supported decision-making means that a person can receive the necessary assistance to adopt certain decisions in life, including when exercising the right to vote. Such mechanisms should replace the substituted decision-making ones, providing persons with disabilities with the necessary support to exercise their electoral and political rights without undue limitation."
DocumentOSCE (ODIHR): Handbook on Observing and Promoting the Electoral Participation of Persons with Disabilities, p. 13
- Assistance provided to those unable to vote independently must be impartial.
- The right to vote should not be restricted based on any perceived or actual disability and mental health status, including pursuant to an individualized assessment.
- Voters with special needs, including persons with disabilities and the elderly, can be assisted in voting by a trusted person of choice.