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Disabled L.A. man's desire to vote leads to probe of alleged state violations
Disabled L.A. man's desire to vote leads to probe of alleged state violations

Stephen Lopate was just a boy when he first mentioned he wanted to vote someday in a presidential election. It was 2008, and he told his mother he liked Hillary Clinton because she was a smart woman. Years later, when he turned 18, Lopate's mother sought a court guardianship of her severely autistic son so that she could oversee his medical affairs and other legal matters. But she and Lopate were horrified and confused when they discovered that the move would result in her son being stripped of his right to vote. "I have always made sure … that he knows his opinion matters," said Lopate's mother, Teresa Thompson. "It was just awful." Thompson...

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