The California Penal Code Section 26 states that "Idiots" are one of six types of people who are not capable of committing crimes.
In several states, "idiots" do not have the right to vote:
- Arkansas Article III, Section 5
- Iowa Article II, section 5
- Kentucky Section 145
- Mississippi Article 12, Section 241
New Jersey (Article II, Section 1, Paragraph 6)
- A resolution was passed by the State Legislature in January 2007 to remove "idiot or insane", and to add the qualifying phrase "who has been adjudicated by a court of competent jurisdiction to lack the capacity to understand the act of voting." As the resolution put it succintly, "This proposed amendment to the Constitution shall be submitted to the people at the next general election occurring more than three months after the final agreement. This constitutional amendment shall become part of the New Jersey Constitution upon approval by the voters."  The amendment passed the referendum on November 6, 2007. Hence, "New Jersey" is now crossed out in this list.