Getting Out the Vote at DC Jail

Today is election day, and the AP has a story about an effort to help those currently held at DC jail vote:

While it seemed ordinary, the voting that went on at the D.C. jail and a facility where women are housed next door is unique. Most states and the District of Columbia bar prisoners serving time on a felony conviction from voting. But inmates awaiting trial or serving a sentence for a misdemeanor, an estimated 700,000 people nationwide, are allowed to vote as long as they aren’t barred by a past felony conviction.

Most states, however, don’t actively help these people vote, said Marc Mauer, the executive director of The Sentencing Project, a Washington-based group that advocates for sentencing reform and alternatives to prison.

In the vast majority of jails there’s absolutely nothing being done to make that happen,” Mauer said.

Read the whole story here.

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