Prison inmates are largely ignored when it comes to voter registration efforts. Most people – including prisoners themselves– assume they are ineligible to vote. While convicted felons cannot vote, inmates who are awaiting trial (and therefore innocent until proven guilty) or serving time for misdemeanors are actually qualified to register and vote.
A Chicago-area group has undertaken a project to inform and register eligible voters within the prison system, with very positive results – and some VERY interesting side benefits.
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