There are roughly 82,000 people in California’s jails, and practically all of those individuals who are adult citizens have the right to vote. However, people incarcerated in county jails still experience a unique set of obstacles when they reach for the ballot box. As a result, many eligible adult citizens are locked out of the democratic process purely because they are in jail. The good news is that there are many strategies for community advocates, county elections offices, and sheriffs to break down barriers to democracy for people in county jails.
This empowering virtual training follows the release of an exciting new resource – Voting in California Jails: A Community Toolkit. This training will highlight key tools from the new toolkit, including different models for jail voter registration and turnout as well as best practices for doing voter engagement work in jails. This project is a collaboration between ACLU of Northern California, ACLU of Southern California, and League of Women Voters of California, as well as our partners at the Alameda Public Defender’s Office, A New Way of Life Reentry Project, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children, Pillars of the Community, and the Santa Cruz County Elections Office. Learn more at LetMeVoteCA.org.