Inmates at DeKalb County jail register to vote

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt October 11, 2016
The DeKalb NAACP’s “Voices Beyond Bars” voter registration drive registered 134 inmates at the DeKalb County Jail on October 10th.  (Left to right) Volunteer George Turner, DeKalb County Sheriff Jeffrey L. Mann, and Georgia NAACP Political Action Chair Vivian Moore. (Photo by DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office)

The DeKalb NAACP’s “Voices Beyond Bars” voter registration drive registered 134 inmates at the DeKalb County Jail on October 10th. (Left to right) Volunteer George Turner, DeKalb County Sheriff Jeffrey L. Mann, and Georgia NAACP Political Action Chair Vivian Moore. (Photo by DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office)

Inmates in the DeKalb County jail are registering to vote, the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office says.

Sheriff Jeffrey Mann hosted a team of volunteers from the DeKalb NAACP as part of its registration drive, known as “Voices Beyond Bars.”

According to the sheriff, 134 eligible inmates on Oct. 10 registered to vote. The voter registration deadline for the Nov. 8 election is today, Oct. 11.

“We are pleased to work with the NAACP to make voter registration available to individuals who are incarcerated,” Mann said in a press release. “Some of the current inmates may be released in time to vote in the November General Election, but they must be registered to do so. As well, many inmates have never registered.  Every citizen should be able to execute their right to vote, and we are glad to help make that possible.”

According to the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office, people who register to vote must not be, “serving a sentence for conviction of a felony involving moral turpitude.”

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