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To: Governor Bruce Rauner
Support Voting In Jail! Eligible voters should be able to vote.
We urge Governor Rauner to sign HB 4469 into law. Democracy works better when more people understand their civic responsibilities. People in jail who are awaiting trial are eligible to vote. HB 4469 sets up a formal process to ensure people have access to the ballot and understand their voting rights are restored upon release. This legislation makes sure our community members who are locked up and most impacted by criminal justice policies, have a voice in electing the people that make decisions on their lives. If HB 4469 is signed into law, Cook County Jail will become the first jail in the country to become an official polling location!
Why is this important?
There are approximately 20,000 people detained in jail pre-trial in Illinois. Those who are citizens have the right to vote in elections. However, without a formal process in place, voting in jail is nearly impossible for people awaiting trial.
This bill requires county jails and election authorities to collaborate in creating a process that ensures people on pre-trial can cast their ballot during elections.
In any given year, there are approximately 30,000 people who return from prison. Those who are citizens are eligible to vote in Illinois upon release. Yet many of these citizens do not register to vote because they believe that their past criminal conviction disqualifies them.
This bill requires the Illinois Department of Corrections and each county jail to provide eligible citizens released from their custody a voter registration application.
There are approximately 4 million residents of Illinois who have a past felony conviction, all of whom are eligible to vote. Yet, many of these individuals are not aware of their right to vote.
This bill requires the Illinois Department of Corrections to provide citizens released from their custody detailed information about their voting rights.
Chicago Votes, Illinois Justice Project, The Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, ACLU, and 38 supporting organizations ask Governor Rauner to support this historic piece of legislation.