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Voter Disenfranchisement

THE 70 million podcast Season 3, Episode 2, 9.21.20

VOTING FROM JAIL IS A RIGHT, AND NOW A REALITY IN CHICAGO

A year ago, Illinois passed a law requiring all jails to ensure that pre-trial detainees have an opportunity to vote. Chicago’s Cook County Jail was turned into a polling place during the 2019 primaries. Sheriff Tom Dart is an enthusiastic supporter of the program. And advocates like Amani Sawari are working to ensure voters in custody are informed and prepared to vote in the upcoming election. Pamela Kirkland reports.