The Big Apple firmly believes that everyone should have the right to vote, even inmates.

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NYC has launched a voter registration in the city’s jails where its 8,000 inmates can sign up to vote and turn in their absentee ballots to the jail.

The Department of Corrections says that 2,000 of those inmates are ineligible because they are on parole or have been convicted of a felony.


According to the DOJ, the debate over restoring voting rights for people with felony convictions and parolees has been playing out across several states.

Correction Commissioner Cynthia Brann says reminding prisoners “that their vote matters” is a “powerful way” to reinforce their community ties.