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Inmates register to vote at Ingham County jail

Posted: 7:26 AM, Sep 25, 2018
Updated: 2018-09-25 11:26:37Z
Inmates register to vote at Ingham County jail

In an effort to increase participation in the upcoming November election, several organizations got together at the Ingham County jail to register incarcerated voters.

The Michigan Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence joined local elected officials, law enforcement and voter's rights groups to put the event together.

Currently in Michigan, you can vote while incarcerated as long as you are not serving a felony sentence.

Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum says everyone deserves the right to vote so getting those inmates registered is important.

"I firmly believe that all qualified registered voters should be afforded the opportunity to exercise their right to vote and that's why I'm out here tonight," Byrum said.

This registration event was held as a part of National Voter Registration Day, which is Tuesday.