Local Reverend Wants Inmates to Vote

By: Paul Stockman Email
By: Paul Stockman Email

Reverend Kenneth Glasgow has four simple words for authorities..."let my people vote."

He's organizing a campaign with a message to prisoners and inmates.

"You can still vote, you haven't lost your right to vote," Glasgow said.

Local authorities like Sheriff Andy Hughes say those who qualify to vote do have access to the necessary tools.

"We already have the absentee ballots at the jail," Hughes said. "We keep them on file, and if any inmate wants to fill out a written request and submit it, then we'll be glad to get them the proper form."

For an inmate to qualify to vote, he must not be convicted of a crime of moral turpitude. This means the crime must not have an inherent quality of baseness vileness or depravity with respect to a person's duty to another or to society in general.

Examples of this type of crime include rape, forgery, robbery and solicitation by prostitutes. Just because a prisoner has the means to vote doesn't mean they do.

"It's been very small if any, let's face it if these were civic minded individuals they wouldn't be in jail to begin with," Hughes said.

That's where Glasgow comes in. He wants to remind inmates that voting is a right and they can still help the outside world.

"We are doing something that causes them to become productive members of society, which causes harm reduction to them and public safety for all," Glasgow said.

It's important to note that those who have been convicted of misdemeanors or haven't been convicted can still vote with an absentee ballot.

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