Let My People Vote Campaign

In honor of Martin Luther King Day, the ordinary people society went into jails and encouraged inmates to register to vote.

The “Let My People Vote Campaign” was led by tops members across the state for the second year in a row.

Monday afternoon local members went into the Dothan City Jail and the Houston County Jail to encourage inmates.

Last year approximately 100 prisoners registered and this year, Reverend Kenneth Glasgow hopes to double that.

Those inmates who were convicted on misdemeanor charges may vote, but those who have been convicted of a felony cannot.

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  • by Sandy Location: Geneva on Jan 22, 2008 at 06:31 AM
    I do not believe an incarcerated person should have the right to vote. The right to vote is a privilege and someone who has gotten themselves incarcerated should be concerned with being a law abiding citizen before being concerned with a right to vote.
  • by Kimberly Location: Baltimore MD on Jan 22, 2008 at 06:07 AM
    Voting is a right NOT a privilege..It has nothing to do with criminal justice and for those leaders like TOPS who are working to include everyone's voices, they should be commended. Civic engagement is one strategy for real re-entry. We expect that when someone comes home from prison they will get a job and pay taxes, but yet we want to deny them the right to have their voice heard on the issues that matter to them. Our hypocrisy knows no bounds. We say we believe in forgiveness and redemption but we lie. We want to forever punish people and punishing at the polls is just one more example of our hypocrisy. Our ancestors who fought for the right to vote must be turning over in their graves. TOPS keep up the work, keep registering voices and make democracy strong in Alabama!
  • by mj Location: dixie on Jan 21, 2008 at 04:07 PM
    I thought that if you were a PRISONER that you LOST your right to vote!!!!
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