Activists Visit Dothan to Spread Inmate Voting Rights Awareness

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Under Alabama law, inmates charged with misdemeanors have the right to vote.

The only felons who do not have that right are those who have committed violent crimes or crimes of moral turpitude.

At the Houston County Jail, inmates can request a voter registration form or absentee ballot.

The inmates have to pay for the applications to be sent out and for their ballots to be mailed in.

It's up to the Registrar's Office to make sure they are eligible.

"All an inmate at the Houston County Jail has to do is request the forms if they want to vote. We're not soliciting voters, we're not forcing people to vote, if they want to vote and they don't have any felony convictions that prohibit them from voting then they're welcome to participate. They have the same freedom to vote inside the jail if their eligible as someone on the outside does,” Houston County Sheriff Andy Hughes said.

Although they have that right, Hughes says it's underutilized.

"We've had very few inmates request a voter registration form or an absentee ballot, very, very few,” Hughes said.

Reverend Glasgow says he's been bringing voter registration forms to the Dothan City Jail since 2005.

He says he wants to spread awareness about areas in the south where inmates are being denied their right to vote or don't have easy access to voting.

"Let my people vote, let my people vote, let my people vote.”

"People with convictions are people and the second thing which is most important is by the law, they have not lost their right to vote. People that are in city jails that have misdemeanors, that doesn’t warrant them losing their right to vote. People that are in county jails that have not been to court or convicted yet have not lost their right to vote,” Glasgow said.

Back in May, Glasgow claims three inmates were removed from Houston County's eligible voter list for improper reasons.

After an examination, those names were returned to the voter list prior to election day.