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Election Commission, Sheriff’s Office announce joint inmate voting project

New program to provide dedicated support and education

by PRIDE Newsdesk
Sheriff Daron Hall

The Davidson County Election Commission is partnering with the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office to ensure all inmates have an opportunity to register to vote and vote in future elections.

“The process and deadlines for voting are different for individuals housed in our local jails,” said Jeff Roberts, Davidson County ‘administrator of elections.’ “After conversations with the Sheriff’s Office and other advocacy groups, we recognized a need for an on-site, dedicated election specialist to provide guidance to active inmates. So, beginning later this month, Carlatina Hampton, one of our veteran employees, will transfer to the Sheriff’s Office to serve as a resource and guide.”

Voter registration, navigating the absentee ballot request process, voting rights restoration support, and civics education will be a part of the new program.

“We are always searching for improvements to the criminal justice system and better methods to serve our inmate population,” Davidson County Sheriff Daron Hall said. “Providing information, education, and easy access to the voting process affords those incarcerated an opportunity that would, otherwise be more complicated.”

“I applaud the Sheriff’s Office and Election Commission for collaborating to ensure that the barriers to participating in civic life are lowered for folks coming out of our criminal justice system,” said Mayor Freddie O’Connell. “Robust participation in our elections strengthens our democracy.”

The Davidson County Election Commission is responsible for providing free and fair elections to every eligible citizen. The Election Commission is regulated by state of Tennessee law and funded by Metropolitan Nashville government. The main office is located at 1417 Murfreesboro Pike, Nashville, Tenn. 37217.

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