Protecting incarcerated individual’s voting rights

The San Francisco Sheriff’s Office Prisoner Legal Services registers voters at San Francisco’s jails

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Why are people in jail eligible to vote?

Incarcerated people in California are eligible to vote unless they are completing a prison sentence while in jail, or are on parole. Approximately 85 percent of San Francisco’s incarcerated population is awaiting trial on charges and may be eligible to vote. The Department of Elections verifies a person’s eligibility to vote prior to a ballot being issued.

California Secretary of State

Who can vote in California
How do people in San Francisco jails vote?

Since the year 2000, the Prisoner Legal Services unit in the Sheriff’s Office has registered voters at San Francisco jails for approximately six weeks before every election registration deadline. San Francisco’s Department of Elections provides registered voters in jail with vote-by-mail ballots and local voter information pamphlets. The California Secretary of State’s office supplies the state’s voter information guide.

Why does the Sheriff’s Office provide this service?

Expanding voting rights to incarcerated people at San Francisco County Jails is at the heart of the Sheriff’s Office’s mission. Voting is one of the ways people in jail function in a productive, lawful manner.