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Supervisor Of Elections Hosts Voter Outreach At County Jail

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More than 40,000 voters in Leon County are not registered to vote with either the Democratic or Republican party. That means they can’t vote in the primary. Leon County Supervisor of Elections Mark Earley recently visited the Leon County Detention Center to register voters behind bars. 

Earley wants to make sure everyone has the opportunity to get registered or switch their party identification before the February 18 deadline.

 

Inmates can vote through a vote-by-mail ballot which will be mailed to the jail. Earley says he doesn’t want people to conflate registering jail occupants with the constitutional amendment restoring voter rights to felons.

"We've asked the administrative personnel here to make sure to check their record and kind of screen out anyone that’s been convicted of a felony that may still have some obligation left. We believe that work has been done, but we’ll also vet that ourselves,” Earley said.

Even though some inmates are awaiting trial, Earley says they can still register as long as they haven't been convicted or have prior felonies. He says the detention center has the infrastructure to assist voters who want to register.

“What we’ve done with our facilities has been making sure that anybody that needed to and wanted to had the opportunity to do that,” said Leon County Sherrif Office Public Information Officer Dave Teems.

Florida’s presidential primary is slated for March 17.

 

Ralph Cantave is a senior Broadcast Journalism major at Florida A&M University. He is a transfer student from St. Maarten where he served as a youth ambassador. Ralph is also a published author and poet. He's been a writer and radio personality since his mid-teens and is a history enthusiast. Cantave enjoys reading, traveling and talking to new people. He also runs a restaurant with his wife Charity on the island.