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Charleston signs voters among those jailed but not convicted

November 17, 2018

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The elections director in Charleston County, South Carolina, says it’s part of an effort to reach potential voters in a county with historically poor voter participation:

A jailhouse voter drive led to 13 inmates submitting absentee ballots in bulk this month. An unknown number may also have mailed ballots individually.

The Post and Courier reports that the inmates in question have been accused of crimes and have been unable to make bail, but they haven’t been convicted.

Though the Charleston in-jail registration effort is not new this year, the recent push included an in-house video featuring Debney informing those inside how to sign up.

Assistant Sheriff Mitch Lucas said the sheriff’s office backs the effort.

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