Visit the project website, Possibility Lab, here. The website features information on how to increase civic engagement for people in jail.
Bay Area - Increasing Access to the Ballot: Jail-Based Voter Registration
Project Objective: Addressing the need to educate individuals held in custody in local jails, the project in partnership with the Alameda County Public Defender’s Office (ACPDO) Voter Outreach Increases Community Empowerment (VOICE) program and the Registrar of Voters began working towards providing individuals in custody with the knowledge and support necessary to register to vote. The project is working towards synthesizing research and experiences and highlighting resource gaps and best practices in order to communicate and contextualize learnings to journalists and fellow academics.
Delve into the challenges and solutions associated with jail-based voter registration and jail-based voting. Explore the key considerations for jurisdictions that want to explore the possibility of polling places within jails.
Established in 2016, the Public Defender’s Office’s VOICE (Voter Outreach Increases Community Empowerment) program has registered over 1,500 people at Santa Rita, around a third of whom have registered since Prop. 17 passed.