Douglas County Sheriff’s Office: 4 inmates cast ballots in 2020 election

photo by: Chad Lawhorn

The Douglas County Jail, 3601 E 25th St., is pictured on April 7, 2020

Four inmates voted from the Douglas County Jail in the 2020 general election, according to the sheriff’s office.

As the Journal-World has reported, staff members at the jail helped inmates register and request advance ballots.

Four additional inmates requested to register to vote, or requested to vote but were not registered, after the Oct. 13 voter registration deadline, said Jenn Hethcoat, public information officer for the Douglas County sheriff’s office.

Another inmate registered to vote and requested an advance ballot but chose not to complete the ballot, Hethcoat said.

Kansas residents 18 and older who are United States citizens are eligible to vote. That includes anyone who has been convicted of a misdemeanor, according to information on a flyer from the Federal Public Defender’s Office and the American Civil Liberties Union of Kansas.

Kansas law also permits people who have been convicted of felonies but completed their sentences, including any post-release supervision or parole, to register or reregister to vote. Douglas County’s elections office determines whether local inmates are eligible.

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