FREE THE VOTE!
Volunteers needed before October 22 (last day to register!)
LARRP joins artist Common registering voters on National Voter Registration Day
On Tuesday September 25th, LARRP joined the artist Common, the ACLU of SoCal, NALEO, Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, County Registrar Dean Logan, ODR Director Peter Espinoza, and other County staff and community volunteers, outside Men's Central Jail to celebrate National Voter Registration Day (NVRD) and bring attention to the importance of ensuring that ALL of our eligible citizens know they can exercise their right to vote. You can view some of the coverage here
Tuesday's event also served as a launch for LA Free the Vote, a new countywide campaign to engage currently and formerly incarcerated and convicted people to register to vote and broader civic participation opportunities.
LA Free the Vote will target three overlapping populations of eligible voters: adults in LA County Jails with UTV, pre-registration of 16 and 17 year-olds in Juvenile Detention, and the Reentry Community, encompassing those on Probation, those in a community based reentry program, and the broader public that doesn't know they can vote despite a felony convictions on their record.
WE NEED VOLUNTEERS! The LARRP Voter Engagement Committee is super busy until Election Day, here's how you can help:
- Join the Committee: We meet every 3rd Wednesday 11am-1pm, at Amity, next Oct 17th.
- Volunteer for a weekday shift at your local Probation Office, contact Joseph Petitt at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Volunteer for a shift for the final weekend before Oct 22nd(last day to register), Register here!
The LARRP Ad-Hoc Voter Engagement Committee will continue to work to drastically increase voter registration and education efforts among LA County's reentry population, serve as a coordinating body for multiple CJ population voter engagement efforts among CBOs and County agencies, and to serve as a voice and advocate for voter engagement resources from government and foundations. Thanks to all Committee members!
Voter Eligibility Cheat Sheet
Yes You Can Vote:
- Out on bail
- In jail awaiting trial or sentencing
- In jail on AB109 felony
- All misdemeanors
- On Probation (incl supervised release)
No You Cannot Vote:
- In prison
- On Parole
- In jail on parole violation
- In jail awaiting transfer to prison
- If deemed mentally incompetent to stand trial
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REPORT - Full Human Beings: An argument for incarcerated voter enfranchisement
This report by The People's Policy Project argues that all US states should allow incarcerated people to vote, something that only Maine and Vermont currently permit.
The Jails Project's Unlock the Vote (UTV) along with LARRP and other community partners are embarking on a campaign to reduce barriers to registration and voting for justice-involved and justice-impacted folks in Los Angeles County as well as Orange County.
A June mandatory training is required to be able to go inside the facilities. Click on the link below to view the training times and reserve your place.
LARRP Ad-Hoc Committee on Voter Engagement
Ad-Hoc Voter Engagement Committee
11:00 AM to 1:00 PM @ Amity Foundation
- To drastically increase voter registration and education efforts among LA County’s reentry population.
- To actively support the “Unlock the Vote” campaign inside LA County jails.
- To serve as a coordinating body for multiple CJ population voter engagement efforts among CBOs and County agencies.
- To serve as a voice and advocate for voter engagement resources from government and foundations.
In response to the February 13th Motion (MRT/SK) related to expanding voter engagement efforts among currently and formerly incarcerated populations; and following the tremendous success of the “Unlock the Vote” campaign to register and educate voters inside LA County jails; LARRP will support and enhance this critical county wide work by launching an Ad-Hoc Committee to expand voter engagement among LA County’s reentry population.