FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
June 6, 2016
CONTACT: LaToya Foster (EOM) 202.727.5011; [email protected]
Charles Thornton (MORCA) 202.715.7670; [email protected]
The Board of Elections (BOE) and the Mayor’s Office on Returning Citizen Affairs (MORCA) host Absentee Voting at the D.C. Jail
(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Monday June 6th, 2016, the Board of Elections (BOE) and the Mayor’s Office of Returning Citizen Affairs (MORCA) will host absentee voting at the Central Detention Facility (D.C. Jail) and the Correctional Treatment Facility. Washington, D.C. is leading the nation in its efforts to aid it’s returning citizens, and remains one of only a few jurisdictions in the country that permits residents awaiting trial the opportunity to vote, and restores an individual’s right to vote as soon as their term of incarceration ends.
MORCA’s Director, Charles Thornton, will lead a group of observers that includes community advocates, municipal agencies, and returning citizens into the jail. “The right to vote is a fundamental part of being an American citizen, and the District continues to be ahead of the curve in ensuring that all residents have the opportunity to cast their ballot,” said Thornton.
“District of Columbia law provides that individuals who are incarcerated for misdemeanors or who are awaiting or on trial for a criminal offense may cast ballots in District of Columbia elections,” says BOE Acting Executive Director Terri Stroud. “The Board is happy to facilitate registration and voting for these individuals in a manner that is convenient for them.”
The Sentencing Project, Reclaim the Vote DC, and Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants will observe the voting process. MORCA is focused on engaging soon-to-be released D.C. residents and facilitating their reentry process prior to returning to the community. For more information visit: www.orca.dc.gov or call (202) 715-7670.