OPSO: Inmates cast ballots for Dec. 11 runoff election


In this Sept. 8, 2020 photo, voting booths are kept socially distant at the Chesterfield, N.H. polling site. A majority of President Donald Trump’s supporters plan to cast their ballot on Election Day, while about half of Joe Biden’s backers plan to vote by mail. That’s according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research that finds 54% of voters say they will vote before polls open on Nov. 3. (Kristopher Radder/The Brattleboro Reformer via AP)

NEW ORLEANS (WGNO)— On Friday, the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office reported that inmates had their chance to cast their ballots for the December 11 election.

Sheriff Marlin Gusman made a statement regarding inmate voting.

“The Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office has turned in to the Orleans Parish Registrar of Voters 67 Voter Registration Forms, and 49 Absentee Ballot Requests.  Among the Absentee Ballot Requests, 32 inmates were eligible to cast ballots in the Dec. 11 runoff election.

“It is my honor and responsibility to ensure that all eligible citizens are allowed the opportunity to vote, including incarcerated citizens.

“I know that civic engagement reduces recidivism. That’s why the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office goes beyond the minimum legal requirements to encourage inmate participation in elections.  I’m also heartened by the fact that interest in voting is much higher this year compared with last year.”

Sheriff Marlin Gusman

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