Polls for Prisons
The Atlantic
March 9, 2016

Prisoner Jose Antonio Garcia, 23, exits the voting booth with his Republican presidential primary ballot in Bayamon prison, where prisoners cast their vote in advance of Sunday's primary elections in Bayamon, March 16, 2012. Puerto Rico has about 4 million people and its population can vote in partisan primaries but not presidential elections. Puerto Ricans on the mainland have the same voting rights as other U.S. Citizens. REUTERS/Ana Martinez (PUERTO RICO - Tags: ELECTIONS POLITICS) - RTR2ZGDF

Why can’t most people in prison vote? Although states display considerable range of policies on the issue of how––if at all––people can vote after being released from institutions or onto parole or probation, the general idea is that the ballot box stops where the bars begin.

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