The Voting Access for All Coalition, in partnership with Spread The Vote, is increasing the number of voters in Michigan jail and detention facilities. Incarcerated voters across Michigan receive assistance registering and requesting absentee ballots through the Vote by Mail in Jail program.
We provide this assistance by partnering with jail and detention facilities who house eligible voters in their custody. Developing regionally specific educational materials, we then enable facilities to provide helpful information to incarcerated voters. We also train volunteers to host registration events at their local jails, as well as supply deputized volunteers to aid and address voter concerns directly. Additionally, we host monthly Jailed Voter Information Sessions online. Through these sessions, participants receive free materials including voter registration applications, absentee ballot request paperwork, nonpartisan voter guides and election deadline reminders at no cost to facilities or voters.
To join our Jail Voting Team as a volunteer, please contact us and someone will reach out to you with more information.
We used the following materials in 2022 from Partner organizations
The following examples of posters used in the past, can be modified for your unique needs
- 2021 Jail Poster – Option 1: to contact Staff or Volunteer
- 2021 Jail Poster – Option 2: to contact Volunteer Only
- 2021 Jail Tablet
Contact us to have a template updated with your unique requirements or to request copies of the poster.
Jail Voting Report
Voting Access For All and Nation Outside have produced an in-depth report on voting in Michigan jails titled “Ensuring the Right to Vote: How to Expand Voting Access in Michigan Jails.”
VAAC promotes the acceptance of all recommendations included in this report, in order to ensure people held in Michigan jails pre-trial have the opportunity to exercise their right to vote.