The Voting Access for All Coalition in partnership with Spread The Vote have expanded the Vote by Mail in Jail program across the state of Michigan, assisting jailed voters with registering and requesting absentee ballots, with the mission to increase the number of eligible voters incarcerated in Michigan’s jail and detention facilities who participate in their elections.
We do this by partnering with jail and detention facilities who house eligible voters in their custody. We cater to our partners by developing regionally specific educational materials to provide 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. Along with this we host Jailed Voter Information Sessions online monthly. We provide program participants with 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.
Available materials: The following materials can be used as is, or modified for your unique needs. (2022 materials under development)
Contact us to have a template updated with your unique requirements or to request copies of the poster.
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.