Inmates in Cook County Jail participated in the county’s first jail-wide, in-person voting session on Saturday.
Volunteers from the organization Chicago Votes registered inmates in the jail, where 94 percent of them were eligible to cast a ballot, according to WLS-TV. It was part of the city’s early voting push. Voters in Chicago were allowed to start casting ballots on March 5 for the statewide primary elections, which are scheduled for March 20.
The Rev. Jesse Jackson supported inclusion of inmates and led by example when he also voted on Saturday.
“There is no excuse not to vote in this important election. If you want change, use the power of your vote to make it a reality,” Jackson said in a statement. “We no longer have a Bull Connor or George Wallace standing in the door of opportunity or threatening bodily harm. There is no excuse not to vote.”
11 Malcolm X Quotes That Are Eerily Relevant In 2018
1. Malcolm X SpeaksSource:Getty 1 of 11
2. Malcolm X On The Media2 of 11
3. Malcolm X On Political Paries3 of 11
4. Malcolm X On Education4 of 11
5. Malcolm X On Being Woke5 of 11
6. Malcolm X On Progress6 of 11
7. Malcolm X On Patriotism7 of 11
8. Malcolm X On Black Women8 of 11
9. Malcolm X's Most Famous Quote9 of 11
10. Malcolm X On Being Successful10 of 11
11. Malcolm X On How He Wants To Be Remembered11 of 11
Election Day Comes Early For Chicago Inmates In Historic First was originally published on newsone.com