Jail Administrator Toolkit: Voting in the Jail Setting

Jail Administrator Toolkit: Voting in the Jail Setting

resources for voting in jail

This toolkit is intended for use by County Sheriffs, Jail Administrators, and other Jail staff to help ensure voting is accessible in your county jail.

Four Ideas to Make Voting Accessible in Your County Jail

  1. Have a clear policy and procedure about jail voting. We can help. Ask us for sample policy and procedure documents that incorporate best practices from county jails around the state.

  2. Make information about how to vote easily accessible on kiosks, tablets, via posters etc. Allowing jail residents access to websites like MyVote.wi.gov and VOTE411.org will allow those voters to access information about how to register to vote, request an absentee ballot, and find unbiased information about the candidates on their ballot. Posters and other printed materials made available in common areas can similarly make information about voting easily accessible.

  3. Provide training for key staff on voting. Again we can help by providing training for staff, training resources for staff, and/or assisting with forming connections with local election officials who can provide training.

  4. Partner with community organizations. Community organizations like the League of Women Voters and Chippewa Valley Votes can provide volunteers and help plan opportunities for jail residents to learn about the voting process and assistance to register to vote and request an absentee ballot.

Resources Specific to Voting in the Jail Setting

Suggested Websites to Make Available on Kiosks/Tablets

Voter Registration Resources

Photo ID Resources

Understanding the difference between Proof of Residence and Photo ID

Election Dates

Resources for Voters with Criminal Convictions

Resources for Voters with Disabilities

Resources for Homeless Voters

Help with Voting Questions

  • Your municipal clerk: myvote.wi.gov/en-US/MyMunicipalClerk
  • Wisconsin Elections Commission:  866-VOTE-WIS/868-3944 (staffed Mon – Fri from 7:45 AM – 4:30 PM/ longer hours on Election Day)
  • Karen Voss, Co-Coordinator, Chippewa Valley Votes, karensvoss [at] gmail.com 

  • Eileen Newcomer, League of Women Voters WI, Voter Education Manager, enewcomer [at] lwvwi.org 

  • Wisconsin Election Protection  Call 866-687-8683 or text “Our Vote” to 97779.  Non-partisan assistance from volunteer attorneys

  • DMV Voter ID Hotline: (844) 588-1069.  Apply for a free Photo ID for voting at the Wisconsin Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV).
  • Vote411.org: nonpartisan information about the candidates
  • Disability Rights Wisconsin Voter Hotline: 844-DIS-VOTE/ 844-347-8683  email: info [at] disabilityvote.org
  • EXPO -Ex-incarcerated People Organizing.