Most offenders in Pa. jails are eligible to vote. Why aren’t more counties encouraging it?

Most people in jail are awaiting trial or serving sentences for misdemeanor convictions, so they are eligible to vote. So why aren’t more doing it?

Since at least 2018, the Bucks County League of Women Voters has delivered registration and ballot applications and educational materials, including its Voter Guide at the jail for primary and general elections, said Connie Borichevsky, co-director of voter services for the chapter.

Since January, defendants have been offered information about how to register to vote upon admission to the jail, Corrections Director David Kratz said. Inmates can also receive assistance from their caseworkers with filling out registration and ballot paperwork, he said.

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