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Proposed bill would allow inmates to vote from jail

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SPRINGFIELD -- Illinois lawmakers will consider legislation to allow county jail inmates to vote in elections.

The bill, HB 4469, specifically directs Illinois county jails to allow eligible inmates to vote by mail. It would also establish a temporary polling place inside the Cook County jail. 

County jails would also be required to provide eligble inmates with a voter registration application upon their request and upon their release.

The Illinois Department of Corrections, county jails and probation offices would also have to make available current resource material on voting rights.

State Rep. Juliana Stratton, D-Chicago, who is also running for lieutenant governor on the J.B. Pritzker campaign, introduced the bill.

Several Democratic lawmakers have signed on as co-sponsors.

The bill has been moved to the Rules Committee.

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