The New York City Department of Correction (Department) understands the vital importance of full civic participation and maintaining strong community connections. This benefits both the individuals in department custody and the democratic process at large.
The Department has committed substantial staff time and effort to ensure all eligible incarcerated individuals have access to fully exercise their civic rights while in the Department’s custody and upon their return to the community. Persons in custody receive all necessary information, resources, and encouragement to support them in their right to vote.
The Department provides people in custody with access to voter information, voter assistance, and all required Board of Election forms to vote in all City, State, and Federal elections. Within the last year (June 2020 to June 2021), the Department submitted a total of 1845 election forms – including registration, absentee ballot requests, and ballots – to the Board of Elections.
Note: The Department does not track citizenship status (in accordance with Introductions 486-A and 487-A that were signed into law in 2014) and is therefore unable to report the number of eligible voters in custody.
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