Col­orado approves first-of-its-kind vot­ing ser­vice for peo­ple in jail

Colorado approves first-of-its-kind voting service for people in jail

Col­orado will allow cer­tain charged or incar­cer­at­ed peo­ple to vote from behind bars this elec­tion with a first-of-its-kind pro­gram. 
Gov. Jared Polis (D‑CO) signed a bill Mon­day man­dat­ing elec­tion offi­cials and law enforce­ment bring vot­ing ser­vices to coun­ty jails and deten­tion cen­ters, includ­ing one day of in-per­son vot­ing on Elec­tion Day. Con­vict­ed felons will still not be allowed to vote under Col­orado state law.
“In Col­orado, we real­ly pride our­selves on our gold star elec­tion sys­tem,” said state Sen. Julie Gon­za­les, a Demo­c­rat who spon­sored the bill. “Yet we real­ized that there was a group of peo­ple who weren’t able to ful­ly access the bal­lot.”
Col­orado is the first state to imple­ment a statewide man­date such as this. Six­ty-one jails and deten­tion cen­ters will bring in-pe …