Code of the District of Columbia

§ 24–211.08(Perm). Voting assistance and notifications to inmates in Department of Corrections custody.

(a) In addition to any obligations imposed upon the Department of Corrections ("Department") due to its designation as a voter registration agency by § 1-1001.07(d)(1)(B), the Department shall, during the inmate intake process and again when an inmate exits the Department's custody:

(1) Determine whether an inmate is a qualified elector, as that term is defined in § 1-1001.02(2);

(2) If the Department determines that an inmate is a qualified elector, as that term is defined in § 1-1001.02(2), but is not registered to vote, provide that inmate with a voter registration application; and

(3) Provide an oral and written notification to each inmate of the right of an individual currently incarcerated or with a criminal record to vote in the District.

(b) Not Funded.

(b) The Department shall include information about the District voting rights of individuals currently incarcerated or with a criminal record in its Inmate Handbook or other similar resource provided to inmates.

(c) Beginning on April 26, 2019, and every 6 months thereafter, the Department shall provide to the Office on Returning Citizen Affairs the names and contact information of inmates released from its custody in the prior 6 months.


(June 27, 1946, ch. 507, §8; as added Apr. 26,2019, D.C. Law 22-309, § 3, 66 DCR 909; Apr. 7, 2021, D.C. Law 23-277, § 4(b), 67 DCR 13867.)