Code of the District of Columbia

§ 24–211.08. 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.

(a-1) 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. 27, 2021, D.C. Law 23-277, § 4(b), 67 DCR 13867.)

Applicability

Applicability of D.C. Law 23-277: § 5 of D.C. Law 23-277 provided that the change made to this section by § 4(b) of D.C. Law 23-277 is subject to the inclusion of the law’s fiscal effect in an approved budget and financial plan. Therefore that amendment has not been implemented.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 202 of Comprehensive Policing and Justice Reform Congressional Review Emergency Amendment Act of 2020 (D.C. Act 23-437, Oct. 28, 2020, 67 DCR 12993).

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 202 of Comprehensive Policing and Justice Reform Second Emergency Amendment Act of 2020 (D.C. Act 23-336, July 22, 2020, 67 DCR 9148).

Temporary Legislation

For temporary (225 days) amendment of this section, see § 202 of Comprehensive Policing and Justice Reform Second Temporary Amendment Act of 2020 (D.C. Law 23-151, Dec. 3, 2020, 67 DCR 9920).