Legal Aid Society rallies for voter rights for incarcerated people in jails

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The Legal Aid Society, a legal advocacy group in New York City, rallied outside of the state’s Board of Elections (BOE) building demanding a more accessible voting process for incarcerated people.

Advocates called for city officials to open at least one single voting location at Rikers Island, one of the city’s jails, or for in-person absentee voting to be established. 

Legal Aid claimed that under New York State law, “polling places for early voting shall be located so that voters in the county have access to adequate and equitable access,” and that people who are incarcerated and are denied access to equitable voting opportunities are being denied these rights.

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