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Lake County Jail inmates cast their ballots

Updated: November 27, 2012 10:33AM

About 7 percent of the population at the Lake County Jail were able to cast their votes for this year’s election, according to the Sheriff’s and Clerk’s offices.

Lake County residents who are at least 18 and who have not been convicted of a crime have the right to cast their votes.

That’s why the Office of the Lake County Clerk has protocols in place to serve the jail population that is eligible to vote, according to Deputy Clerk Cindy Pagano.

“Many inmates are already registered to vote. We contact the jail and ask them who wants to vote,” Pagano said.

Clerk election personnel brought ballots to the jail inmates who responded and qualified.

Jail inmates finished voting Oct. 18. Their ballots will be tallied on Election Day, Pagano said.

A total of 45 inmates voted this year, which is about on par with previous jail inmate voter turnout, Pagano said.

The jail has a current population of about 640 inmates, according to Wayne Hunter, chief deputy of the Sheriff’s Office.

Inmate voting does not disturb the jail’s day-to-day operations, Hunter said.

“It’s people who have a right to vote whose privileges have not been revoked. It’s the American way,” Hunter said.

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