These voters don't have to go to the polls

February 5, 2008 4:53:23 AM PST
Some voters in California today won't have to go the polls. The ballots are coming to them -- in jail. Contrary to common belief, inmates awaiting trial on even the most serious criminal charges can still vote, as long as they are not already doing time for a felony. In San Francisco, the elections and sheriff's departments spent weeks ahead of today's Super Tuesday primary encouraging inmates to register. The guards even hand-delivered ballots and picked up the completed forms. Kentucky and Virginia are the only states where felony convictions permanently disqualify someone from voting.