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Puerto Rico Inmates Cast Early Ballots in Democratic Primary

By on June 3, 2016

SAN JUAN – More than 7,000 prisoners across Puerto Rico are expected to cast early ballots for this weekend’s Democratic primary on the island.

RAMLE, ISRAEL - MARCH 17: An Israeli prisoner casts his vote at Ma'asiyahu jail on March 17, 2015 in Ramle, Israel. Israel's general election voting has begun today as polls show on that Chairman of the Zionist Union party, Isaac Herzog stands as the only rival to current Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. (Photo by Ilia Yefimovich/Getty Images)

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Prisoners lined up Friday to vote for presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders as well as for the local candidates running for governor, mayor, and the island’s Senate and House of Representatives.

Puerto Rico’s Democratic Party is holding its primary Sunday but allows early voting. Under the island’s election rules, inmates who want to participate must vote early.

Thousands of inmates cast ballots in the Republican primary held in March.

Prisoners on the island have been allowed to vote since the 1980s. They make up a tiny share of the overall vote in Puerto Rico, which has nearly 2.9 registered voters and a high turnout averaging nearly 80 percent.

The Associated Press

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