Trial set over inmate voting rights lawsuit against Allen County Sheriff

("Jail Cells" by My Southborough, CC BY-ND 2.0)

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): A federal lawsuit against Allen County Sheriff David Gladieux will go to trial in June.

A class-action lawsuit was filed back in 2017 against Gladieux on allegations that he refused to provide absentee ballots to hundreds of jail inmates for the 2016 presidential election, thus denying their right to vote.

The Journal Gazette reports that while convicted felons in Indiana are barred from voting, others serving time on lesser charges are not. Gladieux denies the charges.

The five-day jury trial will take place in South Bend and start on June 8th.


  1. Individuals in prison for a felony conviction are ineligible to vote. Voting rights are automatically restored upon release from prison. People on parole or probation can vote. Ex-offenders should re-register to vote.

  2. I was in jail at that time for driving while suspended I’ve never been in a lot of trouble no felonies I constantly asked jail staff to vote they brushed us off never let us or took us anywhere to vote so I believe they should be sued for this the jail staff don’t give a (removed for language) about you in there excuse my language I do believe some people need to be in jail but for those of us who pay our taxes and don’t do bad things in life shouldn’t be treated the way the jail is because of a traffic violation.


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