Becoming a #ProjectOrange volunteer
is a two-step process.


#ProjectOrange aims to register eligible inmates during visitation.

This ambitious partnership between Austin Justice Coalition, Travis County Sheriff's Department, and Travis County Tax Assessor's Office serves as a pilot as we expand moving forward.

Travis County has one of the highest rates of pre-trial, legally innocent defendants in lockup. According to jail population reports from the Texas Commission on Jail Standards, at any given time, Travis County Jail holds 2,500 inmates, with about 65 percent of them detained without conviction and eligible to vote. That means roughly 1,600 of the 2,500 inmates in the Travis County Jail on any given day haven't been charged with a crime yet. These inmates won't be able to ride to a voting booth and vote because they're incarcerated.

How #ProjectOrange WORKS:


Roughly 6 out 10 inmates in the Travis County Jail


haven't been charged with a crime yet.

  • Once you’ve completed your background check and VDR training, you will be added to the volunteer registrar list with the Travis County Correctional Complex (TCCC).

  • When a registration drive at the jail is scheduled (approximately monthly), you’ll receive an email to sign up and attend any of the available days.

Here’s what to expect when you get to the TCCC.

  • VDRs assemble at 12:15 PM in the reception area of the Travis County Correctional Complex. You’ll go through security upon arrival. Bring ONLY your keys and photo ID when you arrive. Be sure to memorize your VDR number!

  • Present your ID at the check-in window, sign in, and receive a visitor badge.

  • VDRs will go as a group to the jail pods to register eligible voters. Voter registration applications and pens are provided.

  • The registration period is 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM during each session.

#Project Orange Success So Far:

For the 2018 election cycle, Austin Justice Coalition's #ProjectOrange program: 

Registered more than 300 incarcerated citizens

Will continue to complete voter registration thru Oct. 7 in time for the mid-term election Nov. 6, 2018

Confirmed ongoing Travis County program with Sheriff's Department, County Clerk's Office, and County Tax Assessor /Voter Registrar

Plans to expand to other counties across the state in 2019 by collaborating with Houston Justice Coalition, Next Generation Action Network (Dallas), Harris County Jail, Montgomery County, Ft. Bend County, Beaumont/Port Arthur, Galveston County, and others.

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