For Ex-Offenders

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It’s a myth that ex-offenders lose their voting rights

 

Perhaps the biggest voting myth out there is that if you have a felony on your record, you have lost your right to vote forever. Every state has slightly different laws, but in the vast majority of cases, ex-offenders can vote.

 

We have compiled the laws for every state, take a look and help us dispel this myth.

Alabama

Individuals who have been convicted of a felony lose their right to vote until they have completed their whole sentence, including probation and parole, and have paid all fines, court costs and restitution (if any). After this, individuals are eligible to apply to the Board of Pardons and Paroles to have their voting rights restored, unless they were convicted for certain crimes of “moral turpitude” –such as murder, rape, incest, sexual crimes against children, and treason– which render individuals permanently ineligible to vote in Alabama. Contact the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles at 334-242-8700 for more information.

 

Alaska

Individuals convicted of a felony are ineligible to vote while incarcerated, on parole, or on probation. Voting rights are automatically restored upon completion of all supervised release. Ex-offenders should re-register to vote.

 

Arizona

Individuals convicted of a felony are ineligible to vote while incarcerated, on parole, or on probation. If convicted of only one felony, voting rights are automatically restored upon completion of all supervised release. However, if convicted of two or more felonies, the right to vote can only be restored through a judge or if pardoned. Ex-offenders should re-register to vote.

 

Arkansas

Individuals convicted of a felony are ineligible to vote while incarcerated, on parole, or on probation. Voting rights are automatically restored upon completion of all supervised release. Ex-offenders should re-register to vote.

 

California

Individuals convicted of a felony are ineligible to vote while incarcerated and on parole. Voting rights are automatically restored upon completion of parole, and people on probation can vote. For more details on the rules in California, please review this resource: http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/sharing-ideas/a-voting-guide-for-inmates.pdf

 

Colorado

Individuals convicted of a felony are ineligible to vote while incarcerated and on parole. Voting rights are automatically restored upon completion of parole, and people on probation can vote. Ex-offenders should re-register to vote.

 

Connecticut

Individuals convicted of a felony are ineligible to vote while incarcerated and on parole. Voting rights are automatically restored upon completion of parole, and people on probation can vote. Ex-offenders should re-register to vote.

 

Delaware

Individuals convicted of a felony are ineligible to vote while incarcerated, on parole, or on probation. Some ex-felons can regain the right to vote five years after completion of their full sentence and the payment of fines and fees. However, people convicted of certain felonies–such as murder, manslaughter, bribery or public corruption, and sex offenses–are barred from voting unless they receive a formal pardon from the governor.

 

District of Columbia

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

 

Florida

Individuals convicted of a felony are ineligible to vote while incarcerated, on parole, or on probation. Voting rights restoration is dependent on the type of conviction: many can apply to the clemency board five years after completing their sentence, but others convicted of certain felonies—such as murder, assault, child abuse, drug trafficking, and arson—are subject to a seven year waiting period.

 

Georgia

Individuals convicted of a felony are ineligible to vote while incarcerated, on parole, or on probation. Voting rights are automatically restored upon completion of all supervised release. Ex-offenders should re-register to vote.

 

Hawaii

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

 

Idaho

HHC – Individuals convicted of a felony are ineligible to vote while incarcerated, on parole, or on probation. Voting rights are automatically restored upon completion of all supervised release. Ex-offenders should re-register to vote.
Felon Voting – Anyone convicted of a misdemeanor in Idaho may not vote while incarcerated.
Vote restored after Term of Incarceration +Parole +Probation.
Non Profit Vote
– Individuals convicted of a felony are ineligible to vote while incarcerated, on parole, or on probation. Voting rights are automatically restored upon completion of all supervised release. Ex-offenders should re-register to vote.

 

Illinois

HHC – Individuals currently incarcerated for any crime are ineligible to vote. Voting rights are automatically restored upon release from prison, and people on parole or probation can vote. Ex-offenders should re-register to vote.
Felon Voting – Anyone convicted of a misdemeanor in Illinois may not vote while incarcerated. Vote restored after Term of Incarceration.
Non Profit Vote – individuals incarcerated for a felony conviction are ineligible to vote. Voting rights are automatically restored upon release from prison, and people on parole or probation can vote. Ex-offenders should re-register to vote

 

Indiana

HHC – Individuals currently incarcerated for any crime are ineligible to vote. Voting rights are automatically restored upon release from prison, and people on parole or probation can vote. Ex-offenders should re-register to vote.
Felon Voting – Anyone convicted of a misdemeanor in Indiana may not vote while incarcerated. Vote restored after Term of Incarceration.
Non Profit Vote – individuals incarcerated for a felony conviction are ineligible to vote. Voting rights are automatically restored upon release from prison, and people on parole or probation can vote. Ex-offenders should re-register to vote.

 

Iowa

Individuals convicted of a felony are ineligible to vote while incarcerated, on parole, or on probation. In addition to completing all terms of their sentence, ex-offenders must also pay all outstanding monetary obligations to the court. Once this is complete, individuals convicted of a felony can apply to have their voting rights restored—which can only be done through the governor or the president of the United States.

 

Kansas

Individuals convicted of a felony are ineligible to vote while incarcerated, on parole, or on probation. Voting rights are automatically restored upon completion of all supervised release. Ex-offenders should re-register to vote.

 

Kentucky

HHC – Individuals convicted of a felony are ineligible to vote while incarcerated, on parole, or on probation. The right to vote can only be restored if the governor approves an application for an executive pardon once an individual has completed their sentence.
Felon Voting – Anyone convicted of a misdemeanor in Kentucky may not vote while incarcerated.
Vote restored after: (Some felons may vote depending on the state, crime committed, time elapsed since completion of sentence, and other variables)
On Nov. 24, 2015, Kentucky Gov. Steven L. Beshear issued executive order 2015-871 to automatically restore the right to vote to nonviolent felons who have completed probation, parole, and who have no outstanding court-ordered restitution payments. On Dec. 22, 2015, newly elected Gov. Matthew G. Bevin issued executive order 2015-052, rescinding the previous Governor’s executive order. As a result, people convicted of any felony in Kentucky must individually apply with the Governor to have their voting rights restored.
Kentucky additionally requires an executive pardon before allowing people convicted of certain misdemeanors (“high misdemeanors” in KY) from ever voting again.
Non Profit Vote – Kentucky’s constitution permanently bars all individuals with past felony convictions from voting, unless the governor restores the right to vote. Contact the Secretary of State or your local election office for more information.

 

Louisiana

Individuals convicted of a felony are ineligible to vote while incarcerated, on parole, or on probation. Voting rights are automatically restored upon completion of all supervised release. Ex-offenders should re-register to vote.

 

Maine

The right to vote is never taken away from individuals convicted of felony, even while incarcerated.

 

Maryland

HHC – Individuals convicted of a felony are ineligible to vote while incarcerated, on parole, or on probation. Voting rights are automatically restored upon completion of all supervised release. Ex-offenders should re-register to vote.
Felon Voting – On Feb. 9, 2016, the Maryland General Assembly overrode the Governor’s veto of SB 340 and restored the vote to all convicted felons immediately upon their release from prison. Previously, convicted felons in Maryland had to complete all parole and probation before they were able to vote.
Vote restored after Term of Incarceration.
Non Profit Vote – Individuals convicted of a felony are ineligible to vote while incarcerated, but can register and vote upon release, even while on probation or parole (as of April 2016). Ex-offenders should re-register to vote.

 

Massachusetts

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

 

Michigan

HHC – Individuals currently incarcerated for any crime are ineligible to vote. Voting rights are automatically restored upon release from prison, and people on parole or probation can vote.
Felon Voting – Anyone convicted of a misdemeanor in Michigan may not vote while incarcerated.
Vote restored after Term of Incarceration.
Non Profit Vote – Individuals incarcerated for a felony conviction are ineligible to vote. Voting rights are automatically restored upon release from prison, and people on parole or probation can vote. Ex-offenders should re-register to vote. Visit the Michigan Department of State’s website for more information.

 

Minnesota

Individuals convicted of a felony are ineligible to vote while incarcerated, on parole, or on probation. Voting rights are automatically restored upon completion of all supervised release. Ex-offenders should re-register to vote.

 

Mississippi

In Mississippi, only individuals convicted of one of 21 specific felony crimes lose the right to vote. All others retain their voting rights, even while incarcerated. Re-enfranchisement for those that have lost the right to vote can only be granted through a bill passed by both houses of the legislature or through the governor. [The 21 felonies (in alphabetical order) are: armed robbery, arson, bigamy, bribery, carjacking, embezzlement, extortion, felony bad check, felony shoplifting, forgery, larceny, murder, obtaining money or goods under false pretense, perjury, rape, receiving stolen property, robbery, statutory rape, theft, timber larceny, and unlawful taking of a vehicle.]

 

Missouri

HHC – Individuals convicted of a felony are ineligible to vote while incarcerated, on parole, or on probation. Voting rights are automatically restored upon completion of all supervised release. Ex-offenders should re-register to vote.
Felon Voting – Anyone convicted of a misdemeanor in Missouri may not vote while incarcerated.
Missouri additionally requires an executive pardon before allowing people convicted of certain misdemeanors (“elections-related misdemeanors” in MO) from ever voting again.
Vote restored after Term of incarceration, Parole, and Probation complete.
Non Profit Vote – Individuals convicted of a felony are ineligible to vote while incarcerated, on parole, or on probation. Voting rights are automatically restored upon completion of all supervised release. Ex-offenders should re-register to vote.

 

Montana

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

 

Nebraska

Individuals convicted of a felony are ineligible to vote while incarcerated, on parole, or on probation. Voting rights are automatically restored two years after the completion of all supervised release (except if convicted of treason). Ex-offenders should re-register to vote.

 

Nevada

In Nevada, voting rights are restored automatically after sentence completion if convicted of a non-violent felony. However, those convicted of a violent felony and all second-time felony offenders (whether violent or non-violent) can only have their rights restored by the court in which they were convicted. For more information visit the Nevada Secretary of State’s website.

 

New Hampshire

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

 

New Jersey

Individuals convicted of a felony are ineligible to vote while incarcerated, on parole, or on probation. Voting rights are automatically restored upon completion of all supervised release. Ex-offenders should re-register to vote.

 

New Mexico

Individuals convicted of a felony are ineligible to vote while incarcerated, on parole, or on probation. Voting rights are automatically restored upon completion of all supervised release. Ex-offenders should re-register to vote.

 

New York

Individuals convicted of a felony are ineligible to vote while incarcerated and on parole. Voting rights are automatically restored upon completion of parole, and people on probation can vote. Ex-offenders should re-register to vote.

 

North Carolina

Individuals convicted of a felony are ineligible to vote while incarcerated, on parole, or on probation. Voting rights are automatically restored upon completion of all supervised release. Ex-offenders should re-register to vote.

 

North Dakota

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

 

Ohio

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

 

Oklahoma

Individuals convicted of a felony are ineligible to vote while incarcerated, on parole, or on probation. Voting rights are automatically restored upon completion of all supervised release. Ex-offenders should re-register to vote.

 

Oregon

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

 

Pennsylvania

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

 

Rhode Island

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

 

South Carolina

HHC – Individuals convicted of a felony are ineligible to vote while incarcerated, on parole, or on probation. Voting rights are automatically restored upon completion of all supervised release. Ex-offenders should re-register to vote.
Felon Voting – Anyone convicted of a misdemeanor in South Carolina may not vote while incarcerated.
Vote restored after term of incarceration, parole, and probation.
Non Profit Vote – Individuals convicted of a felony are ineligible to vote while incarcerated, on parole, or on probation. Voting rights are automatically restored upon completion of all supervised release. Ex-offenders should re-register to vote.

 

South Dakota

HHC – Individuals convicted of a felony are ineligible to vote while incarcerated and on parole. Voting rights are automatically restored upon completion of parole, and people on probation can vote. Ex-offenders should re-register to vote.
Felon Voting – Anyone convicted of a misdemeanor in South Dakota may not vote while incarcerated.
On Mar. 19, 2012, HB 1247 was enacted. The bill took the ability to vote away from convicted felons serving terms of probation. Previously, only people on parole or incarcerated were ineligible to register to vote. Now convicted felons must serve their full term of incarceration, parole, and probation before they may register to vote.
Vote Restored After term of incarceration, parole, and probation.
Non Profit Vote
– Individuals convicted of a felony are ineligible to vote while incarcerated and on parole. Convicted felons must serve their full term of incarceration, parole, and probation before they may register to vote. Ex-offenders should re-register to vote.

 

Tennessee

Individuals convicted of a felony are ineligible to vote while incarcerated, on parole, or on probation. Individuals convicted of a felony since 1981–except for some felonies such as murder, rape, treason and voter fraud–may apply to the Board of Probation and Parole to have their voting rights restored once their sentence is completed. The law in Tennessee is somewhat complex, for more information please review this resource: http://www.tn.gov/sos/election/after1981.pdf

 

Texas

Individuals convicted of a felony are ineligible to vote while incarcerated, on parole, or on probation. Voting rights are automatically restored upon completion of all supervised release. Ex-offenders should re-register to vote.

 

Utah

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

 

Vermont

The right to vote is never taken away from individuals convicted of a felony, even while incarcerated.

 

Virginia

Individuals convicted of a felony are ineligible to vote while incarcerated, on parole, or on probation. Individuals convicted of most felonies are eligible to apply for a gubernatorial restoration of voting rights three years after completing their sentence. Those convicted of violent felonies, drug sales, and electoral offenses must wait five years before applying.

 

Washington

Individuals convicted of a felony are ineligible to vote while incarcerated, on parole, or on probation. Voting rights are automatically restored upon completion of all supervised release. Ex-offenders should re-register to vote. Visit the Washington Secretary of State’s website for more information.

 

West Virginia

Individuals convicted of a felony are ineligible to vote while incarcerated, on parole, or on probation. Voting rights are automatically restored upon completion of all supervised release. Ex-offenders should re-register to vote.

 

Wisconsin

Individuals convicted of a felony are ineligible to vote while incarcerated, on parole, or on probation. Voting rights are automatically restored upon completion of all supervised release. Ex-offenders should re-register to vote.

 

Wyoming

Individuals convicted of a felony are ineligible to vote while incarcerated, on parole, or on probation. Voting rights restoration is dependent on the type of conviction: first-time non-violent felony offenders can apply to the Wyoming Board of Parole five years after completion of sentence. All others must apply to the Governor for either a pardon or a restoration of rights, but must wait ten and five years, respectively, after completing their sentence.