|FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: Can I still vote if I have a criminal conviction or I am in custody?
There is a lot of confusion about the impact of a criminal
conviction on voting rights. To set the record straight, in
California, some criminal convictions do not affect voting
rights at all. Other convictions may temporarily take away
your right to vote.
I have a misdemeanor or felony conviction. May I still vote?
- Yes. If you have a misdemeanor conviction, you can vote at all
times. A misdemeanor does not affect your right to vote.
I have a felony conviction, may I still vote?
- Yes, you can vote if you are not on parole or actually in prison. If you have a felony conviction, you can vote if you are on probation or once you have completed
your post-release community supervision, or
If I am on probation for a felony may I vote?
If I am currently on parole, may I vote?
You must have completed parole to vote. Once you complete your prison sentence, parole, or any community supervision, your
voting rights are automatically restored. However, you
still need to fill out a voter registration card in order to
be able to vote. You have to register to vote
at least 15 days before Election Day.
If I am in custody, may I still vote?
- Yes. Many people in jail are eligible to
vote as long as you meet the Voter Registration Requirements listed below:
- Are a citizen of the United States;
Are a resident of California;
Are at least 18 years of age or older as of Election Day;
- Have registered to vote at least fifteen (15) days prior to Election Day (the most important step);
- Are awaiting trial or on trial for any crime;
- Are in jail for a misdemeanor;
- Are on probation, even if you are in jail as a condition
of your probation;
- Are awaiting a judge’s decision on a probation
If you meet the above requirements, you have the right to vote!
To Register to Vote
: go to www.sos.ca.gov/elections/register-to-vote,
or pick up a registration form at the DMV, post office or
public library, or call your county’s registrar of Voters.
For more detailed information on Voting Rights, visit the http://www.aclu.org/know-your-rights-california-voter-information.