In almost all states, people with felony convictions lose the right to vote. Regaining the right to vote after a felony conviction is called “rights restoration.” Most states allow people convicted of certain felonies to automatically regain voting eligibility immediately following incarceration or immediately following completion of probation or parole. A handful of states have an additional requirement that people pay all financial obligations associated with the conviction, or wait for a period prior to having their voting eligibility restored. In other states, there is no automatic restoration of voting eligibility: People convicted of felonies must apply and go through a process for restoration or, in some cases, can never have their voting eligibility restored at all.
If you have a felony conviction and would like to register to vote, VoteAmerica recommends that you visit Restore Your Vote. They are experts in voting rights restoration.
The table below contains useful information on rights restoration. For more information, the Voting Rights Lab is the most reliable and comprehensive source of voting rights restoration information that we've found.
If you have any questions, we recommend you visit Restore Your Vote. They have attorneys on staff who can guide you.
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