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  • Voting Rights: Persons with a Criminal History

    Eligibility Requirements

    You can register to vote and vote if you are:

    • A United States citizen and a resident of California,
    • 18 years old or older on Election Day,
    • Not currently serving a state or federal prison term for the conviction of a felony, and
    • Not currently found mentally incompetent to vote by a court
    Persons with a criminal history who can register to vote:
    • In county jail:
      • serving a misdemeanor sentence (a misdemeanor never affects your right to vote)
      • Because jail time is a condition of probation (misdemeanor or felony)
      • Serving a felony jail sentence
      • Awaiting trial
    • On parole
    • On probation
    • On mandatory supervision
    • On post-release community supervision
    • On federal supervised release
    • A person with a juvenile wardship adjudication
                

    Persons with a criminal history who cannot register to vote:

    Currently serving a state or federal prison term for the conviction of a felony in:

    • State prison
    • Federal prison
    • County jail or other correctional facility*

    NOTE: Once you have finished serving your term, your right to vote is restored; however, you must register online at RegisterToVote.ca.gov or by filling out a paper voter registration card.

    * California Penal Code section 2910 allows the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) to make agreements with local governments to house felons in a county jail or other correctional facility. A person serving a state prison sentence who is housed in a local jail or other facility under these circumstances is not allowed to register to vote.

    https://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/voting-resources/voting-california/who-can-vote-california/voting-rights-californians

    Proposition 17 removed being on parole for the conviction of a felony as a disqualifying factor to register to vote. If you are on parole for the conviction of a felony you can register to vote.

    https://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/restore-your-vote

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