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Voting Rights - Persons With A Criminal History

  • Persons with a criminal history who can register to vote:

    In county jail: 

    • Because jail time is a condition of probation (misdemeanor or felony)
    • Serving a felony jail sentence
    • Awaiting trial

    Or 

    • 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 and vote:

    Currently imprisoned in: 

    • State prison 
    • Federal prison 

    Or 

    • Currently serving a state prison felony sentence in a county jail or other correctional facility*
    • Currently in county jail awaiting transfer to a state or federal prison for a felony conviction
    • Currently in county jail for a parole violation
    • Currently on parole with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

    Once you are done with parole your right to vote is restored, but you must re-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 and vote. For more information, please visit CDCR’s website http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/realignment/index.html.

    For more information visit the Secretary of State's Voting Rights: Persons with a Criminal History


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