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
- 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
- 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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