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 the California Secretary of state page: â€‹https://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/voting-resources/voting-california/who-can-vote-california/voting-rights-californians.

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

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