Does Your Vote Count?

Does Your Vote Count?

As Americans, we have the right to vote but for people with criminal histories, there are many rights we can no longer enjoy. We are no longer allowed to possess a firearm, travel to certain international destinations, and in some states – we can’t even vote.

With about 20 million Americans being old enough to vote and having a felony criminal record, it is important for us to understand our rights and eligibility to participate in elections. As a collective, we account for 8.33 percent of the voting age population. Our votes definitely have the ability to push elections one way or the other. If you are registered and have the right – GO VOTE ON NOV 6TH!

Below is a breakdown of the 50 states and how a felony criminal record affects your right to vote.

Voting rights are never lost:

  • Maine
  • Vermont.

Voting rights lost only while incarcerated. Automatically restored after release:

  • District of Columbia
  • Hawaii
  • Illinois
  • Indian
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Montana
  • New Hampshire
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • Utah

Voting rights lost until completion of sentence (parole and/or probation). Automatically restored after:

  • Alaska
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Georgia
  • Idaho
  • Kansas
  • Louisiana
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Oklahoma
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Texas
  • Washington
  • West Virginia

Voting rights lost until completion of sentence. In some states a posting-sentencing waiting period – Additional action required for restoration. 

Possible to lose voting rights permanently*

  • Alabama*
  • Arizona*
  • Delaware*
  • Florida*
  • Iowa*
  • Kentucky*
  • Mississippi*
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada*
  • Tennessee*
  • Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming*

Remember that you must be registered to vote, have up-to-date voter registration information, and know the correct location to place your vote. You can check all of these using this link: https://www.usa.gov/register-to-vot

If you still have the right – register and vote!