Voting Rights for People with a Criminal History
Persons with a criminal conviction have basic voting rights.
- If you have a misdemeanor conviction, you can ALWAYS vote.
- If you have a felony conviction, you CAN vote if:
- You are on probation OR
- You are on post-release community supervision OR
- You are on mandatory supervision OR
- You are serving a county jail sentence under Realignment OR
- You have completed parole.
Put another way: The only time you CANNOT vote when you have a felony conviction is if:
- You are currently serving a state or federal prison sentence OR
- You are currently on parole.
Here are additional resources about California’s voting rights for persons with a criminal history:
- California Secretary of State’s website
- www.letmevoteca.org - ACLU of California Voting Rights Project