Voting is one of the most important rights which U.S. citizens (18 years of age or above) have, giving us the opportunity to elect government officials who represent our beliefs, voice our concerns, and participate in our democracy. Since the midterm elections have passed, millions of Americans will have another chance to vote when the presidential elections take place in two years.
If you have been convicted of a felony in California, you may be wondering if you are allowed to vote. Although many ex-felons believe they automatically lose their voting privileges, all but two states allow citizens convicted of a felony to have their rights restored once their sentence is complete.
In California, a felon's voting rights are restored as soon as he/she is released from prison or discharged from parole. In addition, those who are currently on probation for a felony offense can still vote.
The only time a felon cannot vote is if he/she is still incarcerated. However, if a person is waiting for trial for a felony crime and currently in jail, he/she can still vote.
Those who have been convicted of a misdemeanor can still vote.
If you are interested in re-registering once your sentence is complete, you can obtain a voter registration form at the county elections office, the DMV, or your local post office. It is possible to download the registration online, but make sure you sign and date the document prior to sending it to the county elections office.
Furthermore, the Secretary of State's website enables you to register to vote. Once you fill out the online form, it will be mailed to you for your signature in order to be mailed back. Keep in mind, registration needs to occur at least one month before the next scheduled election.
If you have been arrested for a felony offense in Ventura County, Wilfert Law P.C. is ready to help you either avoid conviction or reduce the charges or penalties you face. Our Ventura criminal defense attorney understands the importance of your right to vote and will do everything in our power to help you keep it.
For more information about our legal services, contact us and schedule a free consultation today.