Can A Felon Vote?

The sad truth is, when you and I were convicted of our felony crimes, we gave up a lot of rights that we will very likely never get back.

Fortunately, the right to vote isn’t one of those — depending on where you live.

As far as I’m aware, in every state you automatically lose the right to vote when you are convicted of a felony.  That’s where the similarities end.

In the state where I committed my crimes, my right to vote was automatically reinstated as soon as I was released from prison. All I had to do was go register to vote (I had never been registered before). Once I was registered, voting has never been a problem.

In fact, me being a felon has never even came up. At no point when registering or voting have I ever been questioned about being a felon.

In Nevada, for example, non-violent offenders and those with a single conviction automatically regain their right to vote. Violent or “second-time” felons, however, don’t. They must petition the court that convicted them in order to have their right to vote restored.

Some of you in other states, however, aren’t so lucky.

Because the right for felons to vote depends entirely on which state you are in, I’m unable to give you an easy “yes or no” answer. In many states, however, the fact that you are a felon does not preclude you from voting.

The best thing to do is to call or visit your local courthouse and ask them about registering to vote.