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Here is our list of felon voting rights laws by state. We try to update this information when a law regarding felon voting rights changes. In order to keep this current, if you see any inaccuracies, please contact us and let us know.

A lot of the states have common laws. There are some that are unique though. For these states, we have included a source. The source sometimes give more detail on the law. It will also be added to support our description. We hope this can clear up any problems with a state. In the near future, all states will have a source.

Felon Voting Rights for U.S. States

Alabama – Felon voting rights can be restored once the full sentence is complete. This has to be applied for. Those who were convicted of treason and impeachment are ineligible. (Source: Alabama 1975 Section 17-3-31)

Alaska – Felon voting rights are restored after full sentence is complete. This includes probation, parole, and prison.

Arizona – Automatically restored if there is only have one felony. Rights are restored after finishing all parts of the sentence. This includes probation, parole, and a prison term. (Source: A.R.S. § 13-912) For multiple felonies, a petition to the court must be done. This petition must be done with the court that sentenced the ex-offender. (Source: A.R.S. § 13-905 and A.R.S. § 13-906)

Arkansas – Felon voting rights are restored after full sentence is complete. This includes probation, parole, and prison.

California – Voting rights are restored after parole is completed and no longer incarcerated.

Colorado – Voting rights are restored after parole is completed and no longer incarcerated.

Connecticut – Voting rights are restored after parole is completed and no longer incarcerated.

District of Columbia – Voting rights are restored after prison term is completed.

Delaware – Voting rights can be restored after everything is completed. This includes parole, probation, and prison term. Delaware recently removed the 5 year waiting period. (Source: 146th General Assembly – House Bill 9)

Florida -Must apply for clemency. A person must also wait 5 or 7 years. The amount of time depends a few things. For more info please read through the source provided. (Source: Florida Parole Comission on pages 7 – 10)

Georgia – Felon voting rights are restored after full sentence is complete. This includes probation, parole, and prison.

Hawaii – Voting rights are restored after prison term is completed.

Idaho – Felon voting rights are restored after full sentence is complete. This includes probation, parole, and prison.

Illinois – Voting rights are restored after prison term is completed.

Indiana – Voting rights are restored after prison term is completed.

Iowa – The full sentence must be fulfilled. This includes probation, parole, and prison. All fines and restoration must be paid too. After these requirements are met, a person can then apply for the right to vote. (Source: Executive Order 70)

Kansas – Felon voting rights are restored after full sentence is complete. This includes probation, parole, and prison.

Kentucky – The governor is the only one who can restore voting rights. The ex-offender must complete an application. This can be found here. must be completed. It is up to the governor to accept or deny the application. (Source: KY Constitution Section 145)

Louisiana – Felon voting rights are restored after full sentence is complete. This includes probation, parole, and prison.

Maine – There is no loss of rights. Voting can be done via absentee ballot even while in jail.

Maryland – Felon voting rights are restored after full sentence is complete. This includes probation, parole, and prison.

Massachusetts – Voting rights are restored after prison term is completed.

Michigan – Voting rights are restored after prison term is completed.

Minnesota – Felon voting rights are restored after full sentence is complete. This includes probation, parole, and prison.

Mississippi – People with specific crime lose their rights. A list of these crimes is in the source. Please look at Section 241 on that page. ” These people must be pardoned by the governor. People with other crimes do not lose their right. These people can vote even while in jail. (Source: State Constitution: Section 241)

Missouri – Felon voting rights are restored after full sentence is complete. This includes probation, parole, and prison.

Montana – Voting rights are restored after prison term is completed.

Nebraska – Felon voting rights are restored after full sentence is complete. This includes probation, parole, and prison.

Nevada – Non-violent and first time offenders rights are restored after their sentence is complete. This includes parole, probation, and prison. Others have to submit a petition. (Source: NRS 213.090)

New Hampshire – Voting rights are restored after prison term is completed.

New Jersey – Felon voting rights are restored after full sentence is complete. This includes probation, parole, and prison.

New Mexico – Felon voting rights are restored after full sentence is complete. This includes probation, parole, and prison.

New York – Voting rights are restored after parole is completed and no longer incarcerated.

North Carolina – Felon voting rights are restored after full sentence is complete. This includes probation, parole, and prison.

North Dakota – Voting rights are restored after prison term is completed.

Ohio – Voting rights are restored after prison term is completed.

Oklahoma – Felon voting rights are restored after full sentence is complete. This includes probation, parole, and prison.

Oregon – Voting rights are restored after prison term is completed.

Pennsylvania – Voting rights are restored after prison term is completed.

Rhode Island – Voting rights are restored after prison term is completed.

South Carolina – Felon voting rights are restored after full sentence is complete. This includes probation, parole, and prison.

South Dakota – Felon voting rights are restored after full sentence is complete. This includes probation, parole, and prison.

Tennessee – If the crime was murder, rape, treason, or voting fraud, the ex-offender must be pardoned. A pardon is the only way for their rights to be restored. For ex-offenders without these crimes, they must complete their sentence. This includes probation, parole, and prison. Also, they must pay any restitution, fines, and child support due. Once done, an ex-offender can get a court order restoring their right. (Source: Public Chapter 860 AND 2-2-139)

Texas – Felon voting rights are restored after full sentence is complete. This includes probation, parole, and prison.

Utah – Voting rights are restored after prison term is completed.

Vermont – There is no loss of rights. Voting can be done via absentee ballot even while in jail.

Virginia – Non-violent offenders rights are restored after sentence is finished. This includes parole, probation, and prison. For those with violent and more serious offenses, an appeal must be submitted. This appeal is to the governor, and must be done 5 or more years after finishing the sentence.

Washington – Felon voting rights are restored after full sentence is complete. This includes probation, parole, and prison.

West Virginia – Felon voting rights are restored after full sentence is complete. This includes probation, parole, and prison.

Wisconsin – Felon voting rights are restored after full sentence is complete. This includes probation, parole, and jail.

Wyoming – Must apply to the governor to have rights restored. This can be done after the sentence is finished. This includes prison, parole, and probation. First time and non-violent offenders must wait 5 years. Restoration is up to the parole board. (Source: Restoration of Civil Rights)

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