Can Convicted Felons Vote?


Quick Answer

Voting laws for felons vary by location. According to Nonprofit VOTE, convicted felons lose their right to vote in most states until incarceration, parole or probation has ended. According to ProCon.org, felons in Maine and Vermont are allowed to vote by absentee ballot while incarcerated.

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As of 2014, ProCon.org reports that, felons lose their right to vote permanently in 11 states, depending on the type of crime committed and the length of time since release from incarceration. Thirteen states reinstate voting rights after incarceration. Twenty states allow convicted felons to vote after the probationary period, and four states restore voting rights after parole. According to Nonprofit VOTE, in Florida, Iowa, Kentucky and Virginia, voting rights are only reinstated after petition or application.

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