WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Baltimore community organizer ____ ____, 55, is looking forward to stepping into a voting booth for the first time in his life this election season.
____ lost his never-exercised right to vote when he was convicted for drug and other offenses. He gained it back last month when Maryland joined a growing list of U.S. states making it easier for ex-convicts to vote.
“To have the right to vote now is empowering. I’m stoked,” said ____, who spent a total of 19 years in prison for non-violent crimes, and was one of 40,000 in the state to regain his right to vote from a legislative action. Full Article
Voting Rights for Californians with Criminal Convictions or Detained in Jail or Prison
You can register to vote and vote if you are:
- A United States citizen;
- A resident of California;
- At least 18 years of age or older on or before the next Election Day;
- Not currently imprisoned or on parole for the conviction of a felony; and
- Not found mentally incompetent by a court of law.
Eligible to register and vote:
- In county jail serving a misdemeanor sentence. A misdemeanor never affects your right to vote.
- In county jail because jail time is a condition of probation.
- On probation.
- On mandatory supervision.
- On post-release community supervision.
- Done with parole. Your right to vote is automatically restored when you complete your parole. You just need to fill out a voter registration application either online at RegisterToVote.ca.gov or using a paper voter registration card.
Not eligible to register and vote:
- Currently imprisoned:
- In state prison.
- In county jail serving a state prison sentence.
- Currently on parole.