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Voting Rights After Arrest

Voting Rights After Arrest

Voting Rights After Arrest

Criminal convictions can affect your ability to participate in democracy. Let’s discuss the circumstances in which your voting rights are or are not impacted by your offense.

Misdemeanor vs. Felony Voting Rights

If you are convicted of a misdemeanor offense, you can vote.

However, if you are convicted of a felony offense, you lose your right to vote.

Can I Vote if I’m Currently Facing Charges?

Yes, you are free to vote while you are facing charges, regardless of whether the charges are misdemeanors or felonies.

Can People Who are Incarcerated Vote?

This depends on what state you are in.

Here in Kansas, you are ineligible to vote while you are incarcerated for a felony.

Currently, people incarcerated for felony offenses are only allowed to vote in:

  • Washington, D.C.
  • Maine
  • Vermont

If you are incarcerated for a misdemeanor offense, you may still be eligible to vote via absentee ballot.

Can I Vote While on Probation?

Probation is considered part of your felony sentence. Therefore, you are unable to vote while on probation, even after being released from prison.

Once your probation is complete, you do have options.

Reinstating Voting Rights for Felons

In Kansas, your voting rights are automatically restored after completing your sentence (jail time and probation). You will simply need to re-register to vote.

Reasons To Vote

Numerous states don’t allow convicted felons to vote, even after completing their sentence. However, voting is an important part of American democracy.

Voting allows you to:

  • Use your voice
  • Vote for your personal interests
  • Make positive change for the next generation

Kansas City Felony Lawyers

Learn more about felony offenses in Kansas here. If you are currently facing felony charges for DUI, drugs, gun possession, or other offenses, call Stein Law, LLC at (913) 583-0465 today to get started on your defense.


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