Most states do not allow citizens who are convicted of felonies to vote, in addition to denying them a number of other privileges only given to non-felons. When a person has no right to vote, they are referred to as "disenfranchised." Each state has its own law and may restrict voting rights in different ways. For example, some states permanently strip a felon of their right to vote, whereas others will allow a felon to vote after they serve their sentence. There is no federal law regarding voting rights of convicted felons.
In many states it is possible for a felon to restore voting rights after serving your sentence. There may be additional requirements, such as paying fines or being on parole. Whether or not that felon will be able to restore voting right depends on the law of their state.
How the right to vote is restricted and whether you can restore it after a felony conviction varies from state to state. Below is a listing of some approaches to restricting and restoring the right to vote:
The process for restoring the right to vote will vary from state to state. Many times it will involve some kind of complicated pardon or clemency process. On top of this, restoration of voting rights is a well kept secret. That is, officials are unlikely to inform convicted felons about their voting rights and the fact that they can be restored. Moreover, there is an increasing trend in allowing felons to ask to have voting rights restored after a certain period of time has passed.
The laws regarding voting rights for convicted felons are undergoing great changes, and there has been a strong push towards restoring the voting rights of convicted felons. Because of this, laws are constantly changing and a criminal defense lawyer will be able to help you determine whether you are eligible to have your voting right restored. If you are eligible, a lawyer can help you with the process as well.
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