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Voting Rights: Individuals with a Criminal History


Individuals who have a felony conviction may still have the opportunity to register and vote. Once individuals complete their felony paroles, they can re-register and vote.

Individuals with a criminal history who can register to vote:

  • In county jail:

    • Serving a misdemeanor sentence (a misdemeanor never affects your right to vote)

    • Serving jail time as a condition of probation (misdemeanor or felony)

    • Serving a felony jail sentence

    • Awaiting trial

  • On probation

  • On mandatory supervision

  • On post-release community supervision

  • On federal supervised release

  • A person with a juvenile wardship adjudication

Individuals with a criminal history who cannot register and vote:

  • Currently imprisoned in:

    • State prison

    • Federal prison

  • Currently serving a state prison felony sentence in a county jail or other correctional facility

  • Currently in county jail awaiting transfer to a state or federal prison for a felony conviction

  • Currently in county jail for a parole violation

  • Currently on parole with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

Once you are done with parole your right to vote is restored, but you must re-register online at RegisterToVote.ca.gov or by filling out a paper voter registration card.

For more information, please visit the Secretary of State’s website


Monterey County Elections offers an inmate voting program for those voters who are eligible but currently incarcerated in Monterey County Jail. For more information, please call our office at (831) 796-1499.