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Voting Rights


If I have the requisite voting qualifications of age, citizenship and residency, can I vote:

Q: If I have a criminal record?

A: Yes, as long as you are not currently in prison for a felony conviction or on parole for a felony conviction.  If you are currently on parole, you can still vote if you have a Certificate of Relief from Disabilities or a Certificate of Good Conduct that restores your voting rights. You can vote if you are currently in jail for a misdemeanor charge, or you are on probation, or if you have completed your maximum prison sentence, and are not on parole on any charge.

Q: If I have been convicted of a felony?

A: Yes, unless you are: (1) currently in prison for a felony conviction, or (2) currently on parole for a felony conviction and have not obtained a Certificate of Relief from Disabilities or a Certificate of Good Conduct

Q: If I have been convicted of a misdemeanor?

A: Yes, a misdemeanor does not impact your right to vote.  However, you should still check your registration status at the following link: https://voterlookup.elections.state.ny.us/votersearch.aspx.  This link will inform you if you are registered to vote and where you vote in New York City.

Q: If I was recently released from the NYC Department of Correction?

 A: Yes, you can vote as long as you are not currently on parole for a felony conviction. If you are currently on parole for a felony conviction, you can vote if you obtain a Certificate of Relief from Disabilities or a Certificate of Good Conduct that restores your voting rights. 

If you only served time in jail for a misdemeanor and did not serve time for a felony, you probably do not need to register/re-register to vote. The Board of Elections does not remove you from the voting rolls when you are serving time in jail for a misdemeanor or are put on probation. However, you should still check your registration status at the following link: https://voterlookup.elections.state.ny.us/votersearch.aspx.  This link will inform you if you are registered to vote and where you vote in New York City.

Q: If I am on probation and was convicted of a misdemeanor?

A: Yes, you can vote. However, you should still check your registration status at the following link: https://voterlookup.elections.state.ny.us/votersearch.aspx.  This link will inform you if you are registered to vote and where you vote in New York City.

Q: If I am on probation and was convicted of a felony?

A: Yes, you can vote unless you are currently imprisoned for a “split sentence.”  Upon release from imprisonment, you can register/re-register to vote.

Q:  If I am on parole?

A: If you are on parole for a felony conviction you cannot vote unless you have obtained a Certificate of Relief from Disabilities or a Certificate of Good Conduct that specifically restores your voting rights.  When you complete parole, you can vote as long as you meet other eligibility requirements.  You will need to re-register to vote.

To learn more about your rights, check out the fact sheet created by the Brennan Center for Justice.
If you meet the eligibility requirements, 
 please register to vote.