Every United States citizen (at least 18 years old) has a fundamental right to vote. Not only does voting allow citizens to choose tomorrow’s leaders, but also make their contributions to our country’s democratic process. Each vote effects every aspect of our lives, from construction projects and security measures to health care and education. Now that the midterm elections have passed, up next is the presidential election of 2020.
If you have been convicted of a felony, you may be wondering if you are able to restore your voting privileges. Fortunately, the assumption that felons are not allowed to vote is simply a myth in most states.
In Minnesota, felons are allowed to vote once they fully served their sentence, which includes parole and probation. This means also paying any restitution, fees, and other charges related to their case.
Individuals can still vote if they have been charged with a felony, but haven’t obtained a conviction, and also if they have been convicted of a misdemeanor and are currently serving jail time for a misdemeanor.
By contrast, felons are not allowed to vote while incarcerated, on parole, or on probation.
Once their sentence is complete, individuals with felony convictions can register to vote online—which is the faster process to re-apply for voting rights. Keep in mind, they must have a state driver’s license or are able to provide a state identification card number or the last four digits of their Social Security number.
Whether you have been charged with a felony or wish to expunge your criminal record, our Minneapolis criminal defense attorney at Brockton D. Hunter, P.A. can provide experienced legal assistance. Since we understand how important it is to voice your belief through voting, our firm will do our best to protect your rights and future.
For more information about our legal services, contact us and request our consultation today.