Voting Rights for People with Criminal Convictions

Eligibility Requirements

You must be: 

  • A United States citizen;
  • A resident of California;
  • At least 18 years of age or older on or before the next Election Day;
  • Not currently imprisoned or on parole for the conviction of a felony; and 
  • Not found mentally incompetent by a court of law. 

You are eligible to register and vote if you:

  • Are convicted of a misdemeanor or detained in county jail serving a misdemeanor sentence. 
  • Are detained in county jail because jail time is a condition of probation. 
  • Are on probation. 
  • Are on mandatory supervision. 
  • Are on post-release community supervision. 
  • Have completed your parole. 

You are not eligible to register and vote if you are:

  • Currently imprisoned: 
    • In state prison.
    • In county jail serving a state prison sentence. 
  • Currently on parole for the conviction of a felony. 

Your right to vote is restored when you complete your parole. You simply need to register to vote.

Complete and return a Voter Registration Form. No other documentation is required. There are several convenient ways to register:
  1. Register online: Use the Secretary of State's California Online Voter Registration Form to submit your information online; 
  2. Register by mail: Call the Department of Elections at (415) 554-4375, or email us and we will mail a Voter Registration Card to you; or 
  3. Register in person: Pick up a Voter Registration Card at the Department of Elections, local public library branches, the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), or U.S. Postal Service offices. 
Important! You can register to vote at any time. However, you MUST be registered at least 15 days before an election to vote in that election.
For more information, contact the Department of Elections at (415) 554-4375, or email