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People with a past felony conviction can vote after they finish their entire sentence, including probation or parole. This is commonly known as being ‘off-paper.’ It is a felony to vote or register to vote before completing the entire felony sentence.

Those who finish their sentence will automatically have their right to vote restored. They must register before they vote.

The county elections office may not know that a voter has had their right to vote restored. On Election Day, there may be a note directing the election judge (poll worker) to challenge that person’s eligibility to vote. If this happens, the voter should tell them that they have completed the sentence. The election judge might have the voter swear an oath of eligibility.

Last updated: 2/28/2014 2:59:21 PM