Having a Legal Issue and Figuring Out If You Can Vote

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With it being an election year, and a big Presidential Election at that, many of you with loved ones who have a criminal history, or are currently serving time, are probably wondering if they are eligible to vote in November. You may be wondering about your own eligibility, because of your own criminal past. Here is the breakdown for California’s voting rights for residents with criminal history.

First, voters must be a U.S. citizen and at least 18 years old.

  • Misdemeanors do not affect your right to vote. You can be in county jail serving a misdemeanor sentence and still be allowed to register and vote.
  • You can be on probation and still be allowed to register and vote.
  • You may not register and vote if you are in state prison, or in a county jail serving a state prison sentence.
  • You...