If I’m In Prison, Or Just Getting Out Of It, Can I Vote?

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As you might guess, being incarcerated removes many rights of a person, including voting. But actually, each state sets its own standards on whether prisoners may vote. If they cannot vote while in prison, they also set its own standards on when they regain the right to vote when they are released from prison, and what the process is to regain that right.

There are two states that allow incarcerated felons to vote: Maine and Vermont.

Hawaii, Illinois, and Ohio are among the states that automatically restore voting rights when a person is released from prison.

For Wyoming, Tennessee, Delaware, and a few other states, regaining voting rights is dependant on a person’s conviction; they may have to petition and submit an application to their government if they wish to regain the right to vote...