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WDKX.com » Blog » Voting Rights
Oct 6th 2012 11:14 am
Voting Rights
by vr

The following information was furnished by the Legal Action Center


Frequently Asked Questions by People with Criminal Records

Can I vote in New York if I'm on probation?
Anyone who is on probation, even if convicted of a felony, may register and vote in New York as long as they meet the other eligibility requirements described below.

Can I vote in New York if I've been convicted of a misdemeanor?
If you are in jail for a misdemeanor, you can vote by absentee ballot.

Can I vote in New York if I've been convicted of a felony? Maybe.
You CAN vote if you were given a sentence of probation. You CAN vote if you have served your maximum prison sentence. You CAN vote if you have been discharged from parole or been pardoned. You CANNOT vote if you have been convicted of a felony and are currently serving time in prison or are currently on parole (see next question).

Can I ever vote if I am on parole?
If you are on parole, you can only vote if you obtain a certificate of relief from disabilities or a certificate of good conduct. Check our website, www.lac.org, to see if you are eligible for a certificate.

Can I vote in New York if I'm in jail?
You can vote if you were convicted of a misdemeanor or if you are charged with a felony and are awaiting trial or disposition of your case.

How do I vote if I'm in jail?
You must request an absentee ballot from the Board of Elections. To obtain an absentee ballot you must first submit an absentee ballot application. In New York City, an application should be available at your facility, on the internet at www.vote.nyc.ny.us, or you can call 1-866-VOTE-NYC. Outside of New York City, contact your local county Board of Elections or visit www.elections.state.ny.us.

Do I need any documentation about my criminal history in order to register to vote?
You do not need to provide any documentation about your criminal history in order to register.

What address should I put on the voter registration form if I am in jail?
You should put your permanent home address on the registration form, not the address of the facility where you are incarcerated.

What are the other requirements to be eligible to vote in New York City?
At the time of the election, you must be at least 18 years old, a United States citizen and a New York resident.

How do I register to vote?
You must complete a voter registration form and sign the sworn affirmation that is contained in the form. Then you must mail or deliver the form to your local county Board of Elections. The address for the New York City Board of Elections is 32 Broadway, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10004.

How do I get a voter registration form?
Voter registration forms are available at the Department of Motor Vehicles, the Board of Elections and many other state agencies. In New York City, registration forms are also available at all city correctional facilities, probation offices, community boards and other city agencies. They are also available on the internet at www.vote.nyc.ny.us and www.elections.state.ny.us.