You have the following rights:
You can register to vote and vote if you are:
You may be eligible to register and vote:
Not eligible to register and vote:
In 2011, the Legislature passed and the Governor signed the Criminal Justice Realignment Act (Realignment). Under Penal Code section 1170(h), low-level felons are sentenced to county jail and/or supervision by the county probation department instead of state prison. Realignment has caused some confusion about voting rights among people who have criminal convictions. The information above provides an explanation of who is eligible and who is not eligible to register to vote in California.
California Penal Code section 2910 allows the California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation (CDCR) to make agreements with local governments to house felons in a county jail or other correctional facility. For more information, please visit CDCR’s website. If you have questions about your voting rights, please contact your parole or county probation office.
If you requested a vote-by-mail ballot but are released from custody before you receive your ballot, you can still vote. Just go to the polling place for your home address or any polling place in the county where you are registered and vote a provisional ballot. If you change your name, home address, mailing address, or party preference, you must complete a new voter registration card. Voter registration cards are available at most public libraries and government offices. Additionally, you may apply to register to vote online.