Who Can Vote Anyway?Posted by Spiwe in Legal October 14, 2012
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As the debate over voter ID or voter suppression rages on, have you wondered who is actually eligible to vote? If you are a legal resident alien, can you vote? If you are convicted of a felony, can you vote? What if it’s a misdemeanor? Can you vote if you served your time and are on parole or probation? What if you’ve completed all requirements of your time and are completely free? What if you’re a sex offender and have to register for always and forever? Can you vote then? Tune in for answers to these perplexing questions.
We discuss questions like…
• Why is this even a question when there’s a Constitutional right to vote…isn’t there?
• What’s the difference between a misdemeanor and a felony, jail and prison, probation and parole?
• Can you vote if you have been convicted of a misdemeanor? What about a felony?
• What if you are out on bail?
• What if you are still awaiting your trial?
• Do you get any notifications about your right to vote?
• What if you were convicted in a different state than where you currently reside? Which law do you follow?
• If you registered to vote before your arrest, can you use that registration after your case is over?
• Does your right to vote automatically apply? If not, what do you have to do to regain it?
• Where can I get advice and specific information about my situation in my state?
Compare to states allowing corporal punishment
Article from the 2008 election: Felons CAN Vote
Voter Empowerment Act of 2012, H.R. 5799
FAQs about voting after a conviction
Learn about Project votesmart
eHow instructions on how to restore a felon’s voting rights
Huffington Post article on how Felon Voting Laws Disenfranchise 5.85 Million Americans With Criminal Records