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INFOGRAPHIC: Voting Restoration

100-PO051 (R 10/2019)

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(Rachel Friederich, DOC Communications)

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Who can vote?

Laws restoring voting rights for people with criminal convictions vary from state to state. Below is a description of the types of current laws that exist in various states.

Key

  • Image of red color swatch
    • Red indicates a state in which all people with felony convictions are not allowed to vote indefinitely. States in this category are: Iowa, Kentucky, and Virginia.
  • Image of orange color swatch
    • Orange indicates a state in which some people with felony convictions are restricted from voting. States with this type of law include Nevada, Arizona, Wyoming, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.
  • Image of yellow color swatch
    • Yellow indicates a state in which people in prison, on parole and on probation are restricted from voting. However, people with felony convictions may have their voting rights restored upon completion of their sentences. States with this type of law include Washington, Idaho, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, West Virginia, Delaware, New Jersey, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia and Alaska.
  • Image of light blue color swatch
    • Light blue indicates a state in which people currently serving time in prison cannot vote, but all other residents can. States in this category are Oregon, Utah, Montana, North Dakota, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Rhode Island and Hawaii.
  • Image of dark blue color swatch
    • Dark blue indicates a state in which people in prison and on parole cannot vote, but all other people with criminal convictions—including people on probation—can vote. States with this type of law are California, Colorado, New York and Connecticut.
  • Image of green color swatch
    • Green indicates a state in which every person has the right to vote. States with these types of laws are Maine and Vermont.

Sources

  1. American Civil Liberties Union