Does a U.S. citizen who is found guilty of committing a felony retaintheir right to vote?

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Does a U.S. citizen who is found guilty of committing a felony retaintheir right to vote?

Asked on September 24, 2010 under Criminal Law, Louisiana

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

Believe it or not the voting rights of a convicted felon vary from state to state.  Each state has enacted laws that allow - or disallow as the case may be - a felon's right to vote and a felon's right to restore his or her right to vote. Some states ask the felon to re-apply and some states restore the right automatically. It is my understanding that in the state of Louisiana, a felon's voting rights are suspended during the time they are serving their sentence and are  automatically restored upon completion of their sentence, probation and/or parole.  They must, of course, register to vote.  Seek confirmation from the Board of Elections in your area. I hope that this helps.  Good luck.


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