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Regaining the Right to Vote

When a state has disqualified a person from voting because that person has been convicted of a crime, the procedures for that person to regain the right to vote are governed by state law. As a result, the best source of reliable information is the appropriate state office. Listed below are the websites for those states or territories that have posted either specific information regarding the process by which an individual can have his or her rights restored or general voter registration information.

Alabama:
http://www.pardons.state.al.us/ALABPP/Main/ALABpp%20MAIN.htm

Alaska:
http://www.elections.alaska.gov/vi_restore_info.php http://www.correct.state.ak.us/rehabilitation-reentry http://www.correct.state.ak.us/pnp/pdf/808.08.pdf

American Samoa:
http://www.americansamoaelectionoffice.org/

Arizona:
http://www.azsos.gov/election/VoterRegistration.htm
http://www.clerkofcourt.maricopa.gov/faxondemand/300.pdf

Arkansas:
http://www.sos.arkansas.gov/elections/Pages/voterResources.aspx
http://www.arbop.org/

California:
http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/sharing-ideas/a-voting-guide-for-inmates.pdf
http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/sharing-ideas/voting-rights-californians.htm

Colorado:
http://www.sos.state.co.us/pubs/elections/FAQs/VotingAndConviction.html

Connecticut:
http://www.sots.ct.gov/sots/cwp/view.asp?a=3179&Q=533854&sotsNav=|
http://www.ct.gov/doc/lib/doc/PDF/VotingRightsEnglish.pdf

Delaware:
http://elections.delaware.gov/services/voter/felons.shtml

District of Columbia:
http://www.dcboee.org/faq/voter_reg.asp

Florida:
https://fpc.state.fl.us/clemencyOverview.shtml

Georgia:
http://www.dcor.state.ga.us/pdf/ReentrySkillsBuildingHandbook-English.pdf
http://sos.ga.gov/index.php/elections/faq

Guam:
http://gec.guam.gov/2011/11/16/for-voters/

Hawaii:
http://hawaii.gov/elections/factsheets/html/fsvs509.htm/download

Idaho:
http://www.idahovotes.gov/VoterReg/REG_FAQ.HTM

Illinois:
http://www.elections.il.gov/DocDisplay.aspx?Doc=Downloads/ElectionInformation/PDF/registervote.pdf&Title=Registering to Vote in Illinois
http://www.elections.il.gov/DocDisplay.aspx?Doc=Downloads/VotingInformation/PDF/R-19.pdf&Title=Illinois

Indiana:
http://www.in.gov/sos/elections/2403.htm

Iowa:
https://governor.iowa.gov/constituent-services/restoration-of-citizenship-rights/

Kentucky:
http://justice.ky.gov/default.htm

Louisiana:
http://www.sos.louisiana.gov/tabid/68/Default.aspx

Maine:
http://www.maine.gov/sos/cec/elec/resident.htm

Maryland:
http://www.elections.state.md.us/voter_registration/restoration.html

Massachusetts:
http://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/eleifv/howreg.htm

Michigan:
http://www.michigan.gov/sos/0,1607,7-127-29836-202492--F,00.html

Minnesota:
http://www.sos.state.mn.us/index.aspx?page=1610
http://www.sos.state.mn.us/index.aspx?page=204

Mississippi:
http://www.sos.ms.gov/elections_voter_info_center.aspx

Missouri:
http://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/goVoteMissouri/questions.aspx#3_2

Montana:
http://sos.mt.gov/Elections/Vote/index.asp#who

Nebraska:
http://www.sos.state.ne.us/elec/voter_info.html

Nevada:
http://nvsos.gov/index.aspx?page=86

New Hampshire:
http://sos.nh.gov/Felons.aspx

New Jersey:
http://www.state.nj.us/state/elections/voting-information.html#2

New Mexico:
http://www.sos.state.nm.us/Voter_Information/

New York:
http://www.elections.ny.gov/VotingRegister.html

North Carolina:
http://www.ncsbe.gov/ncsbe/registering-to-vote

North Dakota:
http://www.nd.gov/sos/electvote/voting/voter-qualifi.html

Northern Marianas:
http://www.votecnmi.gov.mp/index.php/component/content/article/53-voter/173-voters-pamphlet

Ohio:
http://www.sos.state.oh.us/sos/elections/Voters/FAQ/voterEligibility.aspx

Oklahoma:
http://www.ok.gov/elections/Voter_Registration/Voter_Registration_Application_Form/

Oregon:
http://sos.oregon.gov/voting/Pages/voteinor.aspx

Pennsylvania:
http://www.votespa.com/portal/server.pt?open=514&objID=1174123&mode=2

Puerto Rico:
http://www.ceepur.org/

Rhode Island:
https://sos.ri.gov/elections/voters/register/

South Carolina:
http://www.scvotes.org/south_carolina_voter_registration_information

South Dakota:
https://sdsos.gov/elections-voting/voting/register-to-vote/default.aspx

Tennessee:
http://state.tn.us/sos/election/restoration.htm

Texas:
http://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/voter/reqvr.shtml

Utah:
http://vote.utah.gov/vote/
https://secure.utah.gov/voterreg/index.html

Vermont:
https://www.sec.state.vt.us/elections/frequently-asked-questions/voter-registration.aspx#faq-4356

Virginia:
https://commonwealth.virginia.gov/applications/clemency

Virgin Islands:
http://www.vivote.gov/content/register-vote

Washington:
https://wei.sos.wa.gov/agency/osos/en/voters/Pages/felons_and_voting_rights.aspx

West Virginia:
http://www.sos.wv.gov/elections/voterinformation/FrequentlyAskedQuestions/Pages/Voter_Registration_FAQ.aspx

Wisconsin:
http://gab.wi.gov/node/2473

Wyoming:
http://bop.state.wy.us/votingrights/votingrights.htm

General Information Voting Section
Contact

Toll-free - (800) 253-3931
Telephone - (202) 307-2767
Fax - (202) 307-3961
Email - voting.section@usdoj.gov
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Mailing Contact

Voting Section
Civil Rights Division
U.S. Department of Justice
Room 7254 - NWB
950 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.
Washington, DC 20530

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