Returning Citizens Voting FAQs
Can I vote while I am incarcerated or in jail?
Yes. You may still vote in jail, with an absentee ballot if you are not serving time for a felony conviction.
Can I vote while I am in jail, charged with a felony and awaiting trial?
Can I vote after I have served my sentence for a felony conviction?
May I vote if I am on probation or parole?
Yes. After you are released from prison, you are able to vote even if you are on parole or probation in DC
May I vote in jail if I was convicted of a misdemeanor?
If I am out of jail but still have a 'criminal record', can I can vote?
Yes. DC requires only that you not be in jail serving time for a felony conviction.
What other crimes prohibit me from voting?
You can’t vote while serving time for certain election, lobbying, and campaign finance-related crimes that may be misdemeanors but are defined as felonies for the purpose of disenfranchisement. All others with a misdemeanor conviction may vote by absentee ballot while incarcerated.