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?

Yes. You keep the right to vote while you are waiting for trial on a felony charge. You can vote with an absentee ballot.  Apply for an Absentee Ballot >>


Can I vote after I have served my sentence for a felony conviction?

Yes. You receive the right to vote again after you are released from prison. You will have to re-register to vote. Register to Vote today >>


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  


Yes.  For most misdemeanor convictions you can vote with an absentee ballot while serving time in jail. Apply for an Absentee Ballot >>

May I vote in jail if I was convicted of a misdemeanor?


Yes.  DC requires only that you not be in jail serving time for a felony conviction. 

If I am out of jail but still have a 'criminal record', can I can vote?


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.

What other crimes prohibit me from voting?