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
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.