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Voting with a conviction in California:
Each state has different felony disenfranchisement laws, which causes confusion and can lead to eligible voters not participating for fear of making a mistake. In California, the advocates are fighting to make sure the rules are clear.
Here in California, the only time you are not allowed to vote is if you are currently serving a state or federal prison sentence.
You CAN VOTE if:
- You are in county jail serving a misdemeanor or awaiting trial for any crime.
- You are in jail as a condition of probation.
- You are serving a felony county jail sentence under realignment.
- You are currently on probation, parole, mandatory supervision, or post-release community supervision.
Voter ID Issues:
- You never need a photo ID to vote in California.
- If you registered online or by mail and did not include your driver’s license, state ID, or Social Security number AND it is your first time voting, you’ll need to show documentation showing your name and address. Click here for a list of acceptable forms of identification.
See more on How to Vote:
- Register to Vote
- How to fill out the voter registration card
- What’s on the Ballot?