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 ACLU is fighting to make sure the rules are clear.[Leer en español aquí.] Here in California, the only time you are not allowed to vote is if you are currently serving a state or federal prison sentence or are currently on parole.
You CAN VOTE if:
- You are in county jail serving a misdemeanor sentence.
- You are in jail as a condition of probation.
- You are serving a county jail sentence under realignment OR
- You are currently on probation, mandatory supervision, or post-release community supervision.
- You are done with parole.
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.
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