You can register to vote if you are:

    • A citizen of the United States of America
    • A resident of California
    • At least 18 years of age or older on or before election day
    • Not currently in state or federal prison for the conviction of a felony
    • Not currently found mentally incompetent to vote by a court


    Persons with a criminal history who can register to vote:

    • In county jail:
      • serving a misdemeanor sentence (a misdemeanor never affects your right to vote)
      • Because jail time is a condition of probation (misdemeanor or felony)
      • Serving a felony jail sentence
      • Awaiting trial
    • On parole
    • On probation
    • On mandatory supervision
    • On post-release community supervision
    • On federal supervised release
    • A person with a juvenile wardship adjudication


    Persons with a criminal history who cannot register and vote:

    Currently serving a state or federal prison term for the conviction of a felony in:

    • State prison
    • Federal prison
    • County jail or other correctional facility

Once you have finished serving your term, your right to vote is restored; however, you must register online at or by filling out a paper voter registration card.

For more information, please see Voting Rights for Californians with Criminal Convictions or Detained in Jail or Prison on the California Secretary of State's website.