Voting While in Jail or Prison

While a person convicted of a felony cannot vote while they are in prison (but are eligible to vote upon release), persons in jail or prison for a misdemeanor or who are waiting for their trial can still register and vote.

We recommend that the voter use their permanent address as their voting address, and then request an absentee ballot to be sent to the correctional facility. If they do not request the absentee ballot, the vote-by-mail ballot for this election will be sent to their permanent address and need to be brought to the voter at the correctional facility. Visitation at correctional facilities may be limited due to the coronavirus, however. So, advocates will need to work with correctional supervisors to provide an inmate with a voter registration application when needed and an application for an absentee ballot from the State Board of Elections website.

To learn about other changes to the  elections in response to the COVID-19 pandemic click here.