Jane asked in Politics & GovernmentElections · 1 decade ago

Do people in prison get to vote in the election?

Just wondering because that's a lot of citizens. It is our civil duty as citizens of the USA to vote...


I am not telling you what to think. That is just what I believe. You are hypocritical telling me what to think and/or do...

9 Answers

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
    Best Answer


    Disenfranchisement or disfranchisement is the revocation of the right of suffrage (the right to vote) to a person or group of people, or rendering a person's vote less effective, or ineffective. Disfranchisement might occur explicitly through law, or implicitly by intimidation.

    Many U.S. states intentionally disfranchise people based on criminal conviction by law. For many jurisdictions that do, usually a person is disfranchised after being sentenced to a penalty above some limit—for example, 6 months— but only as long as he or she is serving the sentence.

    In 13 U.S. states including the District of Columbia (HI, IL, IN, MA, MI, MT, NH, ND, OH, OR, PA, RI, UT) persons convicted of a felony—that is, a crime punishable with a year's imprisonment or more—are denied the vote only while serving sentence in a state prison. Delaware has a similar law, but extends the disfranchisement period five years after release from custody.

    One felony conviction results in perpetual disfranchisement in 10 other U.S. states, and in Maryland two convictions have the same consequence. In addition to these 11 states, 19 others also disfranchise persons who are on probation for a felony but were not sentenced to prison time. All of these plus five more states (or 35 in all) disqualify those on parole from voting.

    Some states consider dishonorable discharge a felony conviction and disfranchise those affected.

    Two states—Maine and Vermont—allow prison inmates to vote unless disfranchisement is meted out as a separate punishment.

    Those affected are usually prohibited from voting in federal elections as well, even though their convictions were at the state level for state crimes, not federal crimes. This means that states with permanent disfranchisement prevent ex-convicts from ever voting in federal elections, even though ex-convicts in other states convicted of identical crimes may be allowed to vote in such elections.

    As of 2005 there were at least two cases in the U.S. courts challenging disfranchisement of felons: Locke v. Farrakhan in Washington State and Hayden v. Pataki in New York. The NAACP LDF was involved in both cases.


  • 3 years ago


    Source(s): Criminal Records Search Database : http://CriminalRecords.raiwi.com/?UkXR
  • 1 decade ago

    Convicted felons can't vote. Voting is a right, not a duty. Maybe you should take a civics class before telling us what our civic duty is!

  • 1 decade ago

    no. and convicted felons never get to vote again unless the right is restored by a judge.

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  • 1 decade ago

    No...and even convicted felons, once out, have to go to a clemency process to get their voting rights restored.

  • 1 decade ago

    Don't worry the Democrats already are signing up the convicts to vote.

    I think they have sex offenders working the phones also..

  • 1 decade ago

    Not if they have committed felonies. They lose thier right to vote.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The privilege of voting is not extended to inmates while they are incarcerated.

  • 1 decade ago

    um no...

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