Felons face a host of stigmas when they are out in society. On top of the social stigmas, felons also face the loss of some rights that are commonplace in this country. One of these rights is the right to vote. In the past, it was fairly common for felons to be unable to vote at all. More recently, states have been changing the guidelines in a way that allows felons to vote in certain circumstances.
The ability for felons to vote is determined by state laws. This means that every state has different laws regarding if and when a person who was convicted of a felony charge can vote.
In Missouri, felons are allowed to vote when they meet certain conditions. The felon mustn’t be incarcerated. Additionally, they can’t be on probation or parole. This means that you must successfully complete the terms of your sentence if you want to be able to vote. The only exception to being able to vote after being released from incarceration, probation and parole occurs if you were convicted of any crime, felony or misdemeanor, that was connected with the right of suffrage.
If you are planning to vote when you are eligible after a felony, you should make sure that you register to vote. You won’t be eligible to vote without properly registering by the deadline set forth by the law. If you are concerned about the longevity of your inability to vote, you should explore your options during the criminal justice process that might shorten your sentence so you can get to the polls sooner rather than later.
Source: FindLaw, “Felon Voting Rights Range Widely Across the U.S.,” Ephrat Livni, Esq., accessed May 06, 2016