Connecticut Voting Rights Restoration

Misdemeanor convictions in Connecticut

Can prisoners vote in jail? Generally, yes.

You do not lose your right to vote if you are convicted of a misdemeanor in Connecticut. If you are incarcerated for a misdemeanor you should check voter registration status, register to vote if necessary, and request an absentee ballot from office administrators at your complex.

You can vote while awaiting trial for any charge, even if incarcerated, as long as you have not lost your right to vote due to a prior conviction.

Felony conviction in Connecticut

Can felons vote in Connecticut?

You lose the right to vote while incarcerated if you are convicted of a felony. If you are on parole, probation, or have fully completed your sentence, you may register to vote and cast a ballot upon payment of all fines in conjunction with your conviction.

If you are convicted of a felony for violation of an election statute, you may not regain your voting rights until you have fulfilled all the requirements above and have been discharged from probation.

Next steps for restoring voting rights in Connecticut

If convicted by the State of Connecticut and you have completed your sentence or are on probation, register to vote.

If convicted by another State or by a Federal Court and you have completed your sentence, including probation or parole, AND paid all fines ordered at the time of conviction, you may register to vote.

In all states, it's a felony to vote if your voting rights are currently revoked. If you are uncertain about your status from the information provided on this page, call 1-866-OUR-VOTE for more information.



For help with:

  • Registering to vote
  • Requesting an absentee ballot
  • Requesting a mail-in ballot


For help with finding your Election Official.