Minnesota Voting Rights Restoration

Misdemeanor convictions in Minnesota

Can prisoners vote in jail? Generally, yes.

You do not lose your right to vote if you are convicted of a misdemeanor in Minnesota. 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 Minnesota

Can felons vote in Minnesota?

You lose your right to vote if you are convicted of a felony. You can't vote while incarcerated, while on probation, or while on parole. Your right to vote is automatically restored once you complete your full sentence.

Next steps for restoring voting rights in Minnesota

If your sentence is completed, including parole or probation, you may register to vote and cast a ballot.

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.

 

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