Misdemeanor convictions in Ohio
Can prisoners vote in jail? Generally, yes.
You do not lose the right to vote if you are convicted of a misdemeanor in Ohio. 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 Ohio
Can felons vote in Ohio?
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.
Next steps for restoring voting rights in Ohio
If your sentence is completed, you may register to vote and cast a ballot, even if you are on parole or probation.
Note: If you were a resident of another state when you became incarcerated, you do not become a resident of Ohio by virtue of being incarcerated there, registering to vote in this circumstance would be considered a crime.
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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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