Misdemeanor convictions in Virginia
Can prisoners vote in jail? Generally, yes.
You do not lose the right to vote if you are convicted of a misdemeanor in Virginia. If you are incarcerated for a misdemeanor you should check voter registration status, register to vote if necessary, and request an absentee ballot from your Local Election Office.
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 Virginia
Can felons vote in Virginia?
You permanently 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 can only be restored by the Governor, upon request. This policy is subject to change under future Governors, and this page will be updated accordingly.
Next steps for restoring voting rights in Virginia
If your sentence is completed, you should check your pardon status, apply to the Governor for a pardon if necessary, then you may register to vote and cast a ballot, even if you are on parole or probation.
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