Voting in North Carolina With A Criminal Record

In the state of North Carolina, your voting rights are temporarily lost when you are convicted of a felony.  Many people don't know that your voting rights are automatically restored when you complete your sentence, including probation or parole. If you were not registered prior to your conviction, simply register to vote as if anyone else would.  If you were registered before your conviction, you will need to register again.

It doesn’t matter if your conviction occurred outside North Carolina; as long as you have finished your sentence, you are eligible to register and vote. 

If you are convicted of a misdemeanor, you do not lose your right to vote.  You are welcome to vote in jail or while you are awaiting trial. 

With all of the issues facing people with criminal records, we need people in office who understand the need for second chances. The 1.6 million people in North Carolina with criminal records could be a mighty force for positive chance, if only we will use our voices at election time. 

For more information about how to register to vote in North Carolina, click here.

North Carolina Second Chance Alliance

Do you think it's unfair that you have served your time yet remain locked out of many opportunities as a result of your criminal record? 

If you answered yes, we encourage you to join the NC Second Chance Alliance

The NC Second Chance Alliance is a statewide alliance of advocacy organizations, service providers, faith-based organizations, community leaders and interested citizens that have come together to achieve the safe and successful reintegration of adults and juveniles with criminal records by promoting policies that remove barriers to productive citizenship. Join thousands of North Carolinians from across the state and lend your voice to an effort that will directly help you, your family and all of those yet to be released from prison. When you join the Second Chance Alliance, you will receive occasional updates and opportunities to take action including lobby days and action alerts to contact your legislators about bills that will affect you. 


If you would like to be involved with Mecklenburg County efforts to create more opportunities for people with criminal records, please provide your contact information and we'll be in touch when there are opportunities for action!

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