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.