I’ve Been Convicted of a Crime in Pennsylvania, Can I Vote?
According to the Pennsylvania Department of State, the following individuals who are currently facing or have been convicted of Misdemeanors and Felonies may register and vote if they have been citizens of the United States for at least one month before the next election; have been residents of Pennsylvania and their respective election districts for at least 30 days before the next election; and will be at least 18 years of age on the day of the next election:
- Pretrial Detainees (individuals who are confined in a penal institution awaiting trial on charges of a felony or a misdemeanor);
- Convicted Misdemeanants (individuals who are confined in a penal institution for conviction of a misdemeanor only);
- Individuals who have been released (or will be released by the date of the next election) from a correctional facility or halfway house upon completion of their term of incarceration for conviction of a misdemeanor or a felony;
- Individuals who are on probation or released on parole, including parolees who are living in a halfway house;
- Individuals who are under house arrest (home confinement), regardless of their conviction status or the status of their conditions of confinement.
An exception applies to anyone who has been convicted of violating the Pennsylvania election code within the last four years.
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