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I was convicted of a felony drug possession in 2011. Will I be able to
vote in the general election this November?
ANSWER: Yes. According to the Ohio Secretary of State, a person who has been convicted
of a felony and is not currently incarcerated may vote if he or she is
eligible to vote in Ohio – even if that person has been released on post-release
control (parole) or in a “house arrest” or “half-way
house” situation. Note that a person who is released from prison
is required to register again after release.
Who is an
A person convicted of a misdemeanor of any degree who otherwise meets the
qualifications of “eligible voter” may claim his or her rights
as an eligible voter in Ohio –
even if the person is in jail. Those in that situation will still want to double check their registration
status before the registration deadline (especially if their residential
address has changed.)
The deadline for voter registration for the November 8, 2016 general election
is October 11 2016. You can find more information about how to register at the
Ohio Secretary of State website and the
Department of Motor Vehicles Website.