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Every Vote Counts

You have the right to vote.

There is a lot of confusion in California about the impact of a criminal conviction on voting rights. We have created this website to set the record straight.

Although the information accurately describes who is currently eligible to vote in California, please note that on Feb. 4, 2014 the ACLU filed a lawsuit arguing that people on mandatory supervision or post-release community supervision should be allowed to vote. If that lawsuit is successful we will update this website to reflect that change.  

In California, some criminal convictions have no impact on your voting rights at all. Other kinds of convictions may temporarily take away your right to vote. The only time you are not eligible to vote is when you have: 1) a felony conviction and you are still in state prison or serving your sentence in county jail under Realignment; or 2) when you are on parole, on post-release community supervision, or on mandatory supervision. If you are on probation or if you have completed your parole, post-release community supervision, or mandatory supervision you CAN vote!

The ACLU filed a lawsuit on March 7, 2012 arguing that Californians sentenced under Realignment have the right to vote. On May 29, 2012 the ACLU filed the case with the California Supreme Court. On July 25, 2012 the California Supreme Court denied the petition for review and the case was not transfered to the Court of Appeals.

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The ACLU of Northern California launched the Every Vote Counts Campaign in 2008 in collaboration with All of Us or None, a project of Legal Services for Prisoners with Children. Members of All of Us or None are featured in the materials produced as part of this campaign.