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Can a Felon Vote in Michigan?

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According to the ACLU of Michigan, you can vote if you have been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony in the state, provided you are not currently​ incarcerated. The right to vote is instantly restored upon release from prison. Individuals on parole or probation are permitted to vote as well. You may also cast an absentee ballot if you currently are incarcerated and awaiting an arraignment or trail but not serving a sentence.


Felon Voting Law in Michigan

In Michigan, any criminal offense is attached to a maximum penalty, which defines whether it is considered a felony or misdemeanor. A felony is a crime that carries a sentence of one year or more. Therefore, if you are convicted of an offense whose maximum penalty is one+ years, you are deemed to be a felon. Some examples of felony crimes include –

· Assault with a weapon

· Possession of cocaine, marijuana or heroin, or a controlled substance without a prescription

· A third offense for drunk driving

· A firearms offence

· Fraud

A felon therefore has the right to vote except when he is in prison or jail during an election. According to Michigan law and the ACLU, a felony is a crime that, once again, is punishable by one or more years in prison, unless stated otherwise in the statute that defines the crime. You can get backup details by accessing this link.

How a Felon in Michigan Can Restore Their Voting Rights

According to the ACLU of Michigan, you can register to vote in Michigan if you are a citizen of the US and Michigan resident. You must also be 18 years old on the scheduled election date and not incarcerated for a misdemeanor or felony.  There is no need to regain rights as they are granted once a sentence is completed.

Other Resources For Felons in Michigan

Getting Started: If this is your first time to our website, we highly recommend that you visit our getting started page to understand everything we have to offer. You can do so by clicking here.

Jobs For Felons: If you’re a felon looking for a job in Michigan, we have all of the resources you need including job listings by city, companies that hire felons, and our own job board. Click Here to learn more.

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