Felons regain the right to vote after they complete their sentence and supervised release, including probation and parole. At that time, they are free to re-register to vote.
Felon Voting Law in Wisconsin
According to the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board (GAB), you must show a valid photo ID, or acceptable substitution, when voting at a polling place or by absentee ballot. Anyone who is convicted of a felony who has not completed their sentence, including supervision, probation, or incarceration cannot vote.
Felons only become eligible to vote when they fully complete their sentence, including extended supervision or a term of probation. If you have been convicted of a misdemeanor, you can vote. In addition, voting rights are reinstated if you are pardoned.
If you are “off paper” or have completed your supervision, you do not need to provide special documentation in order to re-register. You just need to show proof of residence and affirm, on your application, that you are no longer under DOC supervision. (Be aware that it is considered a felony to vote while you are still under department of corrections (DOC) supervision for a felony crime).
The Government Accountability Board (GAB) reviews lists of individuals who voted with lists of felons under supervision after each election date. For voting purposes, your residence, if you are incarcerated, is the location where you lived before you were incarcerated. You cannot use a correctional facility or jail address for a residential address.
If you vote by absentee ballot, you need to show an acceptable photo ID for voting. An absentee ballot may be requested by e-mail, fax or mail. A copy of your photo ID should be submitted with the registration request before it is submitted to the electoral municipal clerk.
If you are under work release or monitored by a bracelet, you may have to obtain special permission to get a photo ID in order to vote absentee or vote at the polls on the scheduled election date. To obtain back-up information about your voting rights and the law in Wisconsin, click on this link. It leads to the state’s Government Accountability Board website.
How a Felon in Wisconsin Can Restore Their Voting Rights
To vote in Wisconsin, you need to register to vote.
You may begin the process by following this link, then selecting the “Register to Vote” tab from the menu on site’s left-hand side. You may also register in-person at your area’s municipal’s clerk’s office with a registration deputy or at your polling place on a scheduled election date.
All voters must show proof of residence and a photo ID when submitting a registration application. Access this link and start the registration process now.
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