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QUESTION: 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 otherwise 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 eligible voter?
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 8th, 2016 general election is October 11th, 2016. You can find more information about how to register at the Ohio Secretary of State website and the Department of Motor Vehicles Website.
Brian Glen Jones graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a Bachelors Degree in Politics and Government. He then went on to earn his Juris Doctorate degree from the University Of Akron School Of Law. Brian has been a lifelong resident of Ohio. Brian is licensed to practice law in the state of Ohio and before the United States District Court for the Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio.
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