Whether or not a person convicted of felony can vote depends on their state of residence. Vermont and Maine allow convicted felons to vote via absentee ballot while incarcerated. Thirteen states and the District of Columbia allow a person convicted of a felony to vote only after they complete their period of incarceration. These include: District of Columbia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Utah. Twenty four states allow convicted felons to vote after they have completed their period of more »
In the first two years of his term Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell has restored the voting rights of more than 2,500 ex-convicts. That’s more than half of all governors combined in the last twenty years.