Voting is a basic American right. However, many states have laws in place that infringe on a person’s right to vote due to their criminal history.
Fortunately, Colorado has some of the most progressive voting laws in the country with regard to voters with convictions.
Understand Your Voting Rights in Colorado
Here in Colorado, you’re able to vote if:
- You have a past criminal conviction, but your sentence has been completed in full;
- You are on parole or federal supervised release;
- You are in jail awaiting trial;
- You are serving a sentence for a misdemeanor conviction;
- You are on probation for a misdemeanor or felony;
- You are out on bond and your criminal case is pending;
- You were ordered to drug or alcohol rehab by the court.
You are not able to vote if:
- You are currently serving a prison or jail sentence for a felony;
- You are on DOC inmate status and are living in a community corrections halfway house or on non-residential status.
How soon after being released from incarceration can I vote?
How do I know if I am eligible to vote?
If you meet the above-mentioned criteria, you are eligible to vote. While you will not receive an official letter telling you when you become eligible, your parole officer should provide you with up-to-date voter information.
Do I have to provide proof that I’ve served my sentence when registering to vote?
No. All you need to do is submit a voter registration application. However, there have been instances when a person who has completed their sentence still appears as “incarcerated” in the database. If that does occur, you may have to show proof.
Do I have to pay off all my restitution before I can vote?
No. Even if you have outstanding restitution payments that need to be made, you are eligible to vote.
Law Office of Kevin Cahill is devoted to seeking the best possible outcome in criminal cases. Denver Criminal defense Attorney Kevin Cahill does not take his job lightly. He understands the weight of a criminal charge and the seriousness of a conviction.