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Wisconsin Voting Rights for Convicted Felons

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Wisconsin Voting Rights for Convicted FelonsWith elections coming and going this season, many people who have been convicted of felonies are asking, am I able to vote?

Voting regulations for convicted felons are determined on a state by state basis. Wisconsin is one of 19 states which eventually allowed convicted felons to restore their voting rights.  In order to do so, the individual must have fully completed every aspect of their sentence.

Re-register to Vote after Completing Your Sentence

The completion of a sentence includes being off of any type of supervision with the Department of Corrections. This includes extended supervision, probation, or parole. A more common terminology of completion is to be “off papers.”  Once any term of sentence is completed, you must re-register to vote in order to restore your voting rights.

If you are in jail awaiting trial on a felony or in jail serving time on a misdemeanor, you are eligible to vote.  Due to being incarcerated, the voting process will usually be done by absentee ballot.  An absentee ballot can be requested by mail, email, or fax.   If you are exercising your right to vote while in jail, you must utilize the address where you previously lived prior to being incarcerated.

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If you have any questions on your voting rights, call Grieve Law for help reinstating your rights!

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By: Attorney Tom Grieve on 03/06/2020

Tom Grieve is a former prosecutor who now runs a successful Wisconsin criminal defense law firm with offices in Milwaukee, Waukesha and Madison. If are facing new charges initial phone consultations are free: contact online or call 262-786-7100.

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