Can I vote in New York States after a felony conviction?

In New York State, you can vote even if you have a felony conviction.

You can register to vote if you:

  • Have completed your sentence or probation;
  • Are currently on probation or supervised release;
  • Were not sent to prison or had your prison sentence suspended;
  • Were discharged from parole OR are on parole and have had your voting rights restored by Executive Order #181;*
  • Were pardoned; or
  • Were convicted of a misdemeanor.

In New York State you cannot register to vote if you:

  • Are currently serving a sentence in jail, state or federal; or
  • Are under parole supervision, state or federal, and have not had your voting rights restored.

Once you have completed your sentence, it is up to you to re-register to vote. If you intend to vote, you must re-register. You do not need any special documentation to re-register.

*On April 18, 2018, Governor Cuomo signed an executive order restoring the right to vote immediately following release for most New Yorkers on parole.On May 22, 2018, the Governor issued the first set of 24,086 conditional pardons, restoring voting rights to more than two-thirds of New Yorkers on parole.Everyone receiving restoration of their rights needs to re-register.If you are serving parole and wish to check the status of your right to vote, you can search for yourself on the NYS Department of Corrections and Community Supervision’s Parolee Lookup Website.