Persons with a criminal history who can register to vote:
In county jail:
serving a misdemeanor sentence (a misdemeanor never affects your right to vote)
Because jail time is a condition of probation (misdemeanor or felony)
Serving a felony jail sentence
On mandatory supervision
On post-release community supervision
On federal supervised release
A person with a juvenile wardship adjudication
Persons with a criminal history who cannot register and vote:
Currently serving a state or federal prison term for the conviction of a felony in:
County jail or other correctional facility*
*California Penal Code Section 2910 allows the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) to make agreements with local governments to house felons in local detention facilities. A person serving a state prison sentence who is housed in a local detention facility under these circumstances is not allowed to register and vote. Additionally, a person in a local detention facility who is awaiting transfer to a state or federal prison following a felony conviction is not allowed to register and vote.
NOTE: Once you have finished serving your term, your right to vote is restored; however, you must register online at RegisterToVote.ca.gov or by filling out a paper voter registration card.