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Voting in Colorado after a Criminal Conviction

Voting in Colorado after a Criminal Conviction

Posted by Unknown | Jun 15, 2016 | 0 Comments

With the 2016 elections coming up, a common concern people may have if they've been convicted of a crime or have a criminal record in Colorado is whether or not they can vote. Fortunately, in many cases they can. Let's continue reading about voting after a criminal conviction in Denver, Prowers County and everywhere else in Colorado.

Voting while on Probation in Douglas County, Colorado

In Douglas County and every other area of Colorado, you may vote in any election while on probation. Probation is an alternative to a prison sentence, where someone who has committed a crime can remain in their community under supervision.

If Convicted in Arapahoe County, Colorado, Can I Still Vote in a Federal Election?

Whether you were convicted in Arapahoe County, Colorado or in federal court, you will be able to vote in the state and federal elections once you are eligible to vote.

Contact an attorney if you have

questions about voting after a criminal conviction.

Voting while Incarcerated or on Parole in Jefferson County and Across Colorado

While incarcerated or on parole in Jefferson County or anywhere else in Colorado, you cannot vote. However, if you're incarcerated and haven't been tried, you are eligible to vote if you're certified by an institutional administrator. According to C.R.S. 1-2-103(4):

“No person while serving a sentence of detention or confinement in a correctional facility, jail, or other location for a felony conviction or while serving a sentence of parole shall be eligible to register to vote or to vote in any election; however, a confined prisoner who is awaiting trial but has not been tried shall be certified by the institutional administrator and shall be permitted to register to vote by mail registration pursuant to part 5 of this article.”

If you've completed your sentence for parole for a felony conviction, you will be permitted to vote. All those who were registered to vote prior to incarceration will have to re-register to vote after becoming eligible to vote again after release from incarceration.  Unfortunately, parole = incarceration, so you may need to wait after you get out of the Department of Corrections.

I'm on Bond – Do I Have the Right to Vote in Adams County and Across Colorado?

If you are on bond in Brighton, Thornton, Adams County, or anywhere else in Colorado, you may still vote. However, you must not have been convicted of a felony and still be in the process of completing a sentence of confinement, parole or detention during the election.

Juvenile Right to Vote while in Division of Youth Corrections in Colorado

According to C.R.S. 1-2-210.5, for anyone committed to the Division of Youth Corrections, who is eighteen years of age or older on the date of the next election, he or she will be permitted to vote with the help of a facility administrator.

Penalty for Voting Unlawfully in Colorado

According to C.R.S. 1-13-704.5, it is a class 5 felony in Denver, Highlands Ranch, Aurora and every other part of Colorado to vote in any election when a person knows they are not entitled to vote in that election.

More Questions? Contact a Denver Criminal Defense Attorney at the O'Malley Law Office

If you have more questions about voting in Colorado after a criminal conviction, contact the top criminal defense lawyers at the O'Malley Law Office today. There are many aspects of voting rights that must be considered if you are convicted of a criminal offense in Colorado and should be discussed with a knowledgeable attorney. Call our office today.

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If you have more questions about voting and criminal convictions anywhere in Colorado, be smart, exercise your right to remain silent, and contact the best criminal defense attorneys at the O'Malley Law Office at 303-830-0880. Together, we can protect your future.Request a Free Consultation

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