Automated Telephone Messages
Automated telephone answering systems can be vehicles for informing potential voters about their rights. We hope you will consider a prompt for information on the voting rights of people with criminal convictions. If you add or already have such a prompt, we hope you will adopt the following message:
Voting & Registration
If you have been convicted of a felony, you can register and vote, unless you are currently incarcerated or on parole. If you are on probation, you can register and vote. If you have been convicted only of a misdemeanor, you can register and vote. You do not need any special documentation to show that you are eligible to vote. Just use the same registration form that everyone else uses.
Websites are another important source of information about the right to vote. We hope you will review any discussion of the voting rights of people with criminal convictions on your current websites. We recommend the following text:
Restrictions & Allowances
You may not register or vote if you have been convicted of a felony and:
- You are currently incarcerated
- You are under parole supervision
- You were sentenced to probation;
- You were not sentenced to incarceration or your prison sentence was suspended;
- You have served you maximum prison sentence;
- You have been discharged from parole; or
- You have received a pardon.
You do not need to provide any documentation about your criminal record in order to register and vote.
Where your websites require a shorter statement, we recommend:
- If you have been convicted of a felony, you can register and vote, unless you are currently incarcerated or on parole or
- To register you must not be incarcerated or under parole supervision for a felony conviction