Felons Right to Vote

Convicted felons face several challenges such as finding suitable employment, a place to live, or the overall burden of being labeled a convicted felon for the rest of their lives. With all the recent controversy flooding the media concerning police shootings, the state of minority communities in America, an ineffective justice system and the upcoming elections, many of us cannot wait to cast our ballots in both the local and presidential elections. Many individuals who have been convicted of a felony are under the impression that their voice will never be heard because they do not have the right to vote. This is actually a common misconception among felons, in Texas felons do have a right to vote once they have completed their incarceration, parole, or probation term. When is a Convicted Felon able to Vote? Incarceration: If a felon has been convicted of a crime and is currently incarcerated he does not have the right to vote, unless that person is awaiting an appeal. For instance, if a person is convicted of aggravated robbery and awaiting appeal, they still have the right to vote. If all the appeals have been exhausted and they areincarcerated, they lose the right to vote and regain it once they have completed their term of incarceration and/or parole. Parole: If an individual isimagescurrently on parole for a felony conviction, that person will not be able to vote until they have completed their parole. Deferred Adjudication/Probation: If a convicted felon is sentenced to probation as their punishment, they do not have the right to vote until they have completed probation. Deferred adjudication is not considered a final conviction, so an individual that is on felony deferred adjudication still retains their right to vote. The right to vote is one of the most essential rights in changing the direction of our country, states, and local communities. If you are a convicted felon, and have completed your term of incarceration, parole, or probation, let your voice be heard and exercise your right to vote.