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Can Felons Vote in Kansas & Missouri?

Can Felons Vote in Kansas & Missouri?

One of the most important rights we have as American citizens is the ability to vote. Now that the midterm election has passed, the U.S. presidential election of 2020 will be the next opportunity for millions of voters to choose politicians who represent their beliefs and contribute to our democracy.

Many people believe that convicted felons do not have the right to vote—even once they are released from incarceration. However, this is one of the most common misconceptions about U.S. voting laws.

In Kansas, a felon can regain his/her voting rights upon the completion of their prison sentence, parole, or probation. Anyone who is currently serving time for a state or federal felony offense is prohibited from voting.

When a person obtains a felony conviction, the National Voter Registration Act requires that each judicial district’s U.S. Attorney must provide information of current felony convictions to the Secretary of State’s office, who then sends this notice to the proper election officer to revoke the felon’s voting rights.

Once a felon completes his/her sentence, he/she must re-register to vote—at least 21 days prior to the scheduled election. A felon is not required to show a proof of final discharge. The voter registration form has an affidavit—located above the signature line—which states that voting rights have been restored. If a person signs a false affidavit, it is considered a felony offense.

Missouri has similar laws regarding felon voting rights. However, those who have been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony election crime are not allowed to vote.

The right to vote is something to be valued, which is why our Kansas City criminal defense attorneys at Rokusek Stein Law, LLC is committed to helping you avoid a felony conviction entirely or reduce the penalties you must serve and get your criminal record expunged if convicted. Our goal is to protect your rights, reputation, and future. Let us help you restore your voting rights immediately!

If you have been charged with a felony offense in Kansas or Missouri, contact us and request a free consultation today.

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