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Voting While Incarcerated

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Some Californians incarcerated in Los Angeles County Jails are still eligible to vote. Inmates are encouraged to exercise their voting rights to express opinions on issues that affect themselves and their families.

You are eligible to vote if you are:

  • 18 years of age or older;
  • a citizen of United States;
  • awaiting or on trial for a crime, but not convicted;
  • serving time for a misdemeanor conviction;
  • in jail as a condition of probation;
  • on mandatory supervision or post-release supervision.

You are not eligible to vote if you are:

  • serving time for a felony conviction;
  • on parole for a felony conviction

To register to vote:

  1. Complete an Inmate Request Form, requesting a Voter Registration Application, Vote by Mail application, and instructions.
  2. Complete the Voter Registration Application
    • When providing your home address (box 3) use your permanent residential address. (If no home address, complete box 7.)
  3. For box 12, provide either CA driver license number / CA ID card number OR last four digits of your Social Security Number.
  4. Leave box 16 blank. This is only completed by permanent Vote by Mail voters.
  5. Provide all other information requested on the application. Be sure to sign the form (box 18).
  6. Completed Voter Registration Applications are placed in inmate outgoing mail.

To complete a Vote by Mail (VBM) application:

  1. If registering to vote, complete this form and include with your Voter Registration Application. If already registered to vote, you will only need to complete the VBM application.
  2. Include your Booking Number where indicated.
  3. Complete mailing address (box 8) with the following:
    • P.O. Box 86164
      Terminal Annex
      Los Angeles, CA 90086-0164
  4. VBM applications returned individually (not included with a Voter Registration Application), may be mailed in a stamped envelope to:
    • Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk
      Vote by Mail Section
      P.O. Box 30450
      Los Angeles, CA 90030-0450

Once a VBM application has been submitted, you will receive your ballot by mail.

If you are released from custody:

If you are released and have not yet received your ballot, you will still be able to vote! Go to the polling place assigned to your home address and request to vote provisionally. To find your polling place, use the Voter Information Tool.

Re-register to vote if you:

  • change your permanent address;
  • change your name;
  • change your political party;
  • completed a felony sentence and are no longer on parole for that felony.
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