The ability to vote is one of the most important rights American citizens
have to let their voices be heard and contribute to our democracy. Since
the midterms had just passed, the presidential election is only a couple
of years away and the fate of our country is solely in the hands of each
and everyone one of us (over 18 years of age, of course).
Many people assume that felons cannot vote in Texas and other states across
the nation. However, they actually have the opportunity to regain their
voting rights—once certain conditions are met.
In Texas, voting rights of felons are automatically restored when all forms
of supervised release forms are completed or a pardon is obtained. Those
convicted of felonies cannot vote while incarcerated, on probation, or
In order to re-register, the process is fast and easy. Ex-felons can obtain
a voter application from their county voter’s registrar’s
office, the Secretary of State’s office, the post office, and the
public library. They can deliver a completed application by mail or deliver
it by hand to the same office at least 30 days before a scheduled election
Texas voters must present a personal ID number issued by the DPS, a state
driver’s license, or the last four digits of their Social Security
number. If an ex-felon does not have any of these forms, they can also
use a state election ID certificate, voter registration certificate, a
state personal ID from the DPS, a U.S. military ID, a U.S. passport, and
even a concealed carry license.
To determine eligibility, the DPS sends data regarding those who have a
final conviction to the Texas Secretary of State, which then compares
the information to all registered voters. Voters that matched are sent
a written notice of investigation, warning them if they fail to respond
in 30 days, they will not be allowed to vote.
For more information about obtaining your voting rights after serving a
contact our College Station criminal defense attorney at
The Law Office of Shane Phelps, P.C. today.