Getting a Felon’s Voting Rights Restored in Michigan

Voting is one of the most fundamental rights given to American citizens, however, once convicted of a felony, whether or not that right will be restored to you is up to the state that you reside in. The laws for Michigan include:

Pending Cases

If you are charged with a crime, but have not yet been convicted, you maintain your right to vote as long as you are not incarcerated while waiting for your case to be resolved.

Registering to Vote in the State of Michigan


On Probation/Parole

Once you have served your jail or prison time and have been released on probation or parole, or if you are placed on probation in lieu of jail time, you retain your right to vote.


Michigan does not allow incarcerated individuals to vote. This holds true whether you are charged with a misdemeanor or felony. If you are locked up in any state, county or local penal institution or jail, you cannot vote until you are released.

Restoration of Rights

It is not necessary to apply for your voting rights to be restored. If you are not incarcerated you have the ability to register to vote and cast your vote in elections.

Browse County Jails in Michigan



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