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    How does a convicted felon get his/her voting rights back?

    About twenty seven years ago I committed a class 4 felony in a fight over a girl in Illinois and I have since moved to Minnesota.I searched the net and found that convicted felons in Minnesota can vote as per the Minnesota statute # 609.165 . Does the return of voting rights occur automatically after completion of court appointed punishment or do I need to go to court to have my voting rights restored? I'm wondering if I could just go ahead and vote since the felony occurred 27 years ago but, I'm afraid it could open up some legal problems if I get summoned to jury duty which would require me to state to the court that I have a felony conviction.Any thoughts? thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by izzame2 View Post
    About twenty seven years ago I committed a class 4 felony in a fight over a girl in Illinois and I have since moved to Minnesota.I searched the net and found that convicted felons in Minnesota can vote as per the Minnesota statute # 609.165 . Does the return of voting rights occur automatically after completion of court appointed punishment or do I need to go to court to have my voting rights restored? I'm wondering if I could just go ahead and vote since the felony occurred 27 years ago but, I'm afraid it could open up some legal problems if I get summoned to jury duty which would require me to state to the court that I have a felony conviction.Any thoughts? thanks
    Here's a start to learning:
    http://projectvote.org/felon-voting.html

    http://projectvote.org/images/public...s_by_state.pdf
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    Quote Originally Posted by Silverplum View Post
    Wow, I didn't know it was possible. Here, I was thinking that it was a blanket thing that all felons are prohibited from ever again voting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sandyclaus View Post
    Wow, I didn't know it was possible. Here, I was thinking that it was a blanket thing that all felons are prohibited from ever again voting.
    I thought so, also!

    We learn something new every day...
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    Quote Originally Posted by izzame2 View Post
    About twenty seven years ago I committed a class 4 felony in a fight over a girl in Illinois and I have since moved to Minnesota.I searched the net and found that convicted felons in Minnesota can vote as per the Minnesota statute # 609.165 . Does the return of voting rights occur automatically after completion of court appointed punishment or do I need to go to court to have my voting rights restored? I'm wondering if I could just go ahead and vote since the felony occurred 27 years ago but, I'm afraid it could open up some legal problems if I get summoned to jury duty which would require me to state to the court that I have a felony conviction.Any thoughts? thanks
    If your state is anything like mine than your rights are automatically restored.
    I don't know what your concern about jury duty is but if called you would just explain the criminal record and be excused. goodluck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sandyclaus View Post
    Wow, I didn't know it was possible. Here, I was thinking that it was a blanket thing that all felons are prohibited from ever again voting.
    Not only are states changing their laws allowing felons to vote but some even allow felons to vote in jail.
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    Really? I thought it was well known that it was the general rule rather than the exception that felons got their voting rights back.
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    Quote Originally Posted by izzame2 View Post
    About twenty seven years ago I committed a class 4 felony in a fight over a girl in Illinois and I have since moved to Minnesota.I searched the net and found that convicted felons in Minnesota can vote as per the Minnesota statute # 609.165 . Does the return of voting rights occur automatically after completion of court appointed punishment or do I need to go to court to have my voting rights restored? I'm wondering if I could just go ahead and vote since the felony occurred 27 years ago but, I'm afraid it could open up some legal problems if I get summoned to jury duty which would require me to state to the court that I have a felony conviction.Any thoughts? thanks
    Such a shame that you've had to live with that albatross all these years.

    Start below to learn how you might have the record expunged.

    www.ehow.com/how_6769803_expunge-criminal

    Also, a limited search seems to indicate that Minnesota, as do some other states, will allow you to vote once the sentencing is fulfilled. Check with a county clerk or voting registrar or the county attorney.

    Good luck
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    Quote Originally Posted by davew128 View Post
    Really? I thought it was well known that it was the general rule rather than the exception that felons got their voting rights back.
    That's not what was taught in the government schools so long ago. And not every state will restore those rights.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dave33 View Post
    If your state is anything like mine than your rights are automatically restored.
    I don't know what your concern about jury duty is but if called you would just explain the criminal record and be excused. goodluck.

    Thanks for all the replies they are greatly appreciated.Sorry dave33 I should have clarified about being called into jury duty.What I meant was, if I was called to jury duty was asked about my felony conviction.I was afraid that they would ask for some documentation from a court that shows that my voting rights were restored.In others I would have committed a crime by voting illegally,if I didn't have a document.

    In regards to be being excused from jury duty by explaining a criminal record.It is my understanding from my research as long as you have completed all court appointed punishment for your felony you are still required to serve jury duty.I wish it were that simple to get out of jury duty.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheGeekess View Post
    That's not what was taught in the government schools so long ago.
    Ssssssssss!! I feel the double-burn!

    (government schools??
    SO LONG AGO?!?!?)



    Quote Originally Posted by TheGeekess
    And not every state will restore those rights.
    I had heard before that felons were receiving rights, and figured some states would and some would not. I never paid much attention.

    I *do* come from A Generation that didn't much give a hoot about the rights of convicted felons.
    Last edited by Silverplum; 08-29-2012 at 10:35 AM. Reason: Truthiness
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    Quote Originally Posted by izzame2 View Post
    Thanks for all the replies they are greatly appreciated.Sorry dave33 I should have clarified about being called into jury duty.What I meant was, if I was called to jury duty was asked about my felony conviction.I was afraid that they would ask for some documentation from a court that shows that my voting rights were restored.In others I would have committed a crime by voting illegally,if I didn't have a document.

    In regards to be being excused from jury duty by explaining a criminal record.It is my understanding from my research as long as you have completed all court appointed punishment for your felony you are still required to serve jury duty.I wish it were that simple to get out of jury duty.
    Let me trip over myself rushing to help you work out which, exactly, of your rights you'd enjoy the most!

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    Hey, I'm sure one political party or the other thinks the felon vote is more advantageous to their candidates....

    Nevada is embroiled in a big court battle now. The republicans feel that "none of the above" is an unfair option for their candidates to run against. I guess they feel NOBODY would be a better candidate than their guy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Silverplum View Post
    Ssssssssss!! I feel the double-burn!

    (government schools??
    SO LONG AGO?!?!?)




    I had heard before that felons were receiving rights, and figured some states would and some would not. I never paid much attention.

    I *do* come from A Generation that didn't much give a hoot about the rights of convicted felons.
    As opposed to 'private' or 'charter' schools. (Plus, I am an adherent to the Church of the Painful Truth, Neal Boortz, High Priest).
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheGeekess View Post
    As opposed to 'private' or 'charter' schools. (Plus, I am an adherent to the Church of the Painful Truth, Neal Boortz, High Priest).
    I was a private school girl.

    I note your utter lack of guilt for pointing out my advanced age.

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