Colorado was admitted as the 38th state in the US on August 1, 1876. The state capital and largest city in the state is Denver. Containing just over 104,000 square miles, Colorado is the eighth largest state in the US. People who reside in Colorado are known as Coloradans.
Major industries in the state include tourism (especially ski resorts), oil, gold and silver mining, manufacturing and finance. The origin for the state’s name is from the Spanish reference for the Colorado River’s muddy and reddish appearance.
Colorado’s nickname is the Centennial State or Colorful Colorado while the state song is “Where the Columbines Grow.” The state motto, Nil sine Numine means “Nothing without Providence.” This same phrase often comes to mind when felons are seeking to regain their voting rights.
The reinstatement of voting rights is similar to the restoration of the rights in California as felons can vote after serving prison time and completed their parole. They can also vote while they are on probation. Felons can vote if they are in jail on a misdemeanor conviction as well. You can refer to basic details by clicking on the link for the Brennan Center for Justice, which is a part of the New York University School of Law.
Felon Voting Law in Colorado
The Office of the Colorado Secretary of State has outlined the voting law for felons on its site. According the Secretary of State, it is illegal, in Colorado, to cast a vote when serving a sentence in prison or on parole for a felony conviction. However, anyone who is serving time in jail for a misdemeanor can vote. The clerk in the county where the prisoner currently resides must be notified so the address information on the voter’s ballot can be updated.
Pretrial detainees also have a right to vote. Prisoners must have their eligibility certified by an administrator in the jail where they are awaiting trial. You also have the right to vote if you are currently on bond and your criminal case is pending. The Secretary of State site also adds that anyone on probation can register to vote and cast a ballot.
Some people get confused about the difference between probation and parole. While you can vote when you are on probation, this is not the case if you are on parole. A person on probation is usually serving a sentence for a crime outside a correctional facility. Probation allows the individual to remain community-based while being supervised by a probation officer. If you are on probation then, you can vote in Colorado.
Parole, on the other hand, is a process that is considered part of a prison term in Colorado. Therefore, anyone on parole cannot vote. In addition, supervised release is functionally equal to parole and is also deemed to be part of a felon’s prison time.
How a Felon in Colorado Can Restore Their Voting Rights
According to the Secretary of State website for Colorado, you will not receive an official letter that tells you that you can vote. Instead, you simply need to fill out a voter’s registration application and mail it to the county election’s office.
If your name is still in the office’s database as being under supervision, you will receive a letter from the office about your “ineligibility.” You can respond at the time to show you completed your sentence and parole. The official in the county elections office, at that juncture, may ask that you show proof your discharge from prison, parole or supervision.
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