Can a Felon Vote in Michigan? -

Can a Felon Vote in Michigan?

Michigan gained official statehood as the 26th state in the US on January 26, 1837. The capital of the state is Lansing and the biggest city is Detroit. The state is comprised of about 96,800 acres, making it the 11th largest state in the US. With a population of approximately 9,900,000 residents, Michigan is ranked as the 9th most populated state in the country. People who live in Michigan are known as Michiganians, Michiganders or Michiganites.

Major industries in the state include auto manufacturing and the growing and harvesting of soybeans, corn and wheat. Fishing and timber are leading industries as well. The state’s highest point is Mt. Arvon, which rises almost 1,980 feet or 604 meters above sea level. The origin of the state’s name is from the Algonquian Chippewa Native American word of meicigama, which means “big sea water” (a reference to the northern Great Lakes). The nickname of the state is the “Wolverine State.”

The state motto reads, Si quaeris peninsulam amoenam, circum spice, which translates to – “If you are seeking a pleasant peninsula, look around you.” You might say the same to felons who regain their voting rights automatically upon release from prison. They only need to look around them to know they are residing in an amenable and pleasant environment.

According to the ACLU of Michigan, you can vote if you have been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony in the state, provided you are not currently​ incarcerated. The right to vote is instantly restored upon release from prison. Individuals on parole or probation are permitted to vote as well. You may also cast an absentee ballot if you currently are incarcerated and awaiting an arraignment or trail but not serving a sentence.

Felon Voting Law in Michigan

In Michigan, any criminal offense is attached to a maximum penalty, which defines whether it is considered a felony or misdemeanor. A felony is a crime that carries a sentence of one year or more. Therefore, if you are convicted of an offense whose maximum penalty is one+ years, you are deemed to be a felon. Some examples of felony crimes include –

· Assault with a weapon

· Possession of cocaine, marijuana or heroin, or a controlled substance without a prescription

· A third offense for drunk driving

· A firearms offence

· Fraud

A felon therefore has the right to vote except when he is in prison or jail during an election. According to Michigan law and the ACLU, a felony is a crime that, once again, is punishable by one or more years in prison, unless stated otherwise in the statute that defines the crime. You can get backup details by accessing this link.

How a Felon in Michigan Can Restore Their Voting Rights

According to the ACLU of Michigan, you can register to vote in Michigan if you are a citizen of the US and Michigan resident. You must also be 18 years old on the scheduled election date and not incarcerated for a misdemeanor or felony.  There is no need to regain rights as they are granted once a sentence is completed.

Other Resources For Felons in Michigan

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