In the state of Texas, individuals who have a felony conviction cannot vote. However, after these individuals have completed their sentences, whether it involves incarceration, probation, parole, or some combination thereof, they can regain the ability to vote. Although they cannot just show up at the polls at the next election and vote, they can re-register to vote. Once they have properly re-registered in a timely manner, these individuals are free to vote in the next election. Texas is one of several states that restores voting right to those with felony convictions following the completion of their sentences.
A felony conviction must be final before an individual becomes ineligible to vote. If criminal charges are pending against an individual, he or she still has the right to vote. If an individual is convicted of a felony offense following a trial, but the case is currently on appeal, the individual still can vote. If the individual completes deferred adjudication, meaning that that after he or she completes a form of probation, the charges are dismissed, then he or she still can vote.
Those who vote, but who are ineligible to do so because of a felony conviction can face prosecution for voter fraud. In 2018, a Texas woman made news after illegally voting in the 2016 election, while she was still on supervised release for tax fraud. She not only violated her probation in doing so, but a judge also sentenced her to return to prison for five years due to voter fraud.
If you find yourself charged with any type of criminal offense, you need legal advice that only experienced Texas criminal defense attorneys can offer you. As the consequences of any criminal conviction may be severe, you should immediately contact a skilled defense lawyer for help if you have been accused of a criminal offense. Peek & Toland provides strong legal representation on a regular basis for individuals who are charged with various crimes. It is our priority is to represent your interests and protect your rights. Call us at (512) 474-4445 and schedule an appointment to speak with us today.