Felony Voting Rights Restoration in Nevada

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In Nevada, the law regarding which people with past criminal convictions can and cannot vote has been extremely confusing. Campaign Legal Center has worked to restore voting rights to people with past convictions in Nevada by providing direct rights restoration services, empowering community leaders to understand rights restoration laws in the state, and breaking down the false notion that a felony conviction always means you cannot vote.

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About this Action

In Nevada, whether a person can vote depends on how many felony convictions they have, the category of the conviction(s), and in what year they completed their sentence. For some, their voting rights will be restored once they complete their sentence. Others who are eligible to get their right to vote back after a conviction are required to petition the court to restore their rights – a process that many do not know about.

As a result, many Nevadans with past convictions who are eligible to vote simply do not know that they can participate. There are nearly 90,000 people in Nevada who have lost their voting right because of a conviction but over two-thirds of them are post-sentence, meaning they can apply to restore their voting rights. Yet only 281 people used the court petition process to restore their rights from 1990-2011 – an average of only 13 per year.

But a little bit of education and outreach will go a long way to assisting people to exercise their fundamental right to vote. In fall 2018, we sent Restore Your Vote organizers to Las Vegas and Reno to assist individuals with past convictions, train voter registration and re-entry organizations on the law, and support and build sustainable networks of assistance. The organizers helped hundreds of people start on the path to rights restoration and trained hundreds of community leaders and canvassers to be able to help others.

We continue to work with individuals and organizations in Nevada to smooth out the rights restoration process and make it accessible to everyone.

If you are trying to determine whether you can vote in Nevada, please access our online tool here.

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