There is a common belief that felons in the state of California are banned for life from voting. This is untrue. A person convicted of a felony is only prohibited from voting if s/he is:
- Currently incarcerated in a state or federal prison; or
- On parole for a felony conviction.
A person is otherwise eligible to vote. That means people in jail are eligible, people awaiting trial, on probation, convicted of misdemeanor crimes, and those on community supervision are eligible. Furthermore, once a person is off parole, the person is automatically eligible to re-register to vote.
Thus, ex-felons are not prohibited from voting unless the person falls into one of the two above categories. For more information check out the California state website: http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/voting-resources/voting-california/who-can-vote-california/voting-rights-californians/