TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – With only four days to go, we’re entering the homestretch of election season.
Many are preparing to cast their votes — but not everyone has the privilege to do so.
Convicted felons won’t be casting their ballots on Election Day.
Kansas law says they’re ineligible, but that restriction isn’t a permanent one.
KSNT News spoke to Shawnee County election officials and Secretary of State Kris Kobach about felon voter’s rights.
The secretary explains, “different states have different rules regarding voting by people who have been convicted of a felony. In some states there’s no penalty at all. In other states, you commit a felony and you’re barred for life from voting.”
Kobach went on to explain that Kansas falls “in the middle” of those rulings, in that once a felon is released from probation they’re voting rights are reinstated.
Officials with the Shawnee County election office said they make sure to double check registration rolls with various websites to make sure a voter hasn’t been convicted of a felony since registering to vote.