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Who Must Pay to Regain the Vote? A 50-State Survey

Collateral Consequences Resource Center

(July 2020)
Who Must Pay to Regain the Vote report cover

This report examines the extent to which state reenfranchisement laws consider payment of legal financial obligations (LFOs), including fines, fees, and restitution, in determining whether and when to restore voting rights to people disenfranchised due to a felony conviction.

The research in the report shows that in nearly half the states (20 states), LFOs have no bearing at all on reenfranchisement. In most of the others (16 states), regaining the vote is tied to completion of supervision, which may give courts and supervision officials some discretion to delay reenfranchisement temporarily if LFOs have not been paid, but not to deny it permanently.

Resource Type
National Studies and Inventories