The North Carolina Supreme Court recently ruled that North Carolinians convicted of felonies must complete their sentences—including any period of probation, post-release supervision, or parole—before they regain their right to vote. Any individual convicted of a felony cannot register or vote until their sentence is complete, including any periods of probation, post-release supervision, or parole.
As a result of the Supreme Court ruling, the North Carolina State Board of Elections will receive lists of people currently serving felony sentences from the N.C. Department of Adult Correction and U.S. Department of Justice and forward them to the county boards of elections to cancel the registrations of anyone who is now ineligible.
The State Board is urging all groups that conduct voter registration drives to print and use the new forms immediately to ensure that no ineligible individual registers to vote. For groups conducting voter registration drives: