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Countdown To The Presidential Election – Get Your Voting Rights Back!

The 2024 Presidential Election is a critical opportunity for all Americans to influence the nation’s path, making it a pivotal time to engage in our democracy. For individuals fighting to regain their voting rights, this election is particularly significant. The ability to vote represents more than the act of submitting a ballot—it embodies the essence of democratic participation and the power to shape government policies. This election serves as a reminder of the importance of voting rights and the role they play in a healthy democracy.

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Restoring the right to vote after a felony conviction in Arizona is an important step for many looking to get their constitutional rights back. With over 221,000 people in the state unable to vote due to past convictions.

Restoring your Civil Rights is about getting a second chance to participate in our democracy and make your voice heard. This journey involves understanding complex laws and meeting specific criteria, which can seem difficult without the right help.

That’s where criminal defense attorney Arja Shah from the Shah Law Firm can help. With her deep knowledge of Arizona’s legal system and a passion for restoring rights, contact Arja today for a free consultation and to see if you’re eligible for voting right restoration.

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Information on Arizona’s Upcoming Elections

Understanding the key dates and requirements for Arizona’s elections in 2024 is essential for voters and candidates alike. The state has several important elections scheduled, each with specific deadlines and procedures that ensure the democratic process runs smoothly.

Key Election Dates for 2024 in Arizona

       ➤ March Jurisdictional Election: Scheduled for March 12, 2024, this election addresses local issues and offices within specific jurisdictions.

       ➤ Presidential Preference Election: Set for March 19, 2024, this is Arizona’s primary for presidential candidates, allowing members of political parties to select their preferred presidential candidate.

       ➤ Primary Election: On July 30, 2024, voters will select their party’s nominees for various statewide and local offices leading up to the General Election.

       ➤ General Election: Taking place on November 5, 2024, this is when voters will decide on a wide range of offices from the presidential down to local positions.

Additional Information for Voters and Candidates

The Arizona Secretary of State’s website offers comprehensive details on campaign finance filing dates, lobbying filing dates, and procedures for initiatives, referendums, and recalls. For those involved in political action committees (PACs), political parties, and candidates running for state or legislative offices.

How Does a Felony Conviction Impact Your Voting Rights 

In Arizona, a felony conviction significantly impacts an individual’s civil rights, most notably resulting in the automatic suspension of their voting rights. This is articulated within the Arizona Revised Statutes (ARS), including provisions for restoration under ARS § 13-912 for first-time offenders and ARS § 13-905 for those with multiple convictions. 

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How Does the Voting Rights Restoration Process Work 

The process of restoring voting rights in Arizona for those with felony convictions is delineated through specific legal steps, designed to reintegrate individuals into the democratic process once they have served their sentence.

This process is outlined in the Arizona Revised Statutes, and while it may seem hard to understand at first, each step can explain the procedure and encourage participation.

Determine Eligibility

The first step in the restoration process involves determining eligibility. In Arizona, eligibility for the restoration of voting rights generally depends on the completion of the individual’s sentence, including any time served in incarceration, probation, or parole. For first-time felons, rights are automatically restored upon completion of their sentence, including the payment of any fines or restitution.

However, individuals with two or more felony convictions must petition the court for the restoration of their rights.

Complete Your Sentence

Completing your sentence in full is a prerequisite for the restoration of voting rights. This includes serving any jail or prison time, completing probation or parole, and paying all fines, fees, and restitution orders. Documentation proving the completion of these obligations will be required as part of the restoration process.

Gather Documentation

Before applying for the restoration of voting rights, individuals must gather all relevant documentation that proves they have fully served their sentence. This documentation may include release papers, proof of completion of probation or parole, and receipts for paid fines and restitution. This paperwork serves as evidence of eligibility for rights restoration.

Submit a Petition to the Court

For those required to petition the court (typically individuals with multiple felony convictions), the next step is to submit a formal petition. This petition is filed in the court that issued the conviction and must include all necessary documentation of sentence completion. The specifics of the petition process can vary by county, so it’s advisable to consult local court guidelines or seek legal counsel.

Await the Court’s Decision

After submitting the petition, the individual must wait for the court to review their case and make a decision. The court will consider the completion of the sentence, the nature of the conviction, and any other relevant factors before making a determination on the restoration of voting rights. This process can take several weeks to several months, depending on the court’s schedule and the complexity of the case.

Am I Eligible to Restore My Right to Vote in Arizona If I Was Convicted in Another State? 

If you were convicted of a felony in another state and are now wondering about your eligibility to restore your voting rights in Arizona, it’s important to understand that Arizona offers a pathway for restoration, but it requires navigating both the legal landscape of the state where you were convicted and Arizona’s specific requirements.

The first step toward restoring your voting rights in Arizona involves ensuring you have fully completed all aspects of your sentence in the state of conviction.

This encompasses serving any time required (whether incarceration, probation, or parole) and fulfilling financial obligations such as fines and restitution.

After you have met these obligations, establishing residency in Arizona is crucial.

Residency demonstrates your intent to live in the state on a permanent or indefinite basis and is a prerequisite for registering to vote, contingent on the restoration of your rights. The next step is to gather and prepare documentation from the convicting state, verifying that you have satisfied all conditions of your sentence. This paperwork is vital for the restoration process in Arizona and may include court documents, release papers, and proof of financial obligations being met.

How Can An Attorney Help With the Restoration of Civil Rights

Arja Shah | Shah Law Firm With the help of a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney, you can significantly impact the success of restoring civil rights in Arizona, including the right to vote. Arja Shah of Arja Shah Law is a highly experienced attorney whose knowledge in Arizona’s criminal defense law makes her an invaluable asset in this process. 

Arja Shah will work hard in determining eligibility, preparing and filing petitions, and representing clients in court, if necessary. Her approach is comprehensive, addressing not only the restoration of voting rights but also other civil liberties that may be affected. With a focus on precision and advocacy, Arja Shah ensures that each step towards restoration is handled with care, enhancing the chances of a favorable outcome.

To contact Arja Shah, you can call at (602) 560-7408 for immediate help.


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