2015 ORS 137.281¹
Withdrawal of rights during term of incarceration
  • restoration of rights

(1) In any felony case, when the defendant is sentenced to a term of incarceration, the defendant is deprived of all rights and privileges described in subsection (3) of this section from the date of sentencing until:

(a) The defendant is released from incarceration; or

(b) The defendants conviction is set aside.

(2) Subsection (1) of this section applies to any term of incarceration, whether the term of incarceration was imposed as a result of conviction or as a sanction or revocation resulting from the defendants violation of the terms and conditions of probation, parole or post-prison supervision.

(3) The rights and privileges of which a person may be deprived under this section are:

(a) Holding a public office or an office of a political party or becoming or remaining a candidate for either office;

(b) Holding a position of private trust;

(c) Acting as a juror; or

(d) Exercising the right to vote.

(4) If the court under subsection (1) of this section temporarily stays execution of sentence for any purpose other than probation, the defendant nonetheless is sentenced for purposes of subsection (1) of this section.

(5) A person convicted of any crime and serving a term of imprisonment in any federal correctional institution in this state is deprived of the rights to register to vote, update a registration or vote in any election in this state from the date of sentencing until:

(a) The person is discharged or paroled from imprisonment; or

(b) The persons conviction is set aside.

(6) The county clerk or county official in charge of elections in any county may cancel the registration of any person serving a term of imprisonment in any federal correctional institution in this state.

(7) Except as otherwise provided in ORS 10.030 (Eligibility for jury service), the rights and privileges withdrawn by this section are restored automatically upon release from incarceration, but in the case of parole shall be automatically withdrawn upon a subsequent imprisonment for violation of the terms of the parole. [1983 c.515 §2 (enacted in lieu of 137.280); 1987 c.320 §32; 1993 c.14 §4; 1997 c.313 §10; 1999 c.499 §1; 2008 c.35 §6]

Notes of Decisions

Disenfrachise­ment of felons does not violate equal protec­tion clause. Franklin v. State of Oregon, 563 F Supp 1310 (1983)


1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 137—Judgment and Execution; Parole and Probation by the Court, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors137.­html (2015) (last ac­cessed Jul. 16, 2016).
 
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2015, Chapter 137, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano137.­html (2015) (last ac­cessed Jul. 16, 2016).
 
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