Monday, 21 October 2013

Prisoner Voting

We are pleased by the recent Supreme Court ruling as - while Parliament needs to consider this judgement in detail - we do not back extending the right to vote to people convicted of murder.

The court has, however, pointed out that our blanket ban on prisoner voting does need to be addressed.

It is important the Government is not seen to be breaking the law and that is why in November we published a draft bill, currently being considered by a Joint Committee of Parliament. It will consider:

  • Banning prisoners sentenced to four years or more from voting.
  • Banning prisoners sentenced to more than six months from voting.