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Should prisoners be able to vote in political elections?

Ministers are to set out plans for legislation on the issue of whether prisoners should be allowed the vote.

The government is responding to a European Court of Human Rights ruling that a blanket ban on prisoners voting is unlawful.

A draft bill is expected to have three options: keeping the existing ban; giving the vote to prisoners serving less than six months or giving it to those serving up to four years.

BBC Radio 5 live Morning Reports spoke to solicitor Tony Kelly who acts on behalf of prisoners who want the right to vote

  • 22 Nov 2012
  • From the section UK
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