Should prisoners be allowed to vote?

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MPs will be asked to decide whether criminals should be allowed to vote, in plans announced today.

Currently no prisoners are allowed to vote, except those on remand - that's those being held while they wait for the case against them to be finished.

The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that stopping people in prison from voting is against the law.

So the government has until Friday to decide what it'll do in response, which may include watering down the ban.

It's set to hold a debate on whether some or all prisoners should be given the right to vote.

The Prime Minister David Cameron has said the idea of giving more prisoners the vote made him "physically ill".

In February, MPs voted to keep the current ban on votes for prisoners.

We asked you for your comments.

Your comments

"I think they should because every adult has a right to vote so people in prison should."

Kelsey-Leigh, Preston, England

"They shouldn't be allowed to vote because they might vote for someone who will let them out so they can break the law again."

Sarah, Manchester, England

"I think if you break the law you should not be allowed to vote."

Robbie, Glasgow, Scotland

"I think they should vote because they are normal people. They may have done something wrong but they may want good things to come in the future."

Harry, Sutton, England

"I think yes prisoners should vote, after all they are humans!"

Jonathan, Twickenham, England

"I think prisoners shouldn't have the right to vote because they lost their rights when they were convicted of a crime."

Archie, Manchester, England

"No they should not be able to vote as they have been put in prison for a bad reason."

Samuel, Kent, England

"I think they should be able to vote because it would be very unfair if they can't."

Josie, London, England

"We think this is ridiculous, prisoners are there for a reason and they should be treated for what they've done and not like they're on a holiday camp."

Holly and Richard, Buckinghamshire, England

"I think prisoners should vote despite whatever they have done, they are still British citizens and they still have rights."

Sophie, England

"No way. If they are not prepared to live by the rules of society why should they expect to be given the rights of a law abiding citizen."

Frank, Northants, England

"No way should they be allowed to vote. They broke the law in some way, so they have forfeited their right to vote like free people can."

Barry, Lancashire, England

"I think it's awful that prisoners don't get to vote. Because they have human rights like anyone else."

Aela, Fife, Scotland

"Prisoners should get the vote that's like saying no you can't play this board game because you cheated in one ten years ago."

Harry, East Sussex, England

"Prisoners are still people and people have a right to vote. But it depends because if they're in prison for a long time the changes made won't effect them."

Chelsea, Plymouth, England

"Definitely not. They forfeited their rights to vote by breaking the law."

Alan, Belfast, Northern Ireland

"They should be able to vote, they are still citizens and always will be."

Maya, Hampshire, England

"A prisoner should only get to vote if they have a release date set. They should still have a say in who rules when they are free."

Kevin, Walsall, England

"I think they should be allowed to vote if they want to. It might make them feel more connected and involved. After all they have plenty of time to think."

Hilary, Cumbria, England

"I don't think prisoners should be allowed to vote at all. After breaking the law and being imprisoned they have forgone the rights of law abiding citizens."

Dan, Essex, England

"I think they should let them have votes because everyone deserves the same rights."

John, Warrington, England

"I think no, they lost the right to vote or be part of society by breaking the law."

Adam, Maidstone, England

"I think some should, I think it depends what they went to prison for."

Autumn, England