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    Do you think that prisoners should be allowed to vote? (in the UK). Please mention a reason for yor opinion.
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    no, because they would almost all vote for Labour.
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    Not sure and not my place to say, but perhaps they shouldn't be allowed because they are not actively outside working/ contributing to society so therefore, how can they have a say in voting for a party and its policies. Also, lack of access to a media makes me think how would a prisoner be informed enough to vote?

    Although, I am not sure if it even matters if prisoners are allowed to vote, because of the FPTP system... (they might just be voting in a safe seat anyway and thus their votes has little influence). Also, prisoners may just be apathetic and therefore not many would turnout
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    No, they've lost multiple rights including this one.
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    No, why the **** should they?
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    Prisoners who are due to be released within the term of office of whatever the election is for should absolutely be allowed to vote. The others I'm less bothered about, but would probably err on the side of yes.
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    (Original post by Chaz254)
    No, why the **** should they?
    Because they are adult citizens of this country, and every other non-insane person who meets that criterion (except peers) are allowed to vote.
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    Seeing as prison is basically designed to remove a lot of their rights (freedom of movement and so on) it wouldn't make a whole lot of sense to then go giving them the vote.

    How would they even register from within prison? Do they vote based on the constituency of their home address or based on the prison they're chilling out in?
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    (Original post by Liz1919)
    Do you think that prisoners should be allowed to vote? (in the UK). Please mention a reason for yor opinion.
    The party in power makes the laws that put people in prison. So it could be regarded as imprisoning the opposition.
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    It's hard to make a case against it when we start from the basic premise that every person has the right to vote, that places the onus entirely on what grounds such fundamental principle requires to be sacrificed. It is not to be taken lightly under the democratic spirit, prisoners are already deprived of the entitlement to freedom. Is there a case for full stripping of a person's identity to the point of depriving them of the vote too?

    Too much of a generalization in this discussion, everyone in prison lumped into the category of 'villain' or whereabouts and therefore deserving of just about everything in a swift stroke. It can be argued that some convicts really are so undesirable to the world that we needn't spend much time on them but they are not the bulk of the prison population, so many thousands of them being people just that little bit away from the norm. I could have landed inside on a couple of occasions when younger, for things that hardly make a case for my losing of the right to vote on top of all else.

    There are so many reasons for people to be imprisoned, dangerous driving an example. A perfectly normal person may in a sudden flash cause a fatal crash and it's the endof the world for the victims and the driver going down for it. He will lose his job, his family life, his freedom, will have to live forever with that and the knowledge of what he caused. He will have a criminal record. Is there a strong enough case to deny him a political opinion?
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    Yes, but only if they have less than 5 years left on their sentence. If they are expected to rejoin society and be rehabilitated it help for them to be included in society and voting is a part of that.
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    It just doesn't add up, a whole charter of rights in place with the humanizing of prisons in view and all along the inmates are not deemed fit to vote. This 'loss of all rights' advocated in some quarters is basically made up of the loss of freedom and of the right to vote. Sex life too, for some. What else is there to loose?
 
 
 
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