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Tue May 22, 2012, 11:48 AM

Prisoners must be given right to vote, European court rules

Source: The Guardian

Prisoners in the UK must be given the right to vote, the European court of human rights (ECHR) has ruled, though ministers may determine which inmates should be enfranchised.

The appeals section of the Strasbourg court reaffirmed its decision that blanket disenfranchisement of all those serving time is illegal and imposed a fresh timetable for Britain's delayed compliance with similar past rulings.

The keenly anticipated ruling on Scoppola vs Italy brings some political relief in confirming there is significant leeway allowed in how the rights are granted, meaning that individual countries may choose to exclude certain groups of serious offenders, such as murderers and rapists.

The UK government has been repeatedly ordered to grant prisoners greater democratic rights. The House of Commons last year voted overwhelmingly to defy the ECHR and retain the ban on any UK prisoners being allowed to vote at elections.

Read more: http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2012/may/22/prisoners-right-to-vote-echr

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alp227 May 2012 OP
may3rd May 2012 #1
Odin2005 May 2012 #2
Eric J in MN May 2012 #3
loyalsister May 2012 #4
2ndAmForComputers May 2012 #5
duhneece May 2012 #6
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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Tue May 22, 2012, 05:37 PM

1. I'm sure they are besides themselves with glee in this new found freedom

 

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Tue May 22, 2012, 06:52 PM

2. I wish we were civilized like Europe.

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Tue May 22, 2012, 09:56 PM

3. Vermont gets it right. Every prisoner can vote there.

A citizen who commits a crime is still a citizen. Being convicted should have nothing to do with being able to vote.

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Response to Eric J in MN (Reply #3)

Tue May 22, 2012, 11:05 PM

4. I agree

Voting promotes citizenship, which is exactly what people who have committed crimes need to value in order to return to civil society and be a contributing and productive member.

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Response to Eric J in MN (Reply #3)

Wed May 23, 2012, 12:04 AM

5. Yeah, but Vermont is not Real America like Arizona or Alabama.

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Response to Eric J in MN (Reply #3)

Wed May 23, 2012, 02:44 PM

6. Maine, too.

Felons' voting rights are different in all 50 states. We provide local felons with info about how they can register to vote when they've completed the terms of their sentence.

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Response to Eric J in MN (Reply #3)

Wed May 23, 2012, 03:56 PM

7. Every prisoner?

 

Vermont has under a million people. And we have, what, 3 million people in jail all of voting age?

If even half of them voted every election would break in their direction.

/kidding.

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