Tagged as scotland

Case for prisoner voting becoming irresistible

Responding to the First Minister’s comments on prisoner voting, Edinburgh Western MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton, who sits on the Equalities & Human Rights Committee, said: “There were indications from the First Minister today that the Scottish Government is considering giving some prisoners the vote, we need to know what exactly she has in mind. The prisoner voting […]

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MSPs support ending ban on prisoners voting

Prisoners serving custodial sentences should be given the right to vote, a committee of MSPs has said. A majority of Holyrood’s equalities and human rights committee said the current ban should be lifted. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-44083443

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Sturgeon pressed to allow prisoners to vote in Scottish elections

Nicola Sturgeon has been urged to allow all Scottish prison inmates to vote in the country’s elections by a majority of MSPs on Holyrood’s equalities committee. The committee said allowing prisoners to vote went to the heart of questions about a citizen’s responsibilities and the purpose of prison to rehabilitate offenders. Read more…

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Will Brexit be the trigger for indyref2?

Brexit presents a challenge on many fronts. What will happen to trade? What will happen to the movement of people? What will happen on the island of Ireland? However, there is also a concomitant conundrum with regard to Scottish independence. And that conundrum is already provoking substantial debate, not least among those who voted Yes in […]

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Electronic voting could pose security risk in Scotland, claim campaigners

Scottish Government proposals that could see electronic voting introduced may leave Scotland vulnerable to election interference by foreign agents, campaigners have claimed. With a consultation on electoral reform due to close on 29 March, the Scottish Government said it wants to “explore and trial the potential of electronic voting solutions”. This could help increase voter participation, provide […]

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Online voting trial in Scotland backed by leading academics

The Scottish Government is being urged to undertake trials of online voting by a group of thirty academics and charity bosses. In a letter to Joe Fitzpatrick, minister for Parliamentary Business, the group said the move would help achieve a “modern democracy”. A consultation is under way on changes to Scotland’s electoral system.

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