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Scotland shows that votes at 16 works

Electoral Reform Society: Arguments for and against votes at 16 are often highly subjective. For some time there has been a suspicion that 16– and 17–year–olds are too young to be trusted to vote sensibly – or indeed that they are not interested in securing the vote.

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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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