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Forthcoming Guidance on Scottish Prisoner Voting Welcomed

Howard League Scotland, the penal reform organisation, has welcomed a response from the Director of Strategy and Innovation that the Scottish Prison Service, in partnership with the Electoral Commission, are preparing guidance for those in prison who are entitled to vote, and those likely to be released in time to vote, in the referendum.

The guidance will address those who have the right to vote on independence on 18 September, namely:

  • those on remand, who can vote by post or proxy;
  • those who are in prison before the vote, but who are expected to be released in time, but who may not yet be registered to vote; and,
  • young people who have never been registered, particularly 16 and 17 year olds,  who will either be on remand or released in time to vote.

The organisation reports that voters should be able to register until 2 September and that the deadline for applications for postal or proxy votes is 3 September.

Commenting on the response it received, they noted: ‘It is important that those currently in prison who will be entitled to vote are given appropriate information and assistance to do so. We welcome the efforts made by the Scottish Prison Service and the Electoral Commission to make this provision.’

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