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Inquiry into voting rights for prisoners

The Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee will be undertaking an inquiry into voting rights for prisoners.


Terms of reference


The Committee’s terms of reference for its inquiry are to consider:


  • Arguments for and against giving some or all prisoners the right to vote in Welsh elections, and whether distinctions might be drawn between different categories of prisoner on the basis of sentence length, expected date of release, or types of offence;
  •  Practical issues, such as electoral registration (including address), voting method, prisoner engagement with the political process, the provision of political and citizenship information and education;
  • Cross-border issues arising from prisoners from Wales being imprisoned in England and vice versa;
  • Whether special considerations apply to young offenders in custody if the franchise is extended to 16 and 17 year olds generally, and
  • Other countries’ approaches to prisoner voting.


If you should wish to submit your views on the terms of reference, please submit them to the clerk by Monday 7 January 2019.


Alternatively if you would prefer to respond on our online discussion board, which asks more specific questions about voting rights for prisoners, please use the link below:


Spark video

Business type: Committee Inquiry

Reason considered: Assembly Business;

First published: 12/11/2018




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