Irish prisoners to be given postal vote

Prisoners in Irish jails will soon be able to vote in national elections as the government is drawing up new legislation that will give the State's 3,200 prison inmates a postal ballot.

They will be registered to vote in the constituency of their former residence before they were sent to jail.

The move follows a landmark ruling by the European Court of Human Rights, which found that the British government had violated a prisoner's rights by refusing him the ability to vote in an election.

Irish law has never removed a prisoner’s right to vote, but in practise the State has never provided inmates with the ability to vote via a postal ballot.


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