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Billythreefeathers
08-25-2015, 07:23 AM
More than 22,000 federal inmates eligible to vote

http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/canada-election-2015-prisoners-voting-1.3202010

When Canadians vote in the federal election in October, thousands will cast their ballot from behind bars.

All inmates in federal prisons and provincial jails are eligible to vote for a candidate in the riding where they lived before they were incarcerated.

In the last federal election in 2011, voter turnout was 54 per cent in penitentiaries, not far below the 61 per cent who exercised their democratic right in the general population.

"They are part of the polity and they want to be part of the democratic process," Catherine Latimer, executive director of The John Howard Society of Canada, told CBC News.

Prisoners are informed voters, advocate says

Because prisoners have time to read and watch television news, they are just as informed - if not even more so - than Canadian voters on the outside, she said. Kits will also be distributed to help them with the voting process.

A 2002 Supreme Court of Canada judgment gave federal prisoners the right to vote on constitutional grounds, ruling 5-4 that voting is a fundamental right in a democracy.


As a result of that ruling, all Canadians living in the country are eligible to vote in the federal election except for Canada's Chief Electoral Officer.

Of note, Parliament has still not amended the Canada Elections Act to reflect the court decision, so the prisoner voting ban is still on the books even though it is not enforced.

In coming weeks, Elections Canada will begin distributing registration forms to dedicated liaison officers at each Correctional Service Canada prison and community correctional centre (half-way house). All voters must register in advance and vote by special ballot on October 9th 10 days before the general election day.

On prisoners' voting day, Elections Canada will dispatch representatives to each prison to administer the voting process.

Polling stations will be set up behind bars

"One or more polling stations are set up in the institution and voting starts at 9 a.m. local time. Polls will remain open until everyone who wants to vote has voted, but no later than 8 p.m. local time," said Melissa Hart, a spokeswoman for CSC.

There are currently 14,044 Canadians incarcerated in federal prisons including 35 with dual citizenship and 8,101 under CSC's community supervision. All are eligible to vote, even if they are held in segregation. Thousands of inmates in provincial jails are also eligible to vote.

Political candidates are allowed to campaign in prisons, but are subjected to the same rules and policies as any visitor to a prison, including security screening.

Billythreefeathers
08-25-2015, 07:23 AM
justin has 22,000 votes tied up,,

Forbes/Hutton
08-25-2015, 07:49 AM
Change the system so that only taxpayer's get a vote. I'm tired of a system that allows so many who only take to get a say in how everyone else has to spend more money on THEM.

kennymo
08-25-2015, 08:04 AM
justin has 22,000 votes tied up,,

Well, a little over 11,000 if you do the math....and I'm not certain if those on 'supervision' would really count. Wouldn't they just vote wherever they're living since they aren't technically incarcerated? Not sure about these numbers. Of course, the math would be easier if we just went with the laws on the books....

JustBen
08-25-2015, 01:52 PM
I'd love to see how the polls are coming along in prison.

Camo tung
08-25-2015, 02:53 PM
Certain rights are to be expected even in jail like food, water, roof over your head. But when you run afoul of the law and society deems you unfit to be an active member, ALL other rights are relinquished. And that should include the right to vote in Provincial or Federal politics.

canthitathing
08-25-2015, 06:20 PM
The Supreme Court screws things up supremely.

lone-wolf
08-25-2015, 07:15 PM
Can they start parties? The rape and murder party could be a real contender in the future.

Foxer
08-26-2015, 06:20 AM
Can they start parties? The rape and murder party could be a real contender in the future.

That would just split the liberal vote.

amolkapoor
08-26-2015, 07:44 AM
So people who don't have the sense to not rape, murder or cheat other people somehow are assumed to have enough sense to select who is good enough to run the country? I can see it is a small number in a country of over 35 million, but still?

Foxer
08-26-2015, 07:52 AM
So people who don't have the sense to not rape, murder or cheat other people somehow are assumed to have enough sense to select who is good enough to run the country? I can see it is a small number in a country of over 35 million, but still?

Sadly, our system is not based on whether or not people should be qualified to make a good choice, only that they should be allowed TO make a choice. Personaly - i consider it a significant conflict that someone who breaks the laws and will be punished under the laws gets to choose who the lawmakers are. We do recognize conflict of interest in pretty much every other democratic process. And it's worth noting that the SC just ruled that canadians who haven't lived in canada for years DON'T have the right to vote because they're not participating in our society etc etc. Well - if non participation is grounds to take away the vote, isn't BAD participation even MORE grounds logically?

But whatever - stupid SC is lucky if they can rule correctly on what colour the sky is. And they'd probably fine god for 'getting it wrong' if it turns out it doesn't match what they think it should be.