– Scottish Parliament written question – answered on 7th March 2011.

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Question S3W-39525

To ask the Scottish Executive how many prisoners have applied to vote in the Scottish Parliament elections in May 2011, broken down by prison, in light of the possible impact on the Scottish Prison Service.

Photo of Jim Mather Jim Mather Scottish National Party

Electoral Registration Officers are responsible for maintaining the electoral register and dealing with applications from individuals to register to vote. The Scottish Government does not hold the information requested.

Convicted prisoners cannot currently register to vote in elections. The franchise is the responsibility of the UK Government. UK Ministers have said that any change to the franchise will not apply to this year’s Scottish Parliament elections.

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