>Should we let them vote?
>In many countries around the world certain groups of people are barred from voting. In the UK this list includes:
- Those under 18
- Certain prisoners e.g. those serving “intermittent custody” (meaning that they are in prison some days and home on others) can vote if the election falls on a day when they’re at home but not if they’re in prison.
- Hereditary members of the House of Lords
- People convicted of electoral malpractice are banned for five years.
- Those permanently detained in psychiatric hospitals
- Members of the Royal family can vote but do not do so as it would be considered unconstitutional.
Why do I tell you this? The Economist recently published an article asking that we give the vote to prisoners. I disagree. But do you think we should change who can vote in the UK or any country? In some US states anyone who goes to prison loses their votes for life.