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Federal Prisoners To Vote in Upcoming Election

Stark Raven News
April 12, 2004.

Federal prisoners will be voting for the first time in the next federal election.

In 2002 the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that denying prisoners a vote violates their constitutional rights. They overturned Section 51(e) of the Canada Elections Act. This section had barred prisoners from voting.

Prisoners 18 years of age and older, who are serving sentences of two years or more in federal prisons, will be eligible to vote.

At the moment there are about 12,000 male prisoners and 400 female prisoners in federal prisons.

They will be eligible to cast ballots for candidates in the ridings where they last lived prior to incarceration.

They will vote at advance polls held 10 days prior to the actual election date.

For more info on the 2002 Supreme Court Decision go to