Prisoner Voting



The Committee considered a letter from Patrick Harvie MSP on 29 June 2017 regarding the issue of prisoner voting. Mr Harvie requested the Committee consider this as part of its work programme. On 29 June, the Committee agreed to hold an evidence gathering scoping session. This took place on 7 September 2017.


29 June 2017: The Committee agreed to undertake a scoping exercise on the issue of prisoner voting in Scotland.

7 September 2017: oral evidence session

25 January 2018: oral evidence session

Ongoing: The Committee has written to various bodies. It will consider their responses and decide what action it will take. For further information, please contact the Clerks to the Committee.


The Committee held an evidence session on prisoner voting rights on 7 September 2017.

Official Report of meeting, 7 September

Written submissions

The Committee held a further evidence session on prisoner voting on 25 January 2018.

Official Report of meeting, 25 January

Written submissions


Following evidence, the Committee agreed to write to the following for further information:

The Scottish Government responded to the Prisoner Voting report on 5 July 2018:

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