1news: Blanket ban on prisoner voting goes to Supreme Court today – what MPs have said about the ban in the past

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A Supreme Court appeal by the Crown kicks off today over whether a blanket ban to removing prisoner voting rights is inconsistent with the Bill of Rights.

Prisoners are not allowed to vote in New Zealand, after a 2010 policy change removed the right for any prisoner with less than three years of their sentence to vote.

In August last year, the Supreme Court agreed to hear an appeal by the Crown over the 2015 ruling that found the blanket ban to be inconsistent with the Bill of Rights, after inmate Arthur Taylor took the issue to the High Court.

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