The Herald reporting:
The Government will consider overturning a ban on prisoners from voting in light of a scathing report that said it had disproportionately hurt Māori and breached the Crown’s Treaty of Waitangi obligations.
But any change would need the support of New Zealand First, which has previously stymied justice reforms, blocking Justice Minister Andrew Little’s plans to repeal the three strikes legislation.
I really hope the Government does try and overturn the ban. The campaign against it will be devastating to Government parties.
Imagine scores of ads profiling particular prisoners, their heinous crimes, and all reminding people Labour, NZ First and Greens want to give them the vote.
Imagine the interviews with victims of those in prison, and what they think of their assailants being given the vote despite having committed dozens of crimes.