Will Govt pass prisoner voting law under urgency?

The Herald reports:

A bill to restore voting rights to prisoners serving a sentence of less than three years’ jail has been introduced to Parliament.

The Government wants to pass it in time for those affected to be able to vote in the September election.

It is impossible to pass it before the election if you follow the normal parliamentary timetable of first reading, select committee consideration for six months, second reading, committee of the whole and third reading.

So this suggests that the Government is so desperate to pass this before the election, they will either use urgency or shorten the period for select committee consideration.

I guess they must be hoping to get those prisoners voting for them, otherwise why ram it though before the election?

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