A few days ago Justice Minister Andrew Little announced plans to change the law on prisoner voting rights in time for the 2020 election, to allow prisoners serving sentences of three years or under to vote.
This comes after a landmark decision by the Supreme Court in 2018 in Taylor v Attorney-General, where Arthur Taylor, a high profile prisoner, sued the Attorney General, arguing the ban went against prisoner's voting rights under New Zealand’s Bill Of Rights.
The Supreme Court agreed, issuing a declaration saying the law was inconsistent with the Bill of Rights. Parliament has now finally announced they will act to change the law.
Deb Rawson discusses this change to prisoner voting rights with Arthur Taylor, and also with law Professor Edward Willis.
The link to the interview with Dr Willis can be found here: