Year
Contributor(s)Prison Insider

Right to vote

Untried prisoners are allowed to vote

Yes

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04/2019
/ Anette Storgaard – Professor

Convicted people are allowed to vote

Yes

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04/2019
/ Anette Storgaard – Professor

When were inmates granted the right to vote in prison?

the 1930’ies

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04/2019
/ Anette Storgaard – Professor

Prisoners cast their votes

in prison, in public voting stations, by postal vote

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04/2019
/ Anette Storgaard – Professor

In Denmark there is a period before the election day, where everybody are allowed to vote in certain places (the office of the municipal authority) in case the know they will not be able to vote on the election day. Prisoners are encouraged to make use of that opportunity in case they are on prison leave during this period.
If this is not an option, there is an opportunity to vote by post.

Voter turnout rate

-

The voter turnout rate is not calculated.

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04/2019
/ Anette Storgaard – Professor

When inmates chose to vote by post, the voting is organized so that two staff members visit the prisoner in the cell and if the prisoner wants to give his vote the note is firstly placed in the envelope with the ID known by the election authority (to secure that one person does not vote twice) and then in an anonymous envelope that secures that the prison system cannot identify who is who.

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04/2019
/ Anette Storgaard – Professor

Inmates are able to vote in privacy

total privacy is to be questioned

There are two officers in the cell to control each other so to say - total privacy is to be questioned.

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04/2019
/ Anette Storgaard – Professor

Any specific incidents have been reported during the time of vote.

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04/2019
/ Anette Storgaard – Professor

The envelope with the vote from each prisoner must be sent to the municipality of residence.

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04/2019
/ Anette Storgaard – Professor

There are occasional events and moments arranged for socialising. These are, however, rare. Television is free in all facilities. Most of the electoral debates, usually televised, are available to all prisoners

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04/2019
/ Anette Storgaard – Professor