Fears that prisoners would simply run off after posting their vote in the ballot box have forced the Government to re-think proposals to give inmates the vote.
Concerns were also raised that prisoners might use intimidating tactics in order to register their votes and ignore voting etiquette entirely. Counting Officers would need to come down hard on anti-social behaviour such as queue jumping, spitting on the village hall floor and homicide without malice aforethought - though most welcomed the idea that at least the toilets might get slopped out at least once every four years.
Trials held in Staffordshire last year did not go well, with one prisoner taking over 18 hours to vote. Observers found that once the door was shut behind him in the enclosed voting booth, he just lay on the floor staring up at the ceiling until lights out and nobody else got the chance to vote.
It is hoped that with an increasing number of MPs ending up in prison, this would give them the perfect opportunity to at long last, get up off their fat oily arse and actually make the effort to vote on something. If they voted just the once, at least the next four years of their lives wouldn’t have been the complete waste of time as the previous four were.
Needs either fleshing out...or flushing away