Elections Nova Scotia has worked with the Springhill Institution to ensure eligible prisoners will be able vote in the upcoming provincial election.

The prison has been on lockdown since Sept. 26 and Elections Nova Scotia had worried that would prevent inmates from voting. 

The prisoners cannot leave their cells while staff at the institution conduct what they call an exceptional search. Prison staff say it was sparked by a safety concern but they wouldn’t elaborate.

Shannon Oickle, spokeswoman for Springhill, said inmates can vote in the riding of their last address. She said staff had worked with Elections Nova Scotia to ensure they will all be able to vote. 

In order to vote, prisoners must fill out an application, receive ballot kits and then send their votes back.

Springhill has about 400 prisoners, but it could not say how many are Nova Scotians and therefore eligible to vote.