OLYMPIA, Wash. – In a decision that could give momentum to other efforts to expand voting to inmates, a federal appeals court ruled that incarcerated felons should be allowed to vote in Washington state.
There's a patchwork of laws across the nation concerning restoration of felons' voting rights, but only Maine and Vermont allow those behind bars to cast ballots.
The 2-1 ruling by a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday overturned the 2000 ruling of a district judge in Spokane. That judge had ruled that Washington state's felon disenfranchisement law did not violate the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and dismissed a lawsuit filed by a former prison inmate from Bellevue.
The two appellate judges ruled that disparities in the state's justice system "cannot be explained in race-neutral ways."
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Answer by Anonymous at 11:31 AM on Jan. 6, 2010
No, they should not be allowed to vote. Could you imagine how many more Democrats there would be if felons were allowed to vote???
There are plenty of republican convicted felons..Ted Stevens was elected AFTER being convicted, Randall ( Duke) Harold Cunningham, Lewis "Scooter" Libbey....
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