Last week the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of disenfranchised felons in Washington, holding in a summary judgment order
that the state's practice of denying the vote to felons violates the
federal Voting Rights Act (VRA). Notably, instead of basing their
argument on the nature of the felon disenfranchisement law at issue,
the case centered on the interaction between felon disenfranchisement
and the discrimination in the criminal justice system itself.