We're only five days into the new year and it would appear there is no shortage of stories that might leave you shaking your head in amazement.
I came a cross this little gem today that I thought I would share with you. A federal appeals court has ruled that imprisoned felons should be allowed to vote in Washington state to ensure that racial minorities are protected under the Voting Rights Act.
Tuesday's 2-1 ruling by a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the 2000 ruling of a district judge in Spokane. That judge had ruled that state law did not violate the act, 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." A spokeswoman says state Attorney General Rob McKenna is weighing the state's next step.
The question really seems to be simple. Should imprisoned felons be allowed to vote? Race, it would seem, shouldn't be a factor here. Either imprisoned felons can vote or they can't. It has historically been the law of the land that they cannot.
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