This editorial will appear in tomorrow’s print edition.
The 9th U.S. Court of Appeals, known for dubious and oft-overturned decisions, didn’t enhance its reputation in January when it ordered Washington to give the vote to imprisoned felons.
It’s got a shot at a do-over next month, when 11 of its judges will review the January decision, which was made by a three-judge panel.
If the full court repeats the panel’s blunder, the U.S. Supreme Court is likely to step in and reverse the 9th yet again – especially since three other federal appeals courts have reached the opposite conclusion in similar cases.
The case before the 9th was brought by several felons who claimed Washington’s ban on inmate voting violates the federal Voting Rights Act by imprisoning racial minorities at disproportionately high rates. Read more »